HPs New Consumer Offerings

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2009-09-15 Print this article Print


On the consumer side, HP is introducing:
- The Envy 13 and Envy 15 notebooks. The Envy 13 offers the brightest display in its class and features an etched-metal case and palm rest, a weight of 3.74 pounds, an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, and ATI Switchable Graphics, which allows it to switch between ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 discrete graphics and an Intel integrated graphics processor.
The Envy 15 offers a choice of two super-bright 15.6-inch displays, weighs 5.18 pounds and, according to HP, is the fastest consumer notebook it has ever made. It includes the future Intel Core i7 processor and up to 16GB of DDR3 (double data rate 3) 1,066MHz memory in four memory slots. Both devices will arrive on Oct. 18, the Envy 13 at a starting price of $1,699 and the Envy 15 at $1,799.
- There are two netbooks in the group, the first of which, in black, is the Mini 311, which can play back 1080p high-definition video, in addition to surfing the Web and offering easy access to music, photos and e-mails. It features an 11.6-inch screen and starts at $399.
The Mini 110 is a comparable netbook but was designed in cooperation with Dutch designer Tord Boontje and features a three-dimensional surface technology that's called HP Imprint 3D. The result is a layered polycarbonate finish that has the delicate look of cut paper or lace.  
It also starts at $399, and like the Mini 311 and the Envy notebooks, it comes in a sleek, environmentally friendly box that includes a microSD card instead of a lot of paper instructions and packing materials that are entirely recyclable.
- The HP MediaSmart EX490 and EX495 servers are for the at-home management of PCs and Macs. They come with HP software for managing devices and streaming music, photos and videos to PCs, Mac, televisions and gaming consoles. The 1TB EX490 retails for $549, and the 1.5TB EX495 will sell for $699.
- And finally, the HP MS2000 All-In-One PC features an 18.5-inch diagonal display and 16:9 widescreen display. It will feature Windows 7 and a 1.5GHz AMD Athlon X2 3250e dual-core processor, plus 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM). It has a minimal footprint, has integrated Wi-Fi, and HP hopes you'll make it your family room or kitchen PC. Starting price is $599.

Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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