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HP’s Z2 Mini wants to kill the Mac mini

November 16th at 4:32 PM

HP’s Z2 Mini wants to kill the Mac mini

There was no shortage of Apple fans who were disappointed with the lack of Mac mini love at the company’s October event, and while nothing will make the wait for an update to the pint-sized aluminum beast any less excruciating, HP is hoping it can tempt you with a “mini” of its own.

The Z2 Mini is a Intel-powered mini PC built for professionals working with demanding 3D applications, but who apparently don’t have very much desk space. At 8.5 inches wide and 2.3 inches tall, it’s still a big larger than the 7.7-inch by 1.4-inch Mac mini, but not by much.  More →

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HP Black Friday 2016 Ad

HP Black Friday 2016 ad: Massive deals on Windows 10 computers

November 7th at 9:37 PM

HP Black Friday 2016 ad: Massive deals on Windows 10 computers

We saw Dell’s Black Friday ad a few days ago, and now HP’s Black Friday 2016 ad is available. If you’re shopping for a new computer this Christmas, you may as well buy it on Black Friday. And if you’re looking for new Windows 10 machines, then HP’s huge sale is one to check out.

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HP Elite x3 Release Date

HP announces pricing and release date for its new smartphone that isn’t a smartphone

July 18th at 7:30 PM

HP announces pricing and release date for its new smartphone that isn’t a smartphone

Look, we’re going to be perfectly frank: there’s just about no reason for Windows Phone to exist at this point. Oh right, sorry, it’s called Windows 10 Mobile now. Whatever you want to call it — Windows Phone 7 Series, Windows Phone, Windows Mobile or Windows 10 Mobile — it’s not what the world needs or wants right now. Microsoft had a great opportunity to create a third mobile platform but it was just a tiny bit too slow. Instead, Android and iOS took off and Windows Phone became a barren wasteland. Smartphones are all about connections and with Windows Phone, you can’t connect to other people as efficiently (or at all, sometimes) because developers never truly embraced the platform.

But if there’s one Windows 10 Mobile device out there that actually has some appeal, it’s the HP Elite x3. And now, HP has finally released pricing and availability information. More →

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HP Chromebook 11 G5

This $190 Chromebook is perfect for running Android apps

June 28th at 2:40 PM

This $190 Chromebook is perfect for running Android apps

Chromebooks are big business these days! No, really: they’re outselling Macbooks, and with the recent addition of the Google Play Store, you can now run millions of Android apps on Chrome OS.

But as you can probably imagine, clicking your way through Snapchat with a keyboard and mouse is a little laborious. To solve all of your problems, HP is launching a $190 11-inch Chromebook with a touchscreen. But can a sub-$200 machine actually do anything useful?

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HP Spectre 13.3 Retina Macbook

HP finally has a worthy response to the Retina MacBook

April 5th at 1:20 PM

HP finally has a worthy response to the Retina MacBook

The 12-inch Retina MacBook represents the pinnacle of Apple’s laptop design and engineering, a device that’s already been cloned by many competitors. Apple is rumored to launch 13-inch and 15-inch MacBooks later this year, but until that happens, HP wants to impress you with a new notebook that’s a worthy rival for Apple’s best looking PC yet.

The newly launched Spectre is a 13.3-inch laptop that HP says is the thinnest in the world. It brings over a bold new HP logo, what looks like amazing design, and promises solid performance. The price? About what a MacBook costs. More →

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HP Elite x3 Review

Meet the HP Elite x3, a smartphone HP thinks can kill off smartphones

February 21st at 12:00 PM

Meet the HP Elite x3, a smartphone HP thinks can kill off smartphones

It would be difficult to argue that HP’s $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm back in 2010 was anything but a disaster. The company’s webOS phones fizzled in the blink of an eye and HP would ultimately go on to write off $3.3 billion as a result of the deal. It has since sold off the patents and operating system it acquired when it took over Palm, and the company’s mobile business has all but evaporated.

But every end leads to a new beginning, and now HP is reentering the smartphone market with a product that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. More →

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PC Does What Microsoft Commercials

Microsoft does what?

October 17th at 9:45 AM

Microsoft does what?

Back in the day when Apple was trying to reaffirm itself in the computer business and convince buyers that Macs were better than PCs, the company came up with a slew of Mac vs. PC ads that were just hilarious. But times have changed, Apple dropped the campaign, and the current computer business looks nothing like the one from last decade. Smartphones are dominant in this “post-PC” era, and laptop and desktop makers are struggling against a marked demand decrease – interestingly, the Mac is now doing a lot better than PCs in terms of profitability.

So Microsoft does whaaaaat? More →

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Microsoft 12 Days of Deals HP Pavilion x2

Today’s Microsoft deal offers huge savings on a top 2-in-1 tablet

December 18th at 4:45 PM

Today’s Microsoft deal offers huge savings on a top 2-in-1 tablet

Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals Christmas campaign is slowly coming to an end, but the company still has a couple of special offers for customers who are looking for new gadgets. The company on Thursday is selling a new Windows 8.1 two-in-one tablet/laptop combo at a deep discount, with the promotion set to start at 8:00 a.m. More →

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HP EliteBook Folio 1020 vs. MacBook Air

HP’s new fanless laptop is even thinner than the MacBook Air

December 2nd at 6:00 PM

HP’s new fanless laptop is even thinner than the MacBook Air

HP has a brand new laptop model to take on the MacBook Air, the EliteBook Folio 1020 that’s even thinner than Apple’s ultra portable notebook. The new HP laptop weighs just 2.2 pounds and is 15.7mm thick, but Engadget reports that a slightly heavier 2.6-pound version will also be available in stores next year when the EliteBook Folio 1020 launches.

Comparatively, the 13.3-inch MacBook Air measures 17mm at its thickest point, and weighs 2.96 pounds. More →

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HP Stream 11 Specs and Price

You won’t believe how much value you’ll get from this $199.99 laptop

November 18th at 4:55 PM

You won’t believe how much value you’ll get from this $199.99 laptop

Just as Microsoft is trying to convince laptop and/or tablet buyers that the Surface Pro 3 is a better choice this Christmas than Apple’s iconic MacBook Air, HP has a different plan in mind, ZDNet reveals. Instead of launching an expensive Surface Pro 3 or MacBook Air rival, the company has created a budget-friendly laptop that’s ready to beat the competition on price — targeting Google’s affordable Chromebooks, in particular — and also on size, as the HP Stream 11 is about as big as an 11-inch MacBook Air. More →

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HP Power Cord Recall

HP is still having trouble making PC components that won’t kill you

August 27th at 9:45 PM

HP is still having trouble making PC components that won’t kill you

HP has been on fire over the past year… and that’s not a good thing. HP announced this week that it will be recalling roughly 6 million AC power cords that were sold between September 2010 through June 2012 after discovering that the cords are liable to overheat and catch on fire. HP says that the affected power cords shipped with “HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers, as well as with AC adapters provided with accessories such as docking stations.” Customers who sent their power cords back will have replacement cords shipped to them at no cost. More →

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Google Now HP Deal

Google nearly walked into a trap that even BlackBerry knew to avoid

August 13th at 2:10 PM

Google nearly walked into a trap that even BlackBerry knew to avoid

Last month, when we heard the suggestion that BlackBerry should team up with HP to give its devices more of a presence in the enterprise, we called it the worst advice BlackBerry has ever received. What’s more, we expressed confidence that BlackBerry CEO John Chen was wise enough to avoid that particular pitfall given HP’s utterly disastrous history with designing and selling mobile products, low-lighted by its decision to buy and then quickly kill off Palm’s once-promising webOS platform. More →

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