HP’s Elite Slice computer is a desktop PC that crams an Intel Skylake processor, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 500GB of storage into a a case that’s just 6 inches across and 1.5 inches deep.

Worried that there’s no room for things like an optical disc drive? The HP Slice is a modular PC system: you add features by purchasing additional modules and snapping them into place.

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HP recently started taking orders for the Elite Slice computer, and I got a chance to check out the modular PC at an event in New York this week.

The Slice is basically a full-fledged PC in its own right, with everything you need to get started stuffed into a compact case, complete with a USB 3.1 Type-C port, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, DisplayPort and HDMI and an Ethernet jack.

There are also vents near the top of the computer to help keep things cool. Powered by a 35 watt Intel Skylake-T processor, there’s no way Intel could have made a system this small fanless, so there is a fan to blow hot air out through those vents.

On the bottom of the Slice there’s a port that you can line up with any of the Slice modules. Just snap the optical disc drive, Bang & Olufsen speakers, or other modules into place and they’ll be held firm by a latch while drawing power and sending data through that port.

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You can remove any modules you’re not currently using by sliding a latch on the bottom of the stack and simply pulling modules apart.

Sure… you could probably buy a USB disc drive or speaker set for a lot less than the price of these official Slice modules. But they won’t be as compact or neat… and they’ll require you to run more cables all over your desk.

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There’s also an optional “Collaboration Cover” that includes touch-sensitive buttons for use with Skype or other conference calling software.

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HP isn’t the first company to unveil a proprietary, modular desktop system. Acer’s Aspire Revo Build is designed around a similar idea. But while Acer’s systems have a starting price of just $180 for a model with an Intel Celeron N3050 processor, HP is positioning the Elite Slice as a business-class computer with more powerful hardware (and higher price tags).

An entry-level HP Elite Slice is expected to sell for $699 and feature an Intel Core i3-6100T processor, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB of hard drive storage.

Higher-priced models feature up to a Core i7-6700T processor, 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of solid state storage.

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