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Best Business PCs - Dell Latitude D531 and HP Compaq dc7800

written by: Arnold Zafra•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 1/31/2009

Looking to buy a new computing machine that will give you a bigger bang for your buck without draining your pocketbook? Look no further than the Dell D531 Notebook PC or the HP dc7800 Desktop PC. Both machines offer powerful features at relatively lower prices than comparative models.

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    Dell Latitude D531 Notebook PC

    dell d531 When considering this Notebook PC, keep in mind that Dell made this for users who are on a tight budget and, yet, are hesitant to sacrifice computing power. Dell has managed to come up with computer parts that would be at par with the features of most of Dell's high-end models.

    The Dell Latitude D531 has the following for its specs and technical details:

    • 2.6GHz AMD Turion 64 x2 TL-60 CPU
    • 120GB Hitachi SATA HD with 5400 RPM
    • 15.4-inch WXGA+ TrueLife Display
    • Integrated ATI z1270 Graphics
    • Dell Wireless 1505 draft-N card
    • 8x DVDRW Optical Drive
    • Standard Ports including 4 USB 2.0, headphone out, modem, and more
    • 9-cell battery pack

    Design-wise, the Dell D531 is simple, yet elegant, especially with its two-tone black and grey casing. Its greyish silver color definitely looks stunning, but it is subtle rather than flashy. It features a full ergonomic keyboard that would please those who use their notebooks for longer periods of time.

    The best thing about the Dell D531 notebook PC is the fact that it is highly customizable. You have various options for configuring the Dell D531 including CPU upgrade, bigger and more powerful RAM, larger battery with a longer life span, and a choice between Windows XP and Windows Vista as the notebook's operating system.

    The Dell Latitude D531 retails for around $1,499 - a reasonable price to pay for a powerful, portable computing machine with so many useful features.

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    HP Compaq dc7800

    HP's answer to the Dell D531 notebook PC is an equally powerful and yet relatively cheap desktop PC called the Compaq dc7800. When talking about affordable and compact desktop PCs, the Compaq dc7800 should probably be on top of the list. Here are some of the reasons why:hp-compaq-dc7800-convertible-minitower-pc 190x170 

    • 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 CPU
    • 1GB RAM
    • HP Motherboard
    • 60GB HD
    • Intel GMA X3100 soundMAX
    • Integrated digital HD audio dual-layer
    • DVD Writer D-SUB 8
    • USB ports
    • Windows Vista Business Edition

    Aside from these, the HP dc7800 desktop PC features a well-crafted body design which is the primary reason why HP notebooks are so accepted by many consumers. Barring all these features, what caught our attention to the HP dc7800 was its energy-efficiency, which means that this desktop PC will not fry itself due to excessive use.

    The HP Compaq dc7800's retail price varies from $649 for the ultra-slim desktop PC, $699 for the small form factor PC, and $829 for the convertible mini-tower PC.