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  • HP Elitepad 900 review: average tablet, crazy price

    It’s difficult to make sense of HP’s Elitepad 900. This 10.1” tablet runs Windows 8 and offers the portability that makes any tablet a smart buy, yet it carries an asking price that puts it in competition with laptops that offer far more operating power. Hewlett Packard has taken a form factor that started as an affordable consumer device, and has turned it into an expensive business machine. When you consider the history of computing generally, it’s going backwards. Money’s no object But what if money is no object to you? What if you don’t mind paying the R10 000 (US$1000) asking...

  • HP brings us the Rove 20-inch monster tablet

    HP unveils 20-inch laptop-tablet hybrids and boldly joins the monster-tablet gang, reports PC World. Other members already include Lenovo's IdeaCentre Horizon and Sony's Vaio Tap 20. The Envy Rove 20 is the most notable and will host Windows 8 as well as Intel's much-anticipated fourth-gen Haswell CPU. The price of the Rove 20 is not yet available but we do know that it will ship sometime July 2013. The Rove 20 has 10-finger multi-touch and can be laid flat on its back like you would a tabletop computer. The In-Plane Switching 1080p display technology enables wide viewing angles. This makes it an interesting...

  • New HP ProBooks are sensibly designed and business oriented

    HP’s ProBook range has been successfully infiltrating the "affordable business notebook” market since 2009, so it’s high time for another design and CPU shakeup. The HP ProBook range is introducing the 430, 440, 455 and 470 which leap in screen size from 13.3” to 17.3 and most are shipping this month. The new range of laptops is also up to 36% thinner than the older models. The odd man out is the 430, which ships in July. The refreshed ProBook range share loads of similarities. Every new ProBook has a 1366x768 (HD) screen, with the exception of a 1600x900 screen...

  • Leap Motion Vulcan mind melds with future HP gadgets

    In the not-too-distant future, selected HP devices will be shipped Leap Motion Controller ready. In another major announcement of collaboration, the Kinect-like device will at first be bundled with selected software-ready HP devices, with further plans of integrating its hardware into future HP gadgets. As mentioned by Leap Motion’s CEO Michael Buckwald, the company wants to "fundamentally improve how people interact with their devices, and offer as many ways as possible to achieve that vision." The USB device allows you to interact with your computer tracking the movements of your hands and all ten fingers with up to 0.01mm accuracy....

  • HP Envy X2 review: a laptop, a tablet, and no good as either

    The HP Envy X2 is marketing type's dream. It’s small, sleek and portable. It has a shiny silver exterior done up in brushed aluminium with trendy tapered edges. In terms of simple aesthetics, it oozes appeal. And then there’s the X2’s trump card. It’s both a laptop and a tablet. By holding a switch in place the screen detaches from the keyboard. It’s the sort of gimmick to make an impressionable geek swoon. On first inspection alone, the Envy X2 really will be the envy of your friends. But once you start operating the X2 its pretty exterior seems utterly superfluous....

  • HP Slate 7 hands-on review: welcome to the party [MWC]

    After its aborted efforts with WebOS and the TouchPad two years ago, it appears that HP thinks now is the time to get involved with tablets. Here is the Slate 7 - a 7-inch tablet running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. And why not? After all, though we think of tablets as a market that's 'Apple plus others', it's worth remembering that it's actually in its infancy both in terms of the technology itself and the number of people globally that actually have a tablet - think how complex or widespread the PC or a mobile phone were after only a few years. And, of course,...

  • HP Slate 7 is a $169 seven-inch tablet pitched for glory

    Well done HP, a seven-inch Android tablet for US$169. Now this is innovation. It’s got Beats audio, Jellybean, access to Google Play, a 1.6Ghz CPU and loads to prove. HP even calls it a "compelling entry point” for those desperate to get into the tablet action. Eyes on the Nexus 7 The cheapest, and best sub-US$200 Android tablet before HP’s Slate 7 was the Nexus 7. But the Slate 7 is "fast and responsive” says the HP press garbage, this remains to be seen until a hands-on occurs. What it does offer with its 7-inch screen is a "High-aperture-ratio Field...

  • HP tries again: plans to release new Android smartphones, tablets

    HP lost the mobile and tablet race last time we checked. And this was back in 2009. Four years later and HP’s ready to do battle again, as it’s announced plans to launch high-end tablets and mobile phones running Android OS, says Readwrite.com. It’s said that the first offering from HP will be the worlds-first Tegra 4 tablet. For those who’ve heard of Tegra 4 before, it’s in Nvidia’s Project Shield, the all in one Android gaming controller. While there may be an Android tablet incoming, HP CEO Meg Whitman says that there’ll be no Android mobile device this year. HP’s...

  • HP Envy Sleekbook: getting the balance right

    AMD is enjoying something of a resurgence in its laptop fortunes lately. The HP Envy Sleekbook 6-1126sa is the second computer we've seen recently that employs the 'other' manufacturer's processor, the other being the Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C-A02UK. The question is, despite these design wins, can AMD hold its own against intel's third generation Core processors that seem to dominate the laptop space? And if it can, why aren't we seeing more of its mobile processors in the wild? The first question isn't so easily answered, simply because Intel doesn't quite have a processor in the same price bracket as the...

  • HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook arrives with a large screen and a small battery

    Hewlett-Packard (HP) has just stifled the rumours by releasing the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook, its first Chrome OS laptop. Is it big news? Yeah well sort of... it could be... it should be... if it were not for a joke of a battery. According to the Google Chrome Blog, the only real change from what is already available in the Samsung, Acer, and Lenovo Chromebooks, is the larger screen, sporting a LED-backlit 14-inch...