Posts with tag HP
A Windows machine for under $100? Madness!
Microsoft has been looking to readjust their Windows strategy to better combat the influx of ultra low-cost, low end machines flooding the market these days, and today we’re seeing another step in that process. HP has just announced a bunch of new machines, but the stars of the show really are the new HP Stream tablets and two new HP Stream laptops. Both are (presumably) low end, both have Intel processors, but perhaps most impressively, both are full blown Windows PCs with some truly unbelievable price tags.
Starting off with the HP Stream, we’re looking at a 7-inch tablet with a starting price of just $99 – that’s a buck under $100, crossing something of a mythical line in the sand when it comes to pricing. It runs the full version of the latest version of Windows 8.1 and even comes with a free year’s worth of Office 365 subscription. There’s also an 8-inch tablet that’ll cost you an extra $50. Unfortunately, we’ve yet to learn what exactly is powering this bargain basement deal or how much memory it’ll ship with, but all in due time.
Meanwhile, the HP Stream laptop features a bunch of, erm, “interesting” bold color options, like the purple one above. Starting at $199, it features an 11-inch display, an Intel processor, a front facing camera, and also runs a full version of Windows 8.1. There’s also a 13-inch version, if you’re the type of person who needs a bit more screen real estate. No specifics on exact processor or memory configurations here either.
But is it enough?
As PC sales keep shrinking, Microsoft’s flagship software – Windows 8 – has failed to see much love from customers or OEMs. The industry is increasingly switching over to tablets running competitor’s software; not to mention low powered – and low priced – notebooks running Google’s Chrome OS operating system (“Chromebooks”), which have been best sellers on Amazon for months now. Microsoft is keenly aware of the situation, of course, and has been fighting against the Apple iPad for some time now with the company’s Surface lineup, and now they’re tackling the Chromebook problem with a line of new low powered, low priced notebooks of their own, running – of course – Windows 8.1 rather than Chrome OS. The first of this new initiative is the HP Stream 14, a 14-inch notebook revealed today by a leak published by MobileGeeks.
According to the leak, the HP Stream 14 has an unspecified AMD processor, a midrange 1366 x 768 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage depending on the model you’re looking at. No word yet as to when the HP Stream 14 will be hitting your local Best Buy, but I’d bet it’ll be sooner rather than later and when it comes, it should cost you just around $199. Microsoft must be keen to pick up sales of their Windows 8 devices, and if there’s one thing we know, there’s certainly a market for low priced, but quality devices.
Hewlett-Packard seems to have taken notice of Microsoft’s change about the Windows 7 end of sale date because they’re bringing back Windows 7 PCs “by popular demand.” They’re even encouraging you to buy a Windows 7 PC by giving you $150 back.
Don’t believe me? Check out their listings for consumer PCs or small business PCs and you’ll find no mention of Windows 8 save for two laptops and some paid advertising. In fact, and aside from those two laptops, all of HP’s machines listed for sale have no Windows 8 customization option at all; they’re all pre-loaded with Windows 7.
Windows 8 is a massive failure and it’s no surprise to see a big-name OEM taking advantage of Microsoft’s end of sale change for Windows 7. After all, OEMs heavily promoted Windows XP after the failure that was Windows Vista. But like what was written in that end of sale article, I strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity before it’s gone – and it will be gone, trust me.
webOS sure looks different
WebOS sure looks different now. The operating system obtained by HP in their buyout of Palm in 2010 and later purchased by LG is making its grand reappearance at CES 2014 next week, with its latest incarnation not running on a smartphone or a tablet, but rather a television. LG is promising that this will “reinvent the television,” and now we know what they’re all excited to unveil. Thanks to everyone’s good friend @evleaks, we’ve got the first promotional images of LG’s webOS television set – which you can see in the image above.
Clearly LG has been hard at work re-inventing webOS – gone are the beautiful, highly detailed iconography and visual metaphor, and in comes a sort of strange blade-type user interface. Clearly LG had some work to do to make webOS usable with a television’s primary input device – the remote control – but you’d be hard pressed to recognize that this was webOS in the slightest.
We’ll be covering the launch of LG’s webOS TV, as well as the rest of CES 2014, next week. Stay tuned for more details regarding our full CES 2014 coverage.
So says reliable source
HP may have been burned by the smartphone market by their infamous webOS lineup of devices, but apparently they’re finally willing and ready to give it another shot – this time, with Android front and center. According to The Informer, HP is preparing to launch a lineup of Android smartphones by the end of 2013. The smartphones, which are rumored to take on large, 6-inch form factors and run a version of Android, are slated for an international launch at a budget price – between $200 and $20, if the rumor can be believed.
Of course, there’s no official confirmation as of yet that HP is preparing to launch any such device, or if it’ll arrive in the United States if it does materialize. Still, this is the first fairly concrete rumor we’ve got regarding a returning HP, and considering the company has been pushing their Android Slate tablet as of late, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the company enter the smartphone space.
We will, of course, keep you updated on all of the latest on HP and these rumors – stay tuned.
Reminds us that WebOS used to be a thing
RIP webOS – kind of. HP has just announced that they will issuing a mandatory system update for all webOS devices running webOS 2.1 and up, including the Palm Pre 2, HP Palm Pre 3, HP Veer, and HP TouchPad. But before you get too excited, this update just reinforces the sad truth that neither HP nor anybody in the market (well, except for maybe LG) cares about webOS anymore as the update merely extends a security certificate on all webOS devices that was set to expire on July 23rd.
If you chose not to install the update for whatever bizarre reason, you’ll unfortunately be locked out of all of your devices’ webOS Cloud Services. All of this is assuming that you still use your webOS device, of course – hey, someone’s bound to still be using their $99 HP TouchPad.
Just as long as it doesn't cause melty GPUs
As the Leap Motion device rolls closer to its May 13th release, OEMs have begun to take interest in the device to build into their systems. HP has confirmed they will be one of the OEMs to do so; they did not announce whether they would build Leap into desktops/all-in-ones or laptops.
The version that will be built into HP’s machines will be roughly half as thick as the standalone retail version, meaning it will be about 3mm thick. It is currently not known where the Leap devices will sit in the machines, but Leap Motion’s CEO, Michael Buckwald, gave us some things to think about:
If it’s in the monitor bezel it can see the table, which has some interesting use cases. But if it’s by the keyboard, it can see the screen, which also provides some interesting use cases. As we work with more partners like HP, I imagine we’ll see it in more places.
Source: The Verge
Windows 8 has worsened the problem, not helped
The PC industry, as many are more than likely aware at this point, has had somewhat of a bumpy time these days. The problem is that people just aren’t buying that many PCs anymore. Sales of PCs for virtually every OEM – Dell, HP, Toshiba, Asus, and even Apple’s Mac line of computers – has hit somewhat of a brick wall. Many, including the aforementioned OEMs (well, besides Apple) had hoped that Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system would be the cure to the problem. Unfortunately for everyone involved in this nastiness, research firm IDC has revealed their latest numbers on the matter revealing that 2013 has thus far been the worst year for the PC industry, with the sale of PCs significantly decreasing since last quarter by a whopping 13.9%. The market on the whole has decreased 12.7% on a year-to-year basis.
There are a few caveats. Tablet computers are making up more and more of the market, and the IDC does not include sales of tablet computers in their research. Now that tablets are the only form factor that has been selling with a positive slope quarter after quarter, we agree with The Verge in that IDC should probably begin factoring these computers into the mix. Apple’s iPad, Google’s Nexus line, Amazon’s Kindle line, and Samsung’s Galaxy line are all driving forces in the computing market today.
To use on Smart TVs
Big news for fans of Palm’s ill-fated but excellent webOS, such as myself – LG has agreed to purchase webOS and the webOS development team (or at least what remains of it) from HP for an unreported sum of money. According to LG, the company will not be using the operating system to power future smartphones (they appear to be firmly in the Android camp), but rather to power future Smart TVs they’ll be introducing this year and beyond.
LG’s President and Chief Technology Officer had nothing but good things to say about the deal of course, saying in the announcement:
“[webOS] creates a new path for LG to offer an intuitive user experience and Internet services across a range of consumer electronics devices.”
Luckily for current users of Palm/HP webOS products, such as the Pre line of smartphones, the Veer, the Pixi, and the TouchPad, LG has stated that they will continue to support all prior webOS devices as before. The webOS team will be relocating to LG’s new LG Silicon Valley Lab in California.
The Chromebook with the mosest
Chromebooks have been on somewhat of a roll lately, with Google pushing these things in way I don’t even see them pushing Android tablets, partnering with big names such as Acer, Samsung, and starting today, HP with their first Chromebook, the Pavilion 14.
As is implied by the name, the Pavilion 14 comes with a 14″ display (making it the largest Chromebook on the market today) with a weight of 4 lbs. Inside the overgrown Chromebook are respectable, albeit low-end specs as expected: a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of flash storage, and a 1,366 x 768 display. All in all Chromebooks have never been powerhouses, but one would potentially expect a little bit more from a laptop of this size – though no other machines in this size can compete with the easy to swallow price of $330.
If all of this sounds good to you, you can pick up the HP Pavilion 14 starting today from HP’s website. Be forewarned however that many, including myself, still wouldn’t recommend a Chromebook as a replacement to a standard Windows or Mac PC – what your money is buying you is essentially a laptop that can run Chrome and its web applications, and that’s about it.
Nipping at Intel's heels
AMD is introducing us to their next-generation processors, not too long after Intel announced their new processors. AMD’s new chips are codenamed Temash, Kabini, Richland, and Kaveri. The two SoCs, Temash and Kabini, are being touted as the “industry’s first quad-core x86 SoC” and will be shipping in the second half of 2013.
Another of the four chips, Richland, is presently shipping to OEMs and promises to deliver 20% to 40% more than the previous generation of AMD processors. Kaveri, the last of the four, will be manufactured using a 28nm process.
These new chips will find their way into various HP laptops, Vizio’s new lineup of PCs and a 24-inch all-in-one desktop.
One way to beat slumping sales
So let’s say you’re one of the world’s biggest OEMs in the world, and you’re trying to figure out how to get people to buy your products in a seemingly ever shrinking industry. Do you – A) make more appealing products – B) become more competitive on pricing – or C) throw in a free e-reader with the purchase of every PC? Well, apparently, C is most certainly the correct answer – if you’re HP that is.
That’s right, HP is offering a free Nook Simple Touch with the order of any PC. That’s right, any PC you’d like, from that $299 cheap-o laptop to the high end twenty-nine core desktop that has yet to really exist. The deal lasts up until December 8th, so you’ve got some time to pick out your dream machine. Go ahead – pick your poison – and then when you’re done tweeting from your new Windows 8 computer, go ahead and read some The Casual Vacancy on your new Nook. Live a little.