hp http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/341/ en HP Omen Pro is a Mobile Workstation Dressed Like a Gaming Laptop http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_omen_pro_mobile_workstation_dressed_gaming_laptop_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_omen_pro.jpg" alt="HP Omen Pro" title="HP Omen Pro" width="228" height="193" style="float: right;" />If it looks like a duck but barks like a dog, what is it?</h3> <p>We were really impressed with Hewlett-Packard's Omen laptop when we <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_omen_review_2014" target="_blank">reviewed it last year</a>. With a design that paid homage to its Voodoo PC namesake, the model we received proved a capable gaming machine wrapped in a sexy chassis with a beautiful touchscreen panel. Well, there's a new version available, though <strong>HP's Omen Pro is classified as a mobile workstation</strong>, perhaps making it more suitable for game developers than gamers.</p> <p>It looks like there are two versions currently available to order. The first costs $2,199 and includes an Intel Core i7 4720HQ processor, 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, 256GB Z Turbo Drive PCIe SSD, Nvidia Quadro K1100M graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 15.6-inch Full HD 1080p touchscreen panel, backlit keyboard, four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, mini DisplayPort, headset jack,&nbsp; and Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.</p> <p>A second model runs $2,599 and doubles the RAM to 16GB and storage to 512GB. Otherwise, it's the same machine, which itself looks nearly identical to the original Omen except that the Pro models have red vents on the back and the hinges lack blue colored tinting.</p> <p>The HP Omen Pro mobile workstations are <a href="http://shopping1.hp.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/WW-USSMBPublicStore-Site/en_US/-/USD/ViewStandardCatalog-Browse?CatalogCategoryID=QpIQ7EN6gd0AAAFMwoEHQyPV" target="_blank">available to order</a> now.</p> <h3>Original Omen</h3> <p>If you're interested in the original Omen laptop, here's a protip -- use coupon code <strong>30SPRING</strong> to knock 30 percent off the price, bringing the tally down from $1,699.99 to $1,189.99. That gets you an Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.</p> <p>Doubling the RAM to 16GB and storage to 512GB bumps the price up to $2,099.99, or $1,469.99 after applying the coupon code, which should work until April 16.</p> <p>You can configure an <a href="http://store.hp.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/PDPStdView?catalogId=10051&amp;urlLangId=-1&amp;langId=-1&amp;productId=721651&amp;storeId=10151" target="_blank">HP Omen here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_omen_pro_mobile_workstation_dressed_gaming_laptop_2015#comments Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop mobile workstation notebook OEM omen pro rigs News Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:44:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 29729 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Launches Spectre x360 Convertible to Take on Macbook Air, Lenovo Yoga http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_launches_spectre_x360_convertible_take_macbook_air_lenovo_yoga899 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/hp-spectre-convertible.jpg" alt="HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 laptop" title="HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 laptop" width="228" height="154" style="float: right;" />Spectre x360 is now available from the company’s website</h3> <p>For a number of years, members of the PC master race looked to the Macbook Air with envy, even though most of us knew deep down that we just weren’t meant to be and there could be no platonic bond between the two of us. Wintel and their PC-making chums obviously took note of this lust at some point and what was initially a trickle of pretenders (remember all those “<a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/samsung_jumps_back_us_notebook_market_with_a_varied_lineup" target="_blank">Air killers</a>”?) soon became a cascade of contenders. Adding to that deluge of ultrabooks and ultra-thin convertibles, <strong>Hewlett-Packard has announced the Spectre x360, a 13.3-inch Broadwell-powered device designed in collaboration with Microsoft.</strong></p> <p>Equipped with a CNC aluminum chassis, the Spectre x360 is just 15.9mm thick and tips the scales at 3.3 pounds. It’s as acrobatic as it’s sturdy. It has a 360-degree rotatable screen to enable the user to alternate between “notebook mode for work, stand mode for viewing entertainment, tent mode for touchscreen entertainment, or tablet mode for on the go.”</p> <p>HP is claiming 12.5 hours of battery life on a single charge, a feat it attributes to the use of its proprietary Panel Self Refresh (PSR) technology at least as far as models with the Quad HD display (2,560x1,440) are concerned. PRS, the company says, causes parts of the computer to power down after a period of inactivity while leaving the image on the screen intact.</p> <p>Regardless of whether you opt for a full HD model or a Quad HD model, you will get a touch panel that is optically bonded to the display.</p> <p>Given below is an excerpt from the press release listing all <a href="http://www.hp.com/spectrex360" target="_blank">currently available Spectre x360 configurations</a>:</p> <ul> <li>HP Spectre x360 with Intel Core i5 Processor, Full HD touchscreen display, 4GB LPDDR3 system memory and a 128GB SSD is $899.99.</li> <li>HP Spectre x360 with Intel Core i7, Full HD touchscreen, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD is $1149.99.</li> <li>HP Spectre x360 with Intel Core i7, Quad HD touchscreen, 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD is $1399.99.</li> </ul> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_launches_spectre_x360_convertible_take_macbook_air_lenovo_yoga899#comments convertible hewlett-packard hp Hybrid lenovo yoga MacBook Air microsoft spectre x360 windows 8.1 News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 03:58:22 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29504 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Elitebook Revolve Convertible Laptop Gets Broadwell Treatment http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_elitebook_revolve_convertible_laptop_gets_broadwell_treatment100 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u46168/revolve-810-g3.png" alt="HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3" title="HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Dear HP, where is the New Year’s resolution?</h3> <p>The <strong>launch of the third iteration of Hewlett-Packard’s Elitebook Revolve 810 tablet-laptop hybrid appears imminent</strong>, with the convertible’s official product page recently going live on the company’s website. There are two things that stand out in the upcoming <a href="http://www8.hp.com/sg/en/products/laptops/product-detail.html?oid=7429241#!tab=features" target="_blank">Elitebook Revolve 810 G3’s spec sheet</a>: the switch to Intel’s 5th generation Broadwell processors and HP’s refusal to move beyond the 1366 x 768 display resolution that the original debuted with in 2013.</p> <p>Available with a choice of Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 Broadwell chips, the Revolve 810 G3 isn’t an awful lot different from its predecessor, the <a href="http://www.in.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/laptops-portable-pcs/laptops-and-netbooks/HP-EliteBook-Revolve-810-G2-review/articleshow/38666876.cms" target="_blank">G2 (and for that matter even the G1)</a>, when it comes to design. This magnesium-clad convertible has a spill-resistant keyboard and has been designed to meet MIL-STD 810G standards, according to its official page.</p> <p>Weighing 3.1 pounds and measuring 11.2 x 8.3 x 0.87 inches, the G3 will come with 4GB or 8GB of onboard RAM (expandable up to 12GB), up to 512GB of solid-state storage, integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics, two USB 3.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, microSD and a 720p HD camera. The choice of operating systems includes Windows 7 Professional, 8.1 or 8.1 Pro. In a bit of a letdown, the G3’s 11.6-inch multitouch LED display has the same 1366 x 768 resolution as the previous two Revolve 810 iterations.</p> <p>No word on pricing or availability yet.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_elitebook_revolve_convertible_laptop_gets_broadwell_treatment100#comments 2-in-1 business elitebook enterprise hp Hybrid laptop revolve 810 g3 ultraportable News Mon, 19 Jan 2015 01:28:51 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29268 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo in Dogfight with HP to Retain Top Spot in PC Shipments http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_dogfight_hp_retain_top_spot_pc_shipments_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_a740_1.jpg" alt="Lenovo A740 All-in-One PC" title="Lenovo A740 All-in-One PC" width="228" height="205" style="float: right;" />HP is one strong quarter away from regaining the PC supply crown</h3> <p>The fourth quarter of 2014 saw 80.8 million PC shipments, representing a year-on-year decline of 2.4 percent, according to the number crunchers at International Data Corporation (IDC). That was enough to beat out expectations of a 4.8 percent decline, which was helped by a strong finish to the year -- the holiday quarter was the only one in which shipments topped 80 million units in 2014. It was especially good for <strong>HP, which virtually closed the gap in market share with Lenovo</strong>.</p> <p>Lenovo shipped a bit over 16 million PCs in the fourth quarter of 2014, bumping its share of the market to 19.9 percent, up from 18.5. percent a year prior. Meanwhile, HP shipped over 15.8 million units, giving it a 19.7 percent share of the market, up 3 percentage points from the same quarter in 2013. Only 0.2 percent now separate Lenovo (No. 1) and HP (No. 2).</p> <p>It will be interesting to see if HP can retake the PC shipment crown from Lenovo in 2015, or if Lenovo is able to fend off its rival, which is the top brand (by volume) in the U.S. (Lenovo is No. 4 in the U.S., behind Apple at No. 3 and Dell at No. 2). Either way, IDC is a bit pessimistic on the market for PCs in general.</p> <p>"The strength from market leaders, as well as improvement in Asia/Pacific and the consumer market more generally, are positive signs for the PC market," <a href="http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS25372415" target="_blank">said Loren Loverde</a>, IDC Vice President, Worldwide PC Tracker. "Growth of Chrome, Bing, all-in-ones, ultraslim, convertibles, and touch systems similarly make PCs more compelling and competitive. Nevertheless, some of the gains are relatively small, and weakening drivers like Bing promotions and end of XP support transitions, cast a shadow of doubt on the strength of the market going into 2015."</p> <p>We're a bit more optimistic than IDC, as there are still a fair number of businesses running Windows XP. Combined with the launch of Windows 10, there will be opportunities for businesses and home consumers alike to consider an upgrade in 2015, especially now that tablet growth has slowed way down. Either way, we'll see hundreds of millions of new PC shipments in 2015, so don't buy into the PC sky is falling nonsense that analysts like to toss out on occasion.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_dogfight_hp_retain_top_spot_pc_shipments_2015#comments hewlett-packard hp idc lenovo pc shipments News Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:48:52 +0000 Paul Lilly 29247 at http://www.maximumpc.com CES 2015: HP Shows Off NUC Sized PCs and Ultrawide Curved Monitor [Video] http://www.maximumpc.com/ces_2015_hp_shows_nuc_sized_pcs_and_ultrawide_curved_monitor_video <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_curved_monitor.jpg" alt="HP Curved Monitor" title="HP Curved Monitor" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" />Riding the small and curvy tech fads</h3> <p>After learning about HP's Pavilion Mini and Stream Mini desktop PCs yesterday, we gave Online Managing Editor and Video Guru Jimmy Thang a special mission -- <strong>seek out HP's booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and film the company's products</strong>. It didn't take him long to sniff out HP's whereabouts to give us a closer look at the NUC-like PCs, along with a curvaceous ultrawide display that we're now anxious to try out for ourselves.</p> <p>You may have noticed that all the cool kids are releasing pint sized PCs these days. We won't rehash here much of what we already <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_downsizes_desktop_pavilion_mini_and_stream_mini_pcs_2015">reported on yesterday</a>, but suffice to say, HP has joined the fray with a pair of systems that can fit in the palm of your hand. They're not desktop-destroyers by any means, though they certainly contain respectable hardware for most mainstream users.</p> <p>HP also showed off its brand-new Envy 34c, a curvy ultrawide monitor with a 34-inch panel and WQHD 3440x1440 resolution (though not revealed in the video, that comes out to a 21:9 aspect ratio). There are 4W speakers on both sides, though obviously the real draw here is the vast real estate with a slight curve.</p> <p>We did some digging on the web and it looks like the Envy 34c will ship in April for $999.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UFvJKbkgU_s" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/ces_2015_hp_shows_nuc_sized_pcs_and_ultrawide_curved_monitor_video#comments ces2015 Desktop Hardware hewlett-packard hp OEM pavilion mini rigs stream mini News Tue, 06 Jan 2015 16:57:49 +0000 Jimmy Thang and Paul Lilly 29194 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Goes After Business Users with Zbook 14 and 15u Workstation UItrabooks http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_goes_after_business_users_zbook_14_and_15u_workstation_uitrabooks_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_zbooks.jpg" alt="HP Zbooks" title="HP Zbooks" width="228" height="74" style="float: right;" />Thin and light workstations for the mobile road warrior</h3> <p>HP is awfully proud of its reputation for delivering thin and light business-class laptops, and to ensure its name keeps coming up when the discussion turns to such systems, <strong>HP today introduced what it claims are the industry's thinnest and lightest workstation Ultrabooks to date, the Zbook 14 and Zbook 15u</strong>. If these model names look familiar, it's because they're second generation products.</p> <p>Both models are similar in features and options, albeit the Zbook 14 G2 sports a 14-inch display with and the Zbook 15u features a 15.6-inch panel, each of which come with optional 10-point touch support. Resolutions range in size from 1366x768 to Full HD 1080p (1920x1080).</p> <p>A 5th Generation Intel Core i5 5200U dual-core processor (<a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/intels_5th_generation_core_processors_finally_arrive_2015">14nm Broadwell</a>) comes standard on each model, though users can upgrade to faster Core i7 CPUs. Other specs include 4GB of RAM upgradeable to 16GB, optional AMD FirePro M4150 graphics (the larger model can be configured with AMD FirePro M4170 graphics), 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, four USB 4.0 ports, SSD and HDD options up to 1.25TB, optional 4G connectivity, and of course Windows 8.1.</p> <p>HP will beginning <a href="http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/hp-introduces-industrys-thinnest-and-lightest-workstation-ultrabooks-nyse-hpq-1980437.htm" target="_blank">shipping the Zbook 14 G2</a> this month starting at $1,249 and the Zbook 15u G2 at $1,199.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_goes_after_business_users_zbook_14_and_15u_workstation_uitrabooks_2015#comments ces2015 hewlett-packard hp laptop notebook OEM rigs ultrabook workstation zbook 14 zbook 15u News Tue, 06 Jan 2015 01:45:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 29192 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Downsizes the Desktop with Pavilion Mini and Stream Mini PCs http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_downsizes_desktop_pavilion_mini_and_stream_mini_pcs_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_pavilion_mini_desktop.jpg" alt="HP Pavilion Mini Desktop" title="HP Pavilion Mini Desktop" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />Honey, HP shrunk the desktop!</h3> <p>Go back in time a few years ago and we might have scoffed at the idea of palm sized desktops PCs. And if you would have tried telling us they're as powerful as some desktop tower PCs, you would have elicited a hearty chuckle from us. Ah, but times are changing, and these little units are no laughing matter. Following in the footsteps of systems like Intel's NUC, <strong>HP today announced the Pavilion Mini Desktop and Stream Mini Desktop</strong>, a pair of pint-sized systems with hardly any footprints to speak of.</p> <p>Measuring a scant 2.06 inches high and weighing only 1.6 pounds, the HP Pavilion Mini Desktop can rest easily in the palm of your hand. Despite its small size, there's some respectable hardware and features to cover, such as up to Intel Core i3 processor options, up to 8GB of expandable memory, up to 1TB of storage, dual-display support with DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, four USB ports, and a few other odds and ends.</p> <p>The HP Stream Mini Desktop comes in the same small package but includes "value added services" and features like 32GB of SSD storage, 200GB of Microsoft OneDrive storage for two years, a $25 gift card for the Windows Store, and a Cobalt Blue color scheme.</p> <p>When these systems hit retailers on February 8, 2015, pricing will start at $320 for the <a href="http://store.hp.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ContentView?storeId=10151&amp;eSpotName=HPPavilionMini&amp;catalogId=10051&amp;langId=-1" target="_blank">HP Pavilion Mini Desktop</a> (Intel Pentium 3558U processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB HDD) and $180 for the <a href="https://ssl.www8.hp.com/h41268/live/index.aspx?qid=23728" target="_blank">Stream Mini</a> (Intel Celeron 2957U processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB SSD). Both will come with a keyboard and mouse bundle.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_downsizes_desktop_pavilion_mini_and_stream_mini_pcs_2015#comments Desktop Hardware hp OEM pavilion mini rigs stream mini News Mon, 05 Jan 2015 17:01:16 +0000 Paul Lilly 29188 at http://www.maximumpc.com Judge Rejects Settlement in Shareholder Case Over HP’s Autonomy Acquisition http://www.maximumpc.com/judge_rejects_settlement_shareholder_case_over_hp%E2%80%99s_autonomy_acquisition223 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u69/Gavel2.png" alt="HP-Autonomy Shareholder Lawsuit" title="HP-Autonomy Shareholder Lawsuit" width="228" height="166" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Chides company and shareholders’ lawyers for ‘abdication of their responsibility’</h3> <p>We are sure Hewlett-Packard would like nothing more than to efface the memory of its disastrous 2011 acquisition of British software company Autonomy, but that is unlikely to happen anytime soon as right now <strong>it is struggling to get a federal judge to accept its settlement proposals in a shareholder lawsuit over the multi-billion dollar debacle</strong> — a $11.1 billion acquisition that resulted in a $8.8 billion write-down a year later, of which $5 billion was said to be on account of “serious accounting improprieties, misrepresentation and disclosure failures” at Autonomy.</p> <p>According to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/20/us-hp-autonomy-ruling-idUSKBN0JX2J820141220">Reuters</a>, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer on Friday shot down HP’s settlement proposal in a shareholder lawsuit over the ill-advised acquisition, saying the proposed settlement would have been unfair to shareholders. Back in August, the same judge had rejected the original settlement proposal as it would’ve resulted in the shareholders’ lawyers making up to $48 million in fees.</p> <p>“The shareholders appear to be relinquishing a whole universe of potential claims regarding HP governance and practices," the judge wrote.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/judge_rejects_settlement_shareholder_case_over_hp%E2%80%99s_autonomy_acquisition223#comments acquisition autonomy court deal hewlett-packard hp law lawsuit write-down News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:29:28 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29130 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Elitebook 1020 SE Blends MacBook Air Aesthetics with Windows Functionality http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_elitebook_1020_se_blends_macbook_air_aesthecs_windows_functionality_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3>Billed as the world's thinnest and lightest business-class laptop</h3> <p><strong><img src="/files/u69/hp_elitebook_1020_shell.jpg" alt="HP Elitebook 1020" title="HP Elitebook 1020" width="228" height="150" style="float: right;" />HP today introduced its Elitebook Folio 1020 family highlighted by the Elitebook 1020 Special Edition (SE)</strong>, supposedly the world's thinnest and lightest laptop in the business world. Comparisons to Apple's MacBook Air are inevitable, and that's because of the physical design -- HP said it used an exclusive blend of magnesium-lithium alloy and reusable carbon fiber to achieve a weight of just 2.2 pounds.</p> <p>"The HP Elitebook 1020 represents game-changing innovation in both materials and mechanical engineering to create the world’s thinnest and lightest business notebooks in a form factor that enables our customers to be more productive in more places," <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?id=1849124#.VH4ffTHF_4Y" target="_blank">said Alex Cho</a>, vice president &amp; general manager, HP Commercial PCs. "Customers demand not only a stylish, thin and light notebook, but also a device that delivers advanced security and can withstand the rigorous demands that come with a highly mobile lifestyle – and the HP Elitebook1020 delivers this complete solution."</p> <p>In terms of durability, the 1020 SE was designed to pass military-grade (MIL-STD 810G) testing for drops, shocks, and exposure to extreme temperatures and humidity, as well as high pressure testing.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/hp_elitebook_1020_open.jpg" alt="HP Elitebook 1020" title="HP Elitebook 1020" width="620" height="306" /></p> <p>Both the regular Elitebook 1020 and Special Edition measure 15.7mm thin and sport a 12.5-inch display with fanless cooling and SSD storage options. The regular model will have a 1920x1080 resolution and optional touch support, whereas the Special Edition will boast a Quad HD (2560x1440) resolution, also with optional touch.</p> <p>The Elitebook 1020 will be available in February of next year and the Special Edition will release in April.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_elitebook_1020_se_blends_macbook_air_aesthecs_windows_functionality_2014#comments elitebook 1020 Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop mobile notebook OEM rigs News Tue, 02 Dec 2014 20:47:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 29023 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Gives Envy x2 a Surface-Like Makeover http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_gives_envy_x2_surface-_makeover_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_15t_touch.jpg" alt="HP Envy x2 15t Touch" title="HP Envy x2 15t Touch" width="228" height="161" style="float: right;" />HP's take on Microsoft's Surface design</h3> <p><strong>HP's Envy x2 is back, only this time it looks less like a traditional laptop and is more powerful than before</strong>. Taking a page from Microsoft's Surface design, the Envy x2 now comes with a kickstand. HP is billing it as a detachable PC with mutiple modes, including an all-in-one mode (detached from the keyboard), notebook mode (attached to the keyboard), and tablet mode (detached from the keyboard and used as a tablet).</p> <p>There are two different models available -- <a href="http://store.hp.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/us/en/pdp/Laptops/hp-envy-x2---13t-touch-laptop-j3e76av-1" target="_blank">13t Touch</a> with a 13.3-inch display (1366x768 or 1920x1080) starting at $800 and <a href="http://store.hp.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/PDPStdView?storeId=10151&amp;urlLangId=-1&amp;productId=659151&amp;urlRequestType=Base&amp;categoryId=&amp;langId=-1&amp;catalogId=10051&amp;jumpid=cp_r163_us/en/pc_cons/nextgen/convertibles/buynow/Envyx2-15" target="_blank">15t Touch</a> with a 15-inch display (1920x1080) starting at $750. That's not a typo, the smaller version costs $50 more, though both sport an Intel Core M-5Y10 dual-core processor and 4GB of memory.</p> <p>Other standard features include a 500GB 5400 RPM hybrid hard drive (the 13t comes standard with a 128GB SSD, hence the price difference), 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, backlit wireless keyboard, Beats Audio, Full HD webcam, headphone/microphone combo port, two USB 3.0 ports, SD card reader, HDMI output, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ROTZLWKtQz4" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_gives_envy_x2_surface-_makeover_2014#comments envy x2 hewlett-packard hp laptop mobile notebook OEM rigs tablet News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:26:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 28952 at http://www.maximumpc.com Doctor: Cooling Colors, Movin' On Up & Where's My SSD? http://www.maximumpc.com/doctor_cooling_colors_movin_wheres_my_ssd_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h2><img src="/files/u187432/hp.jpg" width="250" height="171" style="float: right;" /><img />WiFi slow lane</h2> <p>I just bought an HP 210 GG1 laptop and the connection speed was bad.&nbsp; I was pleasantly shocked when the support tech replaced my Intel Wi-Fi drivers and suddenly we were able to move at the speed of light through the Internet.&nbsp; Why would replacing drivers less than six-months old make such a huge difference in the Intel dual-band N-7260 performance?</p> <p style="text-align: left;">—Art Hudson</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>The Doctor responds: </strong>It’s hard to say specifically what was causing your issues Art, but when we hit Google to see if others were having problems with that wireless adapter, we did indeed find a thread on Intel’s forums where a representative said they are “working on these issues,” and he was speaking of the N-7260 wireless card. In your case, it sounds like Intel fixed them eventually, so that’s good news. The key take-away, though, is that updated drivers can make all the difference in the world, even if the driver you’re using is just six months old. That’s a lifetime in the GPU world, but certainly shouldn’t make that much difference for a wireless adapter. However, it’s important to note that 802.11ac is now coming online, and we imagine wireless adapter manufacturers like Intel and Broadcomm as well as router companies will be issuing new firmware and drivers semi-regularly in order to coax maximum performance out of the new wireless standard, so always keep your drivers up to date. If you are too busy to check them manually, just download the free program Slim Drivers (<a href="https://www.slimwareutilities.com/" target="_blank">www.slimwareutilities.com</a>) and let it do the checking.</p> <h2 style="text-align: left;">Integrated Blues</h2> <p style="text-align: left;">I built a computer two years ago, but it won’t play new games like Titanfall. I have an Asus Maximus IV Gene motherboard, two Corsair Force SSDs striped in RAID 0, 8GB of DDR3/1866, and a 3.5GHz Core i7-2700K overclocked to 4.2GHz on Windows 7 Home Premium. I have been using the onboard graphics but it’s not working for these games. I need to know what video card you would suggest for the least amount of money. I have had the best results in the past with Nvidia cards and was thinking of a GeForce GTX 780 Ti card but I live 100 miles away from any decent electronics store so I want to get it right the first time.</p> <p style="text-align: right;">—Kim Wofford</p> <p style="text-align: right;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u187432/titanfall.jpg" width="620" height="350" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>The Doctor responds: </strong>That’s one sweet system you have there Kim, and you are doing it an injustice by running onboard or integrated graphics. The graphics chip that is included on all motherboards is for running games like Farmville or Peggle, not Titanfall, and don’t even think about a gnarly shooter like Metro 2033 or Battlefield 4. Your suggestion of the GTX 780 Ti is certainly excellent if you have that kind of cash, as that’s a $700 GPU. You can save $200 by going with a GTX 780, which is about 10 to 15 percent slower, but still fast enough for 2560x1600 gaming on 20-inch monitor with every detail set to maximum. If you’re using a 1920x1080 panel, a GPU like the GTX 780 Ti is a little overkill, but will deliver more than 100fps in most games, and last you a very, very long time, so it’s not a bad upgrade as long as money isn’t an issue. One other thing to keep in mind is that you’ll need at least a 600W PSU with two six-pin PCIe connectors to power the GPU. Also, since you have an Asus Gene microATX motherboard we’re assuming you are running a smaller case, so make sure whatever case you have can handle an 11-inch GPU.</p> <h2>SSD disappearing act</h2> <p style="text-align: left;">I am having a wee problem with a Samsung PM830 SSD I bought on eBay. I followed all of Maximum PC's directions for installing the SSD, yet when I run Samsung Magician, it says, "No Samsung SSD could be found."&nbsp; So, I’m unable to update firmware. Can you help me figure this out?&nbsp; I’m running a Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H Rev 3.3 board with latest bios F12f (beta), AMD Phenom X2 CPU, and 4GB of RAM. The Samsung Data Migration tool worked perfectly, and the BIOS is set for AHCI.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: right;">—Andrew Curzo</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>The Doctor responds: </strong>You may be out of luck, Andrew. Samsung’s Magician software only supports retail versions of its drives. Drives sold to OEMs or PC makers are not supported. From what the Doc can tell, the PM830 is the OEM version of the Samsung 830 drive (the predecessor to the 840 drive), so Magician won’t work on it.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u187432/drivers.jpg" width="620" height="350" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">For what it’s worth, the reason the software doesn’t see it and won’t let you update the firmware is because whatever company sold that SSD originally put its own firmware on the drive and some other customizations unique to the manufacturer. If you really want to be able to update the firmware on a Samsung SSD, you will need to buy a retail drive.<br />Also, don’t feel too bad about this, as OEM manufacturers typically wield very strict control over what drivers and firmware are installed on any piece of hardware that leaves the shop. They do this to cut down on support calls, and to be able to work with software and firmware they are familiar with instead of rogue updates from parts unknown. Our advice to you is to just use the drive as-is, as we are not aware of any show-stopping problems with the Samsung 830 that would require a firmware update. <strong><br /></strong></p> <h2>Upgrading to an SSD</h2> <p style="text-align: left;">I just completed a new build about four months ago, and I am now perplexed about adding an SSD to my system. The system I built is Intel-based with an Asus Z87 motherboard, Intel Core i7-4770K processor, and a Western Digital Black 3TB hard drive running Windows 7. When I built this system, I was on a strict budget, so it made sense to opt for storage capacity rather than the at-the-time, high-dollar SSDs. Now that prices have come down, I’m interested in installing an SSD. My question is whether there is a way I can install or move the OS onto the new SSD and remove it from the original C: drive, the WD 3TB, or do I have to start from scratch again?</p> <p style="text-align: right;">—Gary Lark</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong><img src="/files/u187432/menu.jpg" width="310" height="403" style="float: right;" />The Doctor responds: </strong>There is a way to move your OS to the new SSD and there’s a way to remove it from the original drive, Gary, and there’s also a way to start from scratch, so it’s up to you how you want to proceed. Most retail SSDs include drive-cloning software, so you can just attach the SSD and it will let you clone your boot drive to the SSD, no problem. The only question is, will your boot drive’s OS installation fit onto the SSD? There’s no way to just move your OS to the drive using cloning software, as it copies the entire partition, so that’s a question you must consider. If your OS will fit on the SSD, clone away. However, there’s a problem with this approach in that you really don’t want all your data (games, music, movies, documents) on the SSD, because it will fill up way too fast. Sure, you can move those folders to your 3TB drive manually, but as you can tell, things begin to get complicated when you are moving folders and OSes back and forth. Therefore, to keep it simple and to ensure maximum performance from your SSD, we recommend just reinstalling your OS to the SSD (it will only take about ten minutes), then just change the links to Documents, Videos, Pictures, and Music in Windows to the respective folders on the 3TB drive. You can do this by right-clicking the folders and changing the Save Location. You can also move over the files from your desktop folder or anything else you have on the bigger drive. Once you are positive you have all the files you need and are up and running, you can nuke your old Windows install on the 3TB drive from orbit.</p> <h2>Pink problems</h2> <p style="text-align: left;">I am running a Core i5-3570K on an ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 mobo with a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670, Corsair H100i cooler, and OCZ 750W PSU all packed into a Corsair Obsidian 650D case.&nbsp; My issue is with the Corsair H100i cooler. When it was new, the logo on the cooling unit glowed blue, but after a few months it turned a bright pink. Everything seems to be working properly, fans running, etc., but the CPU seems to be running warm.&nbsp; I emailed Corsair support several times and after waiting a month they sent me a RMA form with no explanation.&nbsp; I don't want to return the unit if I don't have to. I just want to know if the color change is normal.&nbsp; Does the Doc know?&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: right;">—John Ilasenko</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>The Doctor responds: </strong>Congratulations, John, the pink glow means you’re pregnant! <br />Actually, the Doc has run a Corsair H100i in the Lab in the past and didn’t experience this problem, but there are some things to keep in mind. First, on the H100i you can change the color of the logo on the waterblock by installing and tweaking the Corsair Link software. It can be changed, for example, based on the chips temperature.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u187432/corsair.jpg" width="620" height="350" /><br /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;">You also need to attach the included USB cable to a header on the motherboard. Therefore, the first step would be to install the software and see if you can change it to green. It’s possible the fan speeds on the unit are running at lower temps, which could be raising the temperature of the chip and trigger the change to pink. The good news is that if you install the Corsair Link software, you can also tweak the fan and pump speeds to your liking as well.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><em>Submit your questions to <a target="_blank">doctor@maximumpc.com</a>.</em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/doctor_cooling_colors_movin_wheres_my_ssd_2014#comments ask the doctor corsair hp ssd titanfall From the Magazine Tue, 11 Nov 2014 06:55:44 +0000 Maximum PC 28884 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Sends a Thin and Light 'Omen' Laptop into the Gaming Community http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_sends_thin_and_light_omen_laptop_gaming_community_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_omen.jpg" alt="HP Omen" title="HP Omen" width="228" height="157" style="float: right;" />Gaming DNA comes to the forefront</h3> <p>HP isn't doing much with its Voodoo brand these days, but at the same time, it hasn't completely forgotten about gamers. Witness the new <strong>HP Omen, a svelte gaming laptop designed to handle triple-A titles</strong> without all the bulk of a desktop replacement. It has a 15.6-inch IPS display with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution that's powered by an Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor, 8GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics.</p> <p>"Gamers told us they want uncompromised performance in a device that looks good and is designed for portability," said Mike Nash, vice president, Product Management, Consumer Personal Systems, HP. "The HP OMEN delivers the performance that today’s triple-A titles demand and the features to enable customized game play, all in a package that looks great and can be easily carried."</p> <p>Other hardware and features include a 128GB solid state drive, four USB 3.0 ports (all supporting USB Boost), a mini DisplayPort, HDMI output, headphone/microphone combo jack, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, media card reader, 1080p webcam with dual digital microphones, dual speakers with BeatsAudio, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/hp_omen_front.jpg" alt="HP Omen Front" title="HP Omen Front" width="620" height="477" /></p> <p>The thin (19.9mm) and light (4.68 pounds) chassis is CNC milled from solid aluminum and anodized with a black finish. HP also added a custom chrome hinge designed to elevate the display out of the way of hot exhaust air. Cooling chores are further aided by dual fans that pull cool air through the bottom of the system.</p> <p>HP's Omen laptop is available now starting at $1,500.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_sends_thin_and_light_omen_laptop_gaming_community_2014#comments Gaming Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop notebook OEM omen rigs News Tue, 04 Nov 2014 15:39:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 28835 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel Settles Pentium 4 Benchmark Manipulation Class Action Lawsuit http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_settles_pentium_4_benchmark_manipulation_class_action_lawsuit345 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u17625/p4netburst.jpg" alt="Pentium 4" title="Pentium 4" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Too little, too late</h3> <p>As hard as it may be to believe now, Advanced Micro Devices once presented a serious threat to Intel’s dominance of the PC microprocessor market. However, if you <strong>invested in a first-generation Pentium 4 processor (codenamed Willamette) between November 20, 2000 and June 30, 2002</strong>, you may not have particularly fond reminiscences of AMD’s heyday. Your recollections of that time may very well be of your new Pentium 4 chip living up neither to your expectations nor to the impressive “independent third-party” benchmarks that Intel released to reviewers in the lead up to Pentium 4’s launch.</p> <p>The good news for all you Pentium 4 early adopters is that Intel has finally agreed to settle a decade-long class action lawsuit, which alleges that when confronted by “pervasive design flaws” and “dismal” performance scores in the lead up to the launch of first-gen Pentium 4 chips, the company resorted to greatly exaggerating their capabilities through cooked-up numbers. Even though the new chips were, in reality, no match for some of the existing Pentium III models, let alone Athlon processors from rival AMD, the lawsuit alleges that the fabricated benchmarks were enough to convince the marketplace to move to Pentium 4.</p> <p>“Intel used its enormous resources and influence in the computing industry to, in Intel’s own words, ‘falsely improve’ the Pentium 4’s performance scores. It secretly wrote benchmark tests that would give the Pentium 4 higher scores, then released and marketed these ‘new’ benchmarks to performance reviewers as ‘independent third-party’ benchmarks,” reads the class <a href="https://www.intelpentium4litigation.com/pdf/Class-Action-Complaint.pdf" target="_blank">action complaint</a> against Intel and HP. </p> <p>All members of the class are entitled to a princely cash reimbursement of $15. Please visit this <a href="https://www.intelpentium4litigation.com/Home/FAQ" target="_blank">page</a> to find out if you qualify.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_settles_pentium_4_benchmark_manipulation_class_action_lawsuit345#comments amd Athlon chip Hardware hp intel lawsuit netburst pentium 4 pentium iii processor willamette x86 News Mon, 03 Nov 2014 02:19:11 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28826 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP’s Sprout PC Bridges Gap Between Digital and Physical World http://www.maximumpc.com/hp%E2%80%99s_sprout_pc_bridges_gap_between_digital_and_physical_world_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sprout.jpg" alt="HP Sprout" title="HP Sprout" width="228" height="211" style="float: right;" />Content creation without the keyboard or mouse</h3> <p>You've never seen anything like this before, at least not to this extent. Embarking on a new, albeit familiar path, <strong>HP today introduced its Sprout PC</strong>, a unique "Immersive Computing" platform that's part of HP's vision for the future of computing and 3D printing. Part of HP's Blended Reality ecosystem, Sprout eschews a mouse and keyboard in favor of a built-in projector and 20-point multi-touch capacitive mat.</p> <p>The sleek looking DLP projector with LED lamp and 14.6-megapixel camera looms over the 23-inch 10-point multi-touch display. It beams images onto the mat, which you can use a secondary display, and launches Sprout-supported applications coded with a special SDK.</p> <p>It's also a scanner with a depth sensor, and what's really cool is how you can interact with Sprout. For example, you can place real-world objects on the mat and transfer them into a digital workspace, which you can then manipulate with your hands. To get a sense of the potential here, you really have to watch HP's 1-minute video (skip past the first 39 seconds of fluff if you're short on time):</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/f8Xb8DdTcM8?list=PLoMwRIIUViGSaKrfsaZCd-hU1KObjLWjG" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Pretty snazzy, right? Here's another look at what Sprout can do, minus the introductory fluff:</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IBnf_lHxPdE?list=PLoMwRIIUViGSaKrfsaZCd-hU1KObjLWjG" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>As for the traditional specs, Sprout is powered by an Intel Core i7 4790S processor, 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GT 745A graphics, and 1TB solid state hybrid drive with 8GB of flash acceleration cache. It also boasts a 1MP webcam, DTS sound, GbE LAN, 802.11n Wi-Fi, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, 3-in-1 media card reader, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>"We live in a 3D world, but today we create in a 2D world on existing devices," said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president, Consumer PC &amp; Solutions, HP. "Sprout by HP is a big step forward in reimagining the boundaries of how we create and engage with technology to allow users to move seamlessly from thought to expression."</p> <p>Sprout is <a href="http://store.hp.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/PDPStdView?catalogId=10051&amp;urlLangId=-1&amp;langId=-1&amp;productId=681151&amp;storeId=10151" target="_blank">available now for $1,900</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hp%E2%80%99s_sprout_pc_bridges_gap_between_digital_and_physical_world_2014#comments 3d printing Hardware hp OEM rigs sprout News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:07:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28807 at http://www.maximumpc.com PC Vendors Can’t Force Italians to Pay ‘Microsoft Tax’ on New PCs http://www.maximumpc.com/pc_vendors_can%E2%80%99t_force_italians_pay_%E2%80%98microsoft_tax%E2%80%99_new_pcs234 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://dl.maximumpc.com/galleries/top50windows/MS_Gavel.png" alt="'Microsoft Tax' Abolished in Italy" title="Microsoft Tax Abolished " width="228" height="132" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Landmark verdict by Italian Supreme Court concludes 9-year-old case</h3> <p>In late 2005, an Italian citizen named Marco Pieraccioli, who had just bought a Windows laptop from Hewlett-Packard, <strong>took the then world’s leading PC vendor to court after the latter refused to issue a refund for the accompanying Windows XP Home Edition license</strong> that he had no need of. Almost nine years later, Pieraccioli has finally secured the €140.00 refund (plus interest and costs) that he was after.</p> <p>In its <a href="http://www.italgiure.giustizia.it/xway/application/nif/clean/hc.dll?verbo=attach&amp;db=snciv&amp;id=./20140912/snciv@s30@a2014@n19161@tS.clean.pdf" target="_blank">judgement</a>, hailed as “a victory for free software over the ‘Microsoft tax’” by Pieraccioli’s lawyer, the apex court has lambasted this practice among PC vendors of refusing to refund the price of a pre-installed operating system to those who wish to return such software, saying that it is at odds with “the rules that protect the freedom of choice of the consumer, and the freedom of competition among firms..."</p> <p>As far as the first freedom adverted to in the above paragraph is concerned, this current ruling, says Marco Ciurcina, a lawyer who helped Pieraccioli with his case, follows the precedent set by French courts, but the bit about this practice violating freedom of competition is “interesting considering that, to date, the antitrust authorities have done little against business practices that ‘force’ the joint sale of hardware and proprietary software.”&nbsp; Perhaps equally interesting is the fact that this judgement isn’t restricted to Windows PCs but applies to any computer that ships with a pre-installed OS.</p> <p>Here’s how Ciurcina summed up the rationale behind the ruling in a recent blog post for the <a href="https://fsf.org/blogs/community/a-victory-for-free-software-over-the-microsoft-tax" target="_blank">Free Software Foundation</a>: “The focus of the Court's reasoning is that the sale of a PC with software preinstalled is not like the sale of a car with its components (the 4 wheels, the engine, etc.) that therefore are sold jointly. Buying a computer with preinstalled software, the user is required to conclude two different contracts: the first, when he buys the computer; the second, when he turns on the computer for the first time and he is required to accept or not the license terms of the preinstalled software. Therefore, if the user does not accept the software license, he has the right to keep the computer and install free software without having to pay the ‘Microsoft tax.’”</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/pc_vendors_can%E2%80%99t_force_italians_pay_%E2%80%98microsoft_tax%E2%80%99_new_pcs234#comments free software hp italy lawsuit legal microsoft tax OEM Windows News Mon, 27 Oct 2014 02:05:14 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28780 at http://www.maximumpc.com