Brought Several of these pc's at a very low price and I have found them a joy to work with. Although these machines are quite old, they still have their uses.
One very unique feature of this series of computer is the ability for it to accept a wide variety of CPU's. All you need to do is to buy a socket 370 (PGA370) to a Slot 1 socket. Some of mine have got 1.4GHZ Celerons in them and they boot fine, this was a large improvement over the standard Pentium 2's and 3's which they were designed for.
Another nice feature about these computers is the sheer durability of the design, the cases are so well built that you can physically drop them, and they will be fine, however I do not recommend this.
The computers also have a very good power supply in them, which is very well built, but also they run at a very cold temperature. This is a good feature because it lowers the overall system temperature to around 20-30deg. This is very good if you are planning to use them as a server which is what I do with mine.
One small problem with them however is the fact that they have a removable storage controller. This is a problem because it does have the tendency to work loose during excessive movement, but this is a simple problem to rectify. The same can count for the slot 1 CPU's which also suffer with this problem, this can be solved with a simple clip.
Overall these computers are perfect for being used as low-grade cheap servers, and low spec desktop pc's/workstations. I would not recommend these machines as gaming PC's unless you are planning to play solitaire lol.
I have had this computer for sometime now, and for an older computer this thing runs very well still. Despite having problems with Windows, this computer still runs fast with an install of the latest version of Windows, much more then what this thing was meant to run! This computer is also very fast for its price, meaning you get performance, reliability, and value in one nice easy package. But for a negative the horizontal style is not near as good as the vertical style casing. And the inside of the computer is very hard to open up and work on, and it is very hard to upgrade. And the outside of the casing is not all that fashionable. <>Motherboard<> The motherboard is a high quality Intel based chipset. That comes standard with a decent CPU. And a FSB(Front Side Bus) of 133Mhz <>Harddisk<> Comes with a decent sized harddisk around 10gigs, which is more then enough to store all your data. <>RAM<> The ram works on PC133, it can old up to 512mb, but not a single 512mb chip of ram :( <>CDROM<> The computer I got came with a 48 times CDROM, but you can upgrade to a DVDROM. <>Floppy Drive<> I think all this computer come standard with 1.44mb floppies. <>Keyboard & Mouse<> The keyboard lasted me a nice long time, and when you type on is was nice and quite, but the mouse, on the other hand, was low quality and stop working almost right away.
Right I thought I write an opinion on the Deskpro EN computer as I uses it everyday at work and also do most of my Dooyoo time on it as well. Well first of all looking at the market at the moment there is so many machine out their that would cost you around 1000 pounds and would get a higher spec machine than this. Don’t be put off by this as this machine does more that it needs to with the power that it has. Now at work our computers are networked and it is very difficult not using all the services. But luckily enough we have administration right to install and remove software. MOTHERBOARD ------------------------ The type of motherboard that you get is a chipset –Intel 815E with the process power can go from Intel Pentium Three 667 MHz to 1 GHz. It comes with standard L2 of 256 KB integrated ECC, front side bus of 133 MHz and maximum Memory 512 MB. At least you know that the unit is future proof and will have no problem with further development. HARD DRIVE ------------------- You get a large amount of hard drive space around 10 gigs, which are more than enough to run all your application needs. Of course you also have the option to upgrade this to around 40 gigs whenever you like. Hard drives have never been a problem on machines as it can be updated at any time and this system support ultra ATA/100 drive protection system that is a newest system around. MEMORY -------------- The actual processing speed for the memory are PC 133 which is really fast and can be populated by one DIMM slot of either 64, 128, 256. Of course you can add up to anything to 512 MB as the motherboard supports it. DRIVES ----------- There are several options available for drives are 1.44 MB Diskette Drive that allows you to put all of your floppy disk in. Also at time of purchase you can add a CD-ROM drive of 48 speed or a DVD drive 16 speed DVD
and 40 speed CD drive in one. Since it was a work machine and they want to save on cost they cave a CD ROM drive of 48 speed, as it’s cheaper. KEYBOARD ----------------- The keyboard is very comfortable to uses with nice button that don’t seem springy. It is an easy to uses keyboard with a few multimedia option buttons built on the top of it. These buttons allow you to open certain application faster as well as help with you Internet browser. MOUSE ------------ You get a two-button mouse that also comes with a scroller that allows you to move up and down on pages and option on the Internet. This mouse is brilliant to have as it come standard with the scroller mouse. The scroller mouse will save you so much time when you have large documents of down looking down web pages, I would recommend to anyone to buy one of these. SOUND CARD -------------------- The system comes with a built in sound card, which is Sound Blaster Audio PCI 128. I’ve played a few CD on the system and it sounds great with the standard built in speaker of the unit. You can add some extra ones if you like and more than happy to show NETWORK CONTROLLER -------------------------------------- The model that we have at work contains Integrated Intel PRO/100 VM Network Connection and work really well. This is also integrated on the system and is no a seperate unit. Does the job fine at work but would not use this option if it were a home computer. GRAPHICS CARD -------------------------- Intel 3D Direct AGP (option available on entry-level Deskpro EN models only) this is the basic card you can get for this machine but if you want to spend more money you can get much better card to play movies and games for your system. EXPANSION OPTIONS -------------------------------- Slots – there are 1 AGP slot for all types of graphics card t
hat support that type of slot and 5 PCI slots for other device expansions. Bays – There are two bays where you could add drive in like dvd, CD rewriter, tape backup and so on. OPERATING SYSTEM --------------------------------- The operation system that came with was a dual installation of Windows 2000/Windows NT 4.0 with selectable SP1 as standard. Which I think is not that bad and is really good for businesses that are taking their networks into the future. OVERALL --------------- The response and speed of the machine does allow me to spend a lot of time on the Internet to do all my opinions without any problems. I have noticed some slow downs during the day when everyone is in at work and can cause some lags. I really do like this machine as I do a lot of web design on the Intranet and with the speed and memory I’m able to run several applications at the same time. The system that I’m using is a Pentium three 733 with 128 memory and 10 gigs hard drive with network capability. I would recommend this system but there is a lot better unit out there at the moment that could be much better value for money. It also does come with three year on site warranty and the support that you get is really brilliant. Also the website offers all driver information and downloads available to you. Hope this has been interesting! :0)
Probably not everyone’s first choice when purchasing a new computer, but as you will see if you read on Compaq computers are surprisingly good. The only draw back I feel is that they are a tad on the expensive side. ** My Experience ** Over the last year the company that I work at has gradually started to buy Compaq computers. At first I wasn't sure about them as for as long as I have worked there they have always bought Dell computers and I was quite happy with these. When we go the first Compaq I thought they looked a bit strange as I was used to the look of Dell computers. My first impression was that they looked quite fidley to service and were a lot heavier than the Dell computers, which we had. But over the year that we have had them I have found them to be very easy to work with. The design of the cases has improved a lot and the insides of the PC I feel are very easy to get at, which is a bonus. The cases are also very easy to open unlike some computers, there are just two buttons on the side of the computer, a desktop version, and you pull back and hey presto the case is open. Once you can the case off the PCI slots were easily accessible and the hard drive and floppy drive were mounted on a frame which could be lifted out. Extra drives such as CD-ROM drives were also very easy to install, all they required were four screws attached to them on the side and they would slide and lock into place. All of the hardware inside the computer is very easy to get at, which is very good because the last thing you want to be doing is struggling to get at something when servicing a computer. When you come to reinstall the computer this is also made very easy. With each computer you get a restore CD, this you put in the CD-ROM Drive and the computer will boot off the CD. All you need then is either Windows 9x or NT. All of the drivers for the computer are installed automatically and you don’t have to do anything, appart
from fill in a few details about the owner etc… This is a break to scrambling around looking for the individual driver disks, which we lost a lot of the time. You have to be careful though to keep the restore CD if you have a Compaq Laptop as the CD you get with it is the only one that will restore your laptop. To get this fixed without it is then a very long drawn-out experience with a lot of time spent on the phone convincing Compaq that we did own that particular Laptop. Eventually we got a new restore CD sent out to us. ** My Thoughts ** Generally it is my view that I wouldn't buy a brand computer for home, as I don't have a problem fixing it myself. But if you want some comfort from the fact that your PC has a good warranty these computers are good, if a little pricey. But then the extra that you pay in the price goes into testing the computers, so generally you should get fewer problems with them.
When I first strode in ot the room and glared down at the little machine humming away on my desk, I thought, what a little machine. Indeed, the compaq en deskpro is quite a small machine, and it has many advantages, yet, like many things in the commercial world, it has its faults aswell. The computer would be ideal for a company because of its grat networking capabilities. The machine is easy to upgrade and repare aswell, because the cover comes off with a touch of a button. I also noticed that there was no "restart" button on the machine, maybe this was meant for a purpose, though it would have been more useful, as with some software programs computers do crash. The overall noise of the computer is quite low, and it stand by mode the computer is completly silent, however, for some strange reason, the dreaded cd-rom drive starts making that annoying whissss sound it makes for time to time.... The speed of the pc, of course depends on the model, but compaq are very reliable at delivring a good speed pc. One of the faults is the floppy drive, i dont know why, but compaqs tned to eat for floppy diskes so that they get broken.... Sound is good enough, I think this range come with top quality internal speakers that are crisp and sharp. When playing games, you can really see a difference between playing on a en series because quite simply the speed and the sheer quality of the graphics. They just like the tv, and the faster modems allow fast gameplay over the internet. I can understand why this computer was built for networking in buisnesses, because of the design of it. Overall, the quality of the macine is exceptiona, and it excells in all areas. This pc will clearly last you for atleast 3 years as a home user, and even then you can have it up graded!!! The customer service of compaq are reliable and they are easy to get in touch with. In conclusion, a great machine, with its faults. My Rating: 8/10
(I HOPE THIS REVIEW HAS HELPED YOU MAKE YOUR DECISION!!)
If you are in business, do not buy these machines. I have 25 machines so far and about 20% have broken down and Compaq's support has been appalling. You log a call, they take a couple of days to call back, then eventually then come, don't have the part, then leave you a loaned part, come back a week or two later to replace that loaned part, and then bugger off again. All this amounts to loads of disturbance and lost working time. I'm fed up with them, but they are too big to care about this customer!
Working with the EN I see a lot of the machines. We have been buying since the 300 PII's and are still buying now that we have the new model 733's. These are serious business machines, on the whole easy to work with, although the drive carriage presses on the cabling and connectors on the old case, although this has been rectified. Very reliable. I can't think of one that has had a major problem and we've had 100's pass through us with no faults and the older machines still run fine (I am writing on one. I would say that they are a bit expensive for wha tthey are, so I would not reccomend for homw use, go for the EP. But for office use, to have as a company workhorse I would thoroughly reccomend them.