With back-to-school season upon us and Intel's Haswell launch just around the corner, now's a great time for PC makers to start unveiling their summer lineups. Two weeks ago we heard from Sony and today it's HP's turn: the company just refreshed everything from its mainstream notebooks to its high-performance machines. Heck, even the pint-sized dm1 got a makeover. With the exception of that machine (now called the Pavilion TouchSmart Notebook), everything here will be offered with Haswell. There's a little something for everybody, and it's all waiting for you in a neat summary after the break. Join us as we break it down.
Update: We've added one more model to the list, and we think you're going to like it: an Ultrabook with a 3,200 x 1,800 display. HP hadn't meant to announce it today, but you know the internet -- sometimes the cat gets out of the bag anyway. In any case, we've added a quick blurb, as well as hands-on photos. Enjoy!
HP Envy TouchSmart 14 hands-on
HP Envy TouchSmart 15 hands-on
HP Pavilion TouchSmart Notebook hands-on
HP Pavilion 15 hands-on
HP refreshes its laptops for back-to-school season
- HP Envy TouchSmart 14 Ultrabook. Let's start with the one you all want to hear about, shall we? The TouchSmart 14 is a 14-inch Ultrabook that will be offered with an optional 3,200 x 1,800 display (maybe this one?), helping it potentially take on the likes of the Chromebook Pixel and the Retina Display MacBook Pro. With a starting price of $699, you can bet it doesn't actually come standard with that resolution, though. No, in fact, it starts with a run-of-the-mill 1,366 x 768 panel, and will also be offered with an in-between 1,600 x 900 option. (Strangely, there won't be any 1080p, though.) Look for that later this summer.
- HP Envy TouchSmart 15. As the replacement to the current dv6, the TouchSmart 15 Ultrabook will be offered with a mix of AMD and Intel processors, along with a 15.6-inch, 1080p screen. As for audio quality, it packs four speakers (not like the two you'll find on most laptops), plus a subwoofer. You can find it on June 5th, priced at $529 and up.
- HP Envy 17. If you were waiting on a successor to HP's dv7, your wait is over. The Envy 17 has a 17.3-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 screen and will be sold with Haswell processors and NVIDIA graphics (HP hasn't yet revealed which GPU). Other specs include up to 2TB of storage, Beats Audio, four speakers and a dual-drive subwoofer. It'll go on sale June 5th for $699 and up.
- HP Pavilion 11 TouchSmart. The Pavilion TouchSmart 11 is the successor to the 11-inch dm1, and indeed, it still has many of the same high-level specs -- namely, an 11-inch, 1,366 x 768 display and your choice of AMD processors (A4 or A6). The difference, though, is that now it has a 10-point, capacitive touchscreen, something we're frankly shocked to see on a $399 system. It's worth noting, too, that that isn't an optional touchscreen -- it's a standard feature. Heck, there isn't even a non-touch option here. That's the big news; other specs include an aluminum palm rest, replaceable battery, VGA and HDMI output, SD reader, Ethernet jack and three USB ports. Again, it'll cost $399 when it goes on sale next month (June 26th is the official on-sale date).
- HP Pavilion 14, 15 and 17. Last year, HP's budget laptops fell under the G series. This year, they're simply dubbed the Pavilion Notebooks. In a briefing ahead of the launch, an HP rep said these are aimed at more "conservative" consumers -- you know, the type who isn't ready to give up an optical drive or VGA port. In fact, only the Pavilion 15 will be available with a touchscreen at launch. Spec-wise, these rock AMD or Intel processors, with up to 1TB of storage, SRS Premium sound and 1,366 x 768 resolution (c'mon, what'd you expect on a budget notebook?). They'll all be available June 5th, with the Pavilion 14 priced at $479, the 15 at $429 and the 17 at $449.
Edgar Alvarez contributed to this report.
HP Unveils Desktop PC That Leaves the Desk Behind
HP's first mobile all-in-one PC makes shared entertainment fun and easy; company also announces new consumer notebooks and printers
PALO ALTO, Calif. - HP today announced the HP ENVY Rove20 mobile All-in-One PC, the company's first mobile All-in-One PC, which frees the desktop PC from the desk and allows families and friends to enjoy a shared entertainment experience with a built-in battery, unique design and advanced touch technology.
HP also announced new consumer notebooks, all-in-one PCs and printers that give people more flexibility in how they access and share information. With affordable touch technology and new form factors, HP's new additions provide seamless integration of technology into customers' busy lives.
"Customers are looking for mobility and flexibility in their computing devices to give families new ways to bring generations together," said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer PCs and Consumer Solutions, HP. "HP is evolving to meet our customers' needs by designing next-generation form factors, like the Rove mobile All-in-One PC, which will enable people to connect, share and create in ways they never imagined."
The desktop that leaves the desk behind
The HP ENVY Rove20 can easily move from upright to completely horizontal for a tabletop entertainment experience. Using advanced multitouch technology, multiple users can interact with games and more at the same time. Multiplayer games such as Electronic Arts' Monopoly™, Fingertapps™ JigsWar Puzzle, Fingertapps Musical Instruments, and nsquared makewords are an ease to play when the PC is laid flat.
In addition to sharing games, families and friends can enjoy multimedia content on the 20-inch 1,600 x 900 IPS LED panel that enables wide viewing angles, rich colors and sharp graphics, while built-in Beats Audio™ offers crisp, clear sound. Powered by 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors, Intel HD graphics and 10-point touch, the HP ENVY Rove20 packs power for productivity tasks and an immersive entertainment experience with the ease of touch interaction.
Additional information about the HP ENVY Rove20 is available on The Next Bench.
Affordable touch for every task
HP offers an intuitive Windows® 8 touch experience at great value with new all-in-one PCs and powerful consumer notebooks that feature multitouch display technology. With products at a range of price points, touch has never been more accessible. Users will benefit from new design elements that enhance durability, usability and performance.
The new HP Pavilion 20 TouchSmart All-in-One PC and the HP Pavilion 23 TouchSmart All-in-One PC offer a great user experience for the value-conscious consumer. The HP Pavilion 23 TouchSmart features a 23-inch diagonal full HD display and an IPS panel with wide viewing angles for a stunning view of websites, videos and movies.
The HP Pavilion 11 TouchSmart Notebook provides an excellent Windows 8 experience with 11.6-inch, 10-point capacitive touch screen, and is the most affordable HP touch-enabled notebook.
The HP Pavilion 14 TouchSmart Sleekbook is the best-value touch-optimized HP Sleekbook, ideal for work or entertainment. Movies and gaming come alive powered by AMD A-series processors.
To enable hassle-free printing at home and on the go, HP also is introducing two new sleek, compact printers, the HP ENVY 4500 and 5530 e-All-in-Ones. Ideal for printing professional color photos and documents, the HP ENVY 4500 e-All-in-One and HP ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One offer mobile printing solutions via HP wireless direct and HP ePrint. This allows family members to print from virtually anywhere. Customers also can print photos, tickets, emails and more from their iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch® using AirPrint™.
HP also introduced additional HP TouchSmart PCs and a selection of stylish, reliable notebook PCs that offer performance for everyday computing, at a reasonable price.
Enhanced solutions for an intuitive experience
HP also announced a suite of exclusive solutions and services that enhance the Windows 8 experience and help users create, organize and print the content that matters.
Box and HP will provide students and professionals with a cloud-based collaboration solution for storing, managing and accessing content from wherever the classroom or work takes them. HP ENVY and HP Spectre users will receive a 50GB Box account, valued at up to $19.99 per month. HP Pavilion users will receive a 25GB Box account, valued at up to $9.99 per month. The Box offer is valid in the Americas only.
Customers can receive greater phone and online support, beyond the standard product limited warranty, for these and other new products with the new HP Care Pack. HP CarePack offers an easy-to-access suite of services including Accidental Damage Protection and HP LoJack to help consumers breathe easier when theft or accidental drops, spills and surges occur.
Pricing and availability
- The HP ENVY Rove20 will be available in July with pricing to be determined.
- The HP Pavilion 20 TouchSmart All-in-One PC will be available in the United States on June 26, with a starting price of $619.99.
- The HP Pavilion 23 TouchSmart All-in-One PC will be available in the United States on June 5, with a starting price of $749.99.
- The HP Pavilion 11 TouchSmart Notebook will be available in the United States on June 26, 2013 with a starting price of $399.
- The HP Pavilion 14 TouchSmart Sleekbook will be available in the United States on June 26, with a starting price of $479.99.
- The HP ENVY 4500 e-All-in-One will be available in the United States on June 17, with a starting price of $99.
- The HP ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One will be available in the United States on July 1, with a starting price of $129.