September 17, 2008
| by Rachel Cericola
HP had a busy week. They announced a slew of products just before the holiday shopping rush.
Two notebook PCs, the HDX16 and the HDX18, each promise high-def images, built-in TV tuners, Wi-Fi support and Blu-ray playback. The HDX16 ($1,299) has a 16-inch screen with a 720- or 1,080-pixel resolution display. The HDX18 ($1,549) is 18.4 inches, with a Ultra BrightView 1,080-pixel screen. Both features HP’s own MediaSmart technology, to display all of your entertainment in high-def.
HP had previously announced its TouchSmart PC. Now they are putting the technology into the TouchSmart IQ800 series PC, a second-gen line that allows you to smudge up the 25.5-inch diagonal screen to access all of your files, as well as watch TV, or crop and edit photos. The screen resolution is 1,920 x 1,200 pixels, and the unit includes Intel’s Core 2 Duo processor, a webcam and Blu-ray support. Available starting September 21, prices start at $1,899 for the HP TouchSmart IQ804, and $2,099 for the IQ816.
Other announcements included HP Digital Picture Frames, mice, keyboards, flash storage, and HP SimpleSave backup, to store music, video, photos and other files.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.