Most vendors are using the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as a launchpad for new products, but a select few are tipping their hand ahead of the convention. Hewlett-Packard is one of them, presumably because it's saving CES for its big Spectre Ultrabook reveal. In the meantime, HP has decided to share a handful of new systems, including its first 27-inch all-in-one (AIO) PC and a Phoenix gaming system the OEM claims is the "most powerful HP Pavilion PC to date."
Let's start with the AIO. The Omni 27 sports a non-touch 27-inch display and is the first hands-off HP PC to feature HP's exclusive Magic Canvas software, enabling users to expand the desktop to accommodate photos, videos, and applications. Users are also able to access Microsoft Windows desktop shortcuts, the taskbar, and Start menu via the Magic Canvas interface to allow for an uninterrupted workflow.
Details are vague, though HP says the Omni 27 Series will rock multicore processors, advanced HD graphics, up to 2TB of storage, Beats Audio, HDMI input, and an optional Blu-ray or TV tuner. The Omni 27 is expected to be available on January 8 in the U.S. starting at $1,200.
The upcoming HP Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix is a gaming system being billed as HP's most powerful Pavilion PC to date. It will feature a "cutting edge design" with an armor plated motif extending across the top and front of the bezel, LED lighting, and a slanted side window.
HP was equally non-committal about exact specs on the Phoenix, saying it will include a valet tray equipped with USB ports, exclusive features such as HP Magic Canvas, HP LinkUp, and Beats Audio, four DIMM slots with support for up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, three internal hard drive bays, and support for discrete graphics cards up to 250W. The HPE h9 Phoenix will also land on January 8 in the U.S. with a starting price of $1,150.