HP is introducing a new all-in-one today with a pretty uncommon feature: the ability to easily upgrade some of its components, including its screen. The new PC, called the EliteOne 1000, hides most of its parts inside a wedge-shaped base, which can be opened up to access its storage, RAM, processor, and networking equipment.
What’s most unusual is that you can even upgrade the all-in-one’s display. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to swap on any external display you have lying around — you’ll be limited to a few specific HP-made display options — but it still allows for an added degree of flexibility. So you could start with a 23.8-inch 1080p display and later switch it out for a 34-inch curved WQHD display.
The upgrade options are a bit limited — there are only three interchangeable display choices, and you can’t add a graphics card — which makes the EliteOne a lot less exciting than it might sound. (Dell recently launched an an all-in-one that lets you swap out the CPU too.) But HP is hoping what flexibility it does offer will be enough to entice IT departments, which may need to upgrade networking equipment and storage over time and would prefer to do that without buying a brand-new fleet of PCs.
In addition to the new all-in-one, HP is also announcing updates to two laptops targeted at a business audience: the EliteBook x360 1020 and the EliteBook 1040.
The x360 model is now slightly thinner and lighter, down to 13.9mm thick and 2.48 pounds in weight (from 14.99mm and 2.82 pounds on the last version). It can also now be configured with a display as bright as 700 nits. (For comparison, the MacBook Pro only gets up to 500 nits, so this should be very bright.)
The traditional EliteBook model is getting an option for a quad-core, H-series i7 processor, which should be more powerful than the usual U-series processors but much more of a drain on battery life. And unfortunately, neither this laptop nor the x360 are getting eighth-generation Intel processors: these are still using the original lineup of Kaby Lake models. Both laptops also have narrower bezels than their last iterations.
All three of these computers will be available this month. The EliteOne all-in-one starts at $1,259, while the two laptops both start at $1,379. Interchangeable displays for the EliteOne go on sale in November.
Update September 21th, 11:03AM ET: It turns out, the EliteOne 1000 does allow owners to replace the processor — HP originally said that it wasn’t possible.