HP had a large booth on the Floor to support the many products they produce as well as a large presence at several other press only events like PepCom's Digital Experience and at the Bloghaus.They really are making huge strides in making the PC Personal again!
At their booth they had alot of accessories that brought attention alot of people wanted to purchase the beige bag that was part of a laptop Make Art Contest by HP and MTV, but it wasn't available.
The contest for artist to design a cool laptop look for the dv6000 and we have the winner that had his design imprinted on HP's unique manufacturing process that imprints the image into the plastic via a special manufacturing process of ink. The pictures above are the winning design and the 20 year olod artist Joao Oliveira of Porto, Portugal who designed it. Todd not only came up with that design, but also entered several. Some of which are available via SkinIt as well as some of the other entries. (Note his name tag is that of Todd Bradley, HP's Executive Vice President, Personal Systems Group) The special edition HP Pavilion 14-inch diagonal notebook PC with his imprinted design will be available in Spring of 2008.
This dv6000 had a cool Copper metallic like finish complete with metal fleck and the inside looks like liquid metal, but its just plastic, it looked nice even around the built-in webcam. This version will be sold exclusively at BestBuy. We are slated for a review unit so be sure to come back for that.
Circuit City will be getting an exclusive white one loaded with an Intel Core 2 Duo T5450, 3GB of DDR2 SDRAM,250GB hard drive, Bluetooth, 802.11agn, and a LightScribe DVD burner.
However the plain old model still doesn't look all that bad, but if you think it does you can always SkinIt.
Many people didn't even realize these were vinyl stickers and thought they were actual customized laptops, I guess it pays to read the little placard and signs in the booth area. :)
They also unveiled the HP Pavilion HDX series Entertainment Notebook PC which offers a 512 MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTS video graphics and the latest Intel® Core 2 Extreme and Intel® Core 2 Duo processor technology, giving it desktop-caliber performance. Now it comes with both Blu-ray and HD DVD support, the HDX series plays high-definition DVD or Blu-ray movies on the world’s first 20.1-inch diagonal WUXGA XHD Ultra Brightview display that supports 1080p! HDX Integrated Audio provides a best-in-class audio experience with four discrete Altec Lansing speakers and the integrated HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer. Its a beast that is more powerful than most desktops with a price starting at $2999.
They also had some other custom PCs and bags to go along with different lifestyles with this product target toward the ladies.
What attracted Eric's attention was the new and improved HP Pavilion tx2000 Series Entertainment Notebook PC, which Eric immediately noticed how well it performed over its predecessor in both speed and functionality via a touch-screen capability and a built-in digitizer into the 12.1-inch diagonal display that rotates 180 degrees and folds flat for easy inking much better than its predecessor the TX1000 series that was plagued with accuracy problems with its touch screen. Eric even downloaded installed Sony Vegas while on the show floor to test out the processor's prowess and was impressed enough to place it at the top of his next must have laptop list. It will be made available starting on January 8, 2008 with base configurations starting at $1,299 and hard drive configurations up to 250GB in size and 4GB of memory.
The unit also had a Notbook stand, which doesn't appear on the HP Shopping site or SKU list.
They had their PDAs on display the iPAQ 111($299) and 211 ($449) series (both equipped with Windows Mobile 6 Classic, 64MB of RAM, 256MB of ROM, a Marvell PXA310 624MHz CPU, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, and color touchscreens-the 111 sports a 3.5-inch, 240 x 320 screen, Mini-USB, and SDIO card slot, while the 211 Enterprise edition sports a larger 4-inch, 480 x 640, 260k screen, 24-pin and Mini-USB connectors, plus SDIO and CF card slots. Their bigger announcement in the iPAQ line is their new HP iPAQ 300 Series Navigator GPS units and they just announced a new website to accompany the device, that provides online trip planning, which allows you to create tailored travel plans, research points of interest and load their custom itineraries onto HP iPAQ handhelds. You can also send itineraries to friends/family/co-workers and edit itineraries on the device. I received a review unit before leaving for CES literally it arrived as I was heading to the airport and I will posting a review of it here after using it for a month. So far it looks pretty good and I really like the high resolution and 3D buildings that help in navigating by landmarks.
They also had their new printers as well, which are more consumer focused and targeted towards printing digital pictures. They had two photo centric printers featured in detail below as well as their new all in one printers (pictured above right) like the HP Photosmart C8180 All-in-One, which delivers the fastest and easiest way to print photos at home and also allows for photo archiving with a 3.5-inch touchsreen for easy navigation and LightScribe technology for etching labels directly onto the surface of CDs/DVDs. In addition to delivering easy printing at home, this feature-packed printer offers lab-quality photos, laser-quality documents, copy and scan functionality, as well as built-in wireless and Ethernet connectivity. With one touch buttons, blazing print speeds, Bluetooth®, HP Smart Web Printing and an automated photo tray it is designed for ease of use for $399.
To its right is the HP Photosmart D7460 Printer which prints at blazing speeds – up to 34 pages per minute (ppm) black and 33 ppm color, and photos in as fast as 10 seconds. It also has built-in built-in wireless and Ethernet for easy network connectivity all for $179 retail.
On the left is the HP Photosmart A626 Compact Photo Printer which allows consumers to unleash their creativity with over 200 creative options including album pages, frames, graphics and effects. This printer features the world’s first 4.8-inch color touchscreen on a portable compact photo printer for easy personalization of 4 x 6- and 5 x 7-inch photos. With a built-in handle, foldup tray, optional battery and instant-dry and smudge- and fade-resistant photos, the HP Photosmart A626 Compact Photo Printer makes printing truly portable and makes prints in 38 seconds it retails for $179.
The one on the right is the HP Photosmart A826 Home Photo Center, according to Frank Fellows of HP its designed to be like a home printing kiosk. Featuring a large 7.0-inch color touchscreen with stylus included, the Photosmart A826 allows users to edit, design and personalize photos with borders, text and creative graphics. With the 100-sheet internal paper tray, users can conveniently print up to 100 photos at a time. Print borderless 4 x 6- and 5 x 7-inch photos, holiday cards, wallets and panoramas from the convenience of home and retails for $249
They also had their new high end systems on display as well. like the HP Pavilion m9100 Elite PC- Premium PC delivering high-end home entertainment with the HP Easy Backup button to instantly back-up files, NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT graphics card with support for Microsoft DirectX 1. The Pavilion m9160f and m9180f will also feature Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition,which is nice to see that HP listened to our feedback of shipping systems with 64bit OS on 64bit hardware. These will be available mid-January 2008 starting at $1,159.
Coupled with the HP w2408h Monitor - 24” monitor, providing vibrant colors, convenience, personalization and height adjustment options, dual inputs support true digital (HDMI) and traditional analog (VGA) signals,four built-in USB ports. Available February 3, 2008 for $499.
They also had their HP Pavilion m8330 Media Center PC on display with their Home Servers showing how you can consolidate, organize, and play your favorite TV shows, movies, music, photos and videos. It sports a cool, but fast AMD Phenom 9500 Quad-Core Processor,NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT graphics card with support for Microsoft DirectX 10 and is available January 6, 2008 for $959.99 and up.These seem to be perfect for the home or work office as well.
Home servers were also out on display the HP MediaSmart Server EX470/EX475 -Price: $599 (500GB model) and $749 (1TB model), which are designed to provides consumers with a central, safe location to keep all their media and files for easy access from any computer on their home network or remotely from any internet-connected computer. We were told by Tom Augenthaler that the HP MediaSmart Servers will have three enhancements coming in February 2008, which will be available via push updates to existing customers:
- Integrated server-side anti-virus software from McAfee for added security both at home and remotely.
- Improved media streaming to DMA devices through Packet Video for enhanced experiences such as thumbnail photos and album art
- Support for Vista 64-bit
HP will also be offering an HP Upline Storage Service that is an online storage service lets the customer put their data in a secure, offsite location mainly targeted towards consumers and SMB customers to quickly and easily access, share, manipulate and store data. It is slated to become available in March 2008.
The HP Blackbird 002 was designed with gamers in mind by the folks from VooDoo, as well as for anyone needing a performance machine. Full System Liquid Cooling – HP Blackbird 002 is the first in its class to feature full system, maintenance-free liquid cooling that draws heat away from the CPU, motherboard and GPUs.Its removable side panel, interior and back panel lighting, and Voodoo-style wiring provide easy access for enthusiasts to fine tune their machine’s performance. All the components, from the CPU and GPU to the hard drives and optical drives, can be removed and installed without tools. Pricing for this masterpiece starts at $2,500 and peaks up out at only $7,100. Needless to say its probably the highest performing PC on the market today with an all aluminum chassis that can support up to 600 lbs while fully capable of supporting future industry standards. The machine can be purchased online at www.hp.com/blackbird.
The also had their HP Pavilion Slimline s3330 PC -which is one-third the size of a conventional tower PC for under $1,000 with a Blu-ray/HD DVD player and NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT graphics card with support for Microsoft DirectX 10. It will be available January 13, 2008 at prices starting at $949.
HP also had their MediaSmart Televisions on display as well that now via flash update for older sets and installed from the factory for new sets can operate as a Windows Vista Media Center Extender. The sets have an ethernet port in the back as well as 802.11 a, b, g & draft n wireless, on-demand movies through CinemaNow, photos from Snapfish and music from Live365 radio, a backlit universal remote control, redesigned speakers, panels and 2000:1 contrast ratio for an enhanced connected entertainment experience.Retail Price: $1,899.99 (SL4282N 42” model) and $2,399.99 (SL4782N 47” model).
When we were in the Microsoft tent Sunday morning (at the time we weren't allowed to take pictures due NDA's and Bill Gates presence) was the HP MediaSmart Receiver x280N, which allows MediaSmart technology to aggregate digital content from multiple PCs and home servers to make any HDTV a “MediaSmart” TV. It also had a built-in HP Pocket Media Drive bay (for offline storage and other uses), two USB ports,HDMI, component out, Ethernet and 802.11a/b/g/n. It also has the sporty piano-black, high-gloss finish with HP's exclusive “Zen” imprint pattern designed to fit perfectly with any home décor however we think it would just be mounted to our flat screen TV bracket. It will also work with older televisions since the output can be toggled on the front between 480i, 480p, 720p, or 1080i with a press of a button.
They said it would be available in Spring 2008, but didn't have a price however it was estimated to be around $300 in the MS booth. I see this working much better than the unit from Samsung, which only works with Samsung televisions, which still requires the use of 2 remotes to operate the extender portion and your original remote to switch to the input (really dumb design) and much quieter than an Xbox 360. For us it was the best item in the MS tent besides Microsoft Surface, which we only got a brief 2 minute demo of :(
We also found that HP had an 8" Digital Picture frame out on display as well that looked just as good as the Kodak ones that were in the booth right next door, which we were told retailed for around $179 with 2 interchangeable frames.