CES is once again upon us. The annual consumer electronics conference provides a chance for companies big and small to showcase their hottest new products. One company that always makes a splash is HP, with its powerful, stylish PCs that straddle the line between work and play.
Last year at CES, the company went all in on new, immersive displays such as Quantum Dot technology. Later in the year, at Computex 2019, HP refreshed its Envy, Elite 1000, and Zbooks lines, amongst other things, for the back-to-school buying season. Much of the updates and refreshes by HP seek to address the changing expectations and desires of today’s PC users, such as the need to work securely and experience content from anywhere, as well as the desire to connect to devices simply, and the desire for products that reflect their values (e.g. more environmentally friendly). HP continued this trend at CES 2020, with refreshes of several of their PC lines. Let’s take a closer look at what was announced.
HP Spectre x360 15
One of the gems of HP’s lineup, in my opinion, is its Spectre laptop. Needless to say I was glad to see the company announce its newest iteration, the HP Spectre x360 15. Sporting up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and the latest NVIDIA GeForce GPU, HP claims it is the most powerful Spectre yet. Since it is an HP laptop, it features a stellar 4K OLED 15.6 display with support for the full DCI-P3 color space that the company says enables a 30% wider color gamut. It also has that premium Spectre look, with a gem-cut and dual chamfer angular aluminum design and even smaller top and bottom bezels than before (by 60%, at that).
To address the hunger for increased mobility, its battery purportedly lasts for 17 hours. I’m always suspect of battery life claims so I’ll have to take a spin myself. It also boasts Intel Wi-Fi 6 (gig+) connectivity, which is capable of nearly three times faster file transfers than Wi-Fi 5. HP says users can also utilize the Network Booster in HP Command Center to customize network prioritization and settings. With increased mobility comes the need for increased security—the Spectre x350 15 has that. It features Express VPN and LastPass for secure content consumption and creation, as well as HP’s smallest IR camera (measuring 2.2 mm) with a built-in kill switch. Additionally, the laptop features a dedicated mute mic button and a fingerprint reader on the keyboard deck for secure login.
HP has continued to up its game in premium laptops and the HP Spectre x360 15 carries that on. HP has done a good job taking market share from Apple in retail stores and I’m interested to see if and how this new laptop can do this.
HP Envy 32 AiO
Next, a little something for the creators—the new HP ENVY 32 AiO (All-in-One) PC. This one turned a lot of heads, bringing home a CES 2020 Innovation Award. It sports the market’s widest 4K display for an all-in-one, an awesome edge-to-edge glass display, which sits upon a solid aluminum stand. Again, this truly is a premium device from a design standpoint—a matte black finish, with Dark Ash wood grain accents and a heathered acoustic cloth. Featuring up to 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics, it is a workhorse computer with all the power necessary to run creative and design applications. Additionally, it comes with up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory and up to 1 TB SSD or dual storage options.
The GeForce RTX GPU enables accelerated ray tracing and AI assist, which, according to HP, makes it well-suited for applications such as high-res video editing. It’s also the first AiO in NVIDIA’s RTX Studio program, which the company says enables it to power more than 40 of the preeminent creative and design applications on the market. HP touts the AiO’s immersive surround sound (no extra speakers necessary) with Advanced Audio Stream, which it says makes it ideal for editing and playing back audio content. Other features include built-in wireless charging, a multi-device keyboard for toggling between devices, and easy-to-access I/O.
The HP Envy 32 AiO is a looker and you really should check it out.
HP Elite Dragonfly G2
The last device I wanted to touch on is the newly announced HP Elite Dragonfly G2, which HP heralds as “the world’s first business convertible with 5G.” This is big, and will only get bigger as 5G networks roll out over the coming year. The Elite Dragonfly G2 boasts a 10th Gen Intel Core vPro processor, and features smart signal technology to boost the performance of its antenna. It’s a connectivity milestone in this class of devices.
In addition to superb connectivity, the device’s work-from-anywhere appeal is raised by its Sure View Reflect privacy mode that can be toggled on at the press of a button on the keyboard. HP is known well for its sustainability programs and efforts to engage in the circular economy—on that note, the Elite Dragonfly is the purportedly the world’s first notebook comprised of ocean bound plastics. Additionally, according to HP over 82% of its mechanical parts come from recycled materials.
The final big differentiator for the device is the fact that it is the first laptop to have Tile’s smart location technology built in. You can utilize this to figure out where you’ve misplaced it—you can even get proactive alerts when its been left behind, if you subscribe to Tile’s optional premium service. For the modern user who will be toting their laptop around from coffee shop to library to the office, and so on and so forth, this feature could be a godsend. However, if you opt for this option you cannot get 5G or cellular connectivity as the current implementation of the Tile module uses an M.2 module that replaces the WAN connectivity module. HP says that they will work with Tile to get around this limitation in the future as I believe that people who would benefit from the Tile would also like to have WAN connectivity.
There’s a little bit of something in each of these newly announced devices that make them better suited for the PC user of today and tomorrow—better connectivity, better mobility, increased privacy, and more performance. HP is a forward-thinking company, a fact that comes through in each of their product launch waves. Stay tuned for more CES coverage as the week progresses.
Note: Moor Insights writers and researchers contributed to this analysis.
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