The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is awash with PC and laptop announcements, including plenty of new models from both HP and Lenovo.
HP announced a large consumer lineup, including the Pavilion dm1, Pavilion dv6, Pavilion dv7, Pavilion p6700, Pavilion Slimline s5700, HPE-500, Mini 210, and an updated ENVY 17. Not a bad start for a new year.
The Pavilion range includes desktop and laptop models, focusing on offering high performance. The dm1 has the mobility of a netbook but the performance of a laptop, while some of the Pavilion desktops come with Beats Audio, along with Intel processors and AMD graphics cards.
The Mini 210 is a small and stylish companion netbook. While it still comes with all you’d expect from a netbook, it’s marketed more a fashion accessory and can be bought with matching bags and other items.
The updated ENVY 17 is expected to add a new advanced cooling feature called CoolSense, along with switchable AMD graphics technology to prioritise performance or power. Sound and visuals will also get an update with Beats Audio and the DDD TriDef 3D Experience Ignition Game Player.
Prices range from $299 to $999, depending on the model.
HP isn’t ignoring its business sector either, with announcements for several new business models arriving at CES, including the Compaq 8200 Elite, Compaq 6200 Pro, Compaq 4000 Pro, 100B All-in-One, t5550, t5565, t5570 and several Compaq Business Monitors.
Combined with the high performance of Intel Core vPro processors is a data security software suite called ProtectTools. Energy use has been improved, with many of the models ENERGY STAR and EPEAT Gold ratings. Virtualisation options and WLED-backlit displays are also available.
Lenovo has not been idle at CES, introducing several new laptops and all-in-one PCs. Included were a large number of IdeaPad laptops: the Y570d, Y570, Y470, Z570, Z470, Z370, S100, S205, V370, V470 and V570. More laptops that are not part of the IdeaPad range were also announced: the G770, G570, G470, G575, G475, B570 and B470.
The Y-Series of IdeaPads focus on high-performance mobile entertainment, feauting Intel Core processors and Nvidia graphics cards. A handy feature is Lenovo’s RapidBoot, which allows the systems to power up 20 seconds faster than standard Windows 7 machines. Boot times can be lowered to as little as 10 seconds with an optional RapidDrive SSD. They’ll be available in May, with prices starting at $899.99.
The Z-Series are the fashion accessory multimedia line, coming in a range of colours and designs, along with Intel Core processors, high-definition 16:9 format widescreen display on 13.3-inch to 15.6-inch models, optional Blu-ray drive, and Dolby Advanced Audio. Prices and availability were not revealed.
The S-Series is an ultraportable netbook offering with long battery life, AccuType chiclet keyboard, wide range of colours and optional 3G. Prices start at $329.99, with availability in March.
The V-Series is a line of professional laptops for the office environment. They come with Intel Core processors, RapidBoot technology, and a range of security features, including OneKey Rescue System, Lenovo Security Suite, a USB Port Locker and a Fingerprint Reader. They’ll be available in April, starting at $599.99.
The G-Series of laptops are aimed at the lower end of the market, offering some of the same features of the high-end models, such as RapidBoot, Energy Management and OneKey Rescue System, with a more affordable price tag. It was not revealed exactly how much cheaper these ones would be, however.
The B-Series is another affordable range of laptops, featuring up to an Intel Core i5 processor and RapidBoot technology. Prices start at $499 and they should be on the market in April.
Lenovo was not content with its laptop offerings, so it also announced four new all-in-one PCs, the IdeaCentre A320, IdeaCentre B520, IdeaCentre B320 and Lenovo C205.
The A320 is what Lenovo claims is the industry’s slimmest all-in-one, measuring 18.5mm, while the B520 is claimed to be the world’s first frameless multitouch all-in-one. The B320 lives up to the all-in-one title by combing the computer with a TV, while the C205 is an affordable entry-level model. Prices range from $449 for the C205 to $899 for the B520, with availability in June.