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HP Compaq 8200 Elite all-in-one: A super-fast PC that fizzles

David Murphy | Dec. 20, 2011
If you don't mind a slight drop in speeds, other business-class AIOs give a bit more bang for the buck.

What could interfere with your business functions is the Compaq 8200 Elite's lack of connective options. In short, it's all USB: Two on the system's side, alongside a multiformat card reader, and four on the system's rear. A Gigabit Ethernet port is the only other connection option you get -- as far as networking goes, however, the AIO does allow for Wireless-N connectivity right out of the box.

So how does the Compaq 8200 Elite stack up? Though slightly slower and slightly smaller (at a screen size of 21.5 inches), Lenovo ThinkCentre M91z trades a performance difference of eight percent for a full touchscreen, identical storage capacity, and support for HDMI (out) and a VGA connection --which allows the AIO to serve as a second monitor, if you so desire. And there's also Toshiba's DX1215: a 20-percent performance drop and 21.5-inch screen, but a terabyte of storage, a beautiful multi-touch display, and support for both USB 3.0 and HDMI.

In other words, you can slice the all-in-one desktop pie a variety of different ways, but "speed" is the only flavor you'll find in HP's Compaq 8200 Elite all-in-one. We can't fault this AIO for its killer general performance, but it needs a more balanced (and awesome) set of features -- a touchscreen, at bare minimum -- to support a great overall PC on its speedy foundation.


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