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HP: We’re Not Forgetting Desktops

Palo Alto, Calif. – HP said it’s paying more attention to the desktop market this year, launching three new Pavilion all-in-one (AiO) models and three new desktop series, all with upgraded processors.

Also new is the company’s first 4K monitor.

The PCs feature Windows 8.1, but the company said it is confident they’ll be upgradable to Windows 10. All of the PCs are HP’s first desktop models with B&O Play- or Bang & Olufsen-branded audio. The Pavilion, Envy and Envy Phoenix series also feature a new vertical design that’s cleaner and lets customers access ports placed in front. The Pavilion series also get color options, unavailable in the previous line.

In other changes, all Pavilion and all Envy models support dual displays, expanding the number of SKUs supporting dual displays.

“The desktop PC continues to be an important form factor for customers who want to get things done and be entertained, but [they] lack style and as a result are often hidden in basements and dens,” said Kevin Frost, VP/GM of consumer personal systems. With the new desktop line for the back-to-school season, “we are breathing new life into the category by giving customers more capabilities wrapped in colorful and premium designs that they will be proud to place in kitchens, living rooms and other public spaces in their homes.”

Here’s what’s coming:

Pavilion AiOs: The lineup includes three new FullHD touchscreen AiOs, including the company’s first 27-inch model, all said to offer better performance than last year’s AiOs in the step-up Envy series.

The 21.5-, 23-, and 27-inch models are also the first Pavilion AiOs with optional discrete graphics processors and a new “floating” pedestal display that can be adjusted to offer more viewing angles than before. They feature edge-to-edge IPS displays.

The 21.5- and 23-inch models offer optional touchscreen, and the 27-inch is available only with a touchscreen. Like their predecessors, they feature 1080p display and adjustable viewing angles.

The AiOs also feature B&O Play audio tuning, side DVD, ability to drive a second display via HDMI output, up to 3TB HDD, and system memory options of 4GB, 8GB, 12GB, or 16GB. Processor options range from Intel’s fourth-generation Celeron processors, Intel Core i3 through i7 processors, and next-generation AMD A10 and A8 processors or AMD next-generation mainstream A4 through A8 processors.

Integrated graphics are standard, but customers get the option to choose AMD Radeon R7 A330 or A360 discrete graphics for video editing or gaming.
Ports consist of four USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, HDMI out, LAN, and 3-in-1 card reader.

The computer features white iridescent color with a white dot pattern on the back to fit into kitchens, living rooms or home offices, the company said.

The 21.5- and 23-inch Pavilion AiO PCs are expected to be available on June 28 at and select retailers starting at $649 and $699, respectively. The 27-inch AiO is expected to be available in early fall at and select retailers starting at $999.

Pavilion desktop: Color options are new for the Pavilion towers, as is a microtexture front.

Processor options include fourth-generation Intel Celeron processors, Intel Core i3 through i7 processors, and next-generation AMD A-Series A4 through A10 processors. Graphics options range from integrated graphics up to optional discrete NVIDIA or AMD graphics processors.

It also features B&O Play audio, dual-display support, integrated optical drive, and like before, up to 3TB HDD option. Ports consist of two USB 3.0, four USB 2.0, LAN, and 7-in-1 card reader.

The Pavilions are expected to be available June 10 at at a starting price of $699. They will also be available in select retailers on June 26 at a starting price of $449.

Envy desktop: The computer is designed for content creators who need high-performance processors and strong graphics capabilities for editing videos and photos, the company said. It features a new finish in brushed aluminum instead of plastic, optional NVIDIA GTX 980 or AMD R9 380 graphics processors, support for two Quad HD displays when the discrete graphics options are selected, and processor options consisting of Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and next-generation AMD A-Series A8 through FX processors.

Like before, they offer discrete graphics processor, up to 3TB HDD, and optional 512GB solid-state drive for storing games, videos and photos. A RAID storage option is available to mirror content to a second hard drive.

It also comes with Bang & Olufsen-branded audio, 7-in-1 media card reader, and the following ports: HDMI, DVI, VGA, two USB 2.0, and two USB 3.0 (four USB 3.0 on versions with AMD processors).It also comes with dual-monitor support and wireless keyboard and mouse.

The Envy is expected to be available June 10 at stating at $699.

Envy Phoenix desktop: This model is targeted to gamers and other customers who need the best graphics frame rates and performance for gaming or other intensive tasks.

It features a new finish consisting of dark brushed-aluminum instead of plastic and red LED lighting, up to NVIDIA GTX 980 or AMD R9 380 graphics processor options supporting 4K displays, support for up to three displays, Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, overclocking control to boost game performance, optional liquid cooling, up to 3TB HDD, up to 512GB solid-state-drive options, and Bang & Olufsen-branded audio.

The gaming PC has been updated with a new vertical design in brushed aluminum instead of last year’s plastic. The LED lighting in front is also new. Like before, 4K gaming is supported. A liquid cooling option isn’t new, but overclocking is.

RAID storage is also an option.

The tower includes at least two USB 2.0 ports, up to four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, DVI, VGA and 7-in-1 media card reader. It also comes with dual-monitor support and wireless keyboard and mouse.

The Envy Phoenix Towers is expected to be available June 10 at starting at $899.

Spectre Studio display: The $999 32-inch Ultra High Definition 4K display is the company’s first 4K display, which upscales HD, Full HD and Quad HD. Multi-source picture-in-picture (PiP) and picture-by-picture (PbP) technology lets users view two separate media inputs simultaneously.

It also features 178-degree viewing angle, two HDMI inputs, HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4 with MHL, USB, Display Port, dual front-firing 6-watt speaker system, two passive radiators, and headphone jack.

The visually stunning HP Spectre Studio Display offers customers great audio with 6-watt speakers firing from dual front speakers with two rear passive radiators to enhance the bass.

The Spectre Studio Display is expected to be available May 24at at a starting price of $999.

It will join a Sceptre 34-inch curved WQHD display at $999 and a $499 32-inch QHD display.