HP 8200 Elite model: 211204MB

Here's what I had to say the last time recommended this stationary computer

Watch the video above to hear why you should (or shouldn't) get it for yourself. This was recorded during the October 19th, 2018 live stream, so if you let the video run, you will also hear me talk about other devices you might be interested in as well.

I make new recommendations according to latest rebates every Friday, and you can see my latest picks here.

Quick Description

An older computer, it's been refurbished with the latest version of windows and still has a lot to offer if you do not need the latest, greatest thing. It's a worthy contender for homework, online searches, Email and social media.

Guillaume's pick!

This stationary computer stood out to me on 12 occasions while compiling the weekly Tech Worth Buying Newsletter. It was most recently selected 58 days ago, selling for $210.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this stationary computer which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Speakerless. This stationary computer needs external speakers to play sounds. Your options are to hook it up to a TV or a monitor with built-in speakers, use external speakers or a headset.$0-$500

No Camera or Microphone. If your plans include skyping with family members, you would need a webcam or, for best results, a headset and microphone.$40-$380

Screenless. If you don't already have a monitor from your last computer, you could connect this stationary computer to a TV or get a new monitor.$115-$650

No Wi-Fi. This stationary computer cannot connect to a wireless network out-of-the-box. This is a common situation with high-end desktop computers because because wired networks usually perform better than Wi-Fi. If you do not have the option to use a wired network, a USB WiFi Receiver can resolve that easily.$15-$75

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $290 on accessories, for a total cost of $560.

Available at 2 locations, from $209

Based on 292 days of observation, the HP 8200 Elite usually costs ~$210 in Canada. I would say that waiting for a rebate is unlikely to make much of a difference for this product.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the HP 8200 Elite to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon or Staples at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the HP 8200 Elite ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Stationary Computers

Bang for the Buck4.5/5
Versatility for the Price5/5
Price0/5
Durability2.5/5
Power1.5/5
General-purpose power1.5/5
Graphical power0/5
Memory3/5
Storage0.5/5
Portability4/5
AutonomyN/A
Ease of Maintenance4.5/5

Compact Towers

Bang for the Buck5/5
Versatility for the Price5/5
Price0.5/5
Durability4/5
Power1/5
General-purpose power1/5
Graphical power1/5
Memory2.5/5
Storage1/5
Portability2/5
AutonomyN/A
Ease of Maintenance5/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck5/5
Versatility for the Price4.5/5
Price0.5/5
Durability4.5/5
Power2.5/5
General-purpose power2.5/5
Graphical power0/5
Memory4/5
Storage2.5/5
Portability0.5/5
AutonomyN/A
Ease of Maintenance5/5

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Windows
Processor: Intel Core i5-2400S
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 2000
Memory: 8.00 GB
Storage: 512.00 GB
Screen Size: No built-in screen.
Dimensions: 10.03 × 33.78 × 37.85 cm
Weight: 8.50 kg

The features

  • Upgradable and Maintainable
  • DVD
  • DisplayPort
  • VGA
  • PS/2
  • USB 2
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • 3.5mm Stereo jack
  • Fixed storage: 72000+ RPM hard drive (fast)
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • USB Type-A
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • Paired Memory

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Memory Upgrade8/10Easy project for an enthusiast
Data Storage8/10Easy project for an enthusiast
Graphics Upgrade6/10A technician can help you with that

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 1/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 3/5
    Music Production 3/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 1/5
    Photo Editing 0/5
    Video Editing 0/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 5/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 0/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 0/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (4 / 4)

Texts & Numbers (6 / 6)

Drawing and Illustrations (3 / 8)

Audio & Visual medias (1 / 2)

3D and CAD (2 / 8)

Music Production (4 / 7)

Photo Editing (2 / 3)

Video Editing (1 / 8)

Video Games (6 / 17)

Enthusiast Games (4 / 47)

Triple-A Video Games (0 / 48)

In the same price range

For roughly the same price, you could get one of these. Anything in there sounds like a better deal?

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