HP Compaq 8200 Elite Ultra-Slim Desktop Review

by J.R. Nelson Reads (30,605)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 9
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 7
    • Usability
    • 9
    • Design
    • 9
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Features
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 7.67
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • Small yet strong build
    • Runs cool
    • Affordable
  • Cons

    • Slow, small hard drive
    • Only bottom-tier GPU upgrades available

Quick Take

If you?re looking for a small but capable new desktop for your business, be sure to check out the HP Compaq 8200 Elite.

Although the desktop market might not be shrinking too fast these days, the desktops themselves certainly are. Manufacturers are continually trying to pack desktop-level performance into smaller and smaller boxes – can HP?s Compaq 8200 Elite succeed where others have failed?


  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500S @ 2.70GHz
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
  • Hard drive: 250GB, 2.5-inch Western Digital Scorpio Black @ 7200RPM
  • Optical drive: 8x DVD+/-RW tray-loading with LightScribe
  • Graphics: Intel integrated HD graphics
  • Networking: Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wireless networking: Intel Centrino Advanced N 6205 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Power supply: 135W 87% efficient power supply (external)
  • Dimensions: 2.6 x 10 x 9.9 inches (HxWxD)
  • Weight: 6.8 pounds
  • Warranty: 3 years parts, labor and onsite service standard warranty

The HP Compaq 8200 Elite Ultra-slim Desktop carries a starting MSRP of $719.00. This configuration earned a $914.00 price tag.

Build and design
The HP Compaq Elite 8200 carries an ?ultra-slim? moniker, and for good reason. It?s tiny! This new range of slim desktops aren?t much bigger than those units which have traditionally been built upon very low power – and therefore very low performance – nettop platforms, but instead use fully-fledged desktop components.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the best part of these new breeds of desktops is the size. Or at least, the lack of it. As desktops grow smaller, users can put them back on top of their desks and not worry about losing much space. Having the computer on the desk means that it?s much, much easier to access all of the various ports and inputs. Additionally, the small stature and reduced weight means that IT can roll these boxes out by the hundreds without much difficulty. Old desktops required two hands and offered a sore back; these machines can easily be held with just one.



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