HP Rolls Out New Pavilion Laptops, Convertibles and Desktops
By Dan Heilman / Top Tech News. Updated May 03, 2016.
Tech giant HP Inc. is gearing up for the "grads and dads" season with an arsenal of new desktop and laptop PCs and other new machines, including x360 convertibles, desktop towers and all-in-one models. The selection of new PCs, all of which run Windows 10, was announced by HP today.
The all-in-one models boast what HP calls a micro-edge display that promises 75 percent less bezel than a typical edge-to-edge display. The new all-in-ones, which start at $700, each offer an optional Intel RealSense Camera that provides enhanced security via facial recognition though Windows Hello. The camera also enables gesture control apps to provide new ways to interact with the PC.
The two new Pavilion all-in-ones (shown above) come with either a 23.8-inch or a 27-inch screen and either a 1920x1080 or 2560x1440 display, as well as touch and non-touch options. The smaller device features an optional micro-edge display, which reduces the bezel width to a quarter of an inch. Most HP models come with one-inch frames. The micro-edge display also has more tilt, allowing for a range between -5 and 25 degrees. The non-micro bezel displays can only tilt between 0 and 25 degrees.
Desktop Models, x360 Convertibles
The HP Pavilion desktop PCs feature smaller footprints in iconic form factors with sleek profiles to maximize desk space, making them the focal point of the home or home office, the company said. The new HP Pavilion Desktop features a vertical design and is designed for productivity and entertainment without sacrificing features with more storage and graphics options, according to the company.
Other features include: Intel Celeron up to 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processor10 options with optional Nvidia GT 730 to Nvidia GTX 750i graphics or 7th generation AMD up A12 processor with Radeon R7 Graphics options; up to 16 GB of memory and up to 3 TB of storage; and an optical disk drive for media. The HP Pavilion Desktop supports up to two displays and supports all the ports customers need for peripherals.
HP said it has redesigned the HP Pavilion x360s to be sleek with audio custom tuned by B&O PLAY for on-the-go entertainment. HP added a new 15.6-inch diagonal model to the 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch diagonal HP Pavilion x360s, which are 12 percent to 14 percent thinner with lighter designs compared to the previous generations with starting weights at 2.93 pounds and 3.48 pounds and profiles at 19.3mm and 19.8mm thin respectively. The starting weight of HP's new 15.6-inch diagonal HP Pavilion x360 is 5.07 pounds and the device is 23.9mm thin.
This year's x360 models feature a new digital thread pattern on the keyboard deck in a pearl coloring for added depth and style, the company said. Other features include: up to nine hours and 15 minutes of battery life depending on the model; HD or option for Full HD IPS2 displays on the 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch diagonal models; up to 16 GB of memory and up to 512 GB SSD, with the option for hard drive storage up to 1 TB, depending on the model.
Skylake Chip Available
The 23-inch standard model will contain a 2.9 GHz dual-core AMD A9-9410, and the 27-inch will sport a 2.2 GHz quad-core Intel Skylake Core i5-6400T. Pricier models have the capacity to support up to a Skylake Core i7. The model with the larger display is priced starting at $1,000. Depending on the model, the new Pavilions can offer up to more than nine hours of battery life. The models also come with full-size keyboards with optional backlit keyboards on the 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch diagonal versions.
The new Pavilions will be available in a variety of colors including Natural Silver, Modern Gold, Blizzard White, Onyx Black, Cardinal Red, Dragonfly Blue and Sport Purple.
The new Pavilion all-in-ones support up to 16 GB of RAM, a 3 TB hard drive, or a 1 TB hybrid drive. They come with three USB 3.0 ports, one of which is the Type C port, small 24-pin reversible-plug connector. The all-in-ones also come with two additional USB 2.0 ports, HDMI out, microphone-headphone combo jack and a 3-in-1 media card reader.
New and Improved?
Does the new line of Pavilion PCs offer enough new elements to warrant much excitement from shoppers? Patrick Moorhead, founder and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, told us the differences between the new models and their Pavilion predecessors are mostly negligible.
"The new HP PCs are primarily refinements on their current consumer lineup," said Moorhead. "They have added new colors, new display options, updated Intel and AMD processors. All of these improvements are intended to get HP in fighting shape for the ‘dads and grads’ and back-to-school selling season with full volumes on-shelf at retail."
The new lineup will be available via select retailers in July, with the 23-inch edition debuting on July 3 and the larger model on July 10.
Image Credit: Screenshot of Pavilion All-in-Ones via HP.