HP ProDesk 405 G2 review

Is this the best value desktop PC yet?

HP ProDesk 405 G2
HP ProDesk 405 G2

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The HP ProDesk 405 G2 hit all the right spots – it's hard to dislike this machine, especially if you plan to upgrade from Windows XP. It's a well-designed personal computer, and one that shows the wealth of design experience that HP carries.

We liked

There's plenty to love about the ProDesk. It is small enough to be moved around easily, it has plenty of expansion options, more than enough legacy ports, a fast hard disk drive, and both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, all at a price that should get heads turning.

We disliked

HP should refrain from bundling any sort of non-business, entertainment-focused applications on this computer. That said, they are fairly easy to get rid of, but it adds to the frustration of not having a 'clean' PC from the outset.

Final verdict

Get this bargain-basement desktop while you can, especially as the HP offer is due to end in a couple of days. It's a fantastic piece of kit with a great price, and it's a no-brainer purchase, especially if, as an individual or company, you're looking to move away from Windows XP. The bottom line is that it would probably cost a fair wad of cash to get rid of old hardware anyway, so getting it done through HP and getting discounted new hardware into the bargain is probably the best way forward.

Desire Athow
Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website builders and web hosting when DHTML and frames were in vogue and started narrating about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium.