The sensor attempts to bring true 3D motion control to your computer, allowing for some hands-free control. Although including it is a thoughtful idea in theory, we were definitely disappointed that HP didn't take the concept and run with it. There was plenty of potential here to improve on the whole Leap concept, but HP decided to simply stop at getting that back of the box check mark. It seems … Read more
HP revealed a pair of modestly priced 23-inch HD monitors: a Windows 8-certified touch-screen and a Beats Audio-boasting display. The two new models feature a 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution, 178-degree viewing angles, and purported 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio.
The HP Pavilion 23tm Touch Monitor and HP Envy 23 are competitively priced for their average spec offerings, but the bargain comes at the cost of few ergonomic features and limited connectivity.
HP Pavilion 23tm Touch Monitor The HP Pavilion 23tm Touch Monitor is Windows 8-ready and offers solitary HDMI, DVI-D, and USB ports. It also houses built-in speakers and … Read more
You have to wonder, just a little, how many bendable, flexible touch-screen all-in-one computers PC manufacturers are going to make. The new HP Envy Recline 23 and 27-inch all-in-one PCs announced today certainly look fully featured, and present admirable attention to the ergonomics of angles, but HP has had other touch-screen PCs debut this year. Will this be the definitive tilt-and-swivel touch-screen PC from HP?
Unlike tabletop PCs that fully detach and have their own internal batteries, the Envy Recline TouchSmart 23 and 27 are larger, heavier full PCs meant to stay on a table. Their weight -- 26.7 … Read more
Walk into any Best Buy and you're hit with an ugly truth: PCs aren't pretty.
A 15-inch HP Windows 8 laptop that sells for $270 (Best Buy's "Deal of the Day" on Saturday) isn't meant to be pretty. It's meant to be practical.
But a $330 iPad Mini is also very practical for a lot of people. And pretty too (consumers and reviewers seem to think so). Pretty and practical are two reasons Apple can sell tens of millions of Minis.
Why bring this up? I was struck by a statement from an … Read more
Alongside the frankly more interesting Rove 20 tabletop PC, HP has also announced revisions to the rest of its Pavilion and Envy laptop lineups. However, included in this bundle is one product that caught our eye: an update to one of our favorite laptops.
The new HP Pavilion 11 TouchSmart is an 11-inch semi-sequel to the low-cost, AMD-powered HP dm1, a system we loved when it was released in 2011 because it offered decent, portable performance at near-Netbook prices.
The new version, also with an AMD CPU, adds a standard Windows 8 touch screen and will start at $399 (yes, … Read more
At least one Microsoft executive believes that Apple designs are good enough to cite as a yardstick.
After revealing that Windows Blue would officially be called 8.1 at the JP Morgan Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference on Tuesday, Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Tami Reller moved on to the topic of tablets, convertibles, and detachables.
"The HP envy x2 is a classic example of a beautiful detachable. When the tablet and base are together it looks like a MacBook Air competitor," she said.
How good is the Envy x2's design? "This 11-inch ultraportable laptop is cute, … Read more
commentary Back in 2011, Hewlett-Packard's chairman Ray Lane was photographed using an Apple MacBook Air as he was trying to turn HP around. Personal preference speaks volumes about HP and the fate of the PC industry.Lane stepped down today as chairman of HP just after, coincidentally, Gartner released a report forecasting dim prospects for the PC industry.
Things seem to get dimmer with each forecast, as the tablet -- which means Apple's iPad for the most part -- takes a bigger bite out of PC sales.
Here's what Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner, said … Read more
Microsoft's official online store has cut prices on a handful of Window 8 devices. These systems, from HP, Toshiba, and others, are all different, but each straddles the line between laptop and tablet and falls into the growing hybrid category; you can see the current discounts on the Microsoft Store site.
With these new discounts (no word on if they are temporary or permanent), our initial reviews of these specific systems deserve a second look, if only because a big knock against each one was the unrealistic asking price.
Are they much better machines at $100 to $250 off, … Read more
In what could be a sign of things to come, the Microsoft Store is slashing prices on a variety of hybrid laptop-tablet models.
Here are some of the highlights now appearing on the Microsoft Store "Tablets and Convertibles" page:Toshiba Satellite U925t-S2130 Convertible Ultrabook: Cut to $799 from $1,149. 12.5-inch screen, Core i5 Intel chip, 128GB solid-state drive (SSD). ( Read the CNET review.) Acer Iconia W510-1674 Tablet: reduced to $399 from $499. 10.1-inch display, Intel Atom 1.8GHz "Clover Trail" Z2760 chip, 32GB SSD. ( Read the CNET review.) HP ENVY x2 11-g012nr Touchscreen: … Read more