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What is a compact desktop PC?

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There have been so many interesting developments in the computer market since the first home PCs went on sale. These days one of the most interesting is the advent of compact deskstop PCs – but what is a compact desktop PC? And what are the benefits of having one? Let’s have a chat about those things, in this blog… But before we do let’s cast our minds back to the early 1980s…

The days of Ultravox and Yazoo in the pop charts and Mrs Thatcher in Number Ten. There were Dallas, Blake’s 7 and Tiswas on the TV and Liverpool riding high in the football world – and even Shergar was still around! Back then, in those dim and distant days, it was pretty much inconceivable what would happen in the next few decades in terms of computers in every home. That’s because computers were merely those incredible huge machines – giant calculators?! – which got man to the moon, or which ‘went bad’ and threatened life on Earth in loads of sci-fi films.

But, things were changing and home computers were becoming a very real thing. Still, there was basically a really limited choice – and no-one could really have foreseen how things would develop over the oncoming decades. In the UK in the early-to-mid 1980s it pretty much boiled down to getting yourself a BBC Micro or a Commodore 64 (either seemingly built for the more serious computer enthusiast or those who knew a little bit about what they were doing). Or a ZX Spectrum (which seemed to have been designed for family fun and learning).

But these days there are many different devices designed for much more specific purposes and for much more specific demographics. The compact desktop PC is a great example. So let’s have a look at what one is…

Can you explain what a compact desktop PC is?

Sure, of course! A compact desktop PC is basically a mini desktop (so, also known as a mini PC or small form factor PC). It’s a complete desktop PC but the inner workings are housed within a ‘compact’ case or unit. It’s pretty much a case of everything being contained in a small box and just hook up a keyboard and monitor and you’re ready to go…

So it’s pretty simple, really. A compact desktop PC works the same as a traditional desktop PC but it doesn’t take up as much of your precious desk space. Generally, compact desktop PCs are so small that there is a significant advantage in situations where space is limited, or you wouldn’t really want to position a traditional desktop PC tower case (a children’s room, a student’s digs, or a work reception area or similar).

Lenovo Thinkcentre M630e

There are additional benefits such as low power consumption and (in fanless models) low noise levels. Though they’re fantastic, the general truth of it is that compact desktop PCs tend to not be quite as fast as traditional desktop PCs (for understandable reasons – the components), but they can do ‘real work’. They’re great for email, browsing the internet and your socials, and for running Microsoft Office programs such as Word, XL and so on.

However, increasingly there are models of compact desktop PC which pack quite a punch, as it were. Take the Lenovo ThinkCentre M630e for example. It’s compact (at about 96% smaller than a full-sized desktop) and it’s budget friendly – but it can also boast 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processing, DDR4 memory, and high-speed SSD storage. A little bit of a powerhouse, really! The Lenovo ThinkCentre M630e is a great model of compact desktop PC which points the way to the advances in these devices.

So what’s the general upshot?

Okay, the main thing to consider – the main ‘selling point’ of compact desktop PCs, if you want to put it in those terms – is that they are highly convenient devices for people who want to conserve their precious desk space. There’s also no need to compromise on power and capability, although there are models which are not quite up to the same spec as there bulkier ‘tower’ counterparts. However, there is a general trend of compact desktop PCs being made which are powerful and capable.

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