Lenovo, Dell, HP Roll Out New PCs, Chromebooks, Tablets

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-09-04 Print this article Print
IFA 2014

HP also added to its lineup of Chromebooks with 11- and 14-inch systems, both of which include 100GB of Google Drive cloud storage for two years. The 11-inch Chromebook is powered by an Intel chip, while the 14-inch system runs on a Tegra K1 processor from Nvidia for better graphics capabilities and power efficiency. It’s a fanless design that is optimized for Google Hangouts.

"Customers have told us they want devices that offer flexibility and performance while reflecting their personal sense of style," Mike Nash, vice president of product management of consumer personal systems at HP, said in a statement. "The products we are announcing today include innovative designs, vibrant color options, choice of operating system and computing power to enable the way that customers communicate, play and live."

The HP systems will be available next month.

Dell at IFA rolled out new Latitude and OptiPlex system, including the Latitude 13 7000 Series two-in-one detachable Ultrabook. The system sports a 13.3-inch screen and includes Instant Go technology from sleep mode, which company officials said is normally found in smartphones and tablets. At the same time, Dell unveiled the Latitude 12 5000 Series laptop, joining the Latitude 14 and 15 5000 systems to give remote and mobile workers solid business systems in designs that are as much as 20 percent thinner than previous models, officials said.

The Latitude 14 and 15 3000 Series also includes 14- and 15-inch laptops that are thinner and lighter than their predecessors, as well as systems that come with all-day battery life and up to a terabyte of storage. Dell also is adding to its rugged portfolio with the Latitude 14 Rugged that includes the company's four-generation QuadCool thermal management feature.

Dell also introduced two new small OptiPlex systems, the 9020 and 3020 Micro PCs, which come with a chassis design that is 67 percent smaller than previous systems. They also come with five mounting options, enabling them to be used in smaller working space. The 9020 Micro is aimed at space-constrained environments where security is a key, while the 3020 Micro offers more performance. Dell's Chromebox for meetings solution is aimed at mobile workers who want to participate in high-definition video meetings that span multiple devices. It's powered by a 4th-generation Intel Core processor and features a 1080p webcam, speaker phone, remote control and mounting hardware.

Dell's cloud-based Chromebox is designed for small and midsize businesses and in environments like home and small offices, testing facilities, education centers and kiosks, officials said.

"Dell understands the complexity of supporting the wide variety of devices present in today’s evolving workforce environment," Kirk Schell, vice president and general manager of commercial client solutions for Dell, said in a statement. "Our new portfolio enables businesses of all sizes to embrace sleek and innovative form factors their workforce will be proud to use day after day to accomplish their productivity goals."


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