An all-in-one that’s elite in price, but sadly not in value.
For a 23-inch screen that manages to pack an entire PC onto it’s back, HP’s Elite One 800 is surprisingly slim at just 59mm thick. It’s a design that borrows from Apple’s recent freestanding iMacs, with the screen and bezel covering around 95% of the total front face of the unit and a silver speaker bar capping the bottom edge. While it might be iMac-like in overall theme, the EliteOne 800 shirks on the details.
The screen bezel, for example, is unfortunately large — over an inch thick on it’s narrowest edges — which gives the computer a dated overall appearance. Adding to this ‘mature’ aesthetic, our review unit came with the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Professional pre-installed, presumably aiming for business users who already have systems running Microsoft’s now legacy OS. Thankfully, you can swap it out for Windows 10 Pro, if desired. The main drawcard of the EliteOne 800, however, is probably that 23-inch, 1080p display with 10-point capacitive touch built-in — making it quite clear that this is at least a reasonably modern desktop PC.
Fitted with a high-end (but previous-gen) Intel Core i7-6700 CPU, the EliteOne has plenty of horsepower when it comes to tackling work tasks. In the PCMark 8 Work Accelerated benchmark, the unit scored 4,997 — that’s good, but this year’s laptops can match it (the newer laptop-grade Kaby Lake Core i7-7700HQ CPU in Gigabyte’s Sabre 15, output a near identical score). Flick that focus to Cinebench’s multithreaded and single-core CPU tests however, and you get impressive scores of 815 and 171, higher than the Sabre 15’s respective scores of 735 and 161 in these intensive image rendering tasks.
This PC’s 1TB mechanical hard drive offers ample storage, but with read and write scores maxing out at around 116MB/s apiece, this 5400RPM disk drive makes the OS boot times sluggish and any file transfers a time-consuming chore.
The local HP store lets you customize to swap in an SSD for the HDD (starting at 256GB), which will undoubtedly remedy the slow start times, but we’d recommend having both a small SSD and a large HDD, so you can have quick boot times and space for an extra dollars or so.
The pivotal feature of this unit is really its Full HD touchscreen — so much so that, if being able to control the computer with your finger isn’t something you are looking for (or you could even do without), then there’s very little value here. That said, 23-inch touchscreen monitors are hard to come by and generally cost around $500 on their own, which makes the cost of the EliteOne 800 2G a little more palatable. There was a decent $500 dollar discount on this model on the HP store at the time of writing, which makes the unit much better value and worth holding out for if you can.
The PC’s integrated Intel HD Graphics 530 chip is a little lackluster, and though the PC has ample connectivity options, including; an SD Card slot, USB Type-C connector, a Displayport and Ethernet input, this is hardly a selling point. The one saving grace might be the Bang and Olufsen speakers that taper the lower edge of the screen that have nicely balanced clear sound, but they’re not good enough to salvage this pricy build-yourself PC.