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HP Compaq DC7900

HP Compaq DC7900
alaScore 89

113 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 113 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the design and reliability are generally positive. The size and usability also get good views.

value for money, usability, size, reliability, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the HP Compaq DC7900 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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(Based on 113 reviews)

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HP Compaq dc7900


The dc7900 cruises in at a price of $919 (as of May 27, 2009, not counting its recommended $189 monitor, the HP L1945w). One of the cost-cutting measures it adopted to achieve that attractive price was to omit a discrete graphics card. Don't purchase...

Above average application performance

Difficult to upgrade

The dc7900 is a powerhouse machine that comes saddled with a number of caveats.

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HP Compaq dc7900 Ultra-Slim


That said, the dc7900 is a good choice for a rapidly growing business. The smallest businesses can get away with using a PC without IT management features.. When you have more than a dozen employees, however, the IT-centric features of the dc7900...

Compact form factor. Energy efficient. VPro (including Intel VT and TXT technologies). DisplayPort. Easy to swap out components. Tool-less. Available in larger chassis as well. Standard three-year warranty

Uses more-expensive notebook-class optical drive. Gives up internal expansion for compactness. External power brick

It's a little bigger than a mini PC, but the HP Compaq dc7900 Ultra-Slim is a compact choice for your business. It's easy to service, reasonably powerful, and moderately priced.

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Review: Hewlett-Packard's Ultra-Slim DC7900


HP squeezes a desktop-class system, into an ultra-slim, small-form-factor chassis.


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HP dc7900 Review: Value & Performance Business Desktop Computing


HP Compaq's dc7900 is a great business desktop packed with features and good hardware. It's both versatile and affordable, and worthy of your consideration if you are in the market for a new office computer.

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GCN LAB REVIEW: HP Compaq dc7900


The HP Compaq dc7900 is a small PC that would be a good choice for an office where desktop space is a consideration — and, really, who couldn't use a bit more room?

Small form factor, good access

Subpar performance, limited upgrade capacity

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HP Compaq DC7900


For my purposes the unit is perfect and met enough of my important needs to give it 5 stars

I did not purchase this unit to be a workstation first off. I needed an affordable server that could support a hypervisor an run several servers in one compact low power device that was portable. I work in the computer industry so I am constantly...

Room for upgrades, ability to add an additional sata drive or a raid controller. No esata or firewire ports

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Amazon review summary for HP Compaq DC7900


alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of HP Compaq DC7900 from The average user rating for this product is 1.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on

0% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Dc7900 Sff C2d/3.16 4Gb 160Gb Dvdr Wv-Xpp

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Great basic computer


Does everything I need it to do quite well, just wish Office was included.

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Hello storage space!


Bought 3 of these machines to upgrade from XP and now have 9 TB of file storage extra. The 4 GB of DDR2 really make these boxes sing. Only complaint is no parallel ports for my printers.

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Excellent upgrade PC


Bought this inexpensive refurb PC to replace one that wasn't compatible with anything beyond Windows XP. Had to tweek a few old programs to get them up and running on Windows 7, but so far, I'm very happy with the purchase.

Product Specifications

HP Compaq dc7900 Convertible Minitower PC is HP's most stable and secure business PC with professional innovations such as energy efficient technologies, leading remote manageability solutions, and three flexible form factors designed to fit your specific business needs.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Desktop/Desktop slimline/Mini tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Convertible mini tower/Small form factor/Ultra-slim desktop

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Desktop/Desktop slimline/Mini tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Convertible mini tower/Small form factor/Ultra-slim desktop

Cache Memory

Installed Size:12MB/1MB/2MB/3MB/4MB/512KB/6MB
Per Processor Size:12MB/1MB/2MB/3MB/4MB/512KB/6MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:10in/10in / 17.8in/14.9in/14.9in / 10in/17.8in
Height:17.6in/2.6in/2.6in / 17.6in/3.9in/3.9in / 2.6in
Weight:18.7lbs/18.7lbs / 7.1lbs/26.2lbs/26lbs/7.1lbs/7.1lbs / 26.2lbs
Width:13.3in/13.3in / 9.9in/7in/9.9in/9.9in / 7in

Display (Projector)


Environmental Standards

Blue Angel Compliant: Yes
ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
Green Tick Certified: Yes


Country Kits:Canada/United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP Compaq Business Desktop


Chipset Type:Intel Q35 Express/Intel Q45 Express
Data Bus Speed:1066MHz/1333MHz/800MHz


Manufacturer Selling Program:HP Smart Buy


Type: None

Multimedia Functionality

TV Tuner Type: None


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/IEEE 802.11n (draft) / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)/802.11a/g/n (draft)/802.11b/g/n (draft)

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD) / 48x (CD) / 16x (DVD)/48x (CD) / 16x (DVD)/48x (CD) / 16x (DVD) / 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:16x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 4x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)/24x/32x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 12x (DVD-RAM)/32x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 12x (DVD-RAM) / 16x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 4x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
Type:CD-R / DVD-ROM combo/CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo/DVD/DVD / DVD-ROM/DVD-ROM/None
Write Speed:24x/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD/48x (CD) / 16x (DVD/48x (CD) / 16x (DVD / 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Edition:Windows Vista Business
Type:FreeDOS/Microsoft Windows 7 Professional / XP Professional downgrade/Microsoft Windows Vista Business/Microsoft Windows Vista Business / XP Professional downgrade/Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.2GHz/2.33GHz/2.4GHz/2.53GHz/2.5GHz/2.66GHz/2.6GHz/2.83GHz/2.8GHz/2.93GHz/2GHz/3.16GHz/3.33GHz/3GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core/Quad-Core/Quad-Core / Dual-Core
Processor Number:E1400/E1500/E2200/E2220/E5200/E5300/E7200/E7300/E7400/E7500/E8400/E8500/E8600/Q8200/Q8300/Q8400/Q9400/Q9550
Type:Celeron/Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Quad/No CPU/Pentium/Pentium Dual Core


Installed Size:0MB/1GB/2GB/3GB/4GB/8GB
Max Supported Size:16GB/16GB / 8GB/8GB/8GB / 16GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

On-Site Warranty:On-site
Type:3 years warranty /4 years warranty/5 years warranty


Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

Storage Controller

RAID Level:RAID 0 / RAID 1

Storage Controller (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Floppy Drive

Type:3.5 1.44 MB floppy / 3.5" 1.44 MB floppy/3.5" 1.44 MB floppy/3.5" 1.44 MB floppy / 3.5 1.44 MB floppy/None/None / 3.5 1.44 MB floppy / 3.5" 1.44 MB floppy

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-300

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:0GB/160GB/160GB / 250GB/1TB/250GB/320GB/320GB / 250GB/500GB/500GB / 250GB/640GB/80GB
Platform Technology:Intel vPro Technology
Recommended Use:Corporate business / Small business/Corporate business / Small business
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:256MB/256MB / 512MB/512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 XT/ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650/ATI Radeon HD 2400XT/ATI Radeon HD 2400XT / ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650/ATI Radeon HD 2400XT / Intel GMA 4500/ATI Radeon HD 3470/ATI Radeon HD 3650/Intel GMA 3100/Intel GMA 4500/Intel GMA X4500/Intel GMA X4500HD/NVIDIA Quadro NVS 290
Interface Type:PCI Express x16