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Hardware Hit Parade

Hardware makers have readied their latest gear for your reading and viewing pleasure, so take a seat and enjoy! By Matt Whitlock

READY THE FLOATS and strike up the high-school band! Welcome one and all to the hardware hit parade! Those crafty hardware makers have been working around the clock all year preparing their gadgets and devices, and we get to finally take a look and enjoy what is sure to be a spectacular parade of the greatest hardware available.

The turnout today is nothing short of amazing! A huge crowd has lined the streets, and has been anxiously waiting for the parade to begin. Let’s now turn it over to our (fictional) parade commentators Phil and Joan!

Joan: Thanks Matt! The crowd has definitely been getting antsy, but they shouldn’t have to wait much longer before they can get their first glimpses of this amazing hit hardware. Of course, exactly what devices will make an appearance has been a big secret. What kinds of things do you think we’ll see today, Phil?

 
 

Phil: Well, Joan, if it’s anything like prior years it will be incredible hardware from a variety of device makers. I’d wager we’ll see some client devices, components, servers, storage, and who knows what else? Of course, we should expect to see hits from top makers such as HP Inc., Lenovo, and Dell Inc., but rumors have been circulating for months that there may be a few surprises in store for the crowd here today.

Joan: And speaking of surprises, here comes the first device! It looks like a … a big printer?

 

 

Phil: Well that’s not just any printer, Joan! That’s HP’s breakthrough 3-D printer, the Voxel! Everyone has been wondering when the king of print would finally make its mark in 3-D, and did it ever! Featuring the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution, HP claims the Voxel will reinvent how businesses will prototype and even produce functional parts with amazing accuracy and optimal mechanical properties at breakthrough speeds and lower costs. And it doesn’t just use traditional plastic either, Joan, but also a wide variety of new materials that address a broader set of applications and specific industry needs.

Joan: Sounds impressive, Phil. What kind of new parts can it make?

 
 

Phil: Well, if you’ve seen 3-D printed parts in the past, you know that solid plastic pieces can be done easily. But Voxel can also work with materials that make bendable, flexible parts—and extra strong parts too! Did you know that HP printed a huge chain link that weighs one-quarter of a pound, but is strong enough to lift five tons?

Joan: Wow! Finally, there’s something strong enough to hold all my bags when I go shopping!

 
 

Phil: It’s strong, Joan, but not that strong. It looks like the next device is coming up, but I suspect we haven’t seen the last of HP today. Joan, you exercise, right?

Joan: Well, sure Phil. I do three cardio and two yoga classes every week. Are you trying to say that I’m not in shape?

 
 

Phil: Don’t take that question the wrong way, Joan! I heard you do yoga, so this product may be right up your alley. It’s Lenovo’s breathtaking ThinkPad Yoga 460!

Joan: Don’t be silly, Phil. Lenovo’s Yoga isn’t about exercise! It’s about ultimate flexibility in portable computing. Really, it’s all about the Yoga hinge, which enables special notebooks like the Yoga 460 to fold over 360 degrees. Get it? Yoga? Flexible? With it, the Yoga 460 can transform into one of four modes: notebook, tablet, presentation, and tent. And no, Phil, that doesn’t mean you can use it for camping.

 
 

Phil: Thanks for the clarification, Joan!

Joan: Of course, not only is it flexible in form factor, but the Yoga 460 is also a flexible work machine sporting Intel’s latest Core i series processors, Windows 10 Pro, a 14-inch WQHD touch display, 16GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD, depending on how you order it, or course. And don’t think for a second that this is the only Lenovo notebook that offers the Yoga hinge. It can be found in a variety of solutions to fit any need or budget. Look! There’s the Yoga 900, 700, Flex series, and one built for students!

 
 

Phil: Sounds like Lenovo is in good “shape” when it comes to its 2-in-1 offerings this year.

Joan: Good one, Phil! Take a look at this next device. If I told you it offered enterprise-grade business continuity for an entire small business, using image-based backup and a hybrid cloud model, what do you picture?

 

About the Author

Matt Whitlock is online director and technical editor for ChannelProSMB.com.

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