This week the folks at Leap Motion have made clear their intention to dive ever-deeper into the world of high-powered electronics, hitting a real-deal HP notebook here for starters. This is the first of what may be a series of HP/Leap Motion connections, given their announcement of co-development earlier this year. This is the HP ENVY17 Leap Motion Special Edition notebook, complete with Leap Motion's own 3D motion control technology embedded into the very hardware.
The 2013 American Customer Satisfaction Index report for Household Appliance and Electronics has been issued this week, showing Apple to continue to lead the pack in Personal Computers as has for a decade. This honor appears to be running above the industry average, with a total score of 79 shown for satisfaction in Personal Computers while Apple earns a cool 87 on its own.
This week the folks at Google have successfully teamed up with ASUS and Toshiba to make the number of top-tier manufacturers working with Chrome OS reach a cool six. New products announced this week with Intel's 4th Generation Haswell processor technology (so far) include a new ASUS Chromebox, an unnamed Toshiba Chromebook, HP Chromebook14, and another new Acer Chromebook. This relative gush of devices is a good sign that Google's prediction of the long-lasting nature of Chrome OS, the web-based OS, will be around for the foreseeable future.
Along with a collection of high-powered mobile workstations, HP has this week revealed a couple of workhorse monitors in the HP Z27i and Z30i. These machines are made for content creators - that's designers, builders, and "knowledge workers" as HP suggests, working in the enterprise and art worlds. Those in need of "exceptional" adjustability, image accuracy to the max, and "mission-critical" reliability: these might just be the beasts for you.
Along with the ZBook 14 - the world's first workstation Ultrabook - the ZBook family has arrived with the ZBook 15 and the ZBook 17. The larger two devices work with much of the same technology as the smaller, but each brings on its own unique blend of high-powered features that makes the price jump worth the cash. Each of these units is also thinner and lighter than previous generations of mobile workstations from HP, bringing with them a new industrial design that doesn't just scream "I'm at work."
With the generation of workstation computers introduced this week by HP, this brand is taking the market from a real mobile angle with the HP ZBook 14 as its hero. This device works with a 14-inch LED-backlit SVA eDP anti-glare display up front coming with two configurations: one touch, the other standard. Under the hood you've got the ability to run integrated Intel HD graphics 4400, discrete AMD FirePro M4100 (1GB GDDR5 dedicated), and AMD Dynamic Switchable graphics, all depending on your everyday workhorse needs. Also inside you've got the ability to run 4th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors as well as full Windows 8 Pro.
The PC gaming market will be gaining a new system starting next month (October 16, to be precise), with HP rolling out the introductory carpet for its HP Envy Phoenix 810 Gaming PC. If the computer looks familiar, it should: last year we got our hands on the HP Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix gaming unit, which is essentially an older version of this upcoming machine.
The folks at HP have introduced a new set of monitors this week, starting with the HP Pavilion 23tm, a 23-inch diagonal touch monitor made for Windows 8. This device works with 5-point multi-touch and is made, as HP says, for collaboration, productivity, and connectivity alike. Meanwhile the HP ENVY 23 IPS monitor is made to replicate the abilities of the HP ENVY Recline series All-in-One machines, also unveiled this week.
With the dawning of the age of touchscreen friendliness with Windows 8 in the PC world, HP has made more than one innovative move in filling every gap that appeared in usability options, this week with the HP ENVY Recline series. The ENVY Recline 23-k030 TouchSmart All-in-one, ENVY Recline 27-k050 TouchSmart All-in-One, and special Beats Audio edition Recline 23 all offer a neck and a base configured uniquely to hold up a touch display for your ever-expanding list of wants and needs in the massive display-toting PC market.