HP Unveils New AIO PCs for Businesses, Consumers
July 9, 2012 9:17 AM
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New AIOs for home and office
HP has announced a new line of all-in-one desktop computers with models aimed at both business users and general consumers. The new AIO machines include the business-focused HP Compaq Elite 8300 all-in-one and HP Compaq Pro 6300, along with the consumer-focused HP Envy 23 and HP Pavilion 23.
The 8300 is billed as HP's most powerful and media rich AIO computer. It has a 23-inch full HD resolution display, an integrated two-megapixel web cam and a dual microphone array for video conferencing. The machine is powered by second and third generation Intel Core vPro processors and can be fitted with Intel HD Graphics or a choice of discrete video cards. The 8300 can also be had with SSD storage and disk cache solutions.
This all-in-one machine can also have optional multi-touch technology integrated for healthcare, retail, and other applications that accepts input from two fingers at the same time.
The 6300 is a mainstream business class all-in-one computer without a touch option. The machine uses third and second generation Intel Core processors and can be fitted with optional discrete graphics cards. The screen on the 6300 measures 21.5-inch and has full HD resolution. The machine has an optional two-megapixel web cam and uses LED backlighting. The machine also has features for hardware virus protection.
The HP Envy 23 is has an edge-to-edge glass panel and can be wall-mounted. It has integrated Beats Audio technology and has an HDMI input allowing it to be used as a screen for gaming consoles or DVD players. The machine also has an integrated Blu-ray drive and an integrated TV tuner. It has a 23-inch full HD display and uses a variety of multi-core processors and advanced graphics. The machine can also be fitted with up to 2 TB of storage. The Pavilion 23 has the same screen size and can be had with Intel or AMD processors.
Pricing for the 8300 starts at $879 with availability set for September 10. If touch capability is added to the 8300, the price starts at $929. The 6300 is set to be available on September 3 and will start at $799. The HP envy 23 will start at $949.99 and will launch on August 2 with the Pavilion 23 will launch the same day starting at $649.99.
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7/9/2012 12:09:16 PM
Even though I'm tech nerd by nature and know what AIO's are for, I feel compelled to ask, are AIO computers a practical solution for business/corporate applications? Considering their upgradeability/easy parts replacement factors are significantly reduced in exchange for an integrated all-in-one solution, would this cause more service headaches for a company's IT department and considerable business operations downtime?
RE: Good idea?
7/9/2012 12:55:08 PM
For the IT department? It depends.
Most of these AIOs, like laptops, are a highly integrated single board with many non-serviceable parts. Some vendors are even beginning to solder memory onto the board. In addition to the PSU board, these systems have fewer potential parts to replace when any component on the board breaks.
Now, it's going to be far more expensive to replace those components when they fail, but the system has the potential for less overall downtime.
Of course, this can all hinge on how easy HP engineers make it to open these AIOs.
RE: Good idea?
7/9/2012 4:44:31 PM
IT depts don't really deal with these alot anymore. Most buy with a standard 3 year warranty. If a part fails, they get it fixed for free. If it fails after 3 years, they replace it.
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