Asus ExpertCenter D500 Review

The Asus ExpertCenter D500 ($599) is a simple small-form-factor business desktop. Its limited feature place mostly fits its limited effect on your IT budget, with a few notable exceptions. There’s full-wattage performance thanks to a six-core Intel Core i55 CPU, as well as the professional looks and expandability that businesses demand. You’ll also find Wi-Fi 6, a SmartCard reader, and a DVD burner. The ExpertCenter D500’s budget nature means only a one-year warranty and no Intel vPro remote management, and its bundled keyboard and mouse aren’t great, but it’s still a decent value next to more expensive mainstream business desktops.


Back to Business Basics

Straight lines and a black case mark the ExpertCenter D500 for office responsibility. Refined branding and a grated front side -panel enhance its professional charm, and the all-metal enclosure feels as though it can endure a few bumps and knocks.

 

Unlike bigger mid-towers that only stand upright, the ExpertCenter D500 also works horizontally, that allows you to place a monitor at the top to save lots of space. It actions 13.4 by 3.7 by 11.5 inches (HWD) and weighs about 11 pounds, all within expectations for a small-form-factor chassis.

 

 

The front panel offers ample connectivity, with four USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, headphone and headset jacks, a full-size SD card reader, and a SmartCard reader. The power button and a tray-load DVD burner are at the top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are enough legacy ports on the back that you could hook up all the peripherals from your old PC (which you might want to do-more on the chintzy-feeling included peripherals later). There are four USB 2.0 ports, PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports, and a VGA video-out. Meanwhile, modern connectivity options include HDMI and DisplayPort video outputs, Ethernet, and audio jacks (line-in, line-out, and microphone).

 

The gold antenna jacks are for the internal Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 combo card. It’s nice to see standard wireless, but the external antenna is an annoyance. (It’s not shown in the photos.) At least the antenna base is magnetic and sticks to the case.

Getting inside the ExpertCenter D500 is a toolless affair. Eliminating the thumbscrew-secured part panel provides you usage of the CPU lover and the development slots, such as one PCIe x16, two PCIe x1, and one PCI. Adding a low-profile dedicated images cards should be possible, provided you will get one which doesn’t need a power connector. (The 300-watt power doesn’t have any to free.)

 

A metallic support arm addresses all of those other motherboard; it swings upwards after removing leading panel (guaranteed by videos) and pressing the thumb release at the very top. The Intel H410-centered MicroATX motherboard has two DIMM slot machines, one occupied by an 8GB DDR4-2933 module. Up to 64GB (two 32GB DIMMs) can be installed. Curiously, the board’s singular M.2 Type-2280 PCI Express slot extends off the bottom edge, as shown in the image below. The 256GB SSD hangs over onto, and is anchored to, the SmartCard module. Not a problem, just an unusual design move.

 

Asus thoughtfully includes a 3.5-inch toolless drive caddy under the support arm-there’s even a power connector close by. That’s a simple and easy way to expand internal storage space.

Air flow in this tower originates from a perforated part -panel and the CPU lover. No other energetic cooling is necessary for this set up, and it was basically inaudible within my testing.


So-So Peripherals

The ExpertCenter D500’s included peripherals aren’t a lot of a feature. I find the mouse somewhat too small for long-term comfort, and the keyboard’s nonstandard design, using its double-row Enter and small Backspace secrets, will probably prompt attracts the helpdesk for something better. (I made my talk about of skipped keystrokes.) Given businesses would want to use what’s included, this is a significant downer.

For included software, Asus’ management application provides the fundamentals, including driver improvements and diagnostics. It also offers the ability to set a custom startup logo, which you could use to brand this PC with your own. That said, the app isn’t as capable as what you’d get in a mainstream business Personal computer, such as Dell’s SupportAssist.


Tests the ExpertCenter D500: Six Cores, None of them the Richer

The ExpertCenter D500SA-EB501 evaluated here’s attractively coming in at $599 on Newegg. That’s about as low-priced as you may expect for a genuine business-class small-form-factor tower, as it’s not only a repurposed consumer-grade desktop. It creates compromises; the six-core, 2.9GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Core i5-10400 CPU doesn’t support Intel vPro remote control management, and they have only a one-year warranty. Dell’s OptiPlex 7090 SFF ($759, likewise outfitted) and the HP ProDesk 400 G7 ($671) offer Core-i55 vPro CPUs and three-year guarantees, and the Dell includes 16GB of Ram memory for multitasking independence. The 8GB well worth in the ExpertCenter is functional for some office jobs but can get bogged down operating plenty of apps. (As mentioned, the Ram memory is easily improved.) Its 256GB SSD is also low-capacity but quick enough, starting Windows 10 Pro and apps without delay.

Though the ExpertCenter D500 is inexpensive, AMD-based business desktops can still command less. I saw the HP EliteDesk 805 G6 SFF for just $574 direct from HP, with a six-core Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G CPU and a three-year warranty, albeit no Wi-Fi. Thus, unless Intel offers specific advantages for your workflows, don’t count AMD out; you might be in a position to get a higher-tier tower with equivalent performance for the same or less overall.

Let’s start the performance tests. The desktops I used for evaluation are the following. Of these, the budget Dell Inspiron Desktop 3891 is the fairest match. The other two, the NZXT H1 Mini Plus and the Intel NUC 11 Extreme Package video gaming desktops, are included since no other budget or business desktops have been through our new benchmarking program.

Efficiency and ARTICLE MARKETING Tests

Our first test is UL’s PCMark 10, which simulates a number of real-world efficiency and office workflows to measure overall system performance and also contains a storage space subtest for the principal drive. The ExpertCenter D500 satisfactorily completed the primary test with a rating just above the 4,000 factors we look at a indication of strong performance. Though its storage space score trailed what we should see from upper-end SSDs (such as the one in the Intel NUC), it’s acceptably fast for business use.

Our other three benchmarks focus on the CPU, using all available cores and threads, to rate a PC’s suitability for processor-intensive workloads. Maxon’s Cinebench R23 uses that company’s Cinema 4D engine to render a complex scene, while Primate Labs’ Geekbench 5.4 Pro simulates popular apps ranging from PDF rendering and speech recognition to machine learning. Finally, we use the open-source video transcoder HandBrake 1.4 to convert a 12-minute online video from 4K to 1080p resolution (lower times are better).

Our last efficiency test is Puget Systems’ PugetBench for Photoshop, which uses the Creative Cloud version 22 of Adobe’s famous image editor to rate a PC’s performance for article marketing and media applications. It’s an automated expansion that executes a number of general and GPU-accelerated Photoshop duties ranging from starting, spinning, resizing, and conserving a graphic to applying masks, gradient fills, and filters.

 

The ExpertCenter D500 handily outperformed the quad-core Dell because of its Primary i5’s two extra digesting cores, and it even provided the Lenovo’s newer “Rocket Lake” Core-i55 a run because of its money. (Actually, it won in Cinebench.) Having said that, the 8GB of Memory in the ExpertCenter and the Dell significantly disadvantaged them in the Photoshop test.

Images and Gaming Exams

For Home windows Computers, we run both artificial and real-world gaming tests. The former includes two DirectX 12 gaming simulations from UL’s 3DMark, Night Raid (more modest, suitable for systems with integrated graphics) and Time Spy (more challenging, suitable for video gaming rigs with discrete GPUs). Also looped into that group is the cross-platform GPU standard GFXBench 5, which we use to measure OpenGL performance.

 

The ExpertCenter D500 is definately not a gaming Computer, but its Intel UHD integrated images silicon is properly sufficient for general use and video loading. (It actually could play some video games; just wish your employees don’t find our primer on what you can play on integrated images.)


A Audio Budget Business Desktop

The ExpertCenter D500 investigations off business Computer essentials: construction, serviceability, and adequate performance. For $599, it’s less costly than mainstream options but still gets the work done.

If you’d like to go for a straight cheaper desktop, the Editors’ Choice-winning Inspiron Desktop 3891 could serve in a pinch, although as a consumer model it’s less-suited to small or medium businesses. You will have to range higher on the purchase price ladder to find an Editors’ Choice-winning business desktop, like the HP Z2 Tower G4 workstation.

Otherwise, lack of Intel vPro and just a one-year warranty are the ExpertCenter D500’s main downsides (aside from the ho-hum included keyboard and mouse). If those aren’t deal breakers, this affordable business desktop is a respectable way to trim your company’s IT budget.

Asus ExpertCenter D500

4.0

 

 

VIEW IT
$649.88 at Amazon
Bottom Settings Price $599.00

 

 

Advantages

  • Good deal for an Intel business Computer
  • Professional design
  • Built-in SmartCard audience and Dvd movie burner
  • Runs silently

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Disadvantages

  • Warranty only 1 year
  • Subpar key pad and mouse
  • Includes Wi-Fi 6, but antenna is exterior

 

The Asus ExpertCenter D500 ($599) is a basic small-form-factor business desktop. Its limited feature set mostly matches its limited impact on your IT budget, with a few notable exceptions. There’s full-wattage performance thanks to a six-core Intel Core i5 CPU, as well as the professional looks and expandability that businesses demand. You’ll also find Wi-Fi 6, a SmartCard reader, and a DVD burner. The ExpertCenter D500’s budget nature means only a one-year warranty and no Intel vPro remote management, and its bundled keyboard and mouse aren’t great, but it’s still a decent value next to more expensive mainstream business desktops.


Back to Business Basics

Straight lines and a black case mark the ExpertCenter D500 for office duty. Subtle branding and a grated front panel enhance its professional appeal, and the all-metal enclosure feels like it can withstand a few bumps and knocks.

 

Unlike larger mid-towers that only stand upright, the ExpertCenter D500 also works horizontally, which allows you to put a monitor on top to save space. It measures 13.4 by 3.7 by 11.5 inches (HWD) and weighs about 11 pounds, all within expectations for a small-form-factor chassis.

 

The front panel offers ample connectivity, with four USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, headphone and headset jacks, a full-size SD card reader, and a SmartCard reader. The power button and a tray-load DVD burner are at the top.

 

 

There are enough legacy ports on the back that you could hook up all the peripherals from your old PC (which you might want to do—more on the chintzy-feeling included peripherals later). There are four USB 2.0 ports, PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports, and a VGA video-out. Meanwhile, modern connectivity options include HDMI and DisplayPort video outputs, Ethernet, and audio jacks (line-in, line-out, and microphone).

 

The gold antenna jacks are for the internal Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 combo card. It’s nice to see standard wireless, but the external antenna is an annoyance. (It’s not shown in the photos.) At least the antenna base is magnetic and sticks to the case.

Getting inside the ExpertCenter D500 is a toolless affair. Removing the thumbscrew-secured side panel gives you access to the CPU fan and the expansion slots, which include one PCIe x16, two PCIe x1, and one PCI. Adding a low-profile dedicated graphics card should be possible, provided you can find one that doesn’t require a power connector. (The 300-watt power supply doesn’t have any to spare.)

 

A metal support arm covers the rest of the motherboard; it swings upward after removing the front panel (secured by clips) and pressing the thumb release at the top. The Intel H410-based MicroATX motherboard has two DIMM slots, one occupied by an 8GB DDR4-2933 module. Up to 64GB (two 32GB DIMMs) can be installed. Curiously, the board’s sole M.2 Type-2280 PCI Express slot extends off the bottom edge, as shown in the image below. The 256GB SSD hangs over onto, and is anchored to, the SmartCard module. Not a problem, just an unusual design move.

 

Asus thoughtfully includes a 3.5-inch toolless drive caddy under the support arm—there’s even a power connector close by. That’s a simple and easy way to expand internal storage.

Airflow in this tower comes from a perforated side panel and the CPU fan. No other active cooling is required for this setup, and it was all but inaudible during my testing.


So-So Peripherals

The ExpertCenter D500’s included peripherals aren’t much of a selling point. I find the mouse slightly too small for long-term comfort, and the keyboard’s nonstandard layout, with its double-row Enter and small Backspace keys, is likely to prompt appeals to the helpdesk for something better. (I made my share of missed keystrokes.) Given businesses will want to use what’s included, this is a notable downer.

As for included software, Asus’ management app provides the basics, including driver updates and diagnostics. It also offers the ability to set a custom startup logo, which you could use to brand this PC with your own. That said, the app isn’t as capable as what you’d get in a mainstream business PC, such as Dell’s SupportAssist.


Testing the ExpertCenter D500: Six Cores, None the Richer

The ExpertCenter D500SA-EB501 reviewed here is attractively priced at $599 on Newegg. That’s about as low-priced as you can expect for a true business-class small-form-factor tower, as it’s not merely a repurposed consumer-grade desktop. It makes compromises; the six-core, 2.9GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Core i5-10400 CPU doesn’t support Intel vPro remote management, and it has only a one-year warranty. Dell’s OptiPlex 7090 SFF ($759, similarly equipped) and the HP ProDesk 400 G7 ($671) offer Core i5 vPro CPUs and three-year warranties, and the Dell includes 16GB of RAM for multitasking freedom. The 8GB worth in the ExpertCenter is usable for most office tasks but can get bogged down running lots of apps. (As noted, the RAM is easily upgraded.) Its 256GB SSD is also low-capacity but speedy enough, starting Windows 10 Pro and apps without delay.

Though the ExpertCenter D500 is inexpensive, AMD-based business desktops can still command less. I saw the HP EliteDesk 805 G6 SFF for just $574 direct from HP, with a six-core Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G CPU and a three-year warranty, albeit no Wi-Fi. Thus, unless Intel offers specific advantages for your workflows, don’t count AMD out; you may be able to get a higher-tier tower with comparable performance for the same or less money.

Let’s start the performance testing. The desktops I used for comparison are listed below. Of them, the budget Dell Inspiron Desktop 3891 is the fairest match. The other two, the NZXT H1 Mini Plus and the Intel NUC 11 Extreme Kit gaming desktops, are included since no other budget or business desktops have gone through our new benchmarking regimen.

Productivity and Content Creation Tests

Our first test is UL’s PCMark 10, which simulates a variety of real-world productivity and office workflows to measure overall system performance and also includes a storage subtest for the primary drive. The ExpertCenter D500 satisfactorily completed the main test with a score just over the 4,000 points we consider a sign of strong performance. Though its storage score trailed what we see from upper-end SSDs (such as the one in the Intel NUC), it’s acceptably fast for business use.

Our other three benchmarks focus on the CPU, using all available cores and threads, to rate a PC’s suitability for processor-intensive workloads. Maxon’s Cinebench R23 uses that company’s Cinema 4D engine to render a complex scene, while Primate Labs’ Geekbench 5.4 Pro simulates popular apps ranging from PDF rendering and speech recognition to machine learning. Finally, we use the open-source video transcoder HandBrake 1.4 to convert a 12-minute video clip from 4K to 1080p resolution (lower times are better).

Our final productivity test is Puget Systems’ PugetBench for Photoshop, which uses the Creative Cloud version 22 of Adobe’s famous image editor to rate a PC’s performance for content creation and multimedia applications. It’s an automated extension that executes a variety of general and GPU-accelerated Photoshop tasks ranging from opening, rotating, resizing, and saving an image to applying masks, gradient fills, and filters.

 

The Expert Center D500 handily outperformed the quad-core Dell thanks to its Core i5’s two extra processing cores, and it even gave the Lenovo’s newer “Rocket Lake” Core i5 a run for its money. (In fact, it won in Cinebench.) That said, the 8GB of RAM in the ExpertCenter and the Dell significantly disadvantaged them in the Photoshop test.

Graphics and Gaming Tests

For Windows PCs, we run both synthetic and real-world gaming tests. The former includes two DirectX 12 gaming simulations from UL’s 3DMark, Night Raid (more modest, suitable for systems with integrated graphics) and Time Spy (more demanding, suitable for gaming rigs with discrete GPUs). Also looped into that group is the cross-platform GPU benchmark GFXBench 5, which we use to gauge OpenGL performance.

 

The ExpertCenter D500 is far from a gaming PC, but its Intel UHD integrated graphics silicon is perfectly adequate for general use and video streaming. (It actually could play some games; just hope your employees don’t find our primer on what you can play on integrated graphics.)


A Sound Budget Business Desktop

The ExpertCenter D500 checks off business PC essentials: build quality, serviceability, and ample performance. For $599, it’s less expensive than mainstream options and still gets the job done.

If you’d rather go for an even cheaper desktop, the Editors’ Choice-winning Inspiron Desktop 3891 could serve in a pinch, although as a consumer model it’s less-suited to small or medium businesses. You’ll need to range much higher on the price ladder to find an Editors’ Choice-winning business desktop, like the HP Z2 Tower G4 workstation.

Otherwise, lack of Intel vPro and just a one-year warranty are the ExpertCenter D500’s main downsides (aside from the ho-hum included keyboard and mouse). If those aren’t deal breakers, this affordable business desktop is a respectable way to trim your company’s IT budget.

Asus ExpertCenter D500

4.0

 

See It
$649.88 at Amazon
Base Configuration Price $599.00

 

 

Pros

  • Low price for an Intel business PC
  • Professional design
  • Built-in SmartCard reader and DVD burner
  • Runs quietly

View More

Cons

  • Warranty only one year
  • Subpar keyboard and mouse
  • Includes Wi-Fi 6, but antenna is external

 

The Asus ExpertCenter D500 ($599) is a basic small-form-factor business desktop. Its limited feature set mostly matches its limited impact on your IT budget, with a few notable exceptions. There’s full-wattage performance thanks to a six-core Intel Core i5 CPU, as well as the professional looks and expandability that businesses demand. You’ll also find Wi-Fi 6, a SmartCard reader, and a DVD burner. The ExpertCenter D500’s budget nature means only a one-year warranty and no Intel vPro remote management, and its bundled keyboard and mouse aren’t great, but it’s still a decent value next to more expensive mainstream business desktops.


Back to Business Basics

Straight lines and a black case mark the ExpertCenter D500 for office duty. Subtle branding and a grated front panel enhance its professional appeal, and the all-metal enclosure feels like it can withstand a few bumps and knocks.

 

Unlike larger mid-towers that only stand upright, the ExpertCenter D500 also works horizontally, which allows you to put a monitor on top to save space. It measures 13.4 by 3.7 by 11.5 inches (HWD) and weighs about 11 pounds, all within expectations for a small-form-factor chassis.

 

The front panel offers ample connectivity, with four USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, headphone and headset jacks, a full-size SD card reader, and a SmartCard reader. The power button and a tray-load DVD burner are at the top.

 

 

There are enough legacy ports on the back that you could hook up all the peripherals from your old PC (which you might want to do—more on the chintzy-feeling included peripherals later). There are four USB 2.0 ports, PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports, and a VGA video-out. Meanwhile, modern connectivity options include HDMI and DisplayPort video outputs, Ethernet, and audio jacks (line-in, line-out, and microphone).

 

The gold antenna jacks are for the internal Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 combo card. It’s nice to see standard wireless, but the external antenna is an annoyance. (It’s not shown in the photos.) At least the antenna base is magnetic and sticks to the case.

Getting inside the ExpertCenter D500 is a toolless affair. Removing the thumbscrew-secured side panel gives you access to the CPU fan and the expansion slots, which include one PCIe x16, two PCIe x1, and one PCI. Adding a low-profile dedicated graphics card should be possible, provided you can find one that doesn’t require a power connector. (The 300-watt power supply doesn’t have any to spare.)

 

A metal support arm covers the rest of the motherboard; it swings upward after removing the front panel (secured by clips) and pressing the thumb release at the top. The Intel H410-based MicroATX motherboard has two DIMM slots, one occupied by an 8GB DDR4-2933 module. Up to 64GB (two 32GB DIMMs) can be installed. Curiously, the board’s sole M.2 Type-2280 PCI Express slot extends off the bottom edge, as shown in the image below. The 256GB SSD hangs over onto, and is anchored to, the SmartCard module. Not a problem, just an unusual design move.

 

Asus thoughtfully includes a 3.5-inch toolless drive caddy under the support arm—there’s even a power connector close by. That’s a simple and easy way to expand internal storage.

Airflow in this tower comes from a perforated side panel and the CPU fan. No other active cooling is required for this setup, and it was all but inaudible during my testing.


So-So Peripherals

The ExpertCenter D500’s included peripherals aren’t much of a selling point. I find the mouse slightly too small for long-term comfort, and the keyboard’s nonstandard layout, with its double-row Enter and small Backspace keys, is likely to prompt appeals to the helpdesk for something better. (I made my share of missed keystrokes.) Given businesses will want to use what’s included, this is a notable downer.

As for included software, Asus’ management app provides the basics, including driver updates and diagnostics. It also offers the ability to set a custom startup logo, which you could use to brand this PC with your own. That said, the app isn’t as capable as what you’d get in a mainstream business PC, such as Dell’s SupportAssist.


Testing the ExpertCenter D500: Six Cores, None the Richer

The ExpertCenter D500SA-EB501 reviewed here is attractively priced at $599 on Newegg. That’s about as low-priced as you can expect for a true business-class small-form-factor tower, as it’s not merely a repurposed consumer-grade desktop. It makes compromises; the six-core, 2.9GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Core i5-10400 CPU doesn’t support Intel vPro remote management, and it has only a one-year warranty. Dell’s OptiPlex 7090 SFF ($759, similarly equipped) and the HP ProDesk 400 G7 ($671) offer Core i5 vPro CPUs and three-year warranties, and the Dell includes 16GB of RAM for multitasking freedom. The 8GB worth in the ExpertCenter is usable for most office tasks but can get bogged down running lots of apps. (As noted, the RAM is easily upgraded.) Its 256GB SSD is also low-capacity but speedy enough, starting Windows 10 Pro and apps without delay.

Though the ExpertCenter D500 is inexpensive, AMD-based business desktops can still command less. I saw the HP EliteDesk 805 G6 SFF for just $574 direct from HP, with a six-core Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G CPU and a three-year warranty, albeit no Wi-Fi. Thus, unless Intel offers specific advantages for your workflows, don’t count AMD out; you may be able to get a higher-tier tower with comparable performance for the same or less money.

Let’s start the performance testing. The desktops I used for comparison are listed below. Of them, the budget Dell Inspiron Desktop 3891 is the fairest match. The other two, the NZXT H1 Mini Plus and the Intel NUC 11 Extreme Kit gaming desktops, are included since no other budget or business desktops have gone through our new benchmarking regimen.

Productivity and Content Creation Tests

Our first test is UL’s PCMark 10, which simulates a variety of real-world productivity and office workflows to measure overall system performance and also includes a storage subtest for the primary drive. The ExpertCenter D500 satisfactorily completed the main test with a score just over the 4,000 points we consider a sign of strong performance. Though its storage score trailed what we see from upper-end SSDs (such as the one in the Intel NUC), it’s acceptably fast for business use.

Our other three benchmarks focus on the CPU, using all available cores and threads, to rate a PC’s suitability for processor-intensive workloads. Maxon’s Cinebench R23 uses that company’s Cinema 4D engine to render a complex scene, while Primate Labs’ Geekbench 5.4 Pro simulates popular apps ranging from PDF rendering and speech recognition to machine learning. Finally, we use the open-source video transcoder HandBrake 1.4 to convert a 12-minute video clip from 4K to 1080p resolution (lower times are better).

Our final productivity test is Puget Systems’ PugetBench for Photoshop, which uses the Creative Cloud version 22 of Adobe’s famous image editor to rate a PC’s performance for content creation and multimedia applications. It’s an automated extension that executes a variety of general and GPU-accelerated Photoshop tasks ranging from opening, rotating, resizing, and saving an image to applying masks, gradient fills, and filters.

 

The ExpertCenter D500 handily outperformed the quad-core Dell thanks to its Core i5’s two extra processing cores, and it even gave the Lenovo’s newer “Rocket Lake” Core i5 a run for its money. (In fact, it won in Cinebench.) That said, the 8GB of RAM in the ExpertCenter and the Dell significantly disadvantaged them in the Photoshop test.

Graphics and Gaming Tests

For Windows PCs, we run both synthetic and real-world gaming tests. The former includes two DirectX 12 gaming simulations from UL’s 3DMark, Night Raid (more modest, suitable for systems with integrated graphics) and Time Spy (more demanding, suitable for gaming rigs with discrete GPUs). Also looped into that group is the cross-platform GPU benchmark GFXBench 5, which we use to gauge OpenGL performance.

 

The ExpertCenter D500 is far from a gaming PC, but its Intel UHD integrated graphics silicon is perfectly adequate for general use and video streaming. (It actually could play some games; just hope your employees don’t find our primer on what you can play on integrated graphics.)


A Sound Budget Business Desktop

The ExpertCenter D500 checks off business PC essentials: build quality, serviceability, and ample performance. For $599, it’s less expensive than mainstream options and still gets the job done.

If you’d rather go for an even cheaper desktop, the Editors’ Choice-winning Inspiron Desktop 3891 could serve in a pinch, although as a consumer model it’s less-suited to small or medium businesses. You’ll need to range much higher on the price ladder to find an Editors’ Choice-winning business desktop, like the HP Z2 Tower G4 workstation.

Otherwise, lack of Intel vPro and just a one-year warranty are the ExpertCenter D500’s main downsides (aside from the ho-hum included keyboard and mouse). If those aren’t deal breakers, this affordable business desktop is a respectable way to trim your company’s IT budget.

Asus ExpertCenter D500

4.0

 

See It
$649.88 at Amazon
Base Configuration Price $599.00

 

 

Pros

  • Low price for an Intel business PC
  • Professional design
  • Built-in SmartCard reader and DVD burner
  • Runs quietly

View More

Cons

  • Warranty only one year
  • Subpar keyboard and mouse
  • Includes Wi-Fi 6, but antenna is external

 

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