PROS / The 250 GB hard drive can expand up to 1 TB.
CONS / Outwardly, the box’s appearance is unassuming.
VERDICT / The HP Elite 7000 PC meets and exceeds the needs of the average business user.
Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
Professionalism is one of the key attributes of a successful company. Cluttered work areas can sometimes compromise an organization’s ability to portray itself as competent and thriving. The design of the HP Elite 7100 Microtower PC accommodates even the smallest of cubicles, a place where work area is at a premium. More objective reviews can be found on our Business Computer Review site.
- Intel Core i3-540
- 16X SATA SuperMulti LightScribe DVD+/-RW
- 22-in-1 Media Card Reader
- 250 GB Hard Drive
Outwardly, the box’s appearance is unassuming. The metal has an attractive and sleek high-gloss black finish. Although diminutive in size, the basic HP Elite 7100 Microtower is packed full of computing strength.
The entry level model ships with the respectable i3-540 processor. This processor delivers all the performance that is needed for multitasking in the business environment. For an increase in price, the processer can be upgraded to the i5-650 or i7-860 models. Both the i5 and i7 processors are enabled with Intel’s Hyper-Threading Technology. This technology enables the processor to execute two threads, or sets of instructions, at the same time.
Memory & Storage
Further features that add to this computer’s impressive power arsenal are 2 GB of DDR3 Memory, a 250 GB SATA hard drive and an integrated Intel GMA 4500 graphics processor.
When running a 64 bit system, the memory can be upgraded to 16 GB. On 32 bit systems the memory can be upgraded to 3 GB. The 250 GB hard drive can expand up to 1 TB.
The integrated GMA 4000 graphics processor should be more than sufficient for the purposes of the routine user. However, users who require more advanced graphic abilities such as Photoshop or Auto CAD have three upgrade options available to them. They include: ATI Radeon HD 4550 (512 MB DH), ATI Radeon HD 4650 (1 GB DH) or the ATI Radeon HD 5450 (1 GB DH).
Scalability features of the HP 7100 Microtower PC includes two internal 3.5 in hard drive bays, the ability to implement RAID 1, an optional SATA Blue-ray writer and an optional Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n module.
The base model ships with 32 bit Windows XP Professional available through downgrade rights from Genuine Windows 7 Professional 32 bit. Some users have noted difficulty when installing Windows 7 Professional. Support from Microsoft is sometimes needed to accomplish the task. Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11, FreeDOS and 64 bit Windows 7 Pro are also offered.
Simply put, right out of the box, the base model of the HP Elite 7000 PC meets and exceeds the needs of the average business user. Its flexibility and scalability make it a machine that will keep the business owner on the cutting edge of technology for some time to come.