The EliteDesk 800 G1 desktop is one of the smallest commercial computers on the market, but it has a configuration that can deliver a high level of performance that is beyond the ability to perform everyday office tasks. Not surprisingly, it uses a combination of notebook and desktop components. It can be placed flat or vertically (with an optional stand) on the table and even mounted on the stand or back of the monitor.
It is actually small in size and only 77 mm wide, 75 mm deep, and 39 mm high, and the box has only processing and storage power. Like a laptop, the power supply cannot fit in the body and is instead a 65-watt external adapter.
The CPU is an Intel Core i5-4570T, which is a desktop model with two Hyper-Threading cores and a standard clock speed of 2.9GHz. Surrounded by 4GB of notebook-style DDR3 SDRAM memory, the phone has a 2.5-inch Seagate SSHD (Solid State Hybrid Drive) with 500GB of storage. All of these combine to make the EliteDesk 800 G1 run effectively. During our experiments, the system consumed up to 14 watts under low load from initial web browsing and word processing, while consuming approximately 35 watts at full processing load.
Small PCs open up a variety of possibilities for a business, whether eliminating clutter on the desktop, saving space in the workshop or reception area, or even integrating directly into customers’ products or displays. The latest range of EliteDesk G1 800 HP desktops is designed with hardware and software tailored to the needs of a business. Here we take a look at the popular new model with a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD), 8GB of RAM, and an Intel Core i7-4765T processor clocked at 2.0GHz with a maximum turbo frequency of 3.0GHz.
However, the processor maybe a little too powerful for what people do with a compact computer. The core of the i7-4765T has a lot of power for managing applications but is not ideal for use as a workstation. For example, there is no gap for a separate graphics adapter and no space in the small chassis for a large data drive.
Nevertheless, the EliteDesk 800 G1 is a regular PC. It looks subtle and has only one power switch, audio ports, and two USB3 ports on the front. At the back, there are four USB3 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, an audio output, two DisplayPort outputs, and a VGA output. Unfortunately, there is no HDMI output. This PC does not have a display, so you can select your screen or reuse an old screen. However, you do get a regular USB keyboard and mouse, as well as a stand for mounting your computer vertically.
The chassis cover is secured with a screw for quick access, but there is a locking ring if needed to prevent others from opening the computer. Conveniently, there is also a manipulation switch that registers if anyone has one. Inside the PC is a toolless disk that makes it easy to remove the SSD and insert a SO-DIMM memory module into the empty slot below it. There is also an M.2 slot under the disc box, which was previously filled in our model with an Intel N7260 dual-band wireless card. To access the M.2 slot, you must remove the key secured by the Torx T15 screw.
HP pre-installs this PC with 64-bit Windows 7 Professional, and there’s an 11GB recovery partition that you can use to restore your PC to factory condition if needed.
HP also offers Windows startup and driver disks for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, so you can install Windows 8.1 instead, but you’ll need an external optical drive to do so.
Mobile software is no longer useful and fortunately does not fill the disk with unwanted software. Software, driver, and firmware updates are provided by HP SoftPaq Download Manager, allowing you to choose which updates to apply and when.
You can also use it to create a catalog file for playback on other computers, which is very useful if you are buying a bunch of similar PCs and want to minimize the management and bandwidth of all of them.
Also of interest is HP Client Security, which manages features such as disk encryption, password recovery, and device restrictions, which are useful, for example, to prevent unauthorized users from copying data to a USB drive. The standard package includes Trust Circles, which are used to share confidential data with other authorized users, but the Theft Recovery shortcut only leads to ads for third-party software. We were also disappointed that Client Security allowed us to set a “password” password – warning that numbers or symbols are weak due to the absence of uppercase letters, but such a useless choice should be completely blocked.
Although this mini-PC uses an SSD instead of a hard drive, its fan means that it is not silent when used, even when idle. The fan speed seems to increase slightly under load, so any noise it makes is turned off in the office environment. Power consumption is always low, and we measured a peak of 37 watts during our benchmark tests, which dropped to 7 watts when the computer was idle and 1 watt when it was asleep. There is no obvious heat except the slight heating of the case above the cooler.
You might expect a small computer to have trouble scoring, but the EliteDesk 800 G1 performed surprisingly well, scoring 76 points overall in our PC benchmark tests. Less surprisingly, the PC performed relatively poorly in 3D acceleration due to the use of the Core i7-4765T internal graphics processor.
Although it is clear that this PC is not intended for gaming, we implemented our Dirt Showdown benchmark with a resolution of 1280×720 with 4x anti-aliasing and high-quality graphics to get an idea of its performance. The Elitedesk 800 G1 produces an average frame rate of 24 frames per second, which shows that it can do basic 3D work. You will definitely have no problem browsing the web and using common programs such as MS Word and Excel.
|Processor||Quad-core 3GHz Intel Core i7-4765T|
|Memory type||1,600MHz DDR3 SODIMM|
|Motherboard chipset||Intel Q87 Express|
|PORTS AND EXPANSION|
|Front USB ports||2x USB3|
|Rear USB ports||4x USB3|
|Networking||Intel I217-LM 10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel N 7260 dual-band 802.11b/g/n wireless|
|Case type||Mini PC|
|Case size HxWxD||34x175x177mm|
|PCI (free)||0 (0)|
|PCIe x1 (free)||0 (0)|
|PCIe x16 (free)||0 (0)|
|Serial ATA (free)||1x SATA3 (0)|
|Memory slots (free)||2 (1)|
|Drive bays 2 1/2″ (free)||1 (0)|
|Drive bays 3 1/2″ (free)||0 (0)|
|Drive bays 5 1/4″ (free)||0 (0)|
|Total storage||256GB SSD|
|Memory card reader||None|
|Optical drive type||None|
|Graphics card||Intel HD Graphics 4600|
|Graphics/video ports||2x DisplayPort, 1x D-SUB|
|Sound card||Realtek ALC221 HD Audio|
|Sound card outputs||1x stereo line out, 1x stereo line in, 1x combi headphone/microphone|
|Keyboard||HP USB 109-key|
|Mouse||HP USB optical wheel mouse|
|Operating system||Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (pre-installed), Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit (option)|
|Operating system restore option||Windows install disc, driver disc, restore partition|
|Price including delivery (inc VAT)||£1,234|
|Price excluding monitor (inc VAT and delivery)||£1,234|