Need to buy a gift for somebody who loves technology but you can’t afford the big ticket items?
HP Pro 3130 (WL831PA) business PC
This slim business PC has good processing power, but is let down by a shortage of RAM
- Intel Core i5 processor is more than powerful enough for average business needs, slim and quiet design
- 2GB RAM is insufficient for intensive computing tasks, no front microphone input
If you're just writing up invoices, sending e-mails or browsing the Net, then the HP Pro 3130 (WL831PA) will serve admirably. It's not appropriate for more intensive tasks like design or video rendering though, due to its small hard drive, low-powered graphics and inferior RAM fit-out.
The HP Pro 3130 (WL831PA) is a desktop business PC that's small, quiet and simple, but lacks the grunt to tackle intensive tasks like video editing or graphics work. If all you need is a Web browsing and word processing machine then it will be up to the task.
HP Pro 3130 (WL831PA): Design, layout and connectivity
The HP Pro 3130 (WL831PA) is similar in design to other small form factor business PCs like the HP Compaq 8100 Elite and HP Pavilion Slimline S5380a. It's compact and unobtrusive with an attractive, minimalist fascia that offers easy access to the unit's CD drive, two front USB ports and a headphone jack. There's no microphone jack on the front, though — a minor omission, but an annoyance for anyone that might want to make an impromptu Skype call.
Otherwise, connectivity is up to the standard we expect from a business PC. The HP Pro 3130 (WL831PA) has eight USB ports in total, VGA and a DVI-D port (so a high resolution monitor like the Dell U2711 can be hooked up) and Gigabit Ethernet.
When it's running, the HP Pro 3130 (WL831PA) is a quiet machine, with no audible noise from any fans or the system's hard drive. If you're working in a quiet environment this is an important consideration; in our opinion there's nothing more soul destroying than sitting next to the monotonous drone of a desktop PC for eight hours a day.
HP Pro 3130 (WL831PA): Specifications and performance
The HP Pro 3130 (WL831PA) runs the 32-bit version of Windows 7 Professional as standard, which should be the best option for small business users. However, the system doesn't ship with a way to downgrade to Windows XP Professional which may be annoying to some.
A 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 processor provides the HP Pro 3130 (WL831PA)'s number crunching power, and it is more than capable of carrying out basic Windows tasks. We breezed through a quick multitasking session with music, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel open simultaneously. It provided decent but unspectacular results in our benchmarks, with a Blender result of 48.73sec and an iTunes encoding result of 52.3sec.
The HP Pro 3130 (WL831PA) only has integrated graphics, making it an inappropriate choice for any gaming — you should be working, anyway — or CAD/graphic design work. Its 3DMark06 result of 1378 is no worse than similarly powered machines, though.
The HP Pro 3130 (WL831PA)'s 160GB hard drive is a 7200rpm unit. It's fast enough to not be an inconvenience during general computing
The PC has 2GB of RAM included in its standard configuration, although four RAM slots allow up to 8GB of RAM to be installed. Since RAM is a relatively cheap investment we would have liked to see 4GB included as a minimum, especially since we've found Windows 7 benefits from the extra memory when multitasking.
HP environmental policy
Visit HP's Web site to read about HP's environmental policy. HP has also announced a campaign that offers small businesses cash rebates when they replace and recycle their old PCs before 31 October, 2010.
The HP Pro 3130 (WL831PA) doesn't have the grunt to handle video rendering or CAD programs, but it works well as a quiet, no-nonsense machine for business users running office applications like Word or Excel.
Become a fan of PC World Australia on Facebook
Follow PC World Australia on Twitter: @PCWorldAu
Stay up to date with the latest news, reviews and features. Sign up to PC World’s newsletters
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Nova 3e: P20 in a pinch
- 2 Oppo R15 Pro review: A compelling mid-tier option with lots of value and few compromises
- 3 LG E8 OLED TV (2018) and SK10Y soundbar review: If you've been on the fence about OLED, now might be the time to jump it
- 4 Nokia 6 (2018) review: Simple. Solid. Supreme.
- 5 Samsung Q9F Series QLED: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- HP launches Omen by HP Challenger Series Tournament
- These are the best deals in Catch’s $4M Electronics Clear Out sale
- Samsung Australia announces breakthrough demand for Galaxy Note9 pre-sales
- HP Omen laptops include a first: Nvidia Max-Q graphics technology
- HP's Omen X Compact Desktop can morph into a backpack VR PC
PCW Evaluation Team
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Full, in-depth, Australian review
- Panasonic FZ1000U OLED TV: Full, in-depth, review
- Oppo Find X: Full, in-depth review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies