HP EliteDesk 800 G2 mini business desktop PC review – can you upgrade it?


Can you upgrade HP EliteDesk 800 G2 mini business desktop PC? It equipped with Intel Quad-core i5-6500T up to 3.1G,16G DDR4 memory(2 slots support up to 32GB),240G SSD and Included USB Keyboard & Mouse Included. The SSD drive is extremely fast and would be very easy to upgrade if extra space is needed. The USB ports are all 3.0, so speed it exceptionally fast. Get more in HP EliteDesk 800 G2 mini business desktop PC review.

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Pros & Cons – HP EliteDesk 800 G2 mini business desktop PC

– Slim size, worked well.
– Reasonable instructions for activating Windows 10.
– Price is decent.

– Fan made periodic hum giving me the impression it is on its way out.
– No SD card slot, so you would need to buy a USB to SD converter.
– Two display ports instead of HDMI ports. Will need a converter if you want to use audio with your monitor.

HP EliteDesk 800 G2 mini business desktop PC specs

  • Product Line: EliteDesk
  • Product Series: 800 G2
  • Processor Manufacturer: Intel
  • Processor Type: Core i7
  • Processor Model: i7-6700T
  • Processor Speed: 2.80 GHz
  • Standard Memory: 8 GB
  • Memory Technology: DDR4 SDRAM
  • Total Solid State Drive Capacity: 128 GB
  • Display & Graphics: Graphics Controller Manufacturer Intel
  • Wireless LAN: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Software: Operating System Platform Windows
  • Operating System Language: English
  • Form Factor: Desktop Mini
  • Height: 1.3″
  • Weight (Approximate): 2.90 lb
  • Energy Star: Yes
  • Environmentally Friendly: Yes

Compare HP EliteDesk 800 G2 mini business desktop PC

HP EliteDesk 800 G2 Desktop Mini Business PC, Intel Quad-Core i5-6500THP EliteDesk 800 G2 Mini Business Desktop PC Intel Quad-Core i7-6700T
Computer Memory Size16 GB16 GB
CPU ModelCore i5Core i7
CPU Speed2.50 GHz2.80 GHz
Hard Disk Size240 GB1 TB
Hardware PlatformPCPC
Operating SystemWindows 10 ProWindows 10 Pro
Processor Count44

HP EliteDesk 800 G2 mini business desktop PC review


It weighs 1218 grams and is 17x17x3.5cm. The way I have described it is Landscape but a small stand is provided to allow it to stand Portrait. Both sides are blank, the base has two rubber runners to keep a clear airflow and the top also has ventilation.


As the 800 G2 is a business PC, it has a very plain black casing. It’s very sturdy though as it’s made out of thick metal, yet it’s also easy to open up. Twist off one screw and the top plate slides off to reveal the interior.


The front has a 3.5mm headphone socket and a 3.5 headphone/microphone socket, a USB type C connection and two USB3 ports, finally the on/off button. The rear has video connections for VGA and Display Port, plus a second Display Port option installed on my test unit but this could be an HDMI if you prefer. It also has two rows of two USB3 Ports an Ethernet Port and finally DC input.

Storage and upgrade

Our review unit came fitted with a fast 128GB NVMe M.2-based SSD. If you want to fit a bigger SSD, you’ll first have to remove the combined cooling fan and cage for an optional 2.5in SATA hard disk that sit on top of it. The existence of this cage means you could instead stick with the current SSD and rely on a bigger and cheaper, if slower, hard disk for storing your very big files instead.

The memory slots are tucked away under the processor cooler. It’s reasonably easy to remove by unscrewing three screws and then pulling it off with a modest amount of force. Although our unit came fitted with a plentiful 16GB of memory, you can still add more – up to a maximum of 32GB. You’ll have to dispose of the chips currently installed though as the 800 G2’s small size means there are only two RAM slots.


There were three Intel-based WLAN modules and one HP module. The Intel models are 802.11ac with Bluetooth 4.x support. The HP unit is an 802.11a/b/g/n solution with Bluetooth 4.0.

Security feature

Along with the EliteDesk 800 and Windows, HP offers a set of security tools that go well beyond the basics, including HP Sure Click, HP Sure Start Gen4, HP Sure Run, HP Sure Recover, HP BIOSphere Gen4, Intel Identity Protection Technology, and multifactor authentication features. These include an optional fingerprint reader or webcam, both Windows Hello certified.

HP EliteDesk 800 G2 mini business desktop PC Performance review

I purchased the HP EliteDesk 800 for general home use. The Intel Core i5 4570 is a workhorse and a great improvement over the old computer it replaces. I find the 8 GB RAM sufficient and the 500 GB hard drive is quick enough for now. There is room to add another drive if I need more storage. For now I’m using Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage.

This supports dual monitors via display port, we got 2 DP to DVI-D adapters and it runs dual 21 inch 19200×1080 with no problem. I has 8MB of ram, not the fastest but it is reliable. The CPU was a quad-core with 4 threads and runs Citrix Receiver, Skype, 4 Excel sheets 4 browser windows, 1 command window, Thunderbird and 6 pdf windows while playing Soda crush, It took about an hour to set up with all the windows updates but activated the first time and I am very happy.

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