HP unveils new notebooks, TouchSmart PC

HP TouchSmart 610 a

HEWLETT-Packard (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd has introduced a new range of notebooks and a TouchSmart all-in-one desktop PC based on its Muse philosophy, which stands for Materials, Usability, Sensory appeal and Experience.

Most of the notebook PCs come with a second-generation Intel Core processor and at least one USB 3.0 SuperSpeed port.

TouchSmart 610

The TouchSmart 610 is the latest in the company’s touch-enabled ­desktop PCs running Windows 7.

Designed to look like a slightly thicker desktop monitor, the TouchSmart 610 sports a 23in ­widescreen monitor with a full-featured desktop PC integrated inside.

The unique feature of the TouchSmart is that the stand is designed so that the screen can be reclined at an angle as low as 60° — this allows the user to use the touchscreen more comfortably.

HP has also included the TouchSmart Apps Centre, a ­repository of touch-optimised applications built specially for the TouchSmart interface. The apps include clients for Facebook and Twitter.

On top of that, selected models of the TouchSmart 610 will come with a touch-enabled version of RUSE, a real-time strategy game from Ubisoft that’s built with touch controls in mind.

The machine also features Beats Audio which produces high-quality sound from the PC’s built-in ­speakers or with a pair of headphones.

The desktop is available in a number of configurations, starting with an Intel Core i3-560 (3.33GHz) dual-core processor and all the way up to a Core i7-870 2.93GHz quad-core processor, up to 8GB RAM, up to 2TB hard drive, a 4x Blu-ray/DVD combo drive, integrated WiFi, ATI Radeon HD 5570 graphics chip, webcam, card reader, and six USB 2.0 ports.

The TouchSmart 610 will be ­available at the end of this month with the base model starting at RM3,988.

Pavilion dv6

On the notebook front, the Pavilion dv6 takes a design cue from the stylish consumer Envy notebooks, and is finished in metal with a dark umber finish.

The Pavilion dv6 comes with Beats Audio as well, along with on-board quad speakers for great sound.

The dv6 has a 15.6in widescreen (1,366 x 768-pixels), a choice of the latest second-generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors, Intel HD Graphics 3000 with Radeon HD 6770M or Radeon HD 6490M switchable graphics, up to 8GB RAM, up to 1TB hard drive, a built-in DVD writer or Blu-ray combo drive, webcam and more.

The dv6, which will be available in April, starts from RM3,599.

Pavilion dv4

With a 14in (1,366 x 768-pixels) display, the dv4 is a lot more ­portable than the dv6 but is no less feature-packed.

Finished in what HP calls an “Espresso Black lattice imprint,” the dv6 is just 1.11in thick and weighs only 2.2kg with a standard six-cell battery.

The machine comes with the latest second-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, integrated ­graphics with AMD Radeon 6750M switchable graphics, up to 1TB hard drive, and a DVD burner or Blu-ray drive.

The price for the dv4 starts at RM2,999 and it is expected to be available next month.

HP Envy notebooks

The stylish, powerful Envy notebook series has also had an update. Like before, there are two models in the Envy series — a 17in and 14in model.

The Envy 17 has a 17in full HD (1,920 x 1,080-pixels) screen which can display 3D content using a pair of HP 3D active shutter glasses.

While it doesn’t come with a second-generation Intel Core ­processor, the Envy 17 comes with a range of processors starting with the Core i5-460M 2.53GHz processor and all the way up to a Core i7-840QM quad-core ­processor, AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5850 graphics chip with 1GB VRAM, up to 2TB hard disk, one USB 3.0 port and 3 USB 2.0 ports.

The Envy 14, on the other hand, has a 14.5in (1,366 x 768-pixels) display. a choice of Core i3 or Core i7 processor, AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5650 graphics chip, up to 8GB RAM, up to 750GB hard disk and Beats Audio ­technology for improved sound.

HP claims that the Envy 14 is one of the thinnest and lightest quad-core notebooks on the market — depending on the configuration, the weight starts at just 2.58kg and the thickness at 1.18in.

With the HP Slice extended battery, the Envy 14 can operate for up to 13.75 hours.

The price for Envy 14 starts at RM5,999 and the Envy 17 at RM6,999.

HP Mini 110

Continuing a long line of tiny ­portable netbooks, the latest Mini 110 now offers up to eight hours of battery life and weighs just 1.23kg.

At just 1in thin, the Mini 110 has had a major redesign over its ­predecessors, and now sports an all-metal case with a glossy black Imprint finish.

The Mini 110 has a 10.1in (1,024 x 600-pixels) display and comes with a choice of either the Intel Atom N455 (1.66GHz) or the Atom N475 (1.83GHz) ­processor.

There’s the standard built-in WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, a single memory slot supporting up to 2GB RAM, ­multi-format card reader, and a choice of hard disk drives from 160GB to 320GB.

The Mini 110 will be available next month and prices start at RM1,199 for the base configuration.

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