All-in-one desktops save a lot of space by combining your PC and display into a single package. But the down side is that when you want to upgrade to more powerful hardware, you typically have to buy a whole new AiO PC.

HP’s new Mini-in-One 24 Display is a system designed to separate the refresh cycle of PCs and displays while still maintaining many of the benefits of an All-in-One.

Basically it’s a 23.8 inch display with a slot in the back where you can snap an HP Mini PC into place. Want to upgrade the memory or storage? Just remove the mini PC, open it up, make your changes, and plug it back in. But if you want to switch to a model with a newer processor, updated motherboard, or other improvements you can just swap out the HP Mini for a newer or more powerful model altogether.

The HP Mini-in-One 24 Display should be available in August for $279 and up (not including the price of an HP Mini PC).

On the one hand, you could already do something similar by picking up an Intel NUC or other small small computers that can be attached to the back of a TV or monitor with a VESA mount. But the advantage to using a purpose-built system like HP’s is the cleaner, simpler design — there are fewer cables running from device to device and you can turn on the display and PC by pressing a single power button.

The Mini-in-one display features a 1920 x 1080 pixel, 60 Hz, LED-backlit anti-glare display, stereo speakers built-in, and an integrated 1080p webcam with  a privacy shutter and dual microphones. You can adjust the angle by tilting the display from -5 to 30 degrees for more comfortable viewing.

It connects to the HP Mini PC via a USB-C cable and all the ports on the mini PC are exposed if you want to use them to connect more peripherals such as additional displays or a wired keyboard or mouse.

HP says the Mini-in-One display is compatible with its HP ProDesk or EliteDesk Mini G5 small form factor PCs featuring up to a 65 watt processor.

Unsurprisingly, HP has also just announced the EliteDesk Mini G5 will be available in July for $924 and up. It’s a 7″ x 6.9″ x 1.3″ computer with support for Intel Celeron G4930 to Core i7-8700 processor options, up to 64GB of RAM, and up to a 512GB SSD or 2TB hard drive.

If the new Mini-in-One platform takes off, it would be nice to see Dell offer other displays with other features such as higher-resolutions, higher screen refresh rates, or bigger screens — allowing you to mix and match your PC and display while still using a system that’s as space saving and convenient as a typical All-in-One.

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2 replies on “HP Mini-in-One is a modular PC-in-a-display for easier upgrades (sort of)”

    1. Yeah, but HP does a better job of making it look like one unit instead of two units stuck together.

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