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Among those is the HP Envy 27-inch IPS Monitor with Beats Audio

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has introduced nine new products today in Las Vegas, where the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is taking place this week.

The top announcement on that list is the new HP Envy 27-inch IPS Monitor with Beats Audio, which is the company's first display with integrated Beats Audio. The PC is based on a unique audio experience with midrange/high frequencies and rich bass. It runs $499 and will be available February 3.

Next up are two new additions to the Sleekbook family: the HP Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook and the HP Pavilion Sleekbook. They feature an AMD A-Series APU, a 15.6-inch display, up to 1TB of storage, HDMI, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. The Pavilion Sleekbook will be available January 13 for $479.99 and the Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook will be available February 3 for $649.99.

The HP Pocket Playlist is a portable streaming device that allows users to stream music, movies, TV and photos to as many as five mobile devices at the same time. It doesn't require an Internet connection or data plan, but acts as a smaller DVR. It holds up to 16 full-length movies, 10,000 photos or 7,600 songs. It will be available February 15 for $129.

The remaining five products are monitors, including the HP Pavilion IPS LED Backlit Monitor (January 20 from $129.99-$339.99), the HP x2401 24-inch LED Backlit Monitor, the HP U160 15.6-inch LED Backlit Display (January for $139), the HP ProDisplay Series (February from $129-$179)and the HP ZR2330w IPS Backlit Display (January for $259).

HP is releasing new products in hopes of digging itself out of the tough spot it has been in. The company's December 10-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission stated that the company is currently evaluating "the potential disposition of assets and businesses" that are no longer helping them meet objectives.

Before that, HP's former CEO Leo Apotheker announced that the company was abandoning its webOS platform and TouchPad tablets for good. It had acquired the webOS platform from Palm for $1.2 billion USD only a year previous. That same month, HP planned to sell off its Personal Systems Group (PSG), which is responsible for consumer and business PCs. Later, it was announced that HP was leaning more toward a spin-off PC business than a sale.

When current CEO Meg Whitman stepped up to the plate shortly after those baffling announcements, HP ended up not selling its PC unit or having a spin-off. Whitman kept the PC business in-house.

More recently, HP alleged that HP subsidiary Autonomy's former owners committed approximately $5B USD in accounting "improprieties", which they suggest amount to fraud. In November 2012, it was reported that HP would take an $8.8 billion hit due to "accounting improprieties."

Source: Hewlett-Packard

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Beats speakers on a 27 inch monitor is just stupid
By stm1185 on 1/7/2013 3:08:59 PM , Rating: 2
If you want premium audio, and have the desk space for a 27 inch monitor, then wouldn't you get a real set of speakers.

By Argon18 on 1/7/2013 3:19:40 PM , Rating: 4
This isn't for people who want premium audio. This is for people who want a trendy product at a cheapo consumer price point. Just like those Dr. Dre headphones. It's for people who believe it's a premium product, because the marketing literature told them so.

By jklauderdale on 1/7/2013 3:30:38 PM , Rating: 2
So, sorta like Monster Cables huh?

By Argon18 on 1/7/2013 3:32:02 PM , Rating: 2

By Flunk on 1/7/2013 3:54:53 PM , Rating: 2
Who do you think came up with the idea for the Beats by Dre headphones?

By quiksilvr on 1/7/2013 3:28:02 PM , Rating: 3
If you have a 27" monitor on your desk, you'll need all the space you can get.

Plus if you don't want to use it, don't use it. It's not like it's a waste of space.

By stm1185 on 1/7/2013 6:09:04 PM , Rating: 3
Except it is a waste of space.

They could have had a clean thin bezel design with USB hub, and an actual working stand.

Which is another thing I hate about this HP design. I have HP's 2710M monitor, also 27 inch, and it has that fixed very low stand on it. I had to have it on a platform to get it up to eye level. Which wastes a lot of desk space. Since moving to a Dell with an adjustable stand, my desk space is much better utilized.

HP needs to get some engineers to work on designs based around improving the experience, instead of hooking suckers with branding.

The slide continues...
By edge929 on 1/7/2013 3:58:00 PM , Rating: 3
Let me guess, the 27" monitor isn't VESA compliant, is e-IPS and 16:9. No thanks.

I must have missed the global meeting but when did consumers want 16:9 over 16:10? Sure, we're only talking 120 pixels but damn are they important. You can't find a good 24" IPS (e-IPS doesn't count) 16:10 monitor under $400 bucks these days but they practically give away 24" 16:9 TN monitors.

RE: The slide continues...
By RDO CA on 1/7/2013 5:24:09 PM , Rating: 2
I hear you. If it is not 16x10 I skip right on past.

RE: The slide continues...
By Dorkyman on 1/7/2013 8:14:09 PM , Rating: 2
And why doesn't eIPS count? I just bought a Dell 2412m monitor, and it tests out very well, with no artifacts. AND it was just $300. I can easily afford to buy two.

More than one way to skin a cat if you're clever, and Dell was.

Agree with you on the 16:9 issue, though.

By TakinYourPoints on 1/8/2013 2:15:07 PM , Rating: 2
Color accuracy is the big compromise with e-IPS, but if you're going to cut corners to reduce price then it has to be somewhere.

RE: The slide continues...
By BansheeX on 1/8/2013 10:17:11 AM , Rating: 2
Why are 120 pixels so important? Because models having them exist? 4:3 is less wide than 16:10, did that make 4:3 superior to 16:10?

Don't bring aspect ratios into this because it doesn't really have anything to do with resolution... a 1600x900 grid has more real estate than a 160x100 grid.

That computers are not slightly different than televisions aspect-wise means less problems with content from one being distorted or cut off on the other for presentations and such. It's just the nature of the market to be uniform in this regard.

By TakinYourPoints on 1/8/2013 2:21:17 PM , Rating: 2
Vertical space matters when it comes to things like web browsing and applications. This is why 16:10 is better for most desktop monitors. The exception are 27" 2560x1440 monitors, those have so many vertical pixels that it works out great even at 16:9.

The most important piece of information, resolution, is missing though. I haven't found those specs anywhere yet. At this price and with gimmicks like Beats audio I'm guessing it is only a 1080p display, not 1440p. Meh.

RE: The slide continues...
By DanaGoyette on 1/25/2013 10:58:29 PM , Rating: 2
It's not 120 pixels you're losing... it's two hundred thirty thousand pixels.
1920 * 120 = 230400.

I like having room for my playback controls under my videos, thank you very much.

Pocket Playlist
By ArcsinZ on 1/7/2013 2:53:53 PM , Rating: 2
That Pocket Playlist thing looks kind of awesome. We'll have to wait and see if it does "DVR" things or what, but for the price it seems really cool.

RE: Pocket Playlist
By Argon18 on 1/7/2013 3:15:03 PM , Rating: 1
I'm sure it's been crippled with some DRM nonsense that prevents you from making legal copies and legal usage of your movies and music, just like iTunes and nearly all other products on the market do. No Thanks! Consumers are guilty until proven innocent, and are all criminals in the eyes of MPAA and RIAA.

On top of that, I bet it has taken the iToy approach to batteries, using a sealed device with a non-serviceable battery. Use it for 3 years until the battery stops holding a charge, then toss it in the trash. My Sony Discman from 1991 still works perfectly today and I still use it because it takes normal AA batteries. Why can't the industry can't come up with a standard for modern li-ion rechargeable batteries that are user-replaceable?? Why do all modern portable devices have in-built obsolescence, in the form of a non-replaceable proprietary battery??

If by some miracle, it isn't DRM-crippled, and doesn't have a non-serviceable battery, it could indeed be an interesting product.

But I'm not holding my breath.

Pocket playlist
By agent2099 on 1/7/2013 6:14:11 PM , Rating: 2
The pocket play list looks like an interesting alternative for additional iPad storage. It doesn't say how many gigabytes…

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