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Why HPs Mini Desktops are Perfect for Small Businesses

Why HP’s Mini Desktops are Perfect for Small Businesses

Harry Stewart
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Space is a sought-after commodity in the UK, where 67 million people coexist within a relatively tiny island. In cramped inner-city offices within major metropolises like Manchester and London, small British companies commonly struggle to accommodate essential IT infrastructure.
Boasting high-end specs and a slew of productivity-orientated features, HP Mini Desktops offer a compact, space-saving solution to the squeeze. An affordable price tag combined with exceptional energy efficiency makes these tiny devices a viable option for many small British businesses.
In this post, we’re examining the key benefits and drawbacks of an HP Mini Desktop for small companies. We’ll then discuss how a mini can bolster your bottom line and outline some of the best-selling options on the HP UK Store.

The benefits of an HP Mini Desktop for small British businesses

benefits of an HP Mini Desktop
HP Mini Desktops bring a plethora of tangible benefits for small businesses with limited resources and room.

Compact design

The most apparent advantage is its petite, space-saving design. Coming in at a fraction of the size of a cumbersome tower PC (or an all-in-one like the HP ProDesk), the HP Mini Desktop is the ultimate solution for office managers with limited room. Most minis can slide into cramped nooks and crannies or attach to the back of a monitor to save even more space.

Lightweight portability

A by-product of this pint-sized design is that the HP Mini Desktop is remarkably portable. Smaller dimensions and significantly lighter weight make a mini much easier to move around the office or transport to off-site meetings. While not as portable as a business laptop, the mini is far more agile than a tower PC.

Top-tier performance

Despite their diminutive stature, an HP Mini Desktop boasts plenty of power to handle your everyday workflows. Most models come with zippy late-generation processors, abundant RAM, and a sizeable SSD. Some specialist devices even pack a potent GPU for 3D rendering or machine learning tasks.

Energy-efficient PCs

HP Mini Desktops consume substantially less power than a comparable tower PC, saving your business big money on its quarterly electricity bills. These savings stack up when you purchase multiple minis and continue to use them over the long term.

Sleek aesthetics

A compact desktop PC frame and a sophisticated, matt black finish give the HP Mini a slick business-ready aesthetic. As many models are designed to clip onto the back of a monitor (or underneath a desk), it’s possible to hide them from sight altogether.

A quiet working environment

HP Mini Desktops use smaller fans or passive cooling solutions to minimise background noise. This near-silent operation makes a massive impact in compact offices with multiple workers and PCs. A quieter working environment reduces distractions and bolsters employee productivity.

The drawbacks of an HP Mini Desktop

Although an HP Mini Desktop offers a slew of enticing benefits, there are a handful of disadvantages a small business should consider as well.

Performance limitations

The top-end HP Mini Desktops feature high-tech specs to tackle ultra-demanding workflows, yet they can’t compete with a comparable tower PC. Larger desktops have more space for bulky components and the requisite cooling systems. However, the difference is only noteworthy among the most high-performance workstations.

Less effective cooling systems

The small, space-saving design means a mini desktop doesn’t have enough space for a sizeable cooling system. A smaller fan may limit performance when the PC crunches through high-intensity workflows. On the upside, minis make far less ambient noise than their bulky tower PC counterparts.

Budget constraints

HP Mini Desktops offer excellent value for money, often retailing at a similar rate to a comparable tower PC. However, at the top end of the price spectrum (i.e., an enterprise-level workstation for 3D modelling or large-scale data analysis), the tower PC usually works out cheaper as it’s easier to keep cool.

Limited expandability

Many HP Mini Desktops feature tool-free interior access to effortlessly upgrade components like the GPU or RAM. Nonetheless, these tiny compact devices don’t offer the same degree of expandability as a large, fully-customisable tower PC.

How HP Mini Desktops can bolster small business profits and efficiency

How HP Mini Desktops can bolster small business
Here’s how an HP Mini Desktop can enhance operational efficiency and maximise your small business’ profits.

Smaller office spaces

Their minute, compact size means you can squeeze more mini PCs (and their operators) into a smaller office space. This factor saves your company stacks of cash on rent, a significant overhead for every small British business.

A de-cluttered workspace

Tiny little PCs tucked behind a monitor will de-clutter your office space and create a slick, streamlined aesthetic. Studies have shown that employees in clean, comfortable working environments see a bump in day-to-day productivity.

Fast-paced performance

For most workers, an HP Mini Desktop packs plenty of grunt to power through their daily workflows. Silky-smooth performance while running resource-demanding apps has a huge positive impact on productivity.

Lower utility bills

An HP Mini Desktop uses a fraction of the electricity of a comparable tower PC, sometimes as little as one-tenth. These power savings become even more substantial when you’ve got multiple staff working over a prolonged period.

The best HP Mini Desktops in the UK

You’ve studied the pros and cons and determined an HP Mini Desktop is a prudent investment for a small business computer. Now it’s time to examine the top options on the HP UK Store.
Here are three of the best-selling machines from the Pro Mini, Elite Mini, and Z2 Mini range.

HP Pro Mini 400 G9 Business Desktop: Best budget

They say good things come in small packages. And that’s certainly the case with the HP Pro Mini 400 G9. Measuring just 17.7 x 17.5 x 3.4 cm, this feather-light 1.42 kg device is among the smallest Mini Desktops from HP.
HP Pro Mini 400 G9 Business Desktop
Yet don’t let the minuscule size deceive you. This business-orientated machine boasts impressive enterprise-level specs despite its teeny-weeny frame. Powered by a 12th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 and 16GB of RAM, it’s a capable little workhorse to suit employees of almost all industries.
A roomy 512GB SSD gives you plenty of space to stash sizeable file libraries, while integrated Intel UHD Graphics 770 provides stutter-free performance for presentations and videos. A free HP 125 Wired Keyboard & HP 125 Wired Mouse come included to sweeten the deal. Like most Mini Desktop Pros, this model also comes with HP Wolf Security for Business.
If your team only need to run basic Microsoft Office apps and browse the web, consider downgrading to a lower configuration for significant savings.
  • Operating system: Windows 11 Pro
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 12700T (12th Generation)
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 770
  • Extras: HP 125 Wired Keyboard & HP 125 Wired Mouse
  • Weight: 1.42 kg
  • Dimensions: 17.7 x 17.5 x 3.4 cm

HP Elite Mini 800 G9 Business Desktop: Best mid-range

Investing several hundred pounds more will score you an upgrade to the HP Elite Mini 800 G9, a small-footprint PC with a big impact on performance.
HP Elite Mini 800 G9 Business Desktop
The HP Elite Series is a substantial step up from the HP Pro Series. While the latter primarily targets small businesses with modest computational requirements, the HP Mini Elite caters to those tackling high-intensity workflows. Whether you’re a content creator, web developer, or another high-intensity user, this sturdy little workhorse will cruise through your daily tasks.
The most notable difference here is the specs. A speedy Intel Core i9 and 32GB RAM combine to bring you butter-smooth performance on even the most demanding apps. Plus, storage becomes a breeze thanks to its extra-large 1TB SSD.
The HP Elite Mini 800 G9 also gets enterprise-level protection with HP Wolf Pro Security Edition. Equipped with HP Sure Click Pro and HP Sure Sense Pro, this potent security solution negates the need for an IT-managed PC environment.
Again, if you feel the specs are a tad overkill for your needs, it’s possible to downgrade the configuration for a more affordable rate.
  • Operating system: Windows 11 Pro
  • Processor: Intel Core i9 12900 (12th Generation)
  • RAM: 32GB RAM
  • Storage: 1TB SSD
  • GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 770
  • Extras: HP 655 Wireless Keyboard and mouse combo
  • Weight: 1.42 kg
  • Dimensions: 17.7 x 17.5 x 3.4 cm

HP Z2 G9 Mini Workstation: Best premium

Workers with high-level processing requirements - especially in the GPU - should consider splashing out on the HP Z2 G9 Mini Workstation. While it’s significantly pricier than the aforementioned models, this high-octane machine can handle virtually anything you could throw at it.
HP Z2 G9 Mini Workstation
A 12th Generation Intel Core i9, 32GB of RAM, and a 12GB NVIDIA® RTX™ A2000 work seamlessly as a team to optimise efficiency. Professionals like 3D modellers, animators, architects, and engineers would benefit most from its high-end specs and ultra-capable GPU.
This HP Mini Desktop is quite a bit heavier than our other suggested options, though that’s hardly surprising given the hardware under the hood.
  • Operating system: Windows 11 Pro
  • Processor: Intel Core i9 12900K (12th Generation)
  • RAM: 32GB RAM
  • Storage: 1TB SSD
  • GPU: NVIDIA RTX A2000 (12GB)
  • Extras: HP USB 320K Keyboard & HP Wired 320M Mouse
  • Weight: Starting at 2.4 kg
  • Dimensions: 21.1 x 21.8 x 6.9 cm

Summary

With a teeny-tiny footprint and impressive productivity-boosting specs, the HP Mini Desktop is an enticing option for small businesses in the UK. Next-level energy efficiency, near-silent fan operation, and sleek, professional aesthetics only add to the appeal.
HP sells a broad array of Mini Desktops catering to small British businesses of all types. Browse our top recommendations or check out what else is available on the HP UK Store.

About the Author

Harry Stewart is a Tech Takes contributor covering everything from laptop reviews to how-to guides.

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