"In an age when Linux has become a powerful platform
for development work, graphics processing and video production,
it's a welcome relief to see a mid-range system built for people
who may or may not have experience with Linux. The HP Elite 7000
Microtower is quite capable: it has an Intel i7 860 2.8GHz
quad-core processor with an 8MB L2 cache and an ATI Radeon HD 4550
graphics card built for Blu-ray movie playback. Meanwhile, with
just 3GB of RAM, an 160GB SATA hard disk and little design flare,
the Elite 7000 is not exactly a performance rig. The saving grace:
the system can come equipped with Novel SUSE Linux Enterprise
Desktop 11 and is extremely easy to upgrade.
"The all-black design screams 'corporate deployment' more than
any sort of style statement. In fact, other than a silver plate
with an HP logo, you might think the Elite 7000 is home-built, and
the understated design is likely intentional. HP used a hex locking
nut on the back of the PC as if to warn the non-technical that they
should not mess with the innards. We did, of course, noticing that
the spacious interior is just ripe for upgrades, especially more
RAM (up to 8GB) and a larger drive."
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