HP 100B All-in-one Review

by J.R. Nelson Reads (13,207)
Editor's Rating
7.17

TG Ratings Breakdown

    • Software & Support
    • 9
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 6
    • Usability
    • 9
    • Design
    • 5
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Features
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 7.17
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Solid build
    • High-resolution display
    • Fast graphics
    • Fast hard drive

     

  • Cons

    • Plain design
    • No high-speed ports
    • No video out

     

Quick Take

It’s not perfect, but it’s solid and small, with a good display and better graphics.

 


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.

Specifications:

  • Processor: AMD Dual-core E350 with AMD Radeon HD 6310
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Professional 
  • Memory: 2GB DDR3 SDRAM @ 1333MHz
  • Chipset: AMD A45 Fusion Controller Hub
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6310 “Discrete-Class Graphics”
  • Storage: 250GB HDD @ 7200RPM
  • Optical storage: SuperMulti DVD+/-RW with LightScribe
  • Networking: 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wireless networking: 802.11b/g/n
  • Display: 20 inches, 1600×900 resolution
  • Power supply: 90W (external)
  • Dimensions: 14.06 x 3.66 x 18.5 inches (HxDxW)
  • Weight: 11.02 pounds
  • Warranty: One year limited parts and labor onsite warranty

What’s in the box: 

  • HP 100B All-in-one
  • HP wired keyboard
  • HP wired mouse
  • 90W external power supply
  • Product materials/manuals

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.

HP 100B All-in-one HP 100B All-in-one

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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