By Lisa Johnston
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New York — Hewlett-Packard continued its spring computer roll out today introducing new laptops, desktop towers and a 20-inch portable all-in-one PC.
The central theme among all the products is touch, with the majority of notebooks and desk-bound computers sporting touchscreens.
The portable all-in-one PC, dubbed the HP Envy Rove, is designed as a standard AIO, but with the ability to be laid down flat on a table so it can be used by several people at once, said Xavier Lauwaert, HP’s product marketing worldwide desktops manager.
The Rove also has three hours of battery life, allowing it to be used as a massive tablet. However, Lauwaert sees the Rove being used more as a portable electronic game board.
“I think this could do for [board] games what the Kindle did for reading. We want to bring people around technology and not have them all sitting separately using their devices” he said.
The Rove weighs about 11 pounds and has a 10-point touch display. It runs a full-powered Intel fourth-generation processor and Intel HD graphics.
It will ship in July; pricing has not been set.
Lauwaert said HP has gone the extra mile to bring touch to all its new AIOs, the Pavilion Touchsmart 20 and 23, by bringing them in at an affordable price. The two have respective prices of $619 and $749 and will ship on June 5.
“This is the democratization of touch. Touch was always at $900 and above, but not anymore,” he said.
Both models use AMD fourth-generation processors, have 2TB of storage and come with 25GB of free Cloud storage.
HP is also not ignoring the traditional desktop format. On the high end is the new Envy Phoenix 800, $1,099, gaming PC. It comes with Nvidia discrete graphics and optional liquid cooling.
The line steps down to the Envy 700, $599; Pavilion 500, $489; Pavilion 400, $399; and the HP 110, $289.
All ship on June 5.
In the notebook space, HP led off with the TouchSmart 14 Ultrabook. Shipping on June 26 at $699, it features a 14-inch 3,200 by 1,800 FullHD screen, 10-point touchscreen, fourth-generation Intel processor and Beats Audio.
Other models include the Envy TouchSmart 15 notebook, $529, and Envy 17, $699.
HP also rolled out a student-friendly notebook, the Pavilion TouchSmart 11. This model, $399, has an 11-inch screen and is powered by an AMD A4 or A6 processor.
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