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Does HP put laptop motherboards in their desktop PCs?

KenY7744

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Had an interesting experience the other day while shopping for a new PC for my wife. The salesman (?) told us not to buy an HP desktop because HP is now putting inferior laptop motherboards in their desktops. I thought that this was a pretty wild claim, because:
1. the connections for USB, VGA, Ethernet, etc. have to come out on the back to match up with the holes on the back of the case
2. Similarly, the expansion slot(s) also need to line up with the back of the case

Anyone know of any basis for this claim?

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z31fanatic

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You should have slapped the salesman for being an ignorant.
 

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frozwire

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Hi,

I have serviced HP machines but haven't seen a laptop mobo inside a desktop yet, maybe that salesman did :)
 

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KenY7744

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My instincts LOUDLY told me that this was complete BS, but instead of blasting him, I just said "Wow, really?" (in my most sarcastic tone) and went on my way. Kinda reinforces my belief that the uneducated computer buyer should not go to Staples, BestBuy or the like without a knowledgeable companion in tow.
 

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I can picture a desktop card slot soldered to a laptop board. :roflmao:
 

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I've seen some Dell "All in one's" and the motherboard in these are basically a laptop with a desktop type screen. They even use an external power supply like the charger for a laptop. I suspect the HP "All in One's" are the same.
 

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frozwire

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I've seen some Dell "All in one's" and the motherboard in these are basically a laptop with a desktop type screen. They even use an external power supply like the charger for a laptop. I suspect the HP "All in One's" are the same.

well yeah, that could be possible that he's pertaining to the all-in-one models not the usual home/business/everyday computing models.
 

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popeye

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I've seen some Dell "All in one's" and the motherboard in these are basically a laptop with a desktop type screen. They even use an external power supply like the charger for a laptop. I suspect the HP "All in One's" are the same.

well yeah, that could be possible that he's pertaining to the all-in-one models not the usual home/business/everyday computing models.

Yea, that's a different scenario. The all in ones are basically a laptop to begin with.
 

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furrykitten

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I've seen some Dell "All in one's" and the motherboard in these are basically a laptop with a desktop type screen. They even use an external power supply like the charger for a laptop. I suspect the HP "All in One's" are the same.
well yeah, that could be possible that he's pertaining to the all-in-one models not the usual home/business/everyday computing models.
Yea, that's a different scenario. The all in ones are basically a laptop to begin with.

Unless it happens to be this all-in-one: HP Z1 G2 All-In-One Workstations | HP® Official Site :geek:
 

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KenY7744

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No, we were shopping for the traditional desktop towers, like the Pavilion, with an Intel i3 processor, not an all-in-one.
 

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Then, as others have said the guy had no idea.
 

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stormy13

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Newegg.com - Acer AXC-603-UR10 Desktop PC Intel Pentium J2900 Processor 2.41GHz 4GB DDR3 1TB HDD Capacity Windows 8.1

HP 110 Desktop PC (AMD E1 2500 / 1TB HDD / 4GB RAM / Windows 8.1) - English : Everyday Computing - Best Buy Canada

Two examples of a desktop PC made with laptop components. The CPU's in both is a laptop CPU, and the motherboards have been modified to fit in a micro ITX case. In fact if you look at the pictures of the Acer you can clearly see the typical laptop motherboard memory slot on it. They also have about as much upgradeability as a laptop.

So no the salesman wasn't shooting you a line (don't believe I'm defending a BB salesman, but there are some honest ones). Basically comes down to having to do a little bit more research if you're looking for an off the shelf PC.
 

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frozwire

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Newegg.com - Acer AXC-603-UR10 Desktop PC Intel Pentium J2900 Processor 2.41GHz 4GB DDR3 1TB HDD Capacity Windows 8.1

HP 110 Desktop PC (AMD E1 2500 / 1TB HDD / 4GB RAM / Windows 8.1) - English : Everyday Computing - Best Buy Canada

Two examples of a desktop PC made with laptop components. The CPU's in both is a laptop CPU, and the motherboards have been modified to fit in a micro ITX case. In fact if you look at the pictures of the Acer you can clearly see the typical laptop motherboard memory slot on it. They also have about as much upgradeability as a laptop.

So no the salesman wasn't shooting you a line (don't believe I'm defending a BB salesman, but there are some honest ones). Basically comes down to having to do a little bit more research if you're looking for an off the shelf PC.

I think its just a misunderstanding, there's a difference between putting a laptop's motherboard (meaning that motherboard is not intended for a desktop fitting) and a motherboard with identical parts that a laptop motherboard has that is fitted into a micro ITX desktop case (which means that the manufacturer did not intentionally design the motherboard for a laptop). IMO
 

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stormy13

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Regardless of the shape of the motherboard, it doesn't change the fact that it is a laptop in a desktop case.
 

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cflusflwfl

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I repair computers for a living and just this past week I have seen 3 HP desktops with laptop components inside. I noticed this when I picked one up and it weighed about 1/4 of a normal desktop tower. The PC even had a laptop power adapter. There were no expansion slots and it sure looked like a laptop motherboard inside.
 

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