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The HP Elite Slice is a chic, stackable system

A compact, attractive design and snap-on modules help this business-focused system stand out for home users.

Lori Grunin
I've been reviewing hardware and software, devising testing methodology and handed out buying advice for what seems like forever; I'm currently absorbed by computers and gaming hardware, but previously spent many years concentrating on cameras. I've also volunteered with a cat rescue for over 15 years doing adoptions, designing marketing materials, managing volunteers and, of course, photographing cats.
Lori Grunin
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Base Slice

The Slice system has a footprint of 6.5-by-6.5-inch (17 by 17 cm), much smaller than a typical conference phone and smaller than a Mac Mini. Without any modules it's about 1.4 inches/4 cm high and weighs around 2.3 pounds/1.1 kg.

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Collaboration Cover

The Collaboration Cover isn't a module, it's a $33 configuration option that adds touch phone controls for connecting and disconnecting calls, adjusting volume and muting. It also adds improved noise cancellation for the microphone. The controls only appear when the system's on, and they glow, which you can't tell here.

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Audio Module

To turn the Slice into a high-quality conference phone, you snap on the $109 Audio Cover which adds a a set of Bang & Olufsen speakers. Without it, everything sounds kind of tinny, but if you use a headset that shouldn't be an issue.

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Interface

The modules plug together via a USB-C interface.

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Back

From left to right, that's a power button; charging connector; Ethernet connector; USB-C 3.1 connection; two USB-A ports (with a wireless dongle in one); DisplayPort and HDMI connectors; and Kensington lock slot. The Audio Cover (bottom) also has a separate Kensington slot.

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Label sadness

The Elite Slice is a beautiful system -- until all those nonremovable labels get slapped on the front of it.

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Ventilation

The copper accents are actually a 360-degree venting system.

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Sans Audio Cover

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Module connector

HP says the module connector is rated for at least 1,000 insertions.

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Other end of the connector

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Side

On the side of the system are a Thunderbolt-capable USB-C port and headphone jack. With a compatible monitor, you can power the system by connecting it through that USB-C port.

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More photos of the Elite Slice with Audio and Collaboration Covers

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More photos of the Elite Slice with Audio and Collaboration Covers

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More photos of the Elite Slice with Audio and Collaboration Covers

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More photos of the Elite Slice with the Collaboration Cover

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More photos of the Elite Slice with the Collaboration Cover

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More photos of the Elite Slice with the Collaboration Cover

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