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Base Slice

Collaboration Cover

Audio Module

Interface

Back

Label sadness

Ventilation

Sans Audio Cover

Module connector

Other end of the connector

Side

More photos of the Elite Slice with Audio and Collaboration Covers

More photos of the Elite Slice with Audio and Collaboration Covers

More photos of the Elite Slice with Audio and Collaboration Covers

More photos of the Elite Slice with the Collaboration Cover

More photos of the Elite Slice with the Collaboration Cover

More photos of the Elite Slice with the Collaboration Cover

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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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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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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The modules plug together via a USB-C interface.

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

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

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

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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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