HP is done making conventional looking PC’s and in its pursuit of different it has released the Elite Slice modular desktop which is a hybrid between a Diskman, a router, and a set top box. You would expect it to look super weird but it isn’t that bad at all and in terms of capabilities it’s pretty neat.
HP isn’t the first to manufacture modular components for a PC. In fact Lenovo introduced this idea with its Thinkpad Stack the previous year but this was just a stack of magnetic accessories for the PC. The Slice is a sleeker looking standalone PC which as modules that you can attach to increase capabilities.
The target market is businessmen/women and office goers which is reflected with its base specifications and $700 price tag. The Slice weighs 2.31-poundand has sixth-generation Intel Core i7 and runs Windows 10 Pro. The PC offers HP BIOSphere and HP Sure Start to ensure safety and detection of threats.
It comes with two USB 3.1 Type-C, two USB 2.0 DisplayPort and HDMI ports. Other than this we also get ethernet and headphone/microphone jacks, onboard dual mics and an optional fingerprint sensor. The interesting this about the Slice are the modules. All of the modules have a USB C port dubbed the HP Slice Connector at the bottom which let you hook up more components to your PC.
You can get your hands on the audio module (with Bang & Olufsen enhancements), an optical disk drive and what HP calls a Collaboration Cover as add ons at the launch. The last mentioned accessory lets you convert your desktop in to a Skype for Business phone. You can start a preset Skype call by touching a capacitive button on the shell. The Slice offers an individual Skype number with each Collaboration module which will set up a phone network.
In the demo we got we were guided into making a call by pressing the green phone button which led us to a conversation with an HP rep. He then proceeded to show us the onboard mic’s capabilities which included detecting his voice despite the distance he put between himself and the PC. HP will be releasing a wireless charging cover in 2017 which will let you charge all of your compatible devices by placing them on top of the Slice. We do not have a lot of variety for add ons but the Elite Slice seems like a pretty neat device to own especially for crowded office environments.