Desktops and Notebooks: Latest HP PC Lineup Goes for 'Cool' with Colorful New Touch-Screens

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-02-07 Print this article Print
Latest HP PC Lineup Goes for Cool with Colorful New Touch-Screens

Latest HP PC Lineup Goes for Cool with Colorful New Touch-Screens

by Chris Preimesberger
Hewlett-Packard wants to be the coolest company in computer making. The company's new CEO, Leo Apotheker, said it himself recently in an interview with the BBC at the Davos international financial summit: "I hope one day people will say 'This is as cool as HP,' not 'as cool as Apple.'" And the big corporation, long known for generally excellent enterprise and consumer products but also for being a bit on the staid side, is getting there—computer by computer. For example, HP now has a very intense corporate focus on product design, appearance, user experience and ergonomics to go with its existing under-the-hood power. HP's newest desktops all offer a combination of HD touch-screens and keyboard/mouse operation. A couple of interesting new differentiators, too include a patented ergonomic feature that enables the desktop monitor to slide down to a 60-degree angle to accommodate different types of uses and an HPLinkUp application that allows a user to operate the desktop of another computer within WiFi range.??íThese new machines range from $750 to $1,000, and will go on sale in April and May.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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