Remember the Pavilion m6? It was one of many, many lightweight laptops HP announced last spring. To recap, it didn't technically fit Intel's Ultrabook specifications, but it was still quite thin, and offered features not normally found on ultraportables -- things like discrete graphics and a subwoofer. In any case, HP is expanding that particular line: it just announced the Envy m4, a 14-inch companion to the 15-inch m6 that went on sale this summer.
Like the m6, it has an aluminum design, along with Beats Audio and a subwoofer. Spec-wise, it'll be offered with Core i3 and i5 processors, up to 8GB of RAM and either a solid-state drive or up to 1TB of HDD storage. The display resolution is fixed at 1,366 x 768 -- typical for mid-range laptops. (Note: only one configuration will be available in the US, though additional variants will be offered in other countries.) Intel Wireless Display is standard, and the battery promises up to eight hours of runtime. It also has a fingerprint reader, which you can use with HP's SimplePass technology to log into the PC and as well as websites.
Meanwhile, HP added two models to its growing line of Sleekbooks (read: thin-and-light laptops that for whatever reason don't meet Intel's Ultrabook requirements). These new models include the Pavilion Sleekbook 14 and 15, which look like the company's entry-level G series, but are significantly trimmer. The laptops, available in black and red, will be offered with Ivy Bridge chips, optional discrete graphics, 1080p displays, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 1TB of HDD storage. In both cases, the battery life is said to max out at six hours -- less than the m4 or most Ultrabooks, but still decent.
Last thing -- and this really is apropos of nothing -- HP also mentioned in its press release that the existing 11-inch Pavilion dm1 will be offered with an HSPA+ radio capable of running on T-Mobile's network. HP says it will offer up to 200MB of free data per month, for two years. That deal is effective next month, on October 26th.
The Envy m4 will start at $900 while the Pavilion Sleekbook 14 and 15 will go for $500 and $560, respectively. These, too, will arrive on the 26th, the day Windows 8 launches. For now help yourself to photos galore past the break.
HP Envy m4 hands-on
HP Envy m4
HP Pavilion Sleekbook 14 and 15 hands-on
HP Pavilion Sleekbook 14
HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15
Edgar Alvarez contributed to this report.
HP Introduces Stylish and Affordable Consumer and Business PCs
PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 20, 2012 - HP today announced a new lineup of consumer PCs and accessories that are designed to work with Windows 8 and are ideal for savvy, tech- conscious users who desire great performance and beautiful design at a great value.
The consumer PC lineup is powered by the latest generation of Intel® Core processors that deliver performance and stunning visuals for everyday life.
HP also added four new business desktop and notebook PCs powered by the latest AMD processors to its industry-leading commercial portfolio. AMD's new A-series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) deliver a significant leap in PC graphics performance, offer exceptional manageability and provide an affordable total cost of ownership.
Everyday computing never looked better
The HP Pavilion Sleekbook 14 and Pavilion Sleekbook 15 PCs provide the performance and easy applications consumers need every day-now in ultrathin style.
Available in sparkling black and ruby red, the lightweight HP Pavilion Sleekbook 14 and 15 feature 14- and 15.6-inch diagonal high-definition (HD) displays respectively, plus up to one terabyte of storage for apps, movies, music, photos, documents and more. A full array of ports including HDMI, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 allow for fast connections to mobile devices and accessories. The HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15 also includes a numeric keypad for increased productivity.
The HP Sleekbooks include HP TrueVision HD Webcams and HP MyRoom for video calling, sharing photos and more in a private virtual room. Dolby Advanced Audio comes standard, and optional NVIDIA discrete graphics can improve gaming as well as video creation and playback.
The Sleekbooks also feature exclusive HP innovations, including HP CoolSense for a noticeably cooler PC and HP ProtectSmart to help prevent file loss in case of a bump. HP Connected Photo powered by Snapfish by HP and HP Connected Music powered by Meridian allow users to access their favorite photos and music seamlessly.
The HP Pavilion Sleekbook 14 is powered by AMD Accelerated Processors. The HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15 is powered by Intel processors and features Intel Hyper-Threading technology for effortless multitasking performance.
Performance and entertainment
The HP ENVY m4 notebook PC delivers the perfect balance of mobility, performance and entertainment in a thin and light package so customers have all they need while on the go.
The notebook includes exclusives like HP ProtectSmart to guard against data loss if the notebook is dropped; HP CoolSense, which automatically adjusts performance and internal fan settings for a noticeably cooler PC; and HP SimplePass technology for enhanced security with just a swipe of a finger.
With a beautifully simple brushed-aluminum design and optional backlit keyboard, the HP ENVY m4 PC features a 14-inch diagonal HD display and third-generation Intel Core processors that deliver a rich visual experience and a burst of speed for heavy processing tasks.
For users who want to explore digital content and connect with loved ones, the HP ENVY m4 comes standard with an HP TrueVision HD Webcam and select models feature Intel WiDi, which allows consumers to project PC content wirelessly to an HD TV. A subwoofer and two speakers amplify Beats Audio to deliver the best-sounding, richest audio experience available on a PC. The ENVY m4 also offers HP Connected Photo and HP Connected Music.
Internet access in more places -HP Pavilion dm1 with T-Mobile 4G
HP will offer up to 200MB of free data per month for two years of fast 4G mobile broadband service operating on the T-Mobile network with the purchase of an HP Pavilion dm1 notebook-all with no contracts or commitments. This incredible value allows consumers to enjoy internet access wherever life takes them. Consumers can update their social media posts, check in at their favorite locations and stream entertainment.
Customers also receive a free 25 GB Box account, to make it simple to share, access and collaborate with their files. Additional information is available at www.hp.com/dm1mobility.
Beauty and performance
For users who enjoy creating digital content or immersive gaming, the HP ENVY Phoenix h9 desktop PC has new features to make the computing experience faster and more enjoyable. It features a distinct armor-plated design and attention-grabbing lighting, with toolless hard-disk bays that support up to three internal drives. Updated cable dressing improves airflow and cooling in the chassis for enhanced longevity and makes swapping components easier than ever.
Top-of-the-line third-generation Intel processors and a choice of NVIDIA discrete graphics or AMD ultra-high-performance graphics coupled with powerful options such as ExpressCache, solid state drives (SSDs) and liquid cooling make this HP's most powerful desktop tower to date. With an ExpressCache SSD option, users will enjoy fast boot-up and application start times. Music and games will sound great with Beats Audio, while HP Connected Remote and Connected Photo make it simple to access content from a smartphone, tablet or other PC.
Add style to the workspace with HP monitors
The new HP x2401 24-inch diagonal LED backlit monitor looks as good as it performs. With an 11 millimeter profile, the HP x2401 is strikingly thin and complements any setting with its glossy black-piano finish and brushed-metal case. Its unique, adjustable easel design frees up desk space and adds a touch of modern architecture.
The HP x2401 monitor delivers on functionality and connectivity, offering users image consistency and vivid color for clear viewing from almost any angle thanks to MVA panel technology and 5,000:1 and 10,000,000:1 static and dynamic contrast ratios. The integrated DisplayPort and HDMI ports and wall-mounting capabilities give users the freedom to design a space around the monitor that's clean and clutter-free. The HP x2401 monitor also was designed with the environment in mind with mercury-free LED backlighting, BFR/PVC free components and arsenic-free display glass.
For business users who value a sophisticated design that does not add bulk to cramped workspaces, HP also offers a commercial version of this sleek monitor. The wafer-thin HP L2401x 24-inch LED Backlit Monitor delivers a modern, premium design and expansive screen real estate to enhance executive and employee productivity.
HP solutions for budget-friendly, long-lasting business performance
The HP Compaq Pro 6305 Desktop PC provides outstanding performance and value to maximize productivity for businesses and governments of all sizes with long, predictable life cycles of up to 15 months. The improved x86 architecture enables speedy and efficient computing, such as smoother Internet browsing and accelerated file conversion rates.
Powered by AMD's latest APU A10, A8, A6 and A4 processors, the HP Compaq Pro 6305 delivers up to 21 percent better performance than previous generations, including significant graphics improvement for intensive business applications. AMD Turbo Core 3.0 technology automatically boosts system performance when running multiple applications, and the HP Compaq Pro 6305 offers an AMD Accelerated File Converter that enables more efficient web browsing for smooth webcast videos, trainings and videoconferencing. The HP Compaq Pro 6305 includes HP Client Security, to help keep organizations protected at every level, and a choice of HP Client Management solutions helps simplify system deployment and maintenance.
The HP ProBook 4445s, 4446s and 4545s Notebook PCs are equipped with all-new 2012 AMD A-Series accelerated processors and VISION Pro Technology to provide the right performance to tackle intensive work assignments. AMD Enduro Technology-formerly known as AMD Dynamic Switchable Graphics-uses discrete graphics to create brilliant visuals when plugged in and allows the PC to automatically switch to battery-saving mode by powering down the discrete GPU when unplugged, all while still delivering great performance on every day business applications. These HP ProBook s-series notebook PCs also provide the option for AMD Radeon Dual Graphics for high-end 3-D rendering processing performance.
Have it all with HP accessories
Pair any HP PC with the latest HP accessories, including new mice, keyboards, portable speaker, the HP 90W Universal Power Adapter and the HP Webcam HD 4310 to deliver a productive, comfortable and convenient computing experience. The line-up includes:
- The HP Touch to Pair Mouse, the world's first wireless mouse with near field communication (NFC), allows users to instantly connect the mouse to any Bluetooth-enabled PC or tablet. Available in November for $39.
- The HP Wireless X4500 and X5500 mice feature a sleek, modern design and a precise laser sensor. Available in September for $29 and $39, respectively.
- The HP Wireless Mouse X6000 offers exclusive HP Exact Track Technology, which works on most surfaces including glass. Housed in a solid metal top cover, the HP X6000 also has four-way tilt scrolling and 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity. Available in September for $59.
- The HP Wireless Classic Desktop and the HP Wireless Elite v2 keyboards offer up to four shortcut keys designed to work with Windows 8. Available in October for $29 and $49, respectively.
- The new HP Bluetooth® Portable Speaker is power-packed audio performance that connects to any Bluetooth®-enabled device. It has a compact, sleek design to complement any room in the home. Available in October for $79.
- The HP 90W Universal Power Adapter is compatible with virtually all notebooks and features a built-in USB port that lets users charge a notebook and mobile device simultaneously. Available in October for $79.
- The HP Webcam HD 4310 lets users instantly connect and communicate with friends and family in widescreen 1080p HD and offers three-way video calling, auto focus and auto-exposure to ensure images are clear and bright. Available in November for $89.
Pricing and availability
- The HP Pavilion Sleekbook 14 and 15 PCs start at $499.99 and $559.99, respectively and are expected to be available in the United States on Oct. 26.
- The HP ENVY m4 PC starts at $899.99 and is expected to be available in select markets on Oct. 26.
- The HP Pavilion dm1 with T-Mobile 4G is expected to be available on Oct.26.
- The HP ENVY Phoenix h9 starts at $899 and is expected to be available in the United States on Oct. 26.
- The consumer HP x2401 LED Backlit Monitor starts at $249 and is expected to be available in the United States on Nov. 7.
- The commercial HP L2401x LED Backlit Monitor starts at $259 and is expected to be available worldwide on Nov. 5.
- The HP Compaq Pro 6305 Desktop PC starts at $539 and is expected to be available worldwide on Oct. 8 with Windows 7. Windows 8 configurations will be available at a later date.
- The HP ProBook 4445s, 4446s and 4545s Notebook PCs start at $499. The HP ProBook 4545s is currently available worldwide. The HP ProBook 4445s and 4446s will be available only in the Asia-Pacific and Japan regions.
This announcement follows HP's unveiling of new touch-enabled notebooks, the HP ENVY x2, SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook and ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4, on Aug. 30 and new All-in-One desktops on Aug. 10. An enterprise-ready tablet will be announced soon.