While Lenovo’s attractive ThinkCentre Edge M91z may have stolen the limelight this week with its attractive edge-to-edge glass, it’s definitely not the only game in town. HP is looking to capitalize on the business market with their own all-in-one, running on AMD’s Brazos platform - can that partnership make a winning product? Read on and see.
What’s in the box:
The HP 100B All-in-one has a starting price of $499, but is currently on sale for $439.
Build and design
HP has had a lot of experience designing all-in-one desktop computers. While many are familiar with their experiments in touch technology, headed by the attrative TouchSmart line of desktops, the TouchSmart units are certainly not the first. Compaq, with whom HP merged back in 2002, started making all-in-ones two decades beforehand.
The 100B has an understated look to go with its understated nomenclature. It’s a simplistic desktop, and takes a few of its obvious design cues from the earlier generations of the TouchSmart desktops. The overall shape of the unit is a rudimentary tripod, with two legs built into the front and a locking hinged stand on the back. HP put a plastic insert into the top middle of the front display bezel, as if some models might eventually include a webcam. It looks a little out of place, since it’s just a blank piece of plastic.
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