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HP announces Windows 8 consumer and business PCs

Hewlett-Packard requires no introduction. HP is the world’s leading PC manufacturer and Microsoft’s all new Windows 8 operating system is on the horizon. Microsoft will be launching Windows 8 operating system on October 26th, and HP is all buckled for this. Hewlett-Packard has unveiled several computers in varying form factors that are optimized to run the latest operating system. The new computers and accessories represent the core of its line-up for Microsoft’s Windows 8.

What the company has announced today isn’t all they have to offer. HP had previously announced few All In One desktops optimized for Windows 8 on August 10th, and more laptops on August 30th. Most of the computers are powered by the latest 3rd gen Intel processors, and some models come with AMD’s new A-series processors.

Speaking of the models announced, let’s start with business PCs. HP Compaq Pro 6305 Business PC comes either in a small form factor or a microtower profile. Yes, they have the typical boring business desktop look, but are designed to enable the IT staff to conveniently perform hardware upgrades. The HP Compaq Pro 6305 Desktop PC is priced at $539 and is meant for businesses and governments. The company aims to offer predictable lifecycles of up to 18 months. It is offered with various AMD processors. Apart from desktop, HP also has three new business laptops — the HP ProBook 4445s, 4446s, and the 4545s notebooks PCs ($449 and up). The laptops come with AMD processors and graphics.

Another laptop from HP is the Envy m4 laptop which comes with a price tag of $899. The laptop features a brushed-aluminum design and an optional backlit keyboard, a 14-inch diagonal high-definition display and third-generation Intel Core processors. The overall package is thin and light. It also includes Hp ProtectSmart which basically prevents data loss in case the laptop is mishandled, which is a pretty cool feature to have. Apart from that, HP CoolSense regulates the performance in accordance to thermal condition. In the multimedia department, it has a HD webcam and Intel WiDi, which is a display technology from Intel which allows the user to display screen view on a HD TV. What’s more? It comes with the iconic Beats Audio.
There’s a gaming rig too. The HP Envy Phoenix h9 desktop comes with a price tag of $899 and has a cool “armor-plated design” and lighting setup which instantly grabs attention. It can accept up to three internal hard disks and has an internal design that helps cooling. Powered by Intel’s fastest third-generation Core processors and a choice of Nvidia or AMD discrete graphics chips, it also has an ExpressCache solid state drive which promotes faster booting and application performance. HP is said to be coupling it with HP x2401 (249) 24-inch LED backlit monitor which is very thin at 11 millimeters.

Other laptops include HP Pavilion Sleekbook 14 x and Pavilion Sleekbook 15 which are priced at $449 and $559 respectively. As the name indicates, they have 14-inch and 15.6-inch screens. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comment section below.

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