HP Shows Off Smart Monitors, Sleekbooks, Pocket DVR Player at CES
Hewlett-Packard has had Lenovo in its rear-view mirror for some time, and in the second half of 2012, it watched the fast-growing global PC maker pass it by. (During the third quarter of 2012, HP's growth rate fell by 16 percent annually, according to Gartner, while Lenovo's rose nearly 10 percent. Later this week, analysts will release fourth-quarter PC shipment estimates.) CEO Meg Whitman has a turnaround plan, however, and at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Event in Las Vegas Jan. 7, HP showed off a few new devices that may attract some attention but aren't likely to change the game; one hopes those devices are coming later. Among its new devices—much of them the necessary equipment of office-bound and mobile workers—is the new Envy 27-inch standalone monitor, the first monitor to have Beats Audio technology built in; new Sleekbooks, which will arrive in January for as low as $479.99; and the HP Pocket Playlist, which is smaller than the average smartphone and can behave like a pocket DVR for online video content. Everything it introduced Jan. 7 will arrive within the next two months.
HP Envy 27-Inch IPS Monitor
HP officials say this 27-inch standalone monitor with Beats Audio technology was developed collaboratively with Beats by Dr. Dre. Beats technology is more often featured in HTC smartphones, since HTC is a part owner of Beats. The monitor's speakers are angled upward, for sound quality that HP says is closer to what artists intended.