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HP Envy 14 Beats Edition  (Source: HP)

HP Envy 17 3D  (Source: HP)

HP Pavilion dm3  (Source: HP)
One of the machines supports 3D

HP today announced new notebooks which have some interesting features including one that supports 1080p 3D and has Blu-ray capability.

That 3D capable notebook is called the HP Envy 17 3D and it is packed with features. The machine uses Beats Audio and has a HP Triple Bass Reflex subwoofer to produce theater style sound. The machine supports 3D stereoscopic video with active 3D glasses that are included.

When the user doesn’t want to watch 3D, the Envy 17 3D also supports standard 1080p content.  The screen is a 17.2-inch unit and uses HP Ultra BrightView technology. The notebook is covered in brushed and precision-etched aluminum. Hardware options include up to 2TB of storage, an array of processors including Core i7 quad-core offerings, and graphics options include the Radeon HD 5850 GPU. HP won't come clean with the price of the Envy 17 3D notebooks right now and expects the notebook to ship in time for Christmas. Considering the standard Envy 17 is close to $1,400, the 3D version won’t be cheap.

Another new notebook unveiled today is the HP Envy 14 Beats Edition. As the name suggests, this machine uses Beats Audio sound for better audio playback. The machine is black and has red light accents with a red backlit keyboard. This is a very cool looking computer. 

The black chassis is covered in brushed aluminum and it ships with a set of Beats by Dr. Dre Solo headphones. The Envy 14 Beats Edition can be optioned with Radeon HD 5650 graphics, Intel Core processors, and promises up to 13 hours of runtime per charge with the optional extended battery. The Envy 14 Beats Edition starts at $1,249 and is available now.

HP is also talking about its Pavilion dm3 notebook that is a thin and light machine with a 13.3-inch screen. The screen has HD resolution and the notebook uses special HP CoolSense technology. That CoolSense tech combines hardware with intelligent cooling software to keep the notebook running cool and performing well.

HP designed the machine so that the heat vents channel heat away from sensitive components and the user for comfortable use. HP claims that the notebook is good for up to 7.5 hours of battery life per charge and the machine is under an inch thick. The dm3 starts at $549 and is available now and has a lot of hardware options that will drive that starting price up considerably.

HP also revealed a new Wireless TV Connect Kit alongside the new notebooks. The kit allows users to stream 1080p multimedia content from the notebook to a TV without needing cables. The streaming device supports Blu-ray movies and DVDs in addition to streaming web content. The adapter gets its port from the USB port of the computer and will work with any notebook that has an HDMI port. The Wireless TV Connect Kit sells for $199.

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RE: Useless, hope this will end soon.
By Micronite on 9/1/2010 11:18:53 AM , Rating: 2
Ever heard of Aero-snap?

If you are docking two documents side-by-side, it's the best way for a single widescreen to get the vertical layout you mention but also to mimic the functionality of a dual-screen setup. For a notebook this is really slick and pretty simple to use.

Granted, the resolution of your notebook screen probably isn't as large as two 4:3 screens put together, but it's a good start.

RE: Useless, hope this will end soon.
By twhittet on 9/1/2010 12:31:32 PM , Rating: 2
Snap is awesome, but 768 or 1080 vertical still fails compared to 1200.

By ElderTech on 9/1/2010 1:12:19 PM , Rating: 2
What really defines the best utilization of the display, no matter the dimensions, is the ability to pivot. This capability been available for years for desktop displays, including some Samsung monitors that shipped with pivot softward included. This method makes the optimal use of any display dimension, whether 16:9 or 16:10 or whatever you choose. If you're a photographer working with stills, the prevalent 3:2 image dimension will fit well in all of them in both perspectives. It's just a matter of how much space you would like at the side of the frame for editing tools, etc. If you're editing video, you can optimize the dimension for the resolution you're shooting. And if you're working with multiple displays, the dimension of each monitor can be optimized for image vs editing tools, because it allows for the full utilization of your primary screen for image viewing.

As for new portable technology, the automatic pivot approach is the reason many find the tablet format desirable, particularly photographers, who would love to switch easily from landscape to portrait in the field. This capability allows the landscape dimension to be optimized for HD viewing and editing of video, and still provides the appropriate screen realestate for vertical/portrait viewing. When we see the power capabilities of the tablet increase sufficiently to handle high end photo/video editing software such as Adobe Premier, Final Cut Pro, Sony Vegas Pro, etc., we'll find an optimal portable tool for editing in either perspective.

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