The HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Desktop Mini is the smallest desktop system that HP has ever produced. Despite its size, small form factor design (SFF) HP has not compromised on its performance and versatility.
First, let's discuss the appearance of this amazing HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Desktop Mini. The components for the mini-PC are squeezed into a matte black shell which is 34mm high and it weighs 1.3kg. A detachable stand is also included with the device which allows you to place it upright beside the monitor on your desk. There is also a set of brackets for a VESA mount built into the base so you can also mount this on the wall according to your preferences as part of a point-of-sale system.
Being small is not the only advantage the HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Desktop Mini is built to withstand shocks or bear fall on your desk. With the mounting accessories provided with the device, you can adjust it anywhere you be it under the desk, over the desk, or even on the wall. The HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Desktop Mini comes with fourth-generation Intel i3, i5, or i7processors. All of these processors with intel VPro IT management technology. There is no option for adding or putting your graphic cards. The graphics are included with the processor. Although you can get 4 GB and 16 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM. On the i3 configuration, a 500 GB 7200 rpm SATA HDD comes standard, while the i5 and i7 configurations come standard with 500 GB SATA hybrid drives. So, for those whose business relies on physical media the HP EliteDesk 800 G1will not work. If you want to switch to windows 10 later then do not hold yourself from considering HP EliteDesk 800 G1. When running the windows 7, the i5 processor, and the standard graphic of Intel HD there was no problem detected with the machine except for the fan noise that was detected later on. The sound was loud and it kept running even when the system was on sleep mode. If you have a noisy office then this is no problem but for a quiet place where you need to focus on your task, the fan noise can be annoying and cause disruption in your work. Therefore HP EliteDesk 800 G1 desktop mini is a good option for a normal noisy office but not if you are in a place such as a library.
Looking at the back of the device there are 6x USB ports available for connectivity. The reason for too many ports is because the HP EliteDesk 800 G1 does not have a Bluetooth connectivity option. Hence the two ports are occupied by the mouse and the keyboard so the two are for other wireless devices that you want to connect to it. Two remaining ports are located at the front port for easy access. There are headphones and microphones sockets in the front also, with an additional line out external speakers at the back. The HP EliteDesk 800 G1 mini produced an overall score of 90% in the benchmark test and showed consistent scores across responsiveness, multimedia, and multitasking tests. This proves that it’s a good all-rounder machine. Even though there is no discrete graphic card option available but the device can be used for light photoshop or video editing work when required.
In conclusion, if you want a compact and attractive system with the great performance of your system related tasks then the HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Desktop Mini is the right choice for you at a very cheap price. Performing the basic computing tasks then Apple's Mac Mini (416 ex VAT).