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HP Compaq Dx2000 Microtower

At a Glance
  • HP DX 2000

HP Compaq Dx2000 Microtower
Artwork: Rick Rizner, John Goddard

The HP Compaq Dx2000 Microtower we tested was a little shy on some features, coming equipped with only 256MB of RAM and a 40GB hard drive--incredibly small for a new system. But our $1138 review unit was very modestly priced for a system based on a 3-GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor. It achieved a PC WorldBench 4 score of 122, about average for similarly equipped systems. But systems like this one, aimed at small to medium businesses, don't need to be processing powerhouses; the Dx2000 is more than adequate for general business tasks.

The Dx2000 does have some nice touches. It sports two USB ports on the front panel and six on the back of the attractive black case. It has no floppy drive, but it does have a fast 48X CD-RW and 16X DVD-ROM combo drive. The Dx2000 we tested also had more potential for expansion than we often see with business systems, with three open PCI slots and one internal and two externally accessible drive bays open. The integrated Intel 3D Extreme video chip and the 15-inch HP1503 LCD monitor that came with this system produced adequate image quality, although text was a little grainy and difficult to read at small font sizes.

The standard keyboard and mouse are unremarkable--neither includes any programmable shortcut keys--but nevertheless adequate. The default configuration for this system uses an internal speaker, although our test system came with a set of $25 JBL Platinum speakers that produced sound that was fine for general use. Even though many businesses will have an existing antivirus software site license, including Norton AntiVirus 2004 with a year of virus updates will save individual buyers a few bucks. Our review system came with Dantz Retrospect Express Backup 6.5--unusual for a system without a second hard drive or a DVD rewritable drive, but still moderately useful with the CD-RW drive.

The HP Compaq Dx2000 Microtower is an above-average business system that does the job at a reasonable price, without going above and beyond.

HP Compaq Dx2000 Microtower


PC WorldBench 4 score of 122, 3-GHz Pentium 4 CPU, 256MB of DDR400 SDRAM, Windows XP Professional, 40GB hard drive, 16X DVD-ROM/48X CD-RW combo drive, Integrated Intel 3D Extreme graphics using main memory, 15-inch HP1503 monitor, JBL Platinum speakers, minitower case; Microsoft Works 7, Dantz Retrospect Express Backup 6.5. One-year parts and labor warranty; lifetime 24-hour daily toll-free support.
$1138
800/999-4747
www.hp.com

Victor R. Garza

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