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October 13, 2023

HP 8100 Desktop Review

HP's Compaq 8100 Elite is a small form factor PC aimed at business users who need to do more than just word processing and e-mail. It has plenty of connections and a well-designed interior that makes it an easy desktop PC to maintain and expand. The only drawback is a sluggish graphics card that's not suitable for heavy graphics or video editing.

The cheapest configuration for this SFF features an Intel Core i5-650 processor clocked at 3.2GHz, 2GB of DDR3 memory and a 7200rpm, 160GB hard drive. Graphics are integrated, and the computer runs 32-bit Windows 7 Professional, though a downgrade path to Windows XP Professional is also included.

HP adds a nice touch in the shape of a front LCD for showing ink levels, Wi-Fi status and when it's out of paper. It's a little disappointing that the printer doesn't have a manual feed slot for thicker media, such as envelopes.

Sturdily built and with a good one-year warranty, this HP business PC is ideal for home, office or school use. It's been refurbished with higher quality components than you'll find in typical off-the-shelf retail models, making it ready to go right out of the box. This model is also equipped with a Gigabit Ethernet port, which is useful for ensuring solid network performance. And its compact, small footprint case is a perfect fit for tight spaces.