Review HP Desktop Pro G2
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Review HP Desktop Pro G2: compact, moderate performance suitable for startups – VnReview


HP desktop model attracted attention in compact design, portable, modern design, integrated with 4 USB 3.1 Gen 1 high-speed ports right in front of the case.

The proliferation of laptops, tablets and smartphones with high configuration, performance enough to meet even the familiar entertainment tasks has made the desktop somewhat inferior. However, the desktop still has a solid foothold, especially in offices, traditional businesses or with less moving personal users. The advantage of this type of computer is that it is easy to upgrade when needed, flexible configuration is suitable for many needs, and especially the same price always gives significantly stronger performance than laptops.

Desktop Pro G2 is one of the desktop models that have just been introduced in the Vietnamese market by US technology firm HP. It has a variety of configuration options from Intel Pentium Gold G5400 to Core i5-8400 with prices from VND 7.59 million to VND 12.19 million, targeting start-ups, small-sized businesses with applications. Using common tasks such as data management, statistics, commercial transactions …

Compact design, can be placed on the table

The first impression of HP Desktop Pro G2 is the compact form of Microtower, the size is only about 2/3 of the normal case. Therefore, this desktop model is very convenient to move, suitable for both options under the ground or placed directly on the desk without taking up much space.

Review HP Desktop Pro G2

The chassis and casing are well machined, strong and sturdy. Appearance in the direction of simple with a square design, rough black mainstream but still exudes modernity thanks to the diagonal pattern on the front and glossy HP logo to create accents.

Review HP Desktop Pro G2

Review HP Desktop Pro G2

On the front of the machine there are up to 4 USB ports, praiseworthy as both USB 3.1 Gen 1 high speed bandwidth up to 5Gbps per port, making it easy to add USB, mobile hard drive, memory card reader, connection with a smartphone … without having to fumble for the back of the case.

Review HP Desktop Pro G2

At the top is the power button and headphone and mic combo jacks, commonly found on laptops today. Notably, the machine still has a tray-like DVDRW optical drive that supports burning. Optical drives may be a feature that is no longer necessary for common users, but in state-owned enterprises or government agencies, this is still a necessary equipment because of the higher security than USB.

Review HP Desktop Pro G2

Just like the traditional case of synchronization so far, the device has only 1 power button on the front. When you need to reset, you will hold down the power button for about 5 seconds to turn off the device, then press the power button again to restart.

The back has a classic style with traditional silver tones, arranged many honeycomb heat holes. The power supply has been placed on the bottom of the device in the new style today. There are 4 more USB ports here, but only the 2.0 type, the maximum bandwidth of 480Mbps per port, suitable for attaching a mouse, keyboard or USB Wifi.

Review HP Desktop Pro G2

Besides, there are RJ45 network ports with maximum speed of 1Gbps, VGA port, HDMI 2.0, two audio in / out jacks. In addition, as a product for businesses, it also has a protective cable slot, preventing movement without permission.

Review HP Desktop Pro G2

Review HP Desktop Pro G2

The bottom of the machine has 4 brackets including 2 feet covered with rubber to prevent slipping

On the left side of the lid is a fairly large grille to support hot exhaust for internal components. Removing the lid to access the internal components is quite simple when you just need to turn a screw on the side.

Review HP Desktop Pro G2

Components inside the chassis are relatively airy, ensuring effective airflow and heat dissipation. The frame contains the thick, solid, genuine components of a machine from a big brand.

Review HP Desktop Pro G2

The CPU cooling fan is made in a squirrel cage, directing hot air from the CPU to the back of the chassis, do not get caught in the chassis as usual cooling fan design. By design, the machine does not need additional cooling fans for the case.

Review HP Desktop Pro G2

Behind the squirrel cage fan area is the Intel Core i3 8100 3.60 GHz processor without turbo boost, 4 cores, 4 threads, 6MB cache

Upgrade ability of HP Desktop Pro G2 at a basic level with 1 PCI Express x16 slot to add additional discrete graphics, 2 PCI Express x1 slots, 1 PCI x1 slot to add an expansion card with 1 M.2 2230 slot socket for installing Wifi, Bluetooth card. However, it does not have a waiting compartment to install an additional 2.5 "SSD or M.2 slot for NVME SSDs.

Review HP Desktop Pro G2

It has 2 RAM slots, of which 1 RAM slot is available for users to upgrade to a maximum of 32GB DDR4 Dual Channel 2666 MHz. However, this free RAM slot is blocked by the hard drive and optical drive area, so upgrading is not easy, you should contact the technology from the company for support.

Review HP Desktop Pro G2

Right next to the CPU is a 4GB RAM DDR4 4GB capacity

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The HDD hard drive is arranged along a rather fancy case. This is a 3.5 "HDD with a capacity of 1TB and a speed of 7200 RPM connected to the motherboard via SATA III.

Review HP Desktop Pro G2

HP comes with a set of keyboard, wired mouse from HP, designed in the traditional style. The mouse has a moderate size, hugging, symmetrical design suitable for both right and left hand people. 2 mouse buttons have good bounce, easy to manipulate.

Review HP Desktop Pro G2

Meanwhile, the keyboard is made in Full size format, with Numpad keys to enter data conveniently and volume up and down keys, quickly turn off the sound, switch the device to Sleep right on the navigation key area. The journey is quite shallow, low bounce, so fast typing is easy to miss your hand, stick to the words.

Performance just enough for basic needs, running smoothly, cool

The HP Desktop Pro G2 version that VnReview uses in this article has a suggested price of 9,625 million. This is the reference price through the distributor Synnex FPT. At this price, the machine is equipped with specific structures including:

– Intel Core i3 8100 3.60 GHz CPU without turbo boost, 4 cores, 4 threads, 6MB cache

– Intel UHD Graphics 630 instant graphics card

– 4GB RAM DDR4 – 2666

– HDD 1TB 3.5 "7200 RPM

– DVDRW burner

– Power 180W

– FreeDOS operating system

At the same time, we use the 23.8-inch HP Z24nf G2 screen model, Full HD resolution, IPS panel, 3-sided thin bezel with a reference price of VND 5.49 million as a reference device.

Review HP Desktop Pro G2

In this configuration, the most valuable point is probably the Intel Core i3 8100 Coffee Lake CPU is relatively strong with 4-core 4-thread, a base clock of 3.6 GHz, although there is no turbo boost feature. This chip is used in many net game systems to bring impressive performance, can even meet heavy tasks such as editing, rendering. The retail price of i3 8100 itself has reached about 3.3 million, accounting for more than 1/3 of the apparatus.

In fact, with common office tasks, such as browsing the web with less than 5 tabs, opening both Word, Excel, Power Point in parallel, the configuration of HP Desktop Pro G2 is somewhat "redundant".

Although only Intel UHD Graphics 630 instant graphics card, you can completely entertain with light titles like League of Legends or Fifa Online 4 at low graphics settings, HD resolution.

Review HP Desktop Pro G2

However, the amount of RAM is only 4GB, even though it is a high-speed DDR4, but it still significantly limits the ability of multitasking. A 1TB HDD with a speed of 7200 RPM is quite plentiful to store office data, even when it comes to containing more games, music, photos, it is not a big problem, but the speed is not enough to bring the Quick response, especially when encountering 100% Full Disk status in Windows 10.

Businesses often have to handle large Excel files, browse continuously around 10 or more tabs, use in parallel many heavy applications such as Photoshop, Lightroom need to upgrade to at least 1 more RAM and additional 4GB SSD drive to ensure better performance.

An advantage in the above configuration is that the operation is very cool and smooth. Even when the system is forced to operate at full capacity, the machine almost does not make any significant noise.

summary

With that said, HP Desktop Pro G2 is a desktop model suitable for small and medium businesses or individual users who prefer a compact, energy-efficient, quiet-running desktop model. , cool and moderate in performance.

Review HP Desktop Pro G2

Machines meet the gentle work, basic, can play some popular online games today. Users who are more concerned about performance may consider upgrading to 8GB of RAM and installing an SSD to improve processing speed.

Advantages:

+ Compact design, moving, modern design, eye-catching

+ 4 front USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, convenient to connect peripherals

+ Operating cool, smooth, energy-saving

+ Performance meets office tasks, powerful Intel Core i3 8100 processor

+ There keyboard, mouse included

Limit:

– Only 4GB RAM, no SSD

– Limited upgrade ability

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