Top 10 Windows 8 business desktop PCs

All-in-one systems make their mark

7. HP Pro 3500 MicroTower PC

HP Pro 3500 Micro Tower PC pic

It's amazing to think that HP was considering pulling out of the PC market, but then that CEO left and life went back to normal. If you need a solid PC system that's going to work day-in day-out then the HP Pro range should draw your attention.

Specifically this 3500 range is based on a no-nonsense microtower system, which comes with Windows 8 Pro 64-bit, a goodly 4GB of memory and a low cost but capable Intel Pentium G645 processor. With an optical drive and a roomy 500GB of drive space this system has everything you need to get your business up and running, while remaining expandable as you go.

Support costs are kept to a minimum by the basic one-year onsite warranty. There's nothing here that's going to change the world but with HP's reliability it's a system that you can be sure will keep on running.

8. Fujitsu Esprimo E400 E85+

Fujitsu Esprimo E400 E85

Promoting its green credentials Fujitsu is keen to point out its environmental designs for its Fujitsu Esprimo E400 E85+ range. It minimises environmental hazards and utilises 86% efficient power supplies to keep down power consumption.

Running the Intel H61 chipset, it's able to offer a range of processors from the basic Intel Celeron right through to the latest Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7 3770. This model utilises the balanced Intel Core i3 2120 with its integrated HD Graphics 2000, Gigabit LAN and has an installed 500GB hard drive. There's a basic 2GB of memory that's suitable for the supplied Windows 8 Pro 64-bit operating system and the system can be expanded up to 16GB.

The slimline chassis can be used horizontally or vertically and measures just over a foot square and four inches thick, so it's small enough to be tucked away under most desks or used as a monitor stand. Helping to sweeten the deal Fujitsu offers a reasonable one-year on-site warranty.

9. HP Compaq 6300 MicroTower

HP Compaq 6300 Micro Tower pic

The HP Compaq 6300 isn't the smallest or best looking system, but it sure is flexible. The HP Compaq range exists to service the business sector and the new HP Compaq 6300 MicroTower aims to be a low cost, Intel powered system that's packing the latest technology.

This base machine comes with the latest generation Intel Pentium G640 dual-core processor, and is more than up to handling standard office tasks and documents. Key to your business is the micro-tower design. With more room inside it means the specification can be tailored to your needs and the system expanded over time. So serving you for longer and providing a better return.

HP Compaq can offer a flexible range of configurations with this base system only comes with 2Gb of memory, but it can support an impressive 32GB. A sensible 500GB hard drive is thrown in and you'll have to work with the integrated graphics, but it can handle dual displays as standard.

10. Dell OptiPlex 9010

Dell Optiplex 9010 pic

It's not without reason that the all-in-one is often overlooked in the business environment. The regularly required upgrade and maintenance cycle PCs of old required didn't really play to the strengths of an AIO, while their custom design also incurred extra costs.

Modern versions like this Dell OptiPlex 9010 manage to coMbine the power of a desktop with the space saving and elegance of an all-in-one. Dell even includes a touchscreen for the price, which makes these a desirable way of presenting interactive data and information.

With the latest third generation Intel Core i3 3225 processor, 64-bit Windows 8 Pro, 4GB of memory and 500GB of storage, not forgetting that vibrant 23-inch 1920x1080 LED display, all in the base machine, there's an awful lot to like here. It may seem more expensive than other plain desktops, but remeMber you get the display included in the price and three years on-site Dell service, which offsets that extra cost.