hewlett-packard http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/4157/ en HP Recalls 6 Million Laptop Power Cords Due to Fire Hazard http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_recalls_6_million_laptop_power_cords_due_fire_hazard_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/power_cord_ls-15.jpg" alt="Power Cord LS-15" title="Power Cord LS-15" width="228" height="138" style="float: right;" />Affected AC power cords are prone to overheating</h3> <p><strong>HP this week decided to err on the side of caution and issue a worldwide voluntary recall of around 6 million potentially faulty power cords</strong> for select HP and Compaq brand notebooks and mini notebooks. The recall also affects AC power cords provided with docking stations. All of the affected cords, whether bundled with a laptop or with a docking station, were sold from September 2012 through June 2012 for about $500 to $1,500.</p> <p>"HP believes that certain power cords shipped with notebook PC products and AC adapter accessories may pose a risk of fire and burn hazard to customers. We are taking this action as part of our commitment to provide the highest quality of service to our notebook customers," HP said.</p> <p>The recall involves HP's LS-15 AC power cords, though not all power cords with the LS-15 marking are faulty. You can check to see if yours is one of them using <a href="https://h30652.www3.hp.com/" target="_blank">HP's online tool</a>. If it is, HP says to stop using it immediately while it sends you a replacement at no cost.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/power_cord.jpg" alt="Power Cord" title="Power Cord" width="620" height="225" /></p> <p>According to the <a href="http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Hewlett-Packard-Recalls-Notebook-Computer-AC-Power-Cords/" target="_blank">U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission</a>, there have been 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting or charring, which resulted in two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of minor property damage.</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_recalls_6_million_laptop_power_cords_due_fire_hazard_2014#comments Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop mobile notebook power cord recall News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:04:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28426 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Pushes Windows 7 PCs for Back to School Season with Instant Discounts http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_pushes_windows_7_pcs_back_school_season_instant_discounts_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_envy_0.jpg" alt="HP Envy" title="HP Envy" width="228" height="166" style="float: right;" />Save money on a Windows 7 system</h3> <p>With Windows 9 (Threshold) rumored for an introduction next month along with a Release Preview for consumers and developers alike, it's safe to say that the Windows 8 era is winding down, though some would argue it never truly began (market share figures would back that argument). So, what do you do if you're an OEM looking to pick up sales for the back to school season? Well, <strong>if you're HP, you promote Windows 7 and offer shoppers an enticing discount</strong>.</p> <p>HP has been sending out a newsletter to customers with the heading, "Windows 7 PCs on sale, just in time for school." That's an interesting sales pitch some two years after Windows 8 has been on the market. Nevertheless, consumers just haven't reacted to Windows 8/8.1 the way Microsoft hoped they would, so this isn't a terrible move by HP.</p> <p>If you head over to HP's "<a href="http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/Laptops" target="_blank">Laptops &amp; hybrids</a>" section, you'll see HP pushing Windows 7 laptops with instant savings of up to $170. You can save up to 20 percent off of Windows 7 laptops in certain cases, such as the HP Pavilion 15t-n200 -- it normally sells for $750 but is currently marked down to $600. The HP Envy 15t-j100 Quad Edition is close behind with a 19 percent reduction to $730, down from $900.</p> <p>Time is running out for Microsoft's hardware partners to sell Windows 7 PCs to consumers. After October 31, they'll no longer be able to sell systems with Windows 7 as a standard 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_pushes_windows_7_pcs_back_school_season_instant_discounts_2014#comments back to school Hardware hewlett-packard hp OEM operating system OS rigs Software windows 7 News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:55:20 +0000 Paul Lilly 28401 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Turnaround Effort on Track as Quarterly Sales Top Expectations http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_turnaround_effort_track_quarterly_sales_top_expectations_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_systems.jpg" alt="HP Systems" title="HP Systems" width="228" height="188" style="float: right;" />Rise in desktop and laptop sales helped HP beat Wall Street estimates</h3> <p>Though HP didn't reclaim its spot as the number one supplier of PCs, the second-place OEM surprised analysts with a strong third quarter. <strong>HP's net revenue in the third quarter came to $27.6 billion, up 1 percent compared to the same period a year ago</strong>, while earnings per share came to $0.89, up 3 percent year-over-year. That's slightly better than Wall Street's estimate of a drop in revenue to $27.01 billion.</p> <p>HP has been working hard to turn things around as it restructures its operations. Unfortunately, doing so entailed making significant job cuts in the tens of thousands, though on the bright side those efforts seem to be paying off.</p> <p>"Overall, I'm very pleased with the progress we've made," <a href="http://h30261.www3.hp.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=71087&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1959911&amp;highlight=" target="_blank">said Meg Whitman</a>, chairman, president and chief executive officer, HP. "When I look at the way the business is performing, the pipeline of innovation and the daily feedback that I receive from our customers and partners, my confidence in the turnaround grows stronger."</p> <p>HP's revenue from its PC division rose 12 percent year-over-year, with a 9 percent uptick in desktop sales and an 18 percent jump in notebook sales. This helped offset declines in printing, software, and enterprise revenue.</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_turnaround_effort_track_quarterly_sales_top_expectations_2014#comments hewlett-packard hp revenue News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:51:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 28392 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Stream 14 Laptop Runs Windows 8.1 and Costs $200 - What Now, Chromebooks? http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_stream_14_laptop_runs_windows_81_and_costs_200_-_what_now_chromebooks <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_stream_14.jpg" alt="HP Stream 14" title="HP Stream 14" width="228" height="182" style="float: right;" />Could a 14-inch Windows notebook be a Chromebook killer?</h3> <p>Microsoft isn't blind to the fact that Chromebooks are flying off of store shelves, both virtual and physical, and so a month ago the Redmond outfit let slip that it was working with various partners to offer low cost alternatives in the $199 to $249 range. Turns out it wasn't just lip service. Meet the <strong>HP Stream 14, a 14-inch notebook running Windows 8.1 and carrying a $200 price tag</strong>.</p> <p>German-language website <a href="http://www.mobilegeeks.de/hp-stream-199-dollar-notebook-kommt-mit-14-inch-display-amd-plattform-100-gb-onedrive-alle-details/" target="_blank"><em>Mobile Geeks</em> </a>got its hands on press photos and official HP documents outlining the Stream 14. Based on the spec sheet, this low cost laptop sports AMD hardware inside -- specifically, an AMD A4 Micro-6400T quad-core processor with integrated Radeon R3 graphics powering the 14-inch display's 1366x768 resolution. It also features 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, memory card reader, two USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI output, webcam, full-size keyboard, and a 45W battery.</p> <p>Documents also reveal that Microsoft will include 100GB of cloud-based OneDrive storage for two years with the 3.9-pound laptop, just as Google offers 100GB of Google Drive storage with every Chromebook. That certainly levels the playing field and steals significant thunder away from Google's Chromebook push.</p> <p>No word yet on when the HP Stream 14 will launch, though given all the data available, we suspect it will be soon, especially if Microsoft and HP want to take advantage of the back-to-school shopping season.</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_stream_14_laptop_runs_windows_81_and_costs_200_-_what_now_chromebooks#comments Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop mobile notebook OEM rigs stream 14 windows 8.1 News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:33:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 28374 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP's 14-inch Slatebook Running Android is Now Available for $430 http://www.maximumpc.com/hps_14-inch_slatebook_running_android_now_available_430 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/slatebook.jpg" alt="HP Slatebook" title="HP Slatebook" width="228" height="169" style="float: right;" />Android-based laptop could be held back by high price tag</h3> <p>For those interested in a laptop running Android, the <strong>HP Slatebook is now available on Amazon for $430</strong>. It's a 14-inch notebook running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4.0 processor running at 1.8GHz, 2GB of DDR3L RAM, and 16GB solid state drive. The configuration is along the lines of a Chromebook, though the pricing is in the low-end spectrum of Windows laptops.</p> <p>That may ultimately be a deal killer, especially since there's more you can do with a Windows laptop that costs about the same. Nevertheless, HP is banking on there being customers who find appeal in running all of their Android apps on a notebook as opposed to a smartphone or tablet PC.</p> <p>The 14-inch display boasts a 1920x1080 resolution and 10 points of capacitive touch. Other features include 802.11n Wi-Fi, two USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port, HD webcam, Bluetooth, and a 3-cell battery good for up to 9 hours run time. It measures 13.54 inches (W) x 9.45 inches (D) x 0.63 inches (H) and weighs 3.71 pounds.</p> <p>Intrigued? Find out more on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KB3K6G4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KB3K6G4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=hothard-20" target="_blank">Amazon</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/hps_14-inch_slatebook_running_android_now_available_430#comments android Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop notebook slatebook News Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:20:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 28284 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 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 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 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