HP Offers Mini Windows PCs as Chromebook Alternatives
The tech giant introduced the new PCs at the 2015 CES, leading a parade of vendors like Lenovo and Acer showing off new systems.Hewlett-Packard is expanding its lineup of small PCs as it looks to push back at the growing popularity of Chromebooks with a pair of low-cost, energy-efficient micro systems that run Microsoft's Windows OS. At the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Jan. 5 in Las Vegas, the tech giant unveiled the Pavilion Mini Desktop and Stream Mini Desktop, two PCs that can easily fit in the palm of the hand and are designed to give users the same high performance and affordability as Chromebooks that run Google's Chrome OS, which is seeing increasing demand in such areas as education and the home. The systems also are part of an onslaught of computers that a broad array of OEMs—including Lenovo and Acer—are showing off at CES as it gets under way this week. HP is in the process of breaking into two separate companies, including one—which will be called HP Inc.—that will sell PCs and printers. Company officials have said that PCs will continue to be an important space, despite the declining sales in the global market in recent years, a decline that has significantly lessened in recent quarters.
HP has been aggressive in developing new form factors, such as the Sprout, which combines such features as a 3D scanner and a projector with a PC. With the Pavilion and Stream mini desktops, HP is looking to extend its reach in the market for smaller systems. HP is no stranger to this space—it has its own line of Chromebooks as well as an Android-based system, part of the company's larger strategy to offer customers whatever they want.