Smaller and Stronger: HP ProDesk systems upgraded to Skylake

As CPUs continue to become smaller, more powerful and more energy efficient, it’s become possible to put some truly powerful hardware into small packages. While that might apply to the likes of smartphones the most, the world of micro-desktop systems has also exploded in recent years and it looks likely to continue to grow apace with the release of Intel’s latest lineup of Skylake processors and chipsets.

HP is the latest company to jump on that new hardware trend, upgrading its line of ProDesk hardware to incorporate the new chips. Packing a powerful processor and plenty of memory into a miniature form factor, the ProDesk 400 G2 Desktop Mini utilizes the same highly connective chassis of its G1 predecessors, incorporating four USB 3.0 ports, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort connector, VGA port, and a serial connector.

The back also has an ethernet port for cable-based networking and a pair of front-mounted headphone and mic 3.5mm ports.

One noticeable performance-related change is that along with the Skylake upgrade, the ProDesk now supports DDR4 as well, which should see increased bandwidth over previous generations.

Related: Pint-sized PCs are about to turn desktops into dinosaurs

The ProDesk 400 G2 Mini will be released in October according to Liliputing, however V3 cites sources that suggest there will be one exception. The HP ProDesk 400 “small form factor,” will be released a little later than the others, priced at $550.

The same big refresh is taking place in HP’s ProBook range, with the 13.3 inch, 14 inch, and 15.6 inch versions upgrading the internals to Skylake CPUs and motherboards.

Much like the micro PCs, these new notebooks have various CPU and storage options, with choices of i3, i5 and i7 processors, though there is also a new ProBook 455 G3 released alongside these lineups, that offers the latest AMD processors too. All come with the same six-cell batteries, offering up to 11 hours of usage.

The various screen size configurations also come with different resolution options, with the top end maxing out at a 1080P display.

As standard, HP sells these laptops with Windows 10 64bit, though there are options for a Windows 10 Home version and older operating systems like Windows 8.1 and 7.

Product Review

With the RX100 VI, Sony proves it still makes the best point-and-shoot camera

The sixth generation of Sony's powerful but compact RX100 camera delivers more zoom, incredible speed, robust 4K video, and still fits in the palm of your hand.
Product Review

Razer just made our favorite gaming laptop even more powerful than before

The Razer Blade, our favorite gaming laptop, is now more powerful than ever before. That’s thanks to the new Nvidia RTX graphics cards inside. Do they help Razer retain its edge over the competition?
Photography

What’s the difference between Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic?

Lightroom CC has evolved into a capable photo editor, but is it enough to supplant Lightroom Classic? We took each program for a test drive to compare the two versions and see which is faster, more powerful, and better organized.
Computing

Apple may go big with a redesigned 16-inch MacBook Pro, 31.6-inch 6K display

In a research note, well-respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo writes that there are indications the company could be releasing a 16-inch MacBook Pro, as well as a 31.6-inch 6K display in 2019.
Computing

Intel expects Apple to transition Macs to ARM processors in 2020, report says

It has been rumored for some time that Apple could transition away from Intel to ARM processors, but a new report now claims that Intel is aware of the decision and that it could happen in 2020.
Computing

Still miss Windows 7? Here's how to make Windows 10 look more like it

There's no simple way of switching on a Windows 7 mode in Windows 10. Instead, you can install third-party software, manually tweak settings, and edit the registry. We provide instructions for using these tweaks and tools.
Computing

The rumors were true. Nvidia’s 1660 Ti GPU, a $280 powerhouse, has arrived

Nvidia has officially launched the GTX 1660 Ti, its next-generation, Turing-based GPU. It promises to deliver all the performance and efficiency for all modern games, but without stepping into the high price range of the RTX series. 
Computing

Dodge the biggest laptop-buying mistakes with these handy tips

Buying a new laptop is exciting, but you need to watch your footing. There are a number of pitfalls you need to avoid and we're here to help. Check out these top-10 laptop buying mistakes and how to avoid them.
Computing

Great PC speakers don't need to break the bank. These are our favorites

Not sure which PC speakers work best with your computer? Here are the best computer speakers on the market, whether you're working with a tight budget or looking to rattle your workstation with top-of-the-line audio components.
Computing

Confused about RSS? Don't be. Here's what it is and how to use it

What is an RSS feed, anyway? This traditional method of following online news is still plenty useful. Let's take a look at what RSS means, and what advantages it has in today's busy world.
Computing

Everything you need to know about routers, modems, combos, and mesh networks

Modem vs. router: what's the difference? We explain their functions so you can better diagnose any issues prior to contacting technical support. We also talk about a few variants you'll see offered by ISPs and retailers.
Computing

Metro Exodus update brings DLSS improvements to Nvidia RTX 20-series PCs

Having issues in Metro Exodus? A February 21 update for the title recently delivered enhancements to Nvidia’s deep learning supersampling feature and other fixes for low-specced PCs. 
Computing

Limited-time sale knocks $500 off the price of the Razer Blade Pro 17

Looking for an ultra-powerful laptop for yourself or someone else? You're in for some luck. Razer is running a sale on some of its best gaming laptops, cutting down pricing on the Razer Blade 15 and the Razer Blade Pro 17. 
Emerging Tech

Engineer turns his old Apple lle into an wheeled robot, and even gives it a sword

How do you give new life to a 30-year-old computer? Software engineer Mike Kohn found a way by transforming his old Apple IIe into a wheeled robot. Check it out in all its 1980s glory.