Because the HP Compaq 6000 sports a large 21.5″ LCD display it is not a small machine. It measures approximately 15″ x 21.5″x 2″ if you don’t include the stand. The stand adds an additional 9″ to the depth. The total weight is about 20 lbs so you aren’t going to be carrying this around under your arm.
The front of the PC is mostly all screen with only a webcam at the top and a power button at the bottom.
In addition to being used for video conferencing the webcam could also be used for logging into the computer. The PC uses facial recognition software to detect the user. The facial recognition software is very flaky. When it worked it would do a good job, but a couple times when I tried to use it I would get a message saying it could not find a camera. A couple other times it would just display the password box and not give any message at all.
On the left is an SD card slot, Firewire port, 2 USB ports, a microphone, and headphone jack.
The right side is the DVD drive, screen brightness up and down buttons, and a hard drive activity light.The back has additional connectors which include a display port, power plug, 5x USB, Ethernet, 2x PS/2 ports, and a speaker out jack. Honestly, I am surprised to see the PS/2 ports as those were made obsolete over a decade ago by USB. I don’t know why HP is determined to keep this old and useless technology alive.
For the most part the screen is really beautiful, and it does a great job of displaying all the images, video, and programs I could throw at it. It is also large enough to display many programs at the same time, this is great for productivity.
The HP Compaq 6000 also comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse. The keyboard was a little warped and would wobble on my desk when I pressed buttons. This would make an annoying sound, so out of desperation I tried bending the keyboard back into shape. After a few tries I actually got it to lay flat and it did not make the banging noise anymore.
Here is a quick look at the specs for this machine
|OS||Windows 10 Pro 64-bit|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo Processor (2.5GHz)|
|Memory||4 GB DDR3|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GT230 (1 GB)|
|Hard Drives||500 GB|
|Optical||DVD-RW drive w/ LightScribe|