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HP Passport 1912nm internet monitor: coming to hotel lobbies and airports near you

Sarah Silbert

Along with outing its new IPS displays, HP is announcing an 18.5-inch internet monitor today. The Passport 1912nm is targeted at businesses such as hotels and cyber cafes, allowing users to browse the web via Firefox and access photos, video and music via a simple five-icon home screen. There's an ARM CPU, 2GB of Flash RAM and 1GB of DDR2 memory under the hood, and the 1366 x 768 is bundled with a USB keyboard and mouse. Connections include five USB ports, Ethernet and a 4-in-1 media card reader. The Passport 1912nm goes on sale today for $259, though you're probably more likely to encounter the internet monitor in an airport or store than to shell out for a web kiosk of your own.

Gallery: HP Passport 1912nm internet monitor hands-on | 6 Photos

Gallery: HP Passport 1912nm internet monitor | 8 Photos

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PALO ALTO, Calif., June 21, 2012 - HP today announced its first commercial internet monitor for the U.S. market, revolutionizing guest internet access for the office, and unveiled its first consumer in-plane switching (IPS) displays, redefining visual performance for the home with consistent, vivid color and increased brightness.

Offerings announced today include:
- HP Passport 1912nm Internet Monitor, a cost-effective and easy-to-manage multimedia solution that provides direct access to web content without requiring a PC;
- HP 2011xi and 2311xi IPS LED Backlit Monitors, delivering ultimate performance for consumers that value extraordinary image accuracy; and
- HP W2071d and W2371d LED Backlit LCD Monitors, built for consumers that need an affordable display with a slim, space-saving design.

HP Passport 1912nm Internet Monitor
Ideal for customer-facing environments, the HP Passport 1912nm Internet Monitor provides a visitor hub for internet access in lobbies, hotels, waiting rooms, airports and other business environments through an easy web interface with a locked-down operating system that prevents vulnerability to viruses.

With an Ethernet input and plug-and-play connectivity options, the HP Passport 1912nm is equipped with a Texas Instruments OMAP4430 processor, which features hardware acceleration of various multimedia codecs. This allows the HP Passport 1912nm to play back state-of-the-art 1080p HD video content within a power envelope similar to a mobile device. Additionally, an embedded Adobe® Flash plug-in brings HP Passport 1912nm users the very best Adobe Flash experiences with smooth HD content rendering.

HP 2011xi and 2311xi IPS LED Backlit Monitors
The 20-inch diagonal HP 2011xi and 23-inch diagonal HP 2311xi IPS LED Backlit Monitors are the first consumer displays from HP to feature IPS panel technology. As they offer a superior viewing experience from any angle, these monitors are an ideal medium for sharing photos, videos or games. Advanced IPS technology allows for consistent, vivid color and increased brightness, even if users are viewing content from the side of the monitor.

HP W2071d and W2371d LED Backlit LCD Monitors
The 20-inch diagonal HP W2071d and 23-inch diagonal HP W2371d LED Backlit LCD monitors provide an ideal combination of form, function and affordability and complement any workspace without sacrificing space. Both feature mercury-free LED backlit panels that help save power, allow for quick on/off switching and offer supreme brightness and clarity.

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