The Consumer Electronics Show is still in full force in the Las Vegas desert, but we've already seen so many gadgets that we can't wait to get our hands on when we get back to the real world. Keep in mind that these products have yet to announce their prices and release dates and just dream about holding them in your hot little hands for now. Check out a few of our favorites here and don't forget to tell us which ones you have your eyes on in the comments.
It's like no other ultrabook you've seen at CES so far: the attractive HP Envy 14 Spectre's top shell is made of black, scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass. No kidding. Although the Spectre is on the heavier side of the ultrabook norm at four pounds (which is to be expected, I suppose, with a glass shell), it remains light enough to transport with ease.
The Spectre boasts nine hours of battery life, Beats Audio technology, a full back-lit keyboard, and built-in HP Wireless Audio that allows you to stream uncompressed audio to up to four different devices. One interesting addition is the analog volume slider dial on the side that controls your tunes. It was added in as a "visual design cue," but I'm wondering how sensitive it will be.
The HP Envy 14 is quite the looker, but will set you back $1,400 when it hits the streets on Feb. 8. Check it out for yourself in these pics!
HP announced the Folio 13 earlier today, a slim and trim ultrabook that can move seamlessly from the home to office thanks to a lightweight package and security features. The $900 price tag makes the Folio 13 a well-placed laptop for holiday purchases when it drops on Dec. 7, so if you're itching to get a closer look at the Folio 13, check out these images in the gallery!
HP announced its entry into the ultrabook space, the HP Folio 13, this morning, and it's quite fetching with its cool brushed metal casing. Coming in at only 18mm thin, weighing 3.3 pounds, and stocked with a 13.3-inch HD Briteview display and 128GB hard drive, the Folio 13 also boasts rapid start and boot times and a whopping nine hours of battery life.
There are plenty of ports on the Folio 13 as well (unlike the thinner MacBook Air): USB 3.0, USB 2.0, Ethernet, HDMI, and an SD card reader. A backlit keyboard helps you work in low-light conditions (like on a plane perhaps?), while HP's CoolSense technology keeps the machine running at lower temps so you don't burn your legs. Bonus — there's a feature called TPM Embedded Security that protects the data found in your emails and info on your hard drive from hackers, thieves, and prying eyes, which will make the Folio 13 an easy choice for business types.
As for the price, $900 undercuts most of the ultrabook competition, and while it's not as sleek-looking as the MacBook Air or Asus Zenbook UX31, it's a nice all-around slim and light laptop for all your work and personal needs. Expect the HP Folio 13 to hit on Dec. 7.
HP and Condé Nast are teaming up for a new initiative to fight declining sales: print your own magazines at home. The digital service, which will require an HP web-connected printer, delivers subscription magazines like Wired, Allure, and Glamour straight to your printer for instant printing whenever you want. Additionally, HP is rolling out an Instant Ink service, which automatically delivers ink to your home each month (in place of that magazine that used to get delivered to your mailbox) for prices ranging from $6 to $11 per month.
The downside to these programs? You'll spend way more on paper and ink than you would have for a yearly subscription to all of those magazines combined.
Would you print your own magazines at home instead of subscribing to them the "old fashioned" way?
The retro style 12c financial calculator was the first to use the landscape layout and tiny replaceable batteries to let the device fit in a shirt pocket. Though it's currently available as a mobile app, the 15c scientific calculator is also making a comeback. The vintage look remains, but with a processing speed 100 times faster than the old version. The financial calculator is available for $80 and the scientific is $100. Sure, you can use the calculator on your phone or computer for graphing homework and finances, but those are so boringly modern.
AT&T announced that it would be carrying the HP Veer 4G on its network starting on May 15 for the low, low price of just $99 with a two-year agreement. This tiny phone, which runs webOS, packs some nice specs in such a small package. Get to know the HP Veer a little better in this slideshow, where we discuss features, size, and function.
Sometimes you gotta give it up for eye candy. Take for example, the HP Pavilion g6. Sure, it's packed with a 15.6-inch HD display, up to 6GB of RAM, 750GB of hard drive space, and Intel dual-core and Core i3 processors for maximum speed and storage, built-in WiFi Wireless-N for fast web browsing, but let's be real — what gets you at first are the colors.
Coming in five fantastic color options — charcoal grey, luminous rose, pewter, pacific blue, sweet purple — and starting at $429, it's easy enough to buy one for yourself or splurge on a loved one by giving it as a gift. Mother's Day is right around the corner, you know. Other features include a web cam, SD card reader, and speakers with SRS Surround Sound. The only downer? The six cell battery that gives you around four and a half hours of juice. That aside, the g6 is looking mighty fine as a great all-around machine for work or play. Check out more images in the gallery!
Interspersed into great music, though, were ads for HP's newest line of products, and they spared no expense to promote their new line of tablets. Alicia Keys signed on as a spokesperson for the new TouchPad, which was announced to much fanfare without a release date or pricing information.
Ads for HP flanked many segments of the popular awards show, featuring HP's TouchSmart technology and Beats Audio with glimpses at the brand new, iPad competing tablet. While the commercials didn't reach Super Bowl proportions, it was great exposure for the brand new tablet and technology. What did you think?
Earlier today, the HP PalmOS TouchPad was revealed to the tablet-obsessed masses. Coming with a 9.7-inch multitouch display, 16 or 32GB of internal memory, dual core 1.2Ghz processor, and a 1.3MP front-facing camera, this tablet is a multitasker's dream since you can run many apps together, organize them in stacks, and won't need to open an app tray like on the iPad. Plus, it comes with a cool feature when partnered with a new Palm Pre 3 — tap the phone and the tablet together and share URLs! Pretty neat.
Other important features include Flash capability, access to apps in the webOS store, video chatting, an accelerometer, compass, and gyroscope (which will be great for gaming), and the ability to run on 3G networks (thumbs down for no 4G!). While there are no pricing details just yet, we can expect to see the TouchPad this Summer. What do you think so far? Me? I'm a little concerned about HP unveiling the TouchPad so early, leaving lots of time for people to compare it against the forthcoming iPad 2. Still, it's a nice alternative to the Apple tablet, and one I think many non-Apple fans will lust after, for now at least.