Adding to the ongoing deluge of PC product line updates inspired by the launch of 3rd generation Intel Core i processors, Hewlett-Packard has announced a slew of Ivy Bridge-based notebook models across its various consumer laptop lines. But Ivy Bridge processors are not the only thing that sets HP’s new laptops apart from their predecessors. According to the company, its 2012 Pavilion consumer notebook PCs are reflective of its new “Mosaic” design philosophy. Hit the jump for more.
Put your Sunday suit back in the closet, there won't be any funeral services held today for Hewlett-Packard's PC business. Even when/if HP spins off its PC division, the company expects it to remain No. 1 in the world. Until then, HP is carrying on like it's business as usual, which includes announcing an updated and redesigned Pavilion dm1 notebook.
HP has given its Pavilion desktop line some fresh digs, both inside and out. New models consist of the HPE h8, Slimline s5, and p7 series. Each one is aimed at a different core audience, however all three boast clean lines, soft forms, contrasting materials, and a glossy black front panel layered over a metallic base to give depth and dimension to the new towers, HP says. Sliding front panels hide unsightly ports and drives, resulting in a polished, clean appearance. Listening to HP describe these things, we don't know if we should be intrigued or turned on.
Perhaps HP replaced the company's water coolers with energy drinks, but whatever the reason, the OEM has gone on a redesign spree updating several consumer notebook lines, including the Envy, Pavilion, and Mini series. According to HP, the updated models reflect the company's "MUSE" (materials, usability, sensory appeal, and experiences) design philosophy, part of which includes etched metal finishes, touchable textures, and custom wallpapers.
"With these new designs, we offer customers a broad portfolio of notebook PCs and Minis that are innovative on the outside and the inside," said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, Consumer Notebooks, Personal Systems Group, HP. "Each notebook provides a unique experience for the customer and allows customers to express their personality."
The changes appear to be mostly cosmetic. HP's Envy, for example, still comes with configurable with up to a Core i7 802QM processor, Radeon HD 5830 graphics, and up to 2TB of storage. A brushed-aluminum finish etched with a stream design will be added to the Pavilion line, while the HP Mini 210 series is being expanded with a preppy pink and white crystal makeover.
As for pricing and availability, models will start appearing in mid-May starting out at $650 for the Pavilion and $1,000 for the Envy, while the new Mini 210 models will show up in mid-June starting out at $280.
PC shipments might be falling at a record rate, but HP doesn't seem fazed and to prove it, the OEM has announced four new low-cost desktop models for its HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario lines.
The HP Pavilion Slimline s5000, starting at $289, sports an AMD LE1600 processor, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and a 6-in-1 media card reader wrapped in a chassis HP says would be an ideal fit for a dorm room. Starting at $269, the HP Pavilion p6000 sports the same basic configuration with a downgraded AMD LE1300 processor.
Moving up the price and performance scale, the HP Pavilion Elite e9900 starts out at $599 and includes an AMD Phenom II X2 545 processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 500GB hard drive, GeForce G210 graphics with 512MB of video memory, and a 15-in-1 media card reader.
Last is the Compaq Presario CQ5000. Starting at $380, a base configuration includes an AMD X2 7550 processor, 3GB of DDR2 memroy, a 320GB hard drive, and integrated GeForce 6150 SE graphics with 128MB of shared memory.
High prices have traditionally relegated gaming laptops, which often qualify as desktop replacements, to niche markets served by boutique vendors, but we're starting to see more manufacturers step up to the plate with affordable models. Gateway kicked off the recent trend with its P-7811FX and others -- take Acer, for example -- have followed suit.
In an apparent attempt to undercut the competition, HP has updated its Pavilion dv7t gaming laptop with new parts and a new lower price tag. The OEM decided to stretch the screen real estate from 17 inches to 17.3 inches (1,600 x 900 resolution), and the Nvidia graphics have been traded in for a pair of ATI parts, the 512MB Mobility Radeon HD 4530 and 1GB HD 4650.
It all adds up (or down) to a new starting price of $800, which is a good chunk lower than its previous starting point of $1,230. However, that includes an AMD Turion X2 processor. A baseline Intel setup starts at $850, which includes a similarly weaksauce T4200 processor. Upgrades are available, and if you can toss $1,125 more into the mix and you can bump the CPU to Intel's Core 2 Quad Q9000.