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HP Adds High-Res PCs and Monitors

Introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show and set to reach market starting next month, the new business, consumer, and gaming devices place a design emphasis on sharp, bright displays. By Rich Freeman

HP Inc. has expanded its portfolio of PCs, monitors, and accessories for knowledge workers, consumers, and gamers, adding new models that emphasize bright, high-resolution displays.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based hardware giant showcased the new offerings at the 2019 edition of the Consumer Electronics show, which is underway in Las Vegas this week.

New products for business users include the HP EliteBook x360 830 G5 2-in-1 (pictured), which according to HP has the brightest display among business convertibles on the market today.

Two other additions to the Elite product family feature integrated privacy screens based on HP’s Sure View technology, the HP EliteDisplay E243p Sure View Monitor and the HP EliteOne 800 AiO G5. The latter device, according to HP, is the first all-in-one with built-in privacy protection.

HP expects to launch the EliteBook x360 830 G5 in March, and will announce pricing for the new system closer to that date. The HP EliteDisplay E243p Sure View Monitor is slated to ship in February and list for $379.99, while the HP EliteOne 800 AiO G5 is expected to become available in June. Pricing for that product will be confirmed closer to availability.

New consumer-oriented devices from HP include the Spectre x360 15 and Pavilion 27 Quantum Dot monitor. According to HP, the former product is the first laptop equipped with an AMOLED display, while the latter bears the world’s first Quantum Dot on glass display. The new HP Pavilion 27 FHD Display, meanwhile, offers built-in Bang & Olufsen audio, and a pop-up privacy camera, while the HP Pavilion 32 QHD provides high-resolution viewing from a wide range of angles.

The HP Spectre x360 15 is scheduled to reach market in March, with pricing to come closer to availability. The HP Pavilion 27 FHD Display, Pavilion 27 Quantum Dot Display, and HP Pavilion 32 QHD Display are expected to in March as well at $329, $399, and $379.99 MSRPs, respectively.

Gaming products unveiled today include the OMEN X Emperium 65 Big Format Gaming Display with NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR, which according to HP is world’s first large-format gaming display with a soundbar. Named the OMEN X Emperium Soundbar, the latter device features a 144 Hz refresh rate, LOFAR Low Frequency Array, VRT Vibration Reduction Technology, and a three-way stereo crossover system that according to HP eliminates the need for a separate subwoofer.

HP has also updated two of its existing OMEN PCs. The OMEN 15 Laptop now packs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series GPUs and comes with optional 802.11ax Wi-Fi and an optional 240 Hz display. The latest OMEN Obelisk Desktop, meanwhile, now supports up to 64GB of HyperX Memory, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics, and 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K CPUs. It also offers twin SSDs with RAID0 protection, plus liquid cooling.

The OMEN X Emperium 65 display with soundbar is expected to go on sale in February for prices starting at $4,999. The refreshed OMEN 15 Laptop is scheduled to ship that same month at a starting price of $1,369.99, though the model with the 240Hz display won’t arrive until July. The updated OMEN Obelisk Desktop is set to arrive in March and list for $2,249.99 and up.

Citing data from IDC, HP says that 97 percent of PC hardware buyers consider high resolution the most appealing feature when evaluating devices.

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