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HP EliteOne 1000 G1 All-in-One

Introduction, Design, Features

All-in-one desktops have obvious benefits: they take up less space and are easier to set up than a traditional PC, making them good fits for both crowded offices and busy homes. The tradeoff for an all-in-one’s space-saving design and convenience is a lack of an upgrade path; between an AIO’s tight dimensions and its components integrated into the display, it makes upgradability difficult for parts and impossible for displays. Not so with the HP EliteOne 1000 G1, whose unique modular design mitigates these upgrade drawbacks.

The EliteOne 1000 G1 puts the guts of the PC not behind the display, but in the base of the system. It also lets you ditch the display in favor of one of two other HP monitors on down the road. This arrangement makes for a bigger base than those of most all-in-ones, making the G1 far from the most compact of AIO designs. If you’ve got room for a larger-than-average all-in-one, however, then the HP provides an upgrade path by simply matchmaking the base and the display instead of marrying them till death do they part.

HP EliteOne 1000 G1 AIO (Front)

HP sells the EliteOne 1000 G1 with one of three screen sizes: 23.8-inch, 27-inch, or a 34-inch curved LCD. No matter the display you select, you’ll get a PC with a seventh-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, Intel integrated graphics, and Windows 10 Pro. For storage, the system comes with either a 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD or a 1TB, 7,200rpm hard drive. The entry-level 23.8-inch model costs $1,259, and the flagship 34-inch model costs $1,749. We reviewed a 27-inch model that costs $1,499 and features the Intel Core i5-7500 processor and a 256GB NVMe solid-state drive. There are also two customizable models with a wide range of configuration options.

Because the display neither houses the components nor is permanently affixed to the base, you can swap it should your screen fail or get damaged. Or maybe you just want a different size. While the display can be removed from the base, your replacement options are limited to the other HP screens specifically designed to be mounted to the EliteOne base. The 23.8-inch model features 1,920×1,080 resolution and comes in touch and non-touch versions. Our test unit’s 27-inch LCD features 3,840×2,160 (4K) resolution, and the 34-inch curved LCD offers 3,440×1,440 resolution. The two larger sizes do not offer touch support.

Design Features

The EliteOne 1000 G1 boasts a simple design with clean lines and a modern, rectangular look…

HP EliteOne 1000 G1 AIO (Back)

The ample, wedge-shaped base measures 15.7 inches wide by 7.4 inches deep. At its back edge, it’s 1.5 inches thick and narrows to 0.3 inch on its front edge. The wide base may take up more space than competing, more compact all-in-ones, but it creates a sturdy anchor for the display. You really need to bump your desk or table emphatically in order to see any evidence of screen wobble.

A narrow, chrome neck sits in the center of the base for the display…

HP EliteOne 1000 G1 AIO (Left Profile)

We have two neck nitpicks: it’s too far forward to stow the keyboard on top of the base when you aren’t using the keyboard, and it doesn’t offer any height adjustment—only a few degrees of tilt.

The 27-inch 4K display is gorgeous…

HP EliteOne 1000 G1 AIO (Display)

It offers a stunningly crisp, clear image and looks sharp even when seated right in front of it. The ultra-thin screen bezel makes the display appear larger than it really is and makes it easy to use additional displays to either side in a multi-display setup. The display doesn’t offer touch support, but without touch, HP is able to forego the glossy glass coating of a touch display for an anti-glare finish that does an admirable job combating glare and reflections.

Audio output from the Bang and Olufsen stereo speakers also impresses. A speaker grille runs the width along the top of the base, and its two speakers fire upward and produce rich, full sound with enough oomph to fill a small room. In the front-right corner of the top panel of the system’s base is a groove that acts as a convenient, capacitive-touch volume slider…

HP EliteOne 1000 G1 AIO (Volume Slider)

There are also four buttons on top of the base for video conferencing: a call button, a hang-up button, a mute button, and a button to turn off the webcam…

HP EliteOne 1000 G1 AIO (Video Conferencing Buttons)

The webcam hides behind the display and can be popped up when needed—assuring your privacy when you aren’t using it…

HP EliteOne 1000 G1 AIO (Left Angled)

There is actually a pair of two-megapixel cameras inside the pop-up camera panel: one faces front, the other rear. The front-facing camera is an IR camera and can be used with Windows Hello to log into your PC via face recognition.

The system’s big base leaves plenty of room for a wide selection of ports, most of which are located around back. On the rear of the base you’ll find four USB 3.1 ports, an HDMI-out port, DisplayPort-in and -out ports, and an Ethernet jack…

HP EliteOne 1000 G1 AIO (Back Ports)

On the right edge are a USB 3.1 Type-C port, a USB 3.1 Type-A port, and a headphone jack…

HP EliteOne 1000 G1 AIO (Right Ports)

One item HP didn’t find room for inside the EliteOne 1000 G1’s ample base is the power supply. A giant, 180-watt power brick sits on the power cord and will feel like an albatross should you lug the system from room to room with any frequency.

The back of the base can be removed without tools for easy access to the system’s components, but you won’t find much room should you harbor expansion plans…

HP EliteOne 1000 G1 AIO (Internals)

Inside, our test system offered a free 3.5-inch drive bay and two M.2 expansion slots. There are also two cooling fans inside, a surprise to us since we never heard them spinning.

HP bundles a wireless keyboard and mouse with the system…

HP EliteOne 1000 G1 AIO (Bundled Keyboard and Mouse)

Both are of the basic, black plastic variety.

The EliteOne 1000 G1 units are geared toward business use and come with Windows 10 Professional and a handful of HP-branded security apps. HP Sure Start supplies runtime intrusion detection and BIOS protection, and HP Manageability Integration Kit lets IT staffs securely manage systems via Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. And there’s also HP PhoneWise, an app that lets you wirelessly connect your iPhone or Android phone to the PC so you can text, call and get phone notifications on your desktop.

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