Most of the tower PCs that sit under a desktop are made up of more air than components. With that realization in mind, HP Inc. set out to shrink the size of the traditional tower PC to something that actually fits on a desktop.
The fruit of that effort was announced today in the form of the HP Elite Slice; it weighs just 2.31 pounds and only consumes 6.5″ x 1.38″ x 6.5″ of space. Designed to be extensible, the HP Elite Slice is a round PC that makes use of USB-C ports that allow users to add functionality by dropping another slice on top of the HP Elite Base. The first of those slices is an HP Elite Slice for Meeting Rooms offering that makes it simple to add video conferencing functionality using Microsoft Skype for Business.
Rather than having to configure the video conferencing sessions, Mike Nash, vice president for customer experience and portfolio strategy for HP Inc., says the HP Elite Slice for Meeting Rooms makes it possible for end users to set up high-definition video conferencing via the push of a single button, getting all the audio fidelity of a telephone call.
“Over time, you’ll see us add more slices to address other types of use cases,” says Nash.
Priced starting at $699, the HP Elite Slice makes use of 35-watt Intel Core i7 processors that are kept cool using a 360-degree ventilation system at the top of the cube, says Nash.
Naturally, HP Inc. has a consumer version of these PCs, the HP Pavilion Wave, that is designed for the home. But in the office, where space is often at a premium, Nash says the time has come to eliminate all those desktop PCs that sit under desks in favor of a much sleeker design.