Are you looking for creative ways to maximize your office space, accommodate
a new training center, add more staff, or reorganize an area? If so, space-saving
PCs like the HP Compaq d510 or HP Compaq d530 ultra-slim desktops can
help you reduce the amount of space your desktop computers require by
up to 75%. With that 75% more space you can do a variety of things:
As you actively work to strike a balance between the amount of space a
worker needs to be productive and the tools and activities that space
must support, look to space-saving PCs as one way to expand your space-planning
options and make your final office layout more flexible.
For example, the figure below shows a row of eight workspaces in a 500-square-foot
space; these workspaces could be cubicles in a call center or tables in
a training room. Each space is 7 x 7 feet and holds a standard tower and
17-inch monitor combination that takes up approximately 2 x 3 feet of
space on the desk. Each desk offers a worker a little more than 8 square
feet of working space in addition to the space the tower and monitor take
up. While the towers could sit on the floor to decrease the overall footprint
of the PC on the desktop, the ports and drives on the towers would be
much less accessible to workers and more apt to be damaged.
With a simple change in the footprint the computers in each workspace
take up, this space can accommodate 10 workspaces instead of eight, as
the following figure shows. In this layout, each workspace is 6.5 x 6
feet and holds a space-saving d530 ultra-slim desktop that takes up 12.4
x 13.1 inches with the monitor sitting on top of it. Each workspace offers
a worker just about 8 square feet of working space in addition to the
space the tower and monitor take up.
But doesn't a reduced footprint mean reduced functionality? How can a
computer that is even 50% smaller than a standard desktop -- much less
one that is 75% smaller -- possibly provide the functionality and power
your employees need to do their jobs effectively and efficiently? Revolutionary
designs that are legacy-free make it possible.
HP's space-saving PCs take advantage of new technologies to maximize space
and limit the number of bulky ports the PC supports. Instead of supporting
serial, parallel, and PS/2 connections, each model of ultra-slim PC comes
with support for USB devices (five connectors on the d510 and six on the
d530), as well as a standard RJ-45 connector for LAN support and both
audio and video connectors to support multimedia.
||Give your employees more room to work with other
materials like printouts, notepads, and phones, as well as peripherals
like scanners and personal printers.
||Reduce the size of individual work areas to accommodate
more staff, without making your employees feel like sardines packed
tightly in a can.
||Improve the effectiveness of training labs by giving
attendees more room to take notes and work with training materials.
||Present a less cluttered, more efficient appearance
to clients who visit your office or even to potential customers
at a trade show booth.
To accommodate DVD and CD-ROM drives as well as additional hard drives,
both the d510 and d530 have a MultiBay removable storage device so you
can easily switch between drives without restarting the system or even
opening the computer's case.
And just because these systems are smaller, that doesn't mean they are
slower. The d510 comes with an Intel® Pentium® 4 2.0 GHz processor and
support for up to 2 GB of RAM. The d530 can hold up to a 3.06 GHz Intel®
Pentium® 4 2.0 processor and up to 2 GB of RAM.
Ultra-slim desktops support most standard business applications, and are
powerful enough to serve just about any user. However, if your users require
several PCI slots, need multiple hard drives, or need to support a variety
of legacy devices, especially if space isn't a concern, you may be better
served by one of HP's traditional desktop systems.
Also, if the ultra-slim desktop isn't extensible enough for your needs,
but you are trying to work around space constraints, consider one of HP's
other space-saving designs such as the d510 e-pc desktop, small form factor,
or convertible minitower, as well as the d530 convertible minitower. Although
not as small as the ultra-slim desktops, these other space-saving PCs
are smaller than traditional desktop models and offer different levels
of extensibility and legacy support.
As the discussions thus far have revealed, you may have to exchange some
legacy support and extensibility for a smaller footprint. However, in
many situations where space is a major concern, extensibility and legacy
support are minor concerns, if they are even concerns at all. In the next
section of this guide, you'll find out how to evaluate all of your desktop
needs with both space and extensibility in mind to decide if ultra-slim
desktops will meet your needs and support your business applications.
||Tip: If you
need to support older devices that use serial, parallel, or PS/2
connections, you can expand both the d510 and d530 to accommodate
them. An optional snap-on legacy module is available for the d510
and an optional PCI card with serial and parallel ports is available
for the d530. However, keep in mind that the fewer legacy devices
you have to support, the lower your IT costs.