At IFA today, Hewlett Packard did a couple of interesting things that caught our eye. HP used the show to announce its ENVY Recline All-in-One PC series with a pivotable touch screen that goes lower and closer than traditional models.
“Customers have told us that they want touch on their PCs, and at HP we’re always looking for ways to improve the experience,” said Mike Nash, vice president, Product Management, Consumer PCs and Consumer Solutions, HP. “HP’s family of reclining all-in-one PCs offer new ways to stay productive and enjoy immersive experiences such as movies and games with the most natural touch experience available.”
To back its claims, HP said a study revealed that while using touch screens, an overwhelming majority of people preferred their screen in a low and close position for 100 percent of touch-related tasks. The ENVY series displays are full HD, and the IPS touch screen responds to all 10 fingers at once, and has a unique hinge that allows the screen to be repositioned with ease. The hinge enables the screen to seamlessly move below the table and closer to the lap for a natural touch navigation position, or it can be adjusted upright for traditional use and to watch movies.
The components are a 4th-generation Intel Core i-series processor and Nvidia discrete graphics. The HP ENVY Recline27 also features Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which should be standard on all computers and devices in our opinion.
Additionally, HP is offering a the ENVY Recline23 TouchSmart PC Beats Edition with black and red accents and a Beats Audio driven dual speaker system. Which leads nicely to the nicely priced HP Touch Monitors.
The Pavilion 23 Touch Monitor is Windows 8-certified, has a 23-inch full-HD touch screen with five-point touch technology, wide viewing angles and an adjustable stand that allows users to tilt the monitor to a 70-degree deep recline position.
HP also announced the ENVY 23 IPS Monitor, an ultra-thin monitor with two HDMI ports and integrated Beats Audio headphone jack. Oh, yeah.
Screw the PCs. The monitors sound really interesting to us. And the pricing seems pretty good, but it's not like we can afford them.