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Thursday, October 21, 2010

HP Slate 500 Tablet PC Finally Appears - With Windows 7 Professional!

Posted by Michael Knutson in "HP Slate" @ 10:00 PM

"Nope, you're not dreaming, but feel free to pinch yourself, rub your eyes or take a cold shower! You've read right -- the HP Slate is finally official, and after all the teasing, back and forth, and (very recent) leaks, the Atom-powered, Windows 7 Slate will finally see the light of day -- though in a different way than originally intended."

The long-awaited HP Slate may be available soon, starting at $799. At 1.5-pounds (0.68kg), the Slate sports an 8.9-inch capacitive screen at 1024x600 resolution, 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB SSD, Broadcom Crystal HD accelerator for 1080p video, Windows 7 Professional, a Wacom active digitizer, front-facing VGA camera, and a 3MP back camera. Also a USB port, and a CONTROL + ALT + DELETE key, vital for Windows. With a rubberized back and metal edges, it has a very substantial feel, but still, some quirks, like a slide-out Windows license, and a digitizer, but no place on the Slate to hold the included stylus. This is intended for business and enterprise users, so no additional touch layers, tweaks or skins, but we expect that it will be available for consumer purchase from HP. No information on availability other than that it'll be released in the U.S. first, with other markets to be evaluated. A bit smaller than the iPad, it should run -business software- (like Microsoft Office) that is lacking on other tablets. Looks pretty good to me, but I do wonder about battery life.

EDIT: 22 OCT 2010. I just ordered an HP Slate 500 from HP's Online Store. Expected ship date is 12 NOV 2010. I can't wait!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

HP Envy 17 Desktop Replacement: Not Quite Perfection

Posted by Michael Knutson in "HP Laptops & Netbooks" @ 11:00 PM

"When it comes to selecting our favorite mainstream Windows laptops these days the HP Envy 14 is pretty much at the tippy top of the list. (Hey, we don't just give anything away to our college-bound readers, you know?) But while the 14-inch version of the magnesium-alloy laptop may have impressed us with its new backlit keyboard and internal organs, we've still been aching to know how the bigger and badder Core i7-powered Envy 17 stands up. With a 1920 x 1080-resolution 17.3-inch display, 1GB of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 graphics, a USB 3.0 port and Blu-ray drive, can you really blame us? There's no doubt that the Envy 17 is one epic desktop replacement, but for $1,599 (the starting price is $1,299) we've got to tell you you're not purchasing perfection."

Not quite perfection? Is any computer *really* perfect? I've never found one. Well-engineered, stunning display with 1920x1080 resolution, lots of ports, backlit keyboard (!), but at 7.5-pounds, plus another 1.5-pounds for the power brick, this is not the laptop to be carrying around too much. To contrast, the 17-inch MacBook Pro is almost a pound lighter. Great for playing HD videos with Blu-ray, Beats Audio speakers, and even the very glossy screen is tolerable. Battery life is about what one would expect, 2:10 on a battery rundown test. A nine-cell battery is an extra $75. Biggest disappointment is the touchpad, but the HP Envy 17 for $1,599, while not quite perfect, seems pretty close.

Tags: hardware, hp, envy 17

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Attack of the 10 inch Netbooks!

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 01:00 PM,2751.html

"Mobile systems have long been on our to-do-list. These days, nearly everyone has a notebook. However, picking the right notebook isn't like choosing a CPU, graphic card, or memory kit, where you can just simply swap out one piece for better performance. While there are those rare few who upgrade, the options are still limited (hard drive and memory). For the braver few, a mobile processor might be on the menu."

According to the media, there may not be many of you left who want in on the netbook fad, but Tom's Hardware has put up a good review of a whole collection of current generation 10" notebooks. 10 inches seems to be the sweet spot for these mobile warriors with just enough screen real estate to get some light browsing done, but not too big or expensive to creep into notebook territory. The newest batch seems capable of some decent video playback, you still should not expect a seamless HD watching experience. The biggest problem may be that anyone who wants a netbook may already have one, and while the new models are shiny, they fail to compell customers to think that their old mobile companion is worth letting go.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Need Help Choosing a Light, Powerful But Efficient Laptop on a Student Budget?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 11:30 PM

"You ask for advice, and Help Me, LAPTOP responds. In this post, we're helping David W. find a student notebook that's powerful enough for his classwork, but portable enough to carry around campus or take backpacking between semesters."

Laptop Magazine offers advice (via a helpme email address) on choosing a light, powerful laptop that can be carried easily on campus, offers at least four hours of battery use, and can be used as needing during travel - and all on a student's budget. Several choices were offered, including the 14-inch HP dm4 at 4.4-pounds and $699 with a 6-cell battery lasting almost five hours; the 13-inch ASUS U30Jc-1A at 4.8-pounds and $899 with a battery life of about seven hours (plus an outstanding warranty); and the HP 13.3-inch ProBook 5310m at 3.8-pounds ranging from $699 to $999 depending on options, with a 4-cell battery lasting over five and one half hours. All-in-all, some great choices offered, at prices that a student can afford!

Tags: hardware, hp, asus

Sunday, August 8, 2010

HP's "eStation Zeen" - What the Heck is This?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 10:04 PM

"This is crazy, but we've now gotten multiple tips claiming that the Zeen is actually an Android-based tablet with e-reader functionality that can also dock with an HP printer and become its interface. E-reading, Zeen, magazine -- get it?"

So, any guesses as to what this is? It looks like it might be a Compaq-branded product (why they even have the Compaq brand any more is beyond me...), but as to what exactly it is...who knows. I know HP is trying to innovate in the printer space, but do we need a tablet to print stuff?

Friday, August 6, 2010

Mark Hurd, HP CEO, Resigns Under Storm of Controversy

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 05:00 PM

"Wild news out of HP just now -- CEO Mark Hurd has just resigned over a sexual harassment investigation. Hurd and the HP's board of directors decided that he should resign following a sexual harassment claim against Hurd and HP by a former marketing contractor -- HP claims that although there was no violation of its sexual harassment policy, Hurd violated the company's standards of business conduct by submitting inaccurate expense reports that covered his relationship with the contractor."

Absolute power corrupting absolutely? You betcha'. HP acted fast on this one - and it came to the fore because the woman involved had an attorney and contacted HP. Lots of missing information here, but I find it depressing that in typical white-collar fashion, when someone gets caught doing something wrong, they don't get punished - they get rewarded with a $12 million dollar severance package and stock options. Seriously, what the hell? What a morally-inverted world we live in...equally interesting that Engadget doesn't mention Hurd is married and has two kids.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Review of the HP Mini 5102 "Business Netbook"

Posted by Michael Knutson in "HP Laptops & Netbooks" @ 02:00 PM

"It's business time. Is "business netbook" a misnomer? Aren't business notebooks supposed to be both portable and powerful, while emitting a confident and businesslike aura? Can a netbook ever be enough for a business user? HP is one of the few companies out there betting that a netbook can be appealing to a business audience."

Finally a 10.1-inch "business" netbook that supports higher (1366x768) resolution at only a $25 premium, adds Broadcom Crystal video acceleration for $45 more, 2GB RAM for an additional $25 (also requires an upgrade beyond Windows 7 Starter), and an extended 6-cell battery for $25. The ability to customize is a huge plus, and should resonate well with business users, especially the 8-hour battery life (with the extended battery). Base price is scheduled to be around $400, and even with these options added, the price remains reasonable for a 3.5-pound business netbook. Hopefully the 5102 will be on HP's web site for purchase soon!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

HP's Envy 14 Laptop Put Under the Microscope by Engadget and Laptop Magazine

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HP Laptops & Netbooks" @ 05:00 AM

Engadget: "The HP Envy 14 is like the final revision of a C+ term paper that always had potential, but just needed an bit of extra information and refinement to get an A. In fact, when HP introduced the Envy 14, the company was rather blunt about the fact that many of the issues that plagued the original Envy systems had been addressed, including the lack of an optical drive and backlight keyboard, the frustrating touchpad and the heat caused by the Core i7 processor."

Laptop: "About a year has passed since HP released its Envy 13 and 15, high-style notebooks aimed directly at Apple's MacBook Pros. We generally liked the designs of these metal-bodied machines, but their high prices and mediocre ergonomics dampened our enthusiasm. Now here comes the Envy 14, which starts at $999 ($1,289 as configured)."

I've read both the Engadget and Laptop review, and they've both given the Envy 14 an 80% rating - which is quite good for a Windows laptop. Note I said "for a Windows laptop" - most Mac laptops tend to get rated slightly higher, but that's pretty typical industry-wide. All in all, the Envy 14 looks like a real contender - but it's a shame HP couldn't do more with the battery life. The Envy 14 supports HP's battery slice technology, but the slice costs a staggering $200...that's 20% of the base Envy 14 price. Yeeouch! Still, expensive or not, I'm glad HP offers it - it's my opinion that laptop makers have gotten lazy when it comes to offering innovative extended battery options. Read more...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Short Video Review of the HP Pavilion dv6z

Posted by Michael Knutson in "HP Laptops & Netbooks" @ 06:30 PM

"As part of the most recent refresh to the popular Pavilion line of notebooks, HP has released the HP Pavilion dv6z, an AMD-powered notebook that includes a sleek-looking metal alloy lid. The new HP Pavilion dv6z includes switchable graphics with an island-style keyboard and starts at $579."

A medium-sized laptop, with a robust AMD processor and switchable graphics, the dv6z sports a different keyboard, with a row of function keys added vertically to the left of the standard keys. The processor is robust, but exhibits a few unexplained lags when using multiple Chrome browser windows with multiple tabs. This 15.6-inch glossy-screened laptop is targeted to the back-to-school crowd. A more complete review is expected to be available within the next week or so.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Laptops That Sip the Juice

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "HP Laptops & Netbooks" @ 03:00 AM

"When it comes to battery life, you can’t just trust manufacturers’ lofty claims. That’s why we test the endurance of every notebook we review with a script that surfs the web continuously over Wi-Fi until the battery is completely drained. These five notebooks, ranging in size from 10 inches to 15 inches, each earned close to or greater than 8 hours of juice on a single charge. One lasted more than 10. With that much gas in the tank, you won’t have to refuel for a full work day, maybe even longer. Have fun leaving that power cord at home."

My wife's Asus will eek out 6 or 7 hours, so she'll often forgo the power adapter for a trip of just a few days. If you are tired of always being tied down to a wall outlet, you may want to check out the full review and especially the HP Mini 5102 which gets and impressive 10.1 hours of web surfing on a single charge. Lenovo, Acer, and 2 Mac's round out their top 5.

Tags: hardware, hp, acer, lenovo

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

HP Lists HP Slate 500 on

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HP Slate" @ 04:24 PM

"HP has listed the one model of the HP Slate 500 on its website. The device includes an 8.9-inch touchscreen and runs on Windows 7 Premium. The device also has two cameras -- one video and one still -- for users to do "web conferencing," according to the listing. The HP Slate 500 is also listed on HP's website as being Energy Star qualified in a document dated July 12. The Energy Star website lists the tablet having a 1.6GHz processor."

Well, well now...and here I thought the HP Slate was dead. Could it be that HP had it so far along in the design process they've decided to ship it after all? Or is this just a database glitch on, not a real product we'll ever see?

UPDATE: There's a bit of news on this from Laptop Magazine...basically it seems like HP is willing to release this product if the consumer demand is there.

Monday, July 19, 2010

HP Files for "PalmPad" Trademark

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 12:34 PM

There's not much to say here, beyond the headline: PreCentral is reporting that HP has filed for the trademark on the word PalmPad. Seems like a logical name for a WebOS-based slate device, but I can't help but think that with all the flack that Apple caught for using the term "Pad" in "iPad", HP might picked a better name for it. I suppose they want to leverage the Palm brand name, but "WebSlate" might have been a better combination of Palm's WebOS and the now-terminated HP Slate. I think "slate" is a cooler term than "pad". Where do you weigh in on this?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

HP tm2 Laptop Reviewed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HP Laptops & Netbooks" @ 07:00 AM

This is my review video of the HP tm2 laptop [affiliate] - also known as a tablet PC because of the touch screen, though it's worth pointing out that HP doesn't use that term anymore. My unboxing and first impressions video is here if you haven't already watched it. The exact model I'm reviewing is the 1070ca, on loan to me for a few weeks from HP Canada. The exact model and configuration will change depending on where you are in the world, but the basics are the same. Read more...

Friday, July 9, 2010

Notebook Bundle Giveaway at

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "HP Laptops & Netbooks" @ 01:00 PM

"How would you like to win a mobility bundle that includes an HP Pavilion dm4 notebook, Beats by Dre headphones and a Canon PowerShot SD1300 camera? All you have to do to enter this giveaway is answer a few questions in our July 2010 survey about your recent or planned computer purchase."

Nice prize bundle, since I plan on winning, you should not even bother entering.  But if you insist, you should head over to, take their survey, and enter the contest.  Open to US residents only.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

HP Releases the dv1: Small, Thin, Light...Possibly Hot and Loud?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HP Laptops & Netbooks" @ 03:20 PM

"The new HP dm1 is powered by AMD platform (AMD Athlon II Neo with optional AMD Turion II Neo 1.5GHz), weighs less than 3.24 pounds and is just 19.8 mm thick. Also feature 92% full sized keyboard, Wireless-N, webcam, 5-in-1 card reader, 3 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output, up to 10 hours battery life. Options include up to 5GB DDR3 RAM, Bluetooth & WWAN, SSD, external Blu-ray ROM, and more."

HP has so many laptops, it's hard to keep track of them - especially when some of them are only released in Asia/Europe. That seems to be the case with the dm1 - I hadn't heard of it being sold in North America until today, but YouTube is full of unboxing and review videos of the dm1 from people outside North America. At any rate, this product looks like it has a lot in common with the HP Mini 311, but it uses the AMD Neo CPU rather than the Intel Atom. That might be a problem.

I still have the HP dv2 on long-term loan, and it uses the AMD dual-core Neo CPU. While I use it every single day (it's my TV room/bedroom laptop) and like it quite a bit, I strongly dislike the fact that the fan never turns off and is constantly blasting hot air. The AMD Neo CPU might allow HP to sell this laptop for less money than a comparable Intel chip, but I'd gladly pay more for a cooler, quieter computer. I'd really like to see an Intel CULV processor in there, or even a dual-core Atom.

At any rate, the dv1 looks like a very capable computer, and I like the size of it - because, you know, sometimes a 13.3" laptop is just too big... ;-)

Tags: hp, laptop, hp dv1

Monday, June 21, 2010

More Ambiguity About the HP Windows Slate

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "HP Slate" @ 06:30 AM

"So in the case of the Windows slate PC, HP has done something unusual: It’s gone from hyping a product to refusing to talk about it. And McKinney’s explanation that he can’t say anything until the Palm deal is official doesn’t explain everything. For one thing, an HP Windows slate and an HP WebOS slate aren’t mutually exclusive concepts: The company could make both. And the fact that the Palm acquisition is still a work in progress didn’t prevent McKinney from saying that HP does intend to make WebOS tablets. I see only one possibility here: HP’s Windows slate PC is dead. Doesn’t mean that there won’t be some sort of Windows-powered HP tablet someday, but this one isn’t happening."

I'd really like to know why HP isn't coming out with the Windows Slate. From the demo, it looked promising, so I wonder if they demo'd features they weren't capabale of offering? Which, I guess if you can't do it right, you shouldn't do it. Alternatively, did they wimp out and decide not to compete with Apple? If so, I think that was a mistake, because I think there are enough recognized flaws with the iPad that had a competing product come out that addressed those issues, it probably would have done well.

Friday, June 11, 2010

HP's tm2 Laptop: Unboxing and First Impressions

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HP Laptops & Netbooks" @ 12:40 PM

This is an unboxing and first impressions video of the HP tm2 laptop [affiliate] - also known as a tablet PC because of the touch screen, though it's worth pointing out that HP doesn't use that term anymore. The exact model I'm reviewing is the 1070ca, on loan to me for a few weeks from HP Canada. The exact model and configuration will change depending on where you are in the world, but the basics are the same. Read more...

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