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  • I have a pair of HP Elite Desk's out there, they have done very well over the past 2.5 years.

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  • Hello @JeffLew07, thanks for listing the HP Elite Slice and HP EliteDesk as mini desktop form factors that have crossed your mind and for tagging me.  Since these units are in the premier HP Elite Series, you certainly can count on their reliability and durability.  Space capacity may be one of your requirements.  What are some others?  How will the units be used?  What is your estimated cost per unit?

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  • I got a HP EliteDesk in a SpicePanel and that thing has been sweet. No hesitation about recommending it here. Solid build in a really compact factor, very easy to maintain, will handle normal business use without issue. HP's desktop line has been really solid lately from everything I've encountered.

    Not a fan of Lenovo. Between Superfish and the BIOS rootkit (Lenovo Service Engine) the trust is gone. Also, honestly, the hardware isn't that great compared to either HP or Dell.

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  • I have a number of the Dell Optiplex Micros in place (3020 and 3040). Pretty happy with them. 

    The current 3050 model form factor looks the same, just slightly newer CPU, etc.

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  • cpmkxt wrote:

    I got a HP EliteDesk in a SpicePanel and that thing has been sweet. No hesitation about recommending it here. Solid build in a really compact factor, very easy to maintain, will handle normal business use without issue. HP's desktop line has been really solid lately from everything I've encountered.

    Not a fan of Lenovo. Between Superfish and the BIOS rootkit (Lenovo Service Engine) the trust is gone. Also, honestly, the hardware isn't that great compared to either HP or Dell.

    Forgot about those issues with Lenovo.

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  • dvdsmith wrote:

    I have a number of the Dell Optiplex Micros in place (3020 and 3040). Pretty happy with them. 

    The current 3050 model form factor looks the same, just slightly newer CPU, etc.

    The 3050 is the model I was looking at.  Thanks!

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  • Dell micros, have some 3020s and a 7040.

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  • My vote would be for the HPs...

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  • essjae wrote:

    Dell micros, have some 3020s and a 7040.

    Those models are no longer available for purchase.

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  • We purchased 60 of the Dell 7040 micro end of last year for an office relocation. Made the office move much easier as the old PCs where starting to die.

    The Dells have great mounting options too. Desk stands, Dual VESA, etc.  We went with the Dual Vesa but I modified it a bit and under desk mounted most of them. Was able to do a very clean install regarding the cables.

    With the current models, you should be able to find something that fits just about any requirement.

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  • We have some Optiplex micro PCs and they work well. We use them behind TVs and such. Been working fine for a year.

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  • JeffLew07 wrote:

    cpmkxt wrote:

    I got a HP EliteDesk in a SpicePanel and that thing has been sweet. No hesitation about recommending it here. Solid build in a really compact factor, very easy to maintain, will handle normal business use without issue. HP's desktop line has been really solid lately from everything I've encountered.

    Not a fan of Lenovo. Between Superfish and the BIOS rootkit (Lenovo Service Engine) the trust is gone. Also, honestly, the hardware isn't that great compared to either HP or Dell.

    Forgot about those issues with Lenovo.

    Neither Superfish or LSE was installed in any of the Think line products.

    Overall, I've preferred Lenovo for laptops and Dell for desktops. The mini 9020, 7040, and even 390 series OptiPlex machines I have deployed have been going strong. I've had more issues with the full sized machines than I have the smaller form factors.

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  • I think what you've listed are the right models to consider. Can't say that I have personal experience with any of these machines, but I do see a lot of praise for the HP Slice throughout the community. Just so you know, TigerDirect carries these at a great price, if you do decide to go that route:

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4567557&CatId=2627Opens a new window

    Let me know if you have any questions or want me to connect you with someone over at TD!

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  • rthonpm wrote:

    Neither Superfish or LSE was installed in any of the Think line products.

    Doesn't matter, it's an issue of trust in the company. Established a history of being willing to compromise security.

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  • In terms of micros, we have a couple ThinkCentre M73 Tiny but more Dell Optiplex 3040 Micro.  The Dells have seemed to be easier to deploy in a mixed manufacturer environment.

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  • So seeing some mentions of Lenovo and Superfish I thought I should let you know Superfish in fact wasn't installed in any ThinkCentre/ThinkLine products and was primarily on consumer devices and has been fixed for a while now.

    The Lenovo Security Center issues were also patched and additional security fixes were released in April of 2016 https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/product_security/len_4326 Opens a new window

    Hopefully that is helpful and I of course understand the concerns.

    Also JeffLew07 you can go ahead and tag me going forward for anything Lenovo!

    Here is a link to some of our ThinkCentre Micro Desktops https://www3.lenovo.com/us/en/desktops-and-all-in-ones/thinkcentre/m-series-tiny/c/M-Series-Tiny#?ci... Opens a new window

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  • One more vote for Elite Slice, i7 with SSD and top cell phone charger.  Very fast, very reliable, and the wireless phone charger option completes it.

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  • We've been purchasing M series Lenovo's for the best part of 2 years now and haven't looked back. We get an i3/4GB/128GB SSD spec for our standard users and are yet to experience many issues with them. The latest model we've purchased (M710q) are proving great value for money!

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  • Not on the list but a big thumbs up from me for the Hp Z2 mini G3 workstation.

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  • We run refurbished (Ebay specials) Dell 790's with i5-2400s (Now getting more modern refurbs from businesses refreshing with 9020M's), upgraded with an SSD, dirt cheap, reliable, I think I've had one motherboard go out of 60 we've purchased over the last year and a half, easy to maintain and replace too.

    I have no doubt HP mini pc's are just as reliable though, I mean there's very little difference in the manufacturing process now

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  • My company just started rolling out Lenovo ThinkCentre M710qs and we are loving it so far. Ours have i5s with good sized hard drives for the work that we do. No complaints so far.

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  • We have been using the Lenovo M-Series desktops for the last couple of years. They have been great to work with, quiet, fast, no issues, no hardware compatibility issues. Setup I use is i5 model for most users, 128 / 250 gb SSD, 8gb Ram, Win 7 Pro, Dual Monitors. I have been ordering with VESA bracket and installing on back of one of my monitors. Computers being installed in public places like cashier stations, I mount inside cabinet with the same VESA backet.  The only minor issue I have had with M-series is the display port and running dual monitors. On occassion I will have to purchase the Lenovo DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter to get that connection to work. 

    Hope that helps.

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  • Not on the list but we've rolled out Intel NUCs. About the size of an external hard drive and have them mounted to the underside of user's desks. You barely know they're there

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  • The Dell Micros have been very good for us.  I can't speak to the other options.

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  • AdamH82 wrote:

    Not on the list but we've rolled out Intel NUCs. About the size of an external hard drive and have them mounted to the underside of user's desks. You barely know they're there

    Unfortunately, those do not fit our needs atm.

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  • JeffLew07 wrote:

    AdamH82 wrote:

    Not on the list but we've rolled out Intel NUCs. About the size of an external hard drive and have them mounted to the underside of user's desks. You barely know they're there

    Unfortunately, those do not fit our needs atm.

    Curious, what feature do they lack? They have more features than most any standard workstation (wireless, bluetooth, optane if you want it, NVME if you don't, USB-C w/DP, hdmi...)

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  • We used a couple of NUC's at my last company (WSUS server, file storage, etc).  

    At my new gig, we've been ordering Optiplex 3040's & 3050's w/ mount kits for the back of the monitors.  We then secure them to desk with Maclocks Slims Laptop locks.  

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  • Another vote for the Lenovo Tiny's.

    https://www3.lenovo.com/us/en/desktops-and-all-in-ones/thinkcentre/m-series-tiny/c/M-Series-Tiny Opens a new window

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  • Winner8466 wrote:

    JeffLew07 wrote:

    AdamH82 wrote:

    Not on the list but we've rolled out Intel NUCs. About the size of an external hard drive and have them mounted to the underside of user's desks. You barely know they're there

    Unfortunately, those do not fit our needs atm.

    Curious, what feature do they lack? They have more features than most any standard workstation (wireless, bluetooth, optane if you want it, NVME if you don't, USB-C w/DP, hdmi...)

    My bad...I was thinking about the Compute Stick.  Thanks for mentioning it!

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  • Oh, yeah, no, i can imagine that pain.

    You want an i3.i5.i7 NUC, a WD NVME black ssd around 250gb, and an 8gb stick of ddr4, plus a windows license and you have one GREAT workstation. Throw in an MK320 kb/mouse, and a HDMI -> whatever short cable, USB_C to whatever short cable, and you have a workstation on the back of the monitor with almost no cable clutter, dual monitors, and lightning fast.

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  • I've been really happy with the Lenovo M-minis.  I've pretty much moved to them rather than the full mid-sized M's

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  • Not on the list but if you're willing to due a little bit of work, not sure how many units you're thinking about buying, we use Intel NUCs and are big fans of them.  You have to buy ram and SSD separate and put them together but they have been of good value.

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  • Intel Nuc's All the way! got ours from simply nuc(found to be cheaper then paying me to build each one) already manufactured no bloatware called in got a discount 20% off and 3 years warranty for free on 20+ machines haven't had a single issue well over a year now fit every need.

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  • I have Dell Micros And they have been great.

    I have them mounted to the back of the monitor.

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  • I considered NUCs, but went with Acer Veritons instead. I've been using several of them for a few years, and  they've been absolutely reliable, not a single issue to date. Lots of features and a good price point.

    Yeah, I know, it's Acer, but these really are good units.

    https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/professional-series/veritonnOpens a new window

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  • Asus VC65R

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  • We use the Dell Optiplex micro units.  Very low profile and much more manageable that full-size clients on space.

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  • I use the Acer Veriton N4620G for a lot of things. They stand up well and have good specs. I have a client using them in his pharmacy, another client in his auto shop, and a third in her real estate office. Among other things, they are also my catalog kiosk computers at the library.

    Depending on what your specific need is, the Raspberry Pi 3 model B is a great little device, as well. I've set up a lab of them for student use at a school with MS Office-compatible word processing and spreadsheets, along with Internet access. They couldn't be happier with them, and they loved the price.

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  • dell also very good to us

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  • We've been buying the Optiplex 3050 SFF and they perform pretty well.  They're pretty small and have a decent processor.  Have no complaints yet.

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  • Using the Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 across multiple offices and have been working great.

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  • I'm migrating all of our towers to NUCs, particularly in our remote locations where we use them as front ends for remote desktop into our HQ terminal server.  We can get away with using the Celeron NUCs with 4GB and a small SSD just to boot the OS.  Match made in Heaven for us.  We're also using the i5s and i7s on user desktops and there's plenty of horsepower to do their work.  The ability to configure each one specific to an individual's needs is a big plus.

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  • We have a number (10-15) of HP EliteDesk's out in the field and they've been great.

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  • Besides what the 600 G2 mini was made for its highly robust and heat resistant ( 140°F on the casing is not an issue for the unit ).

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  • We have Intel NUCs in a numbetr of roles, handling building management systems, call logging, voicemail etc and they have been thoroughly excellent, balancing standardisation and configurability with great performance.

    Nick

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  • I currently run an Elite Desk and the thing is a a little workhorse.  She hasn't let me down yet.

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  • Can't vote for any of the choices.   We don't buy Mini, we buy All-In-One machines.

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  • Go Lenovo Tinys.  We LOVE the M53s, and M700s. We've deployed around 250 of them and we absolutely love them!

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  • We moved from M72 tiny's, to M73 tiny's, and now to Intel NUCs. Love the NUCs. They come with the monitor mounting bracket. Basically and All-In-One without the hastle when it comes to working on them. We configure them how we need per user, and excellent performance.

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  • Intel NUC.  Celerons mounted to touch screens for POS machines and i5s for desktop type users.  

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