Tablet’s appear to be all the rage at the moment and of course every computer manufacturer just has to have one in its PC range. So here’s HP’s tablet, the TouchPad. It comes armed with Wi-Fi connectivity, a 9.7 inch multitouch display and is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core APQ8060 processor.
Today we’re taking a look at a 27 inch LED monitor, namely the HP 2711. The boys at Palo Alto have produced a full Hi-Def res ultra-slim monitor for you to view your favourite PC games on. Of course it’ll work just as well with other types of software. The 2711 sports a BrightView panel for cutting down glare, has a Tilt Adjustment feature which allows to fold the screen down to be flush with your desk for some reason! It’s Energy Star Compliant and sports VGA, DVI-D and HDMI inputs for all round connectivity. Check out some more details for the HP 2711 27 inch monitor
* 27 inches, 1920 x 1080 res widescreen display
* Supported Video Formats 1080p
* 16:9 aspect ration
* Analog VGA, Digital (DVI-D), HDMI inputs
* 7.3 x 18.5 x 25.8 inches
* 12.6 pounds
* 170/160 degree viewing angles
* 3,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
Pros – Good design, colour and performance, ultra thin Cons – Bad grayscale, limited adjustability, glossy surface, no height adjustment
So there’s a bit of a mixed reaction to the actual quality of the display and no height adjustment seems a bit of odd feature to leave out, but if you are still interested then check out the HP 2711 27 inch LED monitor over at Amazon.
Did you know that for only $1650 you can get hold of a 3D laptop, namely the HP Envy 17 3D. The HP Envy 17 3D base specification sports Windows 7 Home Premium, Intel Core i7-2630QM processor, 6GB memory and 1TD of HDD. As usual you can upgrade most of these options into some mega-laptop but just $1650 will get you this base model HP Envy 17. Here’s a full list of the features on the unit
* 17.3″ diagonal Full HD HP 3D Ultra BrightView Infinity LED Display (1920×1080)
* Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
* 2nd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2630QM (2.0 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.9 GHz
* 1GB Radeon(TM) HD 6850M GDDR5 Graphics [HDMI]
* 6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
* 1TB 5400RPM Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
* Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
* HP TrueVision HD Webcam
* Intel 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R)
* Backlit Keyboard
* HP 3D Active Shutter Glasses
* 6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery (standard) – Up to 2.25 hours of battery life
Looks great if you’re after a portable media center, all the expected details, such as a Blu-Ray player, HDMI output etc. Here are some reviews on the HP Envy 17 3D from around the web
Count on a thin, lightweight laptop that has everything you need and want. The HP Pavilion dm4-1160us Notebook PC delivers exceptional performance from the inside out. Manage your passwords and access online accounts easily using the integrated fingerprint reader. Watch DVDs using the built-in optical drive and 14-inch diagonal High-Definition LED display, plus stream content wirelessly from the display to an HDTV using a WiDi adapter (sold separately). Integrated Bluetooth helps you sync your HP laptop to other digital devices, like your smartphone or desktop PC, without using cables. Have fun wherever you go, whether it’s around the house, across town or on the road. The HP Pavilion dm4-1160us Notebook PC is designed for how you live. Browse the Web from any room in your home using built-in Wi-Fi. Video chat in low-light environments using the HP webcam, plus transfer photos from a digital camera to your notebook PC using the digital media reader. Store thousands of photos on the large hard drive for easy access. This stylish HP laptop has a brushed aluminum finish with the stream design in argento.
HP Pavilion dm4 features
* Intel Core i5-450M Processor (2.40GHz); 4GB DDR3 SDRAM memory (2 x 2GB) (expandable to 8GB); 500GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA hard drive; Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
* 14 Inch diagonal High-Definition HP BrightView LED Display (1366 x 768), Intel HD Graphics with up to 1696MB total graphics memory, Intel Wi-Di ready to wirelessly stream your photos, videos and other PC content to an HD TV
* External Ports: 5-in-1 memory card reader; 3 USB 2.0 (3rd port shared with eSATA); 1 HDMI; 1 VGA (15-pin); 1 RJ -45 (LAN); 1 Headphone-out; 1 Microphone-in
* LightScribe Technology SuperMulti DVD Burner; Dolby Advanced Audio with Altec Lansing speakers; Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN; Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n WLAN & Bluetooth
* Brushed aluminum finish; 101-key compatible with island-style full-size keyboard; HP Clickpad with On/Off button; HP TrueVision Webcam with integrated digital microphone; HP SimplePass with integrated fingerprint reader
HP have added a new model to their Mini 210 netbook range with the 1142CL. The unit sports over 9 hours of battery life from its 6-Cell lithium-ion battery and has a 10.1 inch WSVGA LED display. Here are the full details on the latest HP Mini 210.
* Product Number XA523UA#ABA
* 1.66GHz Intel Atom Processor N455
* 1GB DDR3 System Memory (1 DIMM) max
* Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
* 250GB (7200RPM) HDD
* Multimedia Drive
* 10.1” diagonal WSVGA HP BrightView Infinity LED Display (1024 x 600)
* Integrated 10/100 Ethernet LAN
* 802.11b/g/n WLAN connectivity
* HD Audio
* stereo speakers
* integrated microphone
* 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards
* 3 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0
* 1 VGA (15-pin)
* 1 RJ -45 (LAN)
* 1 Headphone-out/Microphone-in combo jack (compatible with 3.5mm 4-conductor jack with stereo audio and mono mic)
* 10.55 in (L) x 6.9 in (D) x 0.9-1.11 in (H)
* 2.99 lbs
* 6-Cell 66.6WHr Lithium-Ion Battery
The upgrading of the Mini 210 from HP shows the competitiveness of the netbook market. If you want to win you’ve can’t afford to fall behind, as each manufacturer tries to squeeze more bang for buck from their models. The 1142CL Mini 210 will set you back $370 (list price) and certainly sports the features you’d expect from a new netbook.
We could only find one online review of this new Mini 210 over at PC Mag where they gave the 1142CL 3.5 stars out of 5. They stated a dodgy touchpad, badly placed memory slots and its looks as negatives whilst the Mini 210′s fast HDD, large battery and competitive pricing as positives.
If you have managed to have a play with HP’s latest Mini 210 do let us know what you think of it.
Another day goes by and another upgrade to a HP laptop occurs, this time the HP Pavilion dv7t series gets a bit more oomph with a Core i5 processor option now available on the HP website. While the base unit still sports the Core i3 option, the recommended configuration boasts the following stats
* Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
* Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-430M processor (2.26GHz, 3MB L2 Cache)
* 4GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
* 500GB 7200RPM SATA HDD
* 512MB NVIDIA GeForce G 105M
* 17.3″ diagonal HD+ High-Definition HP LED BrightView Widescreen Display (1600 x 900)
* SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW
* Intel Wireless-N Card
* 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
That little lot will set you back a mere $1148, not bad for a mid-range laptop. Other options include an integrated HDTV tuner, Blu-Ray player, 8 GB of memory and so on. Of course all these little add-ons make for a big price tag but that’s the, err, price you pay. Still keen to check this sucker out then head on over to the HP Pavilion website for further drooling. There’s also a review over at PC Mag which scores the HP Pavilion dv7t a 4 out of 5.
HP are certainly quick off the mark to produce some hardware offering USB 3.0 connectivity. On the i7 processor versions of their Envy 15 laptop you’ll be able to hook up all those whizzy USB 3.0 gadgets to the unit, like the Brando SATA adaptor. Of course the HP Envy 15 comes with a few other bells and whistles, here’s the low-down on the ‘recommended’ configuration
* Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
* Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-720QM Processor (1.6GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, 1333MHz FSB)
* 6GB DDR3 System Memory
* 500GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
* 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 5830 Graphics
* 15.6″ diagonal High Definition LED HP Brightview Widescreen Display (1366×768)
* External Tray Super Multi 8X DVD+/-R/RW w/Double Layer Support with 2 USB Ports
* Intel Wireless-N Card with Bluetooth
That little lot will set you back $2195 which isn’t cheap but then again the unit does sport some nice features on top of the USB 3.0 connectivity. Of course if you get one of these suckers then you’ll have to hope your wallet can handle the strain of all those shiny new USB 3.0 devices out there! For the record USB 3.0 connectivity allows data speeds of up to 5 Gbps plus handling more power thus reducing charging time.
There are some reviews out there which do mention an issue with battery life on the HP Envy 15, so for further info check out Gizmodo, CNET (3.5 out of 5) and Laptopmag (2.5 out of 5).
And of course, if you already have one of these suckers let us know what you think in the comments below.
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