Choose a mini PC to declutter your workspace & get more done

Choose a mini PC to declutter your workspace & get more done

James Sowry November 18, 2015 Technology, Hardware, Sentrian One

The days of needing bulky desktop or tower PCs are gone.  With the latest generation of chips, computers now run faster and cooler and so can be packed as compact 'mini PCs'.

We've heard from many clients looking for ways to 'declutter' their workspace and configure their technology in a way that boosts productivity and supports ergonomic work practices.

To help make choosing the technology to achieve these goals easier, we have added three variants of HP's EliteDesk 800 mini PC to our Standard Technology Stack (STS).  The STS aims to take the hard work out of buying the various components required to successfully implement new technology.  We have developed these workstation packages to ensure all necessary cables and components are included.

Start with a seriously small PC

After reviewing a range of small computers we have selected the HP EliteDesk 800 mini PC  for our STS because it combines HP's durability, performance and a three-year on-site warranty in a box that is only 18 cm square and 3.5 cm high.    Even though it's small, it is still a full powered PC with a full range of ports and can support multiple monitors.  Best of all we can mount the PC itself to the underside of your desk or attach it to a monitor arm.  Combining this with a wireless mouse and keyboard means no cables or bulky boxes on or around your desk.

HP EliteDesk 800 Desktop Mini   HP Mini 3

Add some monitors (and monitor arms)

Combining the HP mini PC with one, two or more HP high definition monitors makes for a neat looking and cost-effective desktop computer.  We have included a choice of two monitor stands in the STS both supporting dual 24" monitor configurations.

HP on-desk dual monitor stand:   this monitor stand is height adjustable and requires no installation or mounting on your desk.  Budget approximately $280 ex-GST.

HP Adjustable Dual Display Stand

Debetrek Pluto monitor armDual monitor arm:  to lift your display up and off the desk, these high-quality monitor arms from Debetrek are fixed to your desk and so require installation.  They cost effectively support two monitors which can be swiveled from landscape to portrait orientation as required.

Budget approx $200 ex-GST.

 

Three Variations to Suit Different Needs and Budgets

The STS includes three different workstation packages to suit different business requirements.  These come equipped with standard on-desk monitor stands. Please add one of the options discussed above for dual mounted monitor display options to maximise available desk space.

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[x_accordion_item parent_id="STS Workstation" title="Standard Workstation"]The basic i3 workhorse is cost-effective, has plenty of the space and enough power to run all the standard Office applications. This is a great choice as a general office workstation and costs less than $1,500 ex-GST including two monitors.

  • Intel I3-4160
  • 8GB RAM
  • 500GB SSHD (Hybrid)
  • 2 x 24-inch HP HD Displays (1920x1080)
  • HP Wireless Mouse and Keyboard
  • Warranty : 3 Years

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[x_accordion_item parent_id="STS Workstation" title="Performance Workstation"]Going to the mid-range i5 model adds the faster processor and solid-state disk drive for faster performance. This workstation is good for people that have a lot of applications open at once and spend a good deal of time in front of the computer. Budget around $1,700 ex-GST including two monitors.

  • Intel I5-4590T
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • 2 x 24-inch HP HD Displays (1920x1080)
  • HP Wireless Mouse and Keyboard
  • Warranty : 3 Years

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[x_accordion_item parent_id="STS Workstation" title="Power Workstation"]When you need more performance and want to save valuable seconds, the i7 adds the fastest processor. Budget around $1,900 ex-GST including two monitors.

  • Intel I7
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • 2 x 24-inch HP HD Displays (1920x1080)
  • HP Wireless Mouse and Keyboard
  • Warranty : 3 Years

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If you're looking at upgrading your office workstations or think the new desktops would make a good fit at your business – contact your Sentrian Client Services Manager.

Why buy from the Sentrian Standard Technology Stack?

The Sentrian STS is the result of extensive research and testing to offer our clients the best hardware and software available at an affordable price. After assessing factors such as price, availability, performance and reliability here in the Australian market, we designate specific components to match the demands of our clients.

Choosing to purchase components from the STS offers quick, accurate and reliable quoting. It means our engineers are familiar with the devices and have documented standard set-up/installation procedures for faster implementation. Our Service Desk will be able to respond to issues and understand your configuration even if they've never worked on your site before. It means a consistent and reliable experience.

By buying from the STS you can continue to have a consistent desktop fleet rolled out across your organisation, even if buying individual PC's or small batches. We keep the STS configuration up to date as models change to maximise consistency over time, and ensure all the peripherals and cables you will need are included.

 

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