This entry was posted by Darren Gladstone, Blogger-in-Chief at HP’s thenextbench.com.
(Above: the new ENVY Ultrabook)
It’s been a BUSY week for us here at TheNextBench.com…during a massive event in
China, we lifted the curtains on a metric ton of new tech gear. I’m talking no less than six laptops and Ultrabook devices, a mobile all-in-one printer that’d make you the most popular guy at the coffee shop and more. If you’ll bear with me here, I’ll give you a quick taste of what I’ve seen of the hottest new stuff to come out of HP’s labs.
- Wasn’t so long ago, we were unveiling of the ENVY 14 Spectre. Its freaky all-glass design grabbed attention – and awards – at this year’s CES as the Ultrabook to beat. Well, the SpectreXT is a brushed-metal eye catcher going for the same gusto: A stylish, slimmer (14.5 mm thin) and lighter(3.07 pound) Ultrabook. ( I won’t be too offended if you just skip the rest of this and just click this link to ogle the pictures.)
- I’ll admit I’m also a little taken with the new ENVY Ultrabook’s soft-touch red undercarriage for the ENVY Ultrabook. And that spin-finish ImagePad? It makes me think of when I’m looking into a classic car’s polished hubcap. What’s under the hood, you ask? Fantastic question! Let’s just say that it features, “The latest 2nd or 3rd Gen Intel Core Processors.” I’ll let you do the math on that one. Another nice feature is that if you want to spring for a discrete AMD graphics upgrade, you can in the ENVY Ultrabook (HINT: You really want to go with the discrete graphics upgrade). That is potentially a big deal for power users that might want to slip in some game time between emails or work with video editing (I’ve done it on a Spectre – but doing it on an Ultrabook with a discrete GPU? Sounds good to me!).
- Speaking of discrete graphics power in small packages….With the latest round of HP Pavilion laptops, you now have even more choices to make when buying your PC. So, when you’re looking at buying a new dv4, dv6 or dv7 – you’re getting 3rd generation Intel Core CPUs and the option to amp up your graphics with either a GeForce GT 630M or GeForce GT 650M. (The later falls just below the GTX-enthusiast class line in terms of performance.) What does this mean to you? You’re getting some pretty solid gaming performance-to-go with the 650M without breaking the bank.
- Imagine a petite all-in-one printer that you could literally pull out of your carry-on and crack open in your airplane seat. The HP Officejet 150 shows how a full-service printer can come with you – or just slip nice-and-easy into a tiny space in your home office. It also happens to be the world’s first mobile inkjet all-in-one. With the emphasis on mobile. It can scan, copy, print…and it weighs 6.5 pounds, measuring 13.98- by 6.95- by 3.52-inches. That makes it about as big as a hard cover dictionary. At least the one that I used to use.
If the little taste I just gave you here piques your curiosity, I’ve got a whole lot more information for you over at TheNextBench.com where I give my full, initial impressions of these guys (and, in the case of the new Pavilion dv7, a report of how it’ll actually perform).