The weather may be horrendous, but HP's suite of consumer PCs and tablets lit up the room in Auckland yesterday, as the tech giant introduced the world's first notebook PC with integrated Leap Motion technology to New Zealand.
Designed to help customers better manage their personal information, the range of products illustrates how HP is reinventing the consumer PC category in time for the holidays.
Offering two industry-first innovations, next-generation form factors and choice of operating systems, the new HP product line is focused on improving the customer experience.
“Our customers need solutions that work and play the way they do,” says Chin Edirisuriya, Market Development Manager, HP New Zealand.
“Our announcement— which includes four world-first introductions—illustrates how HP is innovating and defining the next-generation computing experience, delivering the productivity customers need, and the entertainment they want.”
• HP Control Zone track pad, available for the first time in the new HP Spectre 13 Ultrabook, enables an enhanced Windows 8 experience by adding an extended area to the left and right of the touch pad.
Using HP Control Zone, customers can easily access the Windows 8 modern user interface features such as Charms, flip and snap, along with a set of custom gestures right from the palm rest.
• The HP ENVY17 Leap Motion Special Edition (SE) is the world’s first notebook with integrated Leap Motion technology. HP is shaping the way people engage with technology with this innovative PC that senses natural hand and finger movements in the air for easy navigation and control, offering pinpoint accuracy to make games, modeling and presentations come to life.
With a vivid 17.3-inch diagonal optional full HD display, movies and videos are sharp and clear. The latest Intel processors and NVIDIA graphics provide a faster and more responsive experience.
Next-generation form factors
Delivering functional form factors that fit a variety of needs, HP’s latest detachable devices transform from a PC to a tablet—and back. With durable, magnetically assisted hinges, dual batteries in the base and tablet, powerful processors and colorful exterior choices, these new detachable devices deliver a breakthrough computing experience.
Featuring a slim profile combined with breathtaking performance, the HP Spectre13 Ultrabook weighs just 3.25 pounds, and offers a 13.3-inch full HD touchscreen display and Intel 4th generation Core i5 performance, while boasting up to nine hours of battery life.
For customers that want to switch easily from a notebook PC to a tablet without sacrificing personal style, the HP Pavilion11 x2 is available in Pearl White, Flyer Red and Sparkling Black. The HP Pavilion11 x2 features dual 1,080p HD webcams that allow users to create and enjoy video on the 11.6-inch diagonal display.
Expanding tablet portfolio
By offering multiple operating systems and form factors, HP is rounding out its tablet portfolio with offerings that allow customers to choose the tablet experience that right for them.
The 7-inch HP Slate7 Extreme combines the power, speed and graphics capabilities of the NVIDIA Tegra 4 Processor. NVIDIA PureAudio technology provides true surround sound through front-facing speakers and a dedicated bass-reflex port speaker.
The HP Slate7 Extreme also delivers intuitive navigation and pinpoint accuracy, and features an integrated stylus pen for composing and creating notes and illustrations while on the go.
Software and services
HP understands the challenges customers face when accessing their digital content using multiple devices including HP PCs and tablets, and mobile phones. It is even more difficult when spanning different operating systems.
HP Connected apps are an example of HP’s commitment to solving this pain point through an innovative solution that simplifies the user experience by organizing digital content such as photos.
HP Connected Photo, powered by Snapfish by HP, offers seamless access to photos from a PC or mobile device or social media sites like Facebook in one location, enabling customers to make the most of the holidays by printing photos, creating cards and invitations—directly from the application.
Pricing and availability
• HP ENVY17 Leap Motion SE notebook is expected to be available in New Zealand in December 2013 from $2,899.00 RRP.
• HP Spectre13 Ultrabook is expected to be available in New Zealand in December 2013 at $2,999.00 RRP.
• HP Slate7 Extreme is expected to be available in New Zealand in Mid-December 2013, priced at $349.00 RRP online including a HP Slate 7 Extreme Advanced Cover.
Additional information about the new HP portfolio is available at The Next Bench or online at www.hp.com/go/newPCs.