TechSummit Rewind 138: HP at CES 2017

This is a special edition of the TechSummit Rewind, focusing on HP at CES 2017.

Envy 34-inch all-in-one

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HP has taken the wraps off the Envy all-in-one PC with a 34-inch curved display.

The desktop has an Intel 7th -Gen Core i7-7700T processor or optional Core i5 processor.

The screen is a micro-edge curved 3440×1440 WQHD display with LED backlighting, and it boasts a 178-degree viewing angle. There’s also an integrated privacy camera atop the sculpted aluminum stand and a sound bar with directional audio.

There’s 16GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, a 256GB SSD, and a AMD Radeon RX 460 graphics card with 4GB of dedicated memory.

Envy also has a HP TrueVision HD IR camera, five USB ports (including one USB Type-C), HDMI out, HDMI in, wireless networking, and Bluetooth 4.2. The company launches on HP’s website on Jan. 11 and at select retailers on Feb.26, starting at $1,730.

Spectre x360

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HP bucked the trend of slimmer at any cost (cough cough Apple) with the 15.6-inch Spectre x360, making the machine slightly thicker to add a claimed three hours of battery life.

The machine is slightly thicker (17.8mm compared to last year model’s 15.99mm) for a battery that’s 23 percent larger. The laptop is also narrower, with its body shrinking to 14 inches wide from 14.8 inches.

However, this is just an exercise in normalizing the battery life since the x360 will have a 4K display this year and will need more power.

The battery increase is pushing the machine’s battery life to 12 hours and 45 minutes from the 9.5 hours HP estimated in 2016.

The x360 is also getting a spec bump with up to a Core i7 Kaby Lake processor, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics. It’s set to launch Feb. 26 starting at $1,278.

EliteBook x360

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In addition, HP is also launching an x360 version of the skinny EliteBook that launched last year at CES with a display that can flip around for use like a tablet. It’s being targeted for businesses, with options for a security card reader, and an anti-spying screen. That’ll start shipping later this month.

Other stuff

In addition, there’s also a new version of its Sprout Pro computer meant for 3D modeling. The Omen X 35 gaming monitor has a 35-inch curved display with a 21:9 aspect ratio, ultra-WQHD resolution, and a hook on its back for storing a pair of headphones. Finally, there’s a new version of the 34-inch Envy Curved All-in-One based on the sleeker style HP launched in October.

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