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While laptops are the most common computing devices in educational environments, the desktop has its place. It can serve as a central hub in a classroom, and desktops are typically used in labs thanks to their more powerful and expandable components. That makes the desktop PC an important element in an educational institution’s computing inventory.

The Helix Workplex and Business Desktop PCs by Newegg are great choices for these applications. As we’ll see in this overview, it provides the features and build quality that educational institutions demand.

Brand-name sourcing

Newegg assembles the Helix desktop PCs using the best name-brand components rather than white box components without direct access to the manufacturer for support and updates. Examples including Asus motherboards, Intel solid-state drives (SSDs), OLOy RAM, Thermaltake cooling, and more. The Rosewill cases are also industry-standard.

All of this means that the PCs can be upgraded later with some assurance that off-the-shelf components will work. And, support and maintenance will be more efficient with known products provided by manufacturers with dedicated support resources.

Performance will also be maximized. Newegg selects the best-performing components in their class, and they’re consistently updated with new drivers and firmware. That ensures that long-term performance and reliability is maximized.

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Newegg account managers can be engaged to create custom configurations. Being able to build Helix desktop PCs to order provides a great deal of flexibility to educational institutions. The processor, amount of RAM, size of SSD, and other components can be specified for given applications, ensuring that the right PC makes its way to the classroom or the lab.

The customization options available are extensive. Customer can choose from the following categories in building their Helix desktop PC:

  • CPU: Intel Core, Intel Xeon, AMD Ryzen
  • RAM: Up to 128GB
  • Storage: Up to 4TB+
  • Form Factor: Mini barebones, small form factor, midsize, all-in-one, laptop
  • GPU: Integrated or discrete

Solid specifications at a competitive price

Helix desktop PCs provide excellent specifications for attractive prices. They’re more competitive than equivalent HP and Dell desktops, providing more power, RAM, and storage for less money. Obviously, this is a tremendous value to price-conscious educational institutions.

Additionally, the Core i5- and Core i7-based configurations support a triple monitor setup, making Helix ideal for laboratory applications. You will find this functionality to be unique among other desktop PCs at this price point.

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Helix desktop PC models

There are four Helix desktop PC models available for order, outside of the ability to build custom configurations by engaging a Newegg account manager.

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Helix WorkPlex 1030 Business Desktop $499.99

CPU: Intel Core i3-10100
Storage: 512GB SATA III SSD
GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630
CPU Cooler: Air cooler
Ports: 6 x USB-A 2.0, 1 x USB-A 3.0, 1 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, 1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, Ethernet
LAN: 1 x Intel 1Gbps
Power Supply: 400 watts
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
Dimensions: 14.96” x 7.48” x 13.78”

Helix WorkPlex 1150 Business Desktop $589.99

CPU: Intel Core i5-11400
Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD
GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 730
CPU Cooler: Air cooler
Ports: 6 x USB-A 2.0, 1 x USB-A 3.0, 1 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, 1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, Ethernet
LAN: 2 x Intel 2.5Gbps
WLAN: Intel Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0
Power Supply: 400 watts
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
Dimensions: 14.96” x 7.48” x 13.78”

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Helix 1170H Business Desktop $799.99

CPU: Intel Core i7-11700 2.50 GHz
GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 750
SSD: 512 GB M.2 PCIe SSD
PSU: 400W
Case: ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Wi-Fi: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Peripherals: Logitech Wired Keyboard and Mouse
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Reliable, customizable, affordable

The Helix desktop PC line provides educational institutions with the features and value they require. The ability to fully customize a Helix machine for specific applications takes the line to another level as an excellent option for educational environments.

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