HP, Dell, Asus PCs, 2-in-1s Look to Give Market Shot in the Arm

 
 
By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-06-09 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

IDC analysts this month predicted that the global PC market will continue its contraction, with shipments expected to fall by 6 percent this year over 2013, despite some signs of slowing in mature markets. While there are positive signs for the PC space—the continued migration by businesses away from Windows XP, slowing tablet demand and improving economies—the overall forecast is still to see tablet shipments overtaking PC volume in the fourth quarter, and annually in 2016. "The transition toward mobile and cloud-based computing is unstoppable," said Loren Loverde, vice president of Worldwide PC Trackers for IDC. While tablets and smartphones were popular at the Computex 2014 show, there were a number of notebook PCs that were unveiled in the first week of June from such OEMs as Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Asus. Most of the systems epitomized the ongoing transition within the PC space toward new form factors and a wider variety of components and operating systems. This eWEEK slide show takes a look at some of those systems, more than half of which came from HP.

 
 
 
  • HP, Dell, Asus PCs, 2-in-1s Look to Give Market Shot in the Arm

    By Jeffrey Burt
    HP, Dell, Asus PCs, 2-in-1s Look to Give Market Shot in the Arm
  • Intel and a 'Broadwell'-Based Convertible PC

    At Computex, Intel President Renee James showed off a reference design for a fanless 2-in-1 system that is 7.2 millimeters thin and runs on the company's delayed 14-nanometer Core M "Broadwell" processor. The system includes a 12.5-inch screen and a detachable keyboard. Broadwell is expected to hit the market later this year.
    Intel and a 'Broadwell'-Based Convertible PC
  • Dell's Shows Off New 2-in-1 Devices

    Also at Computex, Dell officials unveiled new Inspiron 2-in-1 systems that include hinges that rotate 360 degrees, enabling the devices to be used as a traditional laptop, in an easel or tent mode, or as a tablet. The 2-in-1s include the Inspiron 13 7000 Series, which run on Intel's Core chips and come with a 13.3-inch display, and the quad-core Pentium-powered Inspiron 11 3000 with an 11-inch display.
    Dell's Shows Off New 2-in-1 Devices
  • Dell Keeps It All Together

    The vendor also rolled out its Inspiron 20 3000 Series all-in-one (AIO) PC, an entry-level system that comes with a 19.5-inch HD display and is light enough to be easily moved when necessary.
    Dell Keeps It All Together
  • Asus and Its Transformer Book Flip

    The 2-in-1 device, which Asus officials showed off at Computex and which will be available by the end of the month, can be used as a notebook or tablet and includes a hinge design that can set the screen at any angle between zero and 360 degrees, with screen sizes ranging from 13.3 inches to 15.6 inches.
    Asus and Its Transformer Book Flip
  • HP's 2-in-1 for the Enterprise

    Among the numerous systems HP unveiled was the Pro x2 612, which includes a 12.5-inch display that can separate from the keyboard to become a tablet. It's powered by Intel's Core i3 and i5 chips and comes with 3G and 4G LTE connectivity.
    HP's 2-in-1 for the Enterprise
  • HP Expands Its Convertible PC Portfolio

    The tech vendor also announced its Envy x360 and Pavilion x360 convertible PCs, both of which feature form factors that can go from notebook to tablet by flipping the screen. Both also run Microsoft's Windows 8.1. The Envy model is powered by Intel Core chips; the Pavilion runs on processors from Intel or Advanced Micro Devices.
    HP Expands Its Convertible PC Portfolio
  • HP Offers Up Another Detachable PC

    The Split x2 features a hinge that enables the 13.3-inch display to detach from the keyboard, a core processor and a fanless design. It also features, as an option, a dual-battery design, with one in the base and the other in the tablet.
    HP Offers Up Another Detachable PC
  • HP's New Elitebook 700 Lineup

    The company's new Elitebook lineup is aimed at the small and midsize business (SMB) space, and features systems that run on chips from either Intel (Core i3 and i5) or Advanced Micro Devices (A-Series Pro). The PCs also come in a variety of models, from thin notebooks to Ultrabooks to desktops.
    HP's New Elitebook 700 Lineup
  • HP and Its Chromebook

    The system, running Google's Chrome operating system, offers an 11.6-inch display, comes in Show White or Ocean Turquoise, and boasts up to 6 hours of battery life.
    HP and Its Chromebook
  • Bringing Android to Notebooks

    HP's SlateBook is a system powered by Nvidia's Tegra 4 mobile processor and that runs Google's Android OS. The 16mm-thin system has a touch screen that is 14 inches, and it offers up to 9 hours of battery life.
    Bringing Android to Notebooks
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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