The desktop is not dead, yes - despite the fact notebooks and media centre based machines now dominate company announcements because they are seen as sexier and more modern (and they are!) - there is still something venerable about the humble table brick. All of which means HP deserves a bit of credit for trying to spice up the looks of its latest PC, especially when you consider it is a business model.
The dc500 Series Desktop PC (to give it its full title) is a funky looking machine styled in a minimalist combination of silver and black. Based around the willing Intel 915GV Express chipset means dc500 series machines will therefore come with Pentium 4 processors benefiting from HT Technology, though budget oriented Celerons will be available on request.
As could be expected in a business PC it has integrated graphics, but for the home user or sneaky employee with a taste for gaming (outside office hours, of course!) there is a PCI Express. In and around Windows, the dc500 is no slouch either as it is supported by DDR2 memory and a range of serial ATA, 7,200rpm hard drives with 8MB of cache and capacities starting at 80GB.
Customers have the choice of housing their dc500 in microtower (seen above) or small form factor (SFF) casing and HP claims both have tool free access to internal components with (SAS drilled?) IT managers supposedly able to open the chassis and remove all internal components and drives within 60 seconds. Whether the said (dexterous) IT manager can put all the internal components and drives back together and make it switch on in one minute remains a very different question.
Windows XP Pro is the highlight of the dc500 series' software package that also includes the Altiris Local Recovery backup programme. Pricing begins at a highly affordable (cheap even) £397 RRP (naturally this doesn’t include the flat panel monitor) and the first of these little dudes should be shuffling into rectangular spaces on your high street selves about now. A company that cares about innovation in the business desktops of 2005? Wow.