HP Elite Slice modular mini PC can be powered by a monitor
HP desktop PCs are almost ubiquitous in offices and around the workplace, but this latest concept aims to replace the everyday traditional work computer with a smaller and more modular solution. Called the Elite Slice, the mini PC takes the Lenovo ThinkPad Stack idea to the next level with touch options and security features better catered to offices and small desks.
The main Elite Slice module is just 1.38-inches thick and can function just like any other standalone Windows mini PC. Instead, its key feature is that additional modules can be attached underneath it via a USB Type-C based proprietary connector and then locked into place with an additional security Vesa Plate on the very bottom. These optional modules include an Audio Module with dual microphones for use in meetings and conferences and an ODD module for reading CDs and DVDs.
The main module itself can be configured with a fingerprint reader and touch controls on the very top for answering calls, muting the microphone, and adjusting volume. A higher-end configuration will even integrate wireless charging options for charging compatible smartphones or tablets by placing them right on the Elite Slice. While a standard AC adapter will be included, users can connect the mini PC to an Elite 240uj monitor via a special 60 W USB Type-C cable to bypass the need for another AC outlet.
Core specifications for the Elite Slice include:
- Intel Core i3-6300T/i5-6500T/i5-6600T/i7-6700T
- Integrated HD Graphics 530 GPU
- Up to 32 GB DDR4-2133 RAM (2x SODIMM)
- Up to 512 GB SATA HDD/SSD options (plus 1x M.2 2280 NVMe)
- 2 W internal speaker (Audio Module)
- Up to Intel 8260 802.11ac dual-band (removable M.2 2230 module)
- 1x USB Type-C (charging), 1x USB Type-C (DP functionality), 2x USB 3.0, 1x DP, 1x HDMI, 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x 3.5 mm combo audio
- 6.5 x 1.38 x 6.5 inches
- 2.31 pounds
The HP Elite Slice is shipping this month for a starting price of $699 USD while the Elite 240uj monitor will follow in October for $429 USD.
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