hp http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/341/ en HP’s Leap Motion Keyboard to be Offered as Standalone Product http://www.maximumpc.com/hp%E2%80%99s_leap_motion_keyboard_be_offered_standalone_product <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/leapmotion-hp-keyboard.jpg" alt="HP Leap Motion Keyboard" title="HP Leap Motion Keyboard" width="228" height="114" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Coming Later This Month</h3> <p>The Leap Motion Controller debuted to mixed reviews from the tech commentariat last year. In <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/leap_motion_review_2014" target="_blank">our own review</a>, the small motion-sensing peripheral, despite all its promise, drew flak for its lack of precision and scored a middling 6/10. Nevertheless, that did not prevent the likes of Asus and HP from embedding the gesture control tech right into their PCs. The latter, in fact, is now said to be <strong>getting ready to sell a keyboard with Leap Motion’s technology as a standalone product.<br /></strong></p> <p>Actually the <a href="https://www.leapmotion.com/blog/hp-expands-leap-motion-integration-into-broad-range-of/" target="_blank">said keyboard has been available as part of some of the PC maker’s all-in-one PCs for some time</a>, but the company now wants to spin it off as a separate product. According to our friends over at <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/06/hp-leap-motion-keyboard-standalone/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>, Leap Motion has told them that an HP-branded Leap Motion keyboard will be available later this month for $99.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hp%E2%80%99s_leap_motion_keyboard_be_offered_standalone_product#comments gesture controller hp leap motion keyboard peripheral News Mon, 09 Jun 2014 06:56:36 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27966 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Announces 14-inch Android Laptop http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_announces_14-inch_android_laptop399 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/slatebook_14.jpg" alt="Slatebook 14 Android Laptop" title="Slatebook 14 Android Laptop" width="228" height="156" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Slatebook 14 not the company’s first Android laptop</h3> <p>If you thought last year’s Android-powered <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/hp_taps_android_slatebook_x2_and_windows_8_split_x2_hybrids" target="_blank">Slatebook X2 laptop</a> was going to end up being a somewhat goofy experiment that HP would be too embarrassed to even acknowledge a year later, you were wrong. Believe it or not, the company, which was once the leading PC vendor in the world, has actually <strong>announced an even bigger Android-powered laptop.</strong></p> <p>The Slatebook 14 is, as is probably apparent from the name, an <a href="http://www.slashgear.com/hp-slatebook-14-inch-nvidia-packed-android-notebook-official-01331229/?utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=pulsenews" target="_blank">upcoming 14-inch Android laptop from Hewlett-Packard</a>. Another area where it stands out is in the weight department. Unlike most Android devices, the Slatebook 14 weighs as much as 3.71lbs, although, in all fairness, it is fairly light by laptop standards. </p> <p>The 16-mm thick Android notebook packs a full HD (1080p) display and a Tegra 4 SoC. Apart from the Google Play Store, prospective Slatebook 14 owners can also look forward to HP and Nvidia Tegra Zone apps.</p> <p>The $429 Slatebook 14 is slated (no pun intended) to hit the market on August 6, 2014.</p> <p>Update: We have updated the article to correct the Slatebook 14's pricing. The laptop is priced at $429, not $399 as originally reported.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_announces_14-inch_android_laptop399#comments android laptop hp play store slatebook 14 tegra 4 tegra zone News Mon, 02 Jun 2014 06:31:01 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27918 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP May Leapfrog Lenovo in Notebook Shipments This Year http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_may_leapfrog_lenovo_notebook_shipments_year_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_laptop_0.jpg" alt="HP Laptop" title="HP Laptop" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" />Hewlett-Packard jumps off to a fast start with 7 million notebook shipments in Q1</h3> <p><strong>If Hewlett-Packard can maintain its current pace, there's a good chance it will close out the year with more laptop shipments under its belt than rival Lenovo</strong>, the world's largest supplier of PCs (a distinction once held by HP not that long ago). It's still early, but preliminary numbers show that HP shipped 7 million notebooks in the first quarter of 2014, which is 1 million more than some were expecting.</p> <p>These figures from <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140331PD209.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes'</em> sources</a> within the upstream supply chain. They were expecting HP to ship 6 million laptops in Q1, which would have put HP behind Lenovo's 6.6 million units. That means it's going to be a closer race than anticipated, as Lenovo is expected to ship 28.3 million laptops by the end the year. We could be looking at a photo finish.</p> <p>However it unfolds, it's bad news for Acer and Asus, both of which are being impacted by better-than-expected sales by its top-tier rivals. Acer may have been hit the hardest, as sources believe the company suffered a 15 percent sequential drop in laptop shipments in Q1.</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_may_leapfrog_lenovo_notebook_shipments_year_2014#comments Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop notebook OEM rigs News Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:41:21 +0000 Paul Lilly 27547 at http://www.maximumpc.com Dell and HP Have the Declining PC Monitor Market Figured Out http://www.maximumpc.com/dell_and_hp_have_declining_pc_monitor_market_figured_out_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/dell_monitors.jpg" alt="Dell Monitors" title="Dell Monitors" width="228" height="137" style="float: right;" />IDC reports a slight drop in overall monitor shipments</h3> <p>It appears PC users are mostly content with their current monitors, hence why <strong>PC display shipments came in at just under 35 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013</strong>, representing a drop of 0.4 percent compared to the previous quarter, according to data released by IDC. That's also representative of a 3.8 percent decline over the same quarter a year ago, though HP and Dell must have missed the memo because both recorded gains in the monitor segment.</p> <p>Dell retained its spot at the top with a worldwide market share of 14.2 percent on shipments of 5 million monitors, while HP crept up into second place with an impressive quarter-over-quarter increase of 26.7 percent. Samsung, LG, and Lenovo all saw monitor shipments move in a negative direction.</p> <p>"Dell and HP both saw increases in unit shipments for the worldwide PC monitor market for the second time in a down year," <a href="http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS24739214" target="_blank">said Jennifer Song</a>, Research Analyst, Worldwide Trackers at IDC. "At a regional level, EMEA experienced the largest positive growth during the fourth quarter, with Italy and Spain posting the biggest gains."</p> <p>It will be interesting to see if Dell and HP can maintain their momentum. Looking ahead, IDC is forecasting a 9 percent decline in worldwide shipments to 31.7 million units in the first quarter of 2014.</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/dell_and_hp_have_declining_pc_monitor_market_figured_out_2014#comments Build a PC dell display Hardware hewlett-packard hp idc monitor News Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:52:34 +0000 Paul Lilly 27469 at http://www.maximumpc.com Samsung and HP Reportedly Have Chrome OS All-in-One PCs on Tap http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung_and_hp_reportedly_have_chrome_os_all--one_pcs_tap_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_chrome.jpg" alt="Samsung Chrome" title="Samsung Chrome" width="228" height="190" style="float: right;" />More Chrome OS hardware is coming</h3> <p>It's still early in the year, but perhaps one day we'll look back at 2014 as the year Google's Chrome OS made head roads in the desktop PC market. A quick look at the landscape shows that Chromebooks are already pretty popular, but that could be only the beginning. <strong>By the end of the year, you may start seeing a few more Chrome OS all-in-one (AIO) PCs, including ones from Samsung and Hewlett-Packard </strong>(HP).</p> <p>Citing supply chain makers in Taiwan, news and rumor site <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140313PD214.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> says</a> both OEMs are planning to launch Chrome OS AIOs later this year. It wouldn't be much of a leap for Samsung, which already offers 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch Chromebook models, and HP is the only OEM that currently offers a 14-inch Chromebook.</p> <p>AIOs based on Chrome OS wouldn't be entirely new, either. <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/lg_plans_unveil_all--one_system_running_chrome_os_ces_2014">LG kicked this things off</a> with its Chromebase earlier this year. It's not yet available in the U.S., though word on the web is that it will launch in Australia in April for $599, and perhaps for $499 in the U.S. sometime after.</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/samsung_and_hp_reportedly_have_chrome_os_all--one_pcs_tap_2014#comments aio all-in-one chrome os Google hewlett-packard hp OEM rigs samsung News Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:37:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 27444 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus Chromebox Now Available for Preorder http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_chromebox_now_available_preorder <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u166440/asus_chromebox_frontangles.jpg" alt="Asus Chromebox" title="Asus Chromebox" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>The $179 device will begin shipping on March 14</h3> <p>The Chrome OS-powered mini desktop PC Asus announced last month is now up for preorder from online retailers in the States. The $179 Asus Chromebox-M004U, which is the Taiwan-based <strong>company’s first stab at a Chrome OS-based desktop</strong>, is one of three SKUs announced by the company.</p> <p>Available for preorder from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IT1WJZQ" target="_blank">Amazon</a>, <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883220572&amp;Tpk=83-220-572" target="_blank">NewEgg</a> and TigerDriect, this particular SKU packs an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB solid state storage, four USB 3.0 ports, Intel HD Graphics, one HDMI port, one DisplayPort, and 802.11 n dual-band wireless, Bluetooth 4.0,&nbsp; LAN connectivity, and an SD card reader.</p> <p>Asus, which has yet to launch a Chromebook, has become only the second vendor to launch a Chromebox, with Samsung being the only other company in the fray. However, the two companies will soon have some more company, as Hewlett-Packard has also announced plans to launch a Core i7-powered Chromebox sometime during spring 2014.</p> <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: #ffffff; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 21px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">Follow Pulkit on&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;" href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_chromebox_now_available_preorder#comments Asus Chromebox-M004U chrome os chromebox Hardware hp samsung News Sun, 09 Mar 2014 19:57:23 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27405 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Learns Yoga, Launches Flexible Pavilion x360 with 360-Degree Hinge http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_learns_yoga_launches_flexible_pavilion_x360_360-degree_hinge <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_pavilion_x360.jpg" alt="HP Pavilion x360" title="HP Pavilion x360" width="228" height="198" style="float: right;" />Low priced convertible from HP takes on Lenovo's Yoga</h3> <p>If the HP Pavilion x360 looks familiar, it's because we've seen the 360-degree hinge trick before when Lenovo introduced its Yoga. <strong>HP's Pavilion x360 is also capable of swinging all the way around and transforming itself from a laptop into a tablet</strong>, but it carries a much lower starting price. The cost of entry is $400, significantly lower than the Lenovo Yoga 11s, which starts out at $1,100 on Lenovo's website.</p> <p>HP didn't give away too many details about the Pavilion x360. We know it will have an 11.6-inch HD display with 10-point capacitive multi-touch support, an Intel Pentium processor of some sort, HD webcam, brushed aluminum keyboard deck, and Beats Audio. Beyond that, HP is keeping the specifics to itself.</p> <p>"Customers have told us they want a single device that is designed to work and play the way they do, at an affordable price," <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?id=1575336#.UwuN2vldV8E" target="_blank">said Ron Coughlin</a>, senior vice president, Consumer PC and Solutions Group, HP. "The HP Pavilion x360 is perfect for today’s busy lifestyles. Its 360-degree hinge allows multitaskers to easily transition from laptop to tent to tablet. It’s the laptop that doesn’t make you miss your tablet and the tablet that doesn’t make you miss your laptop—all at a price that is similar to an entry-level notebook."</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/hp_pavilion_x360_backwards.jpg" alt="HP Pavilion x360 Open" title="HP Pavilion x360 Open" width="620" height="438" /></p> <p>HP says the Pavilion x360 will be available in "Brilliant Red" in the U.S. starting February 26, 2014.</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_learns_yoga_launches_flexible_pavilion_x360_360-degree_hinge#comments convertible Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop mobile notebook OEM paviliion x360 rigs News Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:42:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 27329 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP's Newly-Announced ElitePad 1000 Tablet Features 64-Bit Support http://www.maximumpc.com/hps_newly-announced_elitepad_1000_tablet_features_64-bit_support_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u160391/hp-elitepad-1000u-8-423584-22.jpg" width="250" height="213" style="float: right;" />HP's thinnest tablet ever brings a plethora of updates</h3> <p><strong>HP</strong> revealed a newly-redesigned model of its HP ElitePad 1000, sporting several upgrades and changes from the previous iteration. It's now rocking a brighter touch screen with augmented durability as well as support for 64-bit and 4G. It also happens to be the company's thinnest tablet so far, weighing 1.5 pounds and clocking in at 9.2 mm thick. </p> <p>The touch screen itself is a 10.1-inch multi-touch screen with 1920 x 1200 resolution. It supports up to 128 GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot for expansion. But there's more to it than what you can store on it. It's powered by Intel's quad-core Atom Z3795 clocked at 1.6 GHz, a 2-cell HP Long Life battery, and Intel graphics. If you choose to utilize it, you can also use an HP Executive Tablet Pen G2 to write on the device -- good for notes and the like. </p> <p>You can pick up the device starting in March, starting at $739.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hps_newly-announced_elitepad_1000_tablet_features_64-bit_support_2014#comments elitepad 900 Hewlett Packard hp news tablet News Sun, 23 Feb 2014 23:44:30 +0000 Brittany Vincent 27319 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Sees Spike in PC Sales, Posts Quarterly Revenue of $28.2 Billion http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_sees_spike_pc_sales_posts_quarterly_revenue_282_billion <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_products.jpg" alt="HP Products" title="HP Products" width="228" height="180" style="float: right;" />Turnaround effort appears to be working for HP</h3> <p>The worst may be over in terms of slumping PC sales that have made headlines throughout the past year. <strong>HP, the second largest PC supplier in the world, reported a 4 percent jump in PC sales</strong> compared to last year en route to posting a $28.2 billion quarter for its fiscal period ended January 31, 2014. That's actually a 1 percent decline in net revenue compared to the same quarter a year ago, but still higher than Wall Street was expecting.</p> <p>HP's growth in PC sales is mostly due to commercial customers. Commercial revenue in the PC sector increased 8 percent, enough to offset a 3 percent decline in consumer PC sales. Total unit shipments grew 6 percent with desktops declining 3 percent and laptops increasing 5 percent.</p> <p>"HP is in a stronger position today than we've been in quite some time," <a href="http://h30261.www3.hp.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=71087&amp;p=irol-newsarticle&amp;ID=1902009" target="_blank">said Meg Whitman</a>, HP president and chief executive officer. "The progress we're making is reflected in growth across several parts of our portfolio, the growing strength of our balance sheet, and the strong support we're receiving from customers and channel partners. Innovation is igniting our comeback, and at a time when many of our competitors are confronting new challenges, two years of turnaround work is setting us up for an exciting future."</p> <p>HP said it generated $3 billion in cash flow from operations in the first quarter, up 17 percent from the same period a year prior. That represents the eighth consecutive quarterly improvement of over $1 billion. Furthermore, HP returned $843 million to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases in the first quarter.</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_sees_spike_pc_sales_posts_quarterly_revenue_282_billion#comments hewlett-packard hp OEM revenue News Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:28:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 27315 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Clarifies Stance on Firmware and Support for Server Customers http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_clarifies_stance_firmware_and_support_server_customers2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_proliant_microserver.jpg" alt="HP ProLiant Micro Server" title="HP ProLiant Micro Server" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Safety and security updates will remain free to all of HP's server customers</h3> <p>Hewlett-Packard ruffled a few feathers on Friday when Mary McCoy, Vice President of HP Servers - Support Technology Services stated in a <a href="http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Technical-Support-Services-Blog/Customers-for-life/ba-p/154423#.UvubOPldV8E" target="_blank">blog post</a> that HP would only provide future firmware updates to customers with a valid warranty, Care Pack Service, or support agreement. The policy was to go into effect beginning February 19, 2014, but as that date draws near -- and the rumblings grow louder -- McCoy today took to the blogosphere to explain the decision and <strong>clarify HP's stance on safety and security updates</strong>.</p> <p>Straight and to the point, all server customers will continue to receive security updates regardless of warranty status. What about firmware updates?</p> <p>"The firmware access changes we are making on February 19, 2014 apply to HP ProLiant servers only. Specifically, within ProLiant, we are not putting entitlement requirements on iLO, I/O, or controller firmware; we are only entitling ProLiant system ROM and complex programming logic devices (CPLD) firmware," McCoy stated in a <a href="http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Technical-Support-Services-Blog/More-information-on-HP-firmware-availability/ba-p/154861#.UvuZn_ldV8F" target="_blank">new blog post</a> today.</p> <p>Though HP is limiting the policy to ProLiant customers, it covers a wide range of products, everything from low-end servers all the way up to enterprise grade servers. HP justifies the move by saying warranty sales is part of the way it's able to invest in and create new products, though the policy could end up driving customers to competitors like Dell <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">and IBM</span> that don't charge for out-of-warranty firmware updates.</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_clarifies_stance_firmware_and_support_server_customers2014#comments enterprise firmware hewlett-packard hp proliant server support News Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:24:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 27249 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Readies a Chromebox for a Spring Release http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_readies_chromebox_spring_release2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_chromebox.jpg" alt="HP Chromebox" title="HP Chromebox" width="228" height="133" style="float: right;" />Google's army of Chrome OS devices continues to grow</h3> <p>Are mainstream users ready to live primarily in the cloud? With all the Chrome OS devices coming out (along with the ones that are already available), this year will be a good litmus test for the platform. Joining the ranks of those offering a desktop solution is <strong>HP, the world's second largest PC maker, which plans to launch a Chromebox in&nbsp; the spring</strong>. HP's Chromebox will initially debut in the U.S., though the OEM is mum on the price.</p> <p>For now, HP just wants to let the world know it's willing to look beyond Windows, if that's indeed what customers want. The HP Chromebox will come in a variety of color options -- Smoke, Silver, Ocean Turquoise, Snow White, and Twinkle Black -- so that it can blend in with your surroundings. Alternately, you can hide the HP Chromebox out of sight by attaching it to the back of a monitor using standard VESA mounts.</p> <p>A full spec sheet isn't available, though <a href="http://h20435.www2.hp.com/t5/The-Next-Bench-Blog/HP-Chromebox-Chrome-simplicity-tiny-desktop/ba-p/87295#.UvPolEJdXND?jumpid=ba_r329_hhoaffiliate&amp;aid=38293&amp;pbid=TnL5HPStwNw&amp;aoid=35252&amp;siteid=TnL5HPStwNw-44mZixcfhKfHxSi7EVtgVg" target="_blank">HP says</a> its Chromebox will sport a Haswell processor inside, noting that "there's also a version of our Chromebox that is Chromebox for meetings with a 4th gen Intel Core i7 processor." We're guessing that means the standard version will rock a Celeron processor.</p> <p>It will also have HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, Bluetooth, and four USB 3.0 ports. If you'd like to be notified when it becomes available, you can <a href="http://www.hp.com/united-states/campaigns/hp-chromebox/overview.html?jumpid=sc_r11260_go_chromebox" target="_blank">submit your info to HP</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_readies_chromebox_spring_release2014#comments chrome os chromebox Google Hardware hewlett-packard hp OEM rigs News Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:09:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 27222 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Explains Decision Bring Back Windows 7 PCs http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_explains_decision_bring_back_windows_7_pcs2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_laptop_desktop.jpg" alt="HP Laptop and Desktop" title="HP Laptop and Desktop" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" />Selling Windows 7 in a Windows 8 world</h3> <p>In case you missed it, Hewlett-Packard (HP) last week <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_cites_popular_demand_bringing_windows_7_back2014">began advertising</a> the return of Windows 7 desktops. The OEM said its decision to sell Windows 7 systems in a Windows 8 world was influenced by "popular demand," but what we found interesting is how aggressively the world's second largest PC maker promoted its Windows 7 machines. Was there more than meets the eye? <strong>HP today posted a blog further explaining its reasoning for bringing back Windows 7</strong>.</p> <p>"The answer is dead simple: Choice. We like giving our customers the option to get the computer that's right for them," <a href="http://h20435.www2.hp.com/t5/The-Next-Bench-Blog/Why-is-HP-selling-Windows-7-PCs-right-now/ba-p/86999#.UuKeDRAo6Ul" target="_blank">HP explains</a>. "For some folks, that's Android. We've got everything from 2-in-1 detachables like the SlateBook x2 to the giant-sized Slate 21 All-in-One."</p> <p>HP reiterated that it still offers Windows 8.1 systems and emphatically stated in all caps that it has no plans whatsoever of dropping the touch-friendly OS from its lineup. However, "some people still want to run Windows 7 on their computers," hence why the last generation OS is still an option.</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_explains_decision_bring_back_windows_7_pcs2014#comments Hardware hewlett-packard hp OEM rigs Software windows 7 windows 8 News Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:26:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 27134 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Cites "Popular Demand" for Bringing Windows 7 Back http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_cites_popular_demand_bringing_windows_7_back2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_desktop.jpg" alt="HP Desktop" title="HP Desktop" width="228" height="137" style="float: right;" />It's what the people want</h3> <p>Hewlett-Packard (HP), the world's second largest PC maker by volume, is giving potential customers the ability to configure systems with Windows 7 instead of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. The <strong>OEM is advertising that Windows 7 is "back by popular demand,"</strong> and as a bonus, customers can save up to $150 instantly. Based on the available systems, that's a savings of anywhere from 13 percent to 20 percent off the normal price.</p> <p>You can still purchase Windows 8/8.1 PCs from HP, but what's interesting here is how aggressive the OEM is pitching the return of Windows 7 as a default option. If you head over to the <a href="http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Desktops/Desktops" target="_blank">Desktops &amp; All-in-Ones section</a> of HP's Home &amp; Home Office Store, Windows 7 machines are the only ones displayed, located prominently above a Windows 8.1 section with a "Learn More" link.</p> <p>There's no sugarcoating the fact that this is a condemnation of sorts against Microsoft's touch-friendly Windows 8 OS. This is the world's second largest OEM, after all, and it's openly advertising a previous generation OS for no other reason than that's what its customers are demanding.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/hp_pcs.jpg" alt="HP PCs" title="HP PCs" width="620" height="314" /></p> <p>As far as we know, HP is the only major OEM promoting Windows 7 in such a fashion. It will be interesting to see if its competitors do the same thing.</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_cites_popular_demand_bringing_windows_7_back2014#comments Hardware hewlett-packard hp microsoft OEM rigs Software windows 7 News Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:02:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 27101 at http://www.maximumpc.com Newegg Daily Deals: HP Pavilion 27xi 27-inch Monitor, Crucial 16GB DDR3-1866 RAM, and More! http://www.maximumpc.com/newegg_daily_deals_hp_pavilion_27xi_27-inch_monitor_crucial_16gb_ddr3-1866_ram_and_more <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/hp_monitor.jpg" alt="HP Pavilion 27xi Monitor" title="HP Pavilion 27xi Monitor" width="300" height="222" style="float: right;" /><img src="/files/u154082/newegg_logo_small.png" alt="newegg logo" title="newegg logo" width="200" height="80" /></p> <p><strong>Top Deal:</strong></p> <p>Given our druthers, we'd all have three 4K monitors strung together to a monster PC capable of <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/ces_2014_gaming_12k_nvidia_video">gaming at 12K</a>. Just thinking about it gets us all hot and bothered. Reality is the ultimate buzzkill, which in this case is the cost of such a setup. So, if you've come to the conclusion that you're not destined for 4K (or 12K) at this time and simply want an affordable Full HD 1080p monitor with an IPS panel, then check out today's top deal. It's for an <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824176425&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-RAM-N82E16824176425-_-0110&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;cm_sp=&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">HP Pavilion 27xi 27-inch IPS Monitor</a> for <strong>$234</strong> with free shipping (normally 260 -- use coupon code: [<strong>HPTNPCTJN2014</strong>]). It has a high-quality IPS panel, 10,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and three connectivity options (D-Sub, DVI, and HDMI).</p> <p><strong>Other Deals:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148740&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-RAM-N82E16820148740-_-0110&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;cm_sp=&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB (2x8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1866 Gaming Memory</a> for <strong>$180</strong> with free shipping (normally $200 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPWPA25</strong>]) </p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820228073&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-SSD-N82E16820228073-_-0110&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;cm_sp=&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">OCZ Vector 150 Series 2.5-inch 120GB SATA III Solid State Drive (SSD)</a> for <strong>$117</strong> with shipping for $1 (normally $130 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPWPA24</strong>]) </p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146099&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-CASE-N82E16811146099-_-0110&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;cm_sp=&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">NZXT Phantom 630 White ATX Full Tower Computer Case</a> for <strong>$136 </strong>with shipping for $13 (normally $170 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPWPA43</strong>])</p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236625&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-INT-HDD-N82E16822236625-_-0110&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;cm_sp=&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">WD Black Series 1TB 7200 RPM 3.5-inch Internal Hard Drive</a> for <strong>$80</strong> with free shipping (normally $89 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPWPA27</strong>])</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/newegg_daily_deals_hp_pavilion_27xi_27-inch_monitor_crucial_16gb_ddr3-1866_ram_and_more#comments Crucial Daily Deals daily deals hp Newegg nzxt ocz wd Western Digital Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:12:09 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff 27047 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Announces World's First 27-inch All-in-One Workstation http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_announces_worlds_first_27-inch_all--one_workstation2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_z1.jpg" alt="HP Z1" title="HP Z1" width="228" height="201" style="float: right;" />A big size AIO with touch and Thunderbolt support</h3> <p>Even though Hewlett-Packard relinquished its spot as the top PC maker (in terms of shipments) in 2013, it isn't giving up on PCs. Instead, <strong>HP just announced the Z1 G2</strong>, the second generation of the world's first and only all-in-one (AIO) workstation with a 27-inch display, now available with touch support for Windows 8/8.1 and Thunderbolt 2 capabilities. According to HP, it's the most powerful and fully featured AIO in its lineup.</p> <p>HP is hoping to attract "knowledge workers and specialists in CAD, graphics arts, and university education" customers. Users can select from 4th Generation Intel Xeon and Core processor options along with RAID storage options, the latest Nvidia mobile Quadro GPUs, and other hardware.</p> <p>One thing that stands out in the spec sheet is the tool-less chassis. HP made a concerted effort to design its second generation Z1 so that users can change most parts and/or make upgrades without tools or a service technician. "Simply snap open the chassis and customize as needed," <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?id=1556807#.Usw5ofRDt8E" target="_blank">HP explains</a>.</p> <p>The second generation Z1 will be available later this month starting at $1,999.</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_announces_worlds_first_27-inch_all--one_workstation2014#comments aio all-in-one ces2014 Hardware hewlett-packard hp OEM rigs workstation z1 g2 News Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:55:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 27024 at http://www.maximumpc.com