HP takes on Apple Mac Mini, Chromebox market with tiny Windows PC

The computer giant wants to bring Windows to the masses again -- in the form of a tiny desktop box.

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HP's latest desktop computer is -- tiny. There's no other word for it. But it doesn't compromise on performance, the company says.

At just 2.06-inches in height and 1.6 pounds in weight, the HP Pavilion Mini Desktop comes with up to 1TB of storage, up to 8GB of expandable memory, and enough power to run two full-sized high definition displays with DisplayPort and HDMI connections.

Make no mistake. HP has of late ignored the smaller, pint-sized PC market -- a niche but increasingly popular category of mini-desktop devices -- specifically Apple's Mac Mini (which was last upgraded in October), and Google's Chromebox's (one of which was manufactured by HP, no less).

HP's Pavilion Mini Desktop is a new entry in a market that's existed for years already. It's a notable effort in the Windows space, but barely scrapes the surface of the performance of a Mac Mini, a larger device but packs in a more powerful punch.

It's priced at $319.99 for the Intel Pentium model, and $449.99 for the Intel Core i3 model. Both come with Windows 8.1.