HP is First to Announce a Fanless Haswell Ultrabook and Leap Motion Notebook

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Innomasta

Just about everything HP releases runs overly hot and usually suffers from heat issues years down its lifespan. This will no doubt be a concern that they have again ignored. (the past 5 years can't lie)

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Renegade Knight

Can't argue on the heat issue. HP has always had the ability to do good design. They just never seem to bring it home consistently and their quality has always been meh ever since the Carly era.

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Gikero

I saw the picture and thought, " Either a broken finger or a broken screen at that speed..."

Fanless is neat and all, but I worry about heat. I've got a few fanless graphics cards and they function fine but are really hot... I am paranoid about overheating.

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Shalbatana

I love the idea of re-imagining the track pad to better work with the new interface. It's something that notebook vendors don't pay attention to as much as they should.

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big_montana

But it is still an HP. Like Dell, they need to work on improving quality before I would consider purchasing one. I will let others be the beta testers.

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jgrimoldy

I regularly deal with Dell desktops and laptops (Business models, not home models). The stuff I've seen (Optiplex, Latitude) seems to be reasonably well built.

Has HP's quality slipped to the level of Haier, Emerson, Coby, etc?

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big_montana

I deal with Dell Optiplex and Latitude as well. Their Latitudes always seem to have system board issues, and the Optiplex only seem to experience issues every other refresh. We replace our laptops every 3 years and desktop every 4 years. We have had heat sink/fan issues with the Optiplex 9010, and the mice they shipped needed to be replaced as all 350 were defective. As for the laptops, E6220, E6230, E6320, E6330 battery life leaves a lot to be desired as we only get 2 hours on a charge when we got 4 hours on the E6400/E4300 series that they replaced. And like the E6400/E4300 laptops we have been having mother boards die left and right.

As for HP, they seem to have had system board issues as well, which is why I started I will let others test them out first before I decide to make the switch from Dell to HP next year. If I had to make a decision today I would switch to Lenovo as their quality is top of the line.

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jgrimoldy

I recall several years ago when Dell bought a bunch of bad (counterfeit?) capacitors and we had an endless stream of mobos going bad with swelled, leaking Electrolytic capacitors. It was ugly. I do agree that the battery life leaves a bit to be desired.

I also agree that Lenovo is pretty darned good. We switched from Lenovo to Dell a couple of years ago... You get what you pay for...

This HP offering is pretty intriguing. I hope it's good. My Asus Transformer is getting a little long in the tooth.

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Renegade Knight

Even Lenovo is slipping. My W520 suffers from "Sudden Death Syndrome" that they didn't fix before my warranty expired. Admittedly it's the first ThinkPad I've ever had to send in. I don't think Lenovo ever admitted they have the issue.

My Latitude had multiple issues and was sent in several times. Ultimately they burned me on a warranty issue (they needed to replace the graphics/mainboard and I needed to pay for the keyboard) by never offering the obvious and reasonable solution to a problem.

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jgrimoldy