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The HP Compaq Elite 8200 CMT series of tower computers are real sleepers. The newest models sell for $1000 and have the i7 processors and 8GB of RAM as well as a BlueRay DVD burner, 1GB Ethernet, 802.11n wireless, and Bluetooth. HP also has these as CPU upgradeable with the processor not soldered into the motherboard, something that is not available from Lenovo.

Overall a great machine at a great price. There are a couple of rather glaring omissions for a 2011 desktop/tower computer. One is the lack of a single USB 3.0 even though $19 PC boards with USB 3.0 ports have been available for over a year.

Second bit of stupidity is the brain dead decision to provide a keyboard and a mouse with circa 1987 PS/2 connectors. Since 2000 this has been considered a legacy port but 11 years later HP product engineers still have not gotten the news. For the past 10 years keyboards and mice have been available for sale with USB connectors and many now are wireless.

Try to find an aftermarket keyboard or mouse with a PS/2 connection. And if you use a KVM you will need to use a USB keyboard and mouse so this antiquated port and keyboard and mouse from HP will be going into the trash and from there to the local landfill dump. Instant obsolescence courtesy of Hewlett Packard - Compaq. Have to wonder if this would be happening but for Fiorina driving HP into the ground.
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