HP is updating its EliteDesk line of business computers with new models powered by up to a 9th-gen Intel Core processors. They come in a range of shapes and sizes including all-in-one desktops, “micro tower,” and “small form factor,” but the tiniest of the bunch are the Desktop Mini models and there are two of those.
The HP ProDesk 400 G5 Desktop Mini will sell for $579 and up, while the HP ProDesk 600 G5 Desktop Mini is priced at $679 and up.
Both little PCs measures 7″ x 6.9″ x 1.4″ and support optional 100W USB-C power delivery charging. HP notes that the ProDesk 600 series model supports “single cable connectivity,” and can be used with an HP Mini-in-One to create a pseudo all-in-one desktop.
I haven’t seen detailed specs for the 600 series yet, but the ProDesk 400 G5 Desktop Mini supports up to an Intel Core i9-9900T processor, up to 64GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, and it supports a SATA hard drive or SSD as well as PCIe NVMe storage.
Both mini desktops should be available this month.
Wow, a business-oriented Mini PC with HDMI. I’ll mark my calendar for this time next year to be on the lookout for refurbs on Ebay.
An HDMI is preferable if your monitor uses one but most of HP’s recent SFF and USFF computers have a Display Port display-out. A decent Display Port to HDMI cable is less than $10, you do need to connect sound via a 3.5mm audio cable (the DP to HDMI cables do not usually transmit sound) but those are literally one dollar on eBay for one of decent quality. I use two of these cables, as long as you don’t cheap out on them (adapters are available for less than a dollar but you also only get a dollar’s worth of video quality from them), one sold directly from Amazon or Newegg will likely work fine but watch the independent sellers on those sites. With these cables a computer not having an HDMI port on it is not a problem nowadays.
Yeah, the lack of audio over DP with most models of USFF business PCs is the problem. Theyre almost useless to people who want to snag cheap refurbs and use them as a home theatre PC.
The 3.5mm audio jack isn’t a proper solution for most people, some people just want to plug it directly into their TV without a receiver. And to make matters worse, they almost always put the 3.5mm jack on the front.
I’ll be watching for these on Ebay.
I often have the same target in mind, but maybe I’m eyeing the wrong price point. I think “OK, $Current_Year models cost $700, so last year’s cost $600, and ones from four years ago cost $250. Right? Wrong.
I’ll see units from six years ago at that price shipped (To the continental US). Would you say I am looking in the wrong places for the right prices, or just need to add $100 to my budget? Of course, the venerable hp T5740 at 8+ years old is below that price point and performance threshold…
I have had two different models of these at work, and the area on the back where it has a HDMI port is swappable. My previous one that was DOA (random reboots, even after chaning PSU and motherboard, never mind that I got my money back), had a molex slimstack connector to connect the port on the back, so it could if you could find spare parts possibly be changed. Now I have a Ryzen model EliteDesk, and it has an iGPU in the processor and a PCI-E GPU that fits with a cooler in the drive bay, and the GPU PCB stretches out to reach that area with the optional slot. My colleague has a USB-C jack there instead. I don’t know if it supports DP-alt mode and charging through it.
I bought mine from Amazon basics and it also transmits audio. I am connecting it to the similarly sized Lenovo Tiny.
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