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HP Wireless TV Connect streams 1080p video, hits Intel WiDi where it hurts

HP Wireless TV Connect streams 1080p video, hits Intel WiDi where it hurts
Joanna Stern
Joanna Stern|September 1, 2010 12:01 AM
We have to say it's a bit odd for HP to be announcing its own wireless streaming peripheral -- it seems like something more up IOGEAR or Belkin's alley -- but the $199 Wireless TV Connect is exactly what we've been waiting for in some respects. Sure, the box that you have to connect to your laptop via HDMI and USB for power is a bit on the large side, but it's capable of streaming 1080p content, including Blu-ray movies or protected content, to your TV and there's absolutely no lag when controlling the desktop on the big screen. We're not exactly sure what technology HP's using here -- we're thinking WHDI, though the company wouldn't confirm -- but the two box set can be used with any laptop on the market that has an HDMI port. Take that Intel WiDi! This is one we're absolutely planning to test out, but in the meantime check out the pics below. %Gallery-100746%
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HP Unveils Stylish New Consumer Notebook PCs Featuring Advanced 3-D and Cooling Technologies

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 1, 2010 – HP today revealed new consumer notebook PCs that fuse advanced technologies with stylish designs to deliver a superior computing experience.

- For maximum sensory appeal, HP delivers the thrill of 3-D entertainment to the HP ENVY 17 3D – the first 17-inch notebook PC to support 1080p 3-D and Blu-ray – and superb audio to the HP ENVY 14 BeatsTM Edition.
- The HP Pavilion dm3 notebook PC features an HP-developed intelligent cooling system to minimize heat and provide consumers with advanced comfort.
- HP Wireless TV Connect allows customers to wirelessly experience 1080p high-definition (HD) Blu-ray multimedia content.
― With these new technology and design enhancements, we offer customers visually stunning entertainment and an overall better computing experience,‖ said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, Consumer Notebooks, Personal Systems Group, HP. ―These new HP notebooks and accessories deliver breakthrough technology, power and advanced styling to satisfy the most discerning user.‖

HP ENVY 17 3D With advanced 3-D technology as well as Beats Audio and an HP Triple Bass Reflex subwoofer, the HP ENVY 17 3D has the power and performance to deliver an unparalleled entertainment experience – just like in movie theaters.

Offering the best stereoscopic 3-D(1) visual experience without compromising 2-D content, the 17.3-inch HP 3D Ultra BrightView Display provides crisp, 1080p full HD(2) viewing and an ideal visual experience for 3- D Blu-ray content.

HP 3D Active Shutter Glasses provide a seamless viewing experience by wirelessly synchronizing each frame of the 3-D content between the
display and the glasses, enabling a higher quality image.

Included content allows customers to experience instant 3-D gratification. Select models include sizzling 3-D action from the NBA 2010 All-Star Game and a 3-D movie trailer for the upcoming animated film ―MEGAMIND‖ from DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.
Crafted in precision-etched brushed aluminum, the HP ENVY 17 3D offers a sleek and stylish exterior to match its powerful interior.

With up to 2 terabytes(3) of storage capacity, powerful quad-core Intel® CoreTM i7 processors(4) and ATI Mobility RadeonTM HD 5850 discrete graphics, the HP ENVY 17 3D has the horsepower and flexibility to handle the most demanding tasks simultaneously.
The HP ENVY 17 also offers an immersive visual experience with ATI Eyefinity Technology for multiple external display support.

HP ENVY 14 Beats Edition HP ENVY 14 Beats Edition is designed and engineered to offer power and performance along with state-of-the-art audio technology and an overall superior PC experience.

The Beats Edition notebook includes Beats Audio, a unique, high- performance technology developed by HP and Beats by Dr. DreTM to provide the optimal sound experience – the way the artist intended it – when playing music or audio through headphones or external speakers.

Beats Audio was developed in collaboration with legendary artist and producer Dr. Dre, and chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine and unveiled last October in the first Beats Edition notebook. Beats Audio is also available on all HP ENVY premium laptops as well as the HP Pavilion dv7 and HP TouchSmart 600.

In a sleek and soft-touch, precision-crafted aluminum design, the HP ENVY 14 Beats Edition maintains the signature Beats black and red design style and includes a red backlit keyboard and three custom Beats-themed wallpapers.

To take advantage of its powerful performance and entertainment capabilities, the HP ENVY 14 Beats Edition – as well as the HP ENVY 17 – includes Adobe Photoshop® Elements 8 and Adobe® Premiere Elements 8 software for photo and video editing on select models.

Offering up to 6.5 hours of battery life with the standard battery, and up to 13 hours with the optional HP Slim Fit Extended-Life battery,(5) the HP ENVY 14 Beats Edition includes powerful Intel Core processors and ATI Mobility Radeon HD(2) 5650 graphics for demanding tasks.
Each HP ENVY 14 Beats Edition comes with Beats by Dr. Dre SoloTM Headphones with ControlTalk. Beats Solos have an advanced driver design for precise audio clarity. One set of headphones is included, and additional headphones may be purchased.

HP Pavilion dm3 Thin and light, the HP Pavilion dm3 notebook PC is literally a cool notebook. Innovative CoolSense Technology combines advanced hardware and intelligent cooling software to pioneer a notebook that feels noticeably cooler and automatically adjusts cooling levels according to a customer's personal preferences.

Advanced materials – metal alloys, soft-touch paint and non-conductive surfaces – plus strategically placed vents minimize heat and channel it away from the bottom of the PC for optimal comfort.

HP Thermal Assistant software detects how the PC is being used – for example on a soft surface or on a desk – and an accelerometer automatically shifts into either a maximum cooling mode or maximum performance mode based on the customer's choice.
With HP Fences, users can effortlessly organize desktop multimedia content, such as photos, music and videos, by categories, then access them quickly, keeping the desktop uncluttered.

The HP Pavilion dm3 includes a 13.3-inch diagonal HD(2) display, an island- style keyboard with optional backlit feature and a stylish and durable metal finish with soft-touch surfaces in matte black.

Offering up to 7.5 hours of battery life(5) and measuring less than 1-inch thin, the HP Pavilion dm3 gives consumers the ideal balance of mobility and performance in an affordable, slim and light notebook PC.

HP Wireless TV Connect Complementing HP's PC portfolio, HP Wireless TV Connect allows customers to wirelessly stream 1080p HD multimedia content, such as Blu- ray movies, videos and photos, from the notebook PC to a TV or home entertainment center without the clutter of audio or video cables.

By simply connecting the PC adapter to the notebook PC and connecting the TV adapter to the HDTV via HDMI, users have the freedom to experience 1080p HD content without a timelag between the notebook PC and the display and without installing software. HP Wireless TV Connect fully supports protected content such as Blu-ray and DVD movies.
Additionally, the notebook adapter is powered off the USB port, freeing up the user to sit anywhere in the room. The Wireless TV Connect functions with almost any notebook PC with an HDMI port.

Pricing and availability(5) The HP ENVY 14 Beats Edition and HP Pavilion dm3 are currently available in the United States with the following starting prices:

- HP ENVY 14 Beats Edition: $1,249
- HP Pavilion dm3: $549
The HP ENVY 17 3D is expected to be available this holiday season with pricing to be determined. Additional information about the HP ENVY 17 3D is available at www.hp.com/go/ENVY.

The HP Wireless TV Connect accessory is expected to be available in the United States next month with a starting price of $199.

Starting today, customers can reserve an HP ENVY 17 3D or an HP Wireless TV Connect by calling +1 800 230 5752.

Additional information is available at www.hp.com/personal.
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