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THE ELITE SLICE – A PERFECT SMALL FORM FACTOR

THE ABOVE VIDEO IS A BIT DATED, BUT IS STILL INSTRUCTIVE

Hewlett Packard’s Elite Slice comes with a massive amount of options

  • 6th or 7th Generation processor options from Core i3 to quad-core Core i7
  • Option of operating system
  • The options of modules for wireless charging or collaboration
  • The option of an audio module by Bang and Olafsen
  • The option of a DVD drive module
  • Anywhere from 4GB to 32GB RAM
  • Options of HDD, Hybrid, SSD, or PCIe SSD storage – two drives are allowed
  • Bluetooth option
  • Keyboard and mouse options

The Elite Slice is a groundbreaking small form factor design. On top of that, it is relatively easy to upgrade RAM or Storage. ¬†Because it is modular, it can be tailored to one’s needs.

The only thing it lacks is a graphics card, but as Intel comes out with new chips, and as their iGPU’s get better, that issue might fade.

As it is right now, if one ordered the Elite Slice with an i7-7700T quad-core chip and with a PCIe SSD, one could have an amazing computer which could seriously handle all but the highest-end games or video editing.

Of course, if one waits until Coffee Lake chips come out, it might be better. An i7-8700T would have the same TDP as an i7-7700T, but would come with a mighty wallop.

Comparison
CPU Cores Base Freq. Boost Freq. TDP
i7-7700T 4C/8T 2.9GHz 3.8GHz 35 W
i7-8700T 6C/12T Not known yet Not known yet 35 W

(Source: AnandTech)

The Coffee Lake options may not come out until spring. The computer manufacturers want to clean out their old stock. So, if you can live with the older Kaby Lake version of an Elite Slice, then right after Christmas would be the time to buy.

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE LACK OF A GRAPHICS CARD?

The iGPU’s in Intel’s CPU’s – HD 630 in the 7th generation Kaby Lake options – are improving all the time, and should be enough for all but the most demanding production issues.¬† The HD 630 in the Kaby Lake CPU surpasses the Iris 5100 in the Mac Mini; and the Mac Mini is capable of some video editing.

That being said, let’s see what an upgraded Elite Slice looks like with 8th generation CPU’s.