It’s been a while since we reviewed a desktop that is made for students or other users who have a similar usage. Today, we’ve got something that would change that. In this HP 251xt i3-4170 review, let’s find out more about this new desktop PC from the house of HP and see if it is truly the one for students and business people.
As its primary audience are the students, HP has done the right thing and priced this desktop reasonably. The spec sheet doesn’t have a lot of punch to it. Let’s get into the full review and see if this one is good enough for the target audience.
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The desktop comes in black. This is a glossy black that has a spotted design on top of it. Though visual appearance is subjective, we do think that it looks good. There is a strip in the middle that contains the optical drive, a couple of ports, a jack and also a media card reader.
There are a lot of other ports, and they can be found on the back side. The desktop weighs around 14 pounds, so moving this around might not be that hard. Also, it has a smaller footprint when compared to other desktops, and that means it will take lesser space in your room. Overall, neat design for a budget desktop computer.
HP 251xt i3-4170 Specs
This is a standalone desktop and by that we mean that there is no monitor here. If you already have it on your house, then it’s fine. If you don’t, then spend some time in our monitor reviews section to find a monitor that is perfect for you.
For processing power, the HP 251xt i3-4170 packs an Intel Core processor from the 4th generation. The processor is an i3 4170 processor that has a clocking frequency of 3.7GHz. The chip also comes with a 3MB cache that isn’t that great, but might just be enough for students and casual users.
You can perform your everyday activities like homework, working on projects, web browsing, listening to music, watching movies, and also playing some casual games. There is no lag while using the OS and that itself is a relief as some processors struggle to run the OS smoothly.
There are only four gigs of DDR3 memory in the memory department. This is, by no means, a significant amount of memory, but is good enough for students and light users. You can multitask without losing any performance. You can also run multithreaded applications as the RAM can handle it without any problem.
HP has put in a 500GB hard drive in the HP 251xt i3-4170 desktop. This is a 7200RPM hard drive and gives you a lot of space to work with. The hard disk is also faster than 5400RPM drives and because of that you get better boot times, better opening and closing of apps as well.
Let’s be honest here. This desktop is not made for gaming. It comes with an Intel HD 4400 graphics card. This is an integrated GPU that comes along with the processor and does a pretty decent job. You can do moderate gaming and play most of the casual and mid-range games.
The operating system here in the HP 251xt i3-4170 is Windows 10 home edition. This is the latest and the greatest operating system in the Windows ecosystem. There are some excellent features like Cortana, Edge, Xbox streaming, and others that will great for students and business people alike.
There is a super multi dual-layer DVD drive that is handy for both reading and writing DVDs. There are 6 USB 2.0 ports that are great for pairing your external devices with your PC. The desktop also supports 802.11b/g/n wireless connectivity that is essential as well.
HP 251xt i3-4170 Review: Verdict
HP says that this HP 251xt i3-4170 desktop is for students and business people. We say that this one can be more than that. It is affordable and has enough power to become a desktop for all light users. If you are a light user and looking for a simple, budget PC, this one is recommended.