There are many great laptops for productivity work, but sometimes it still makes sense to go with a desktop computer. ASUS has now announced the ExpertCenter D7 SFF, a Windows desktop with a slim design and some interesting features.
ASUS announced the ExpertCenter today, although it’s been on sale since August, as a slimline PC tower aimed at businesses. That might explain the odd mix of connectivity options – there are 11 USB ports in total, PS/2 connectors for legacy keyboards and accessories (no adapter needed for that Model M), HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort and Ethernet. The front has easy access to SD card slots, USB devices and headphones – take that, 24-inch iMac.
ASUS allows companies to customize their builds, but the $879.99 model available through Amazon has a 12th generation Intel Core i5-12400 processor (with six cores and 12 threads), Windows 11 Pro, 512 GB of NVMe storage and 16 GB of RAM. There’s no dedicated graphics card in the entry-level model – it’s strictly a productivity PC.
There is also a DVD drive, which may be unnecessary for most people at this point, but can still be handy for ripping DVDs. However, we would have liked to see a Blu-ray disc at this price.
ASUS ExpertCenter D700SD
This slim desktop PC is built for businesses, but it’s a capable option for home use if you don’t want a gaming PC.
Admittedly, the $880 price tag makes the ExpertCenter PC a poor value for most people. You can buy a decent pre-built gaming PC for about the same price, and if you don’t mind buying a Mac, the basic Mac Mini is much smaller and almost $200 cheaper. There are reasons it exists, though – not everyone can use (or want to use) a Mac, and this is arguably quieter and more powerful than most gaming PCs. The built-in DVD drive and legacy ports also make the computer more convenient for anyone who often uses older hardware, although you could also build a custom computer with a drive.