HP Pro 3130 Core i5 – 1st Generation 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.