Hewlett-Packard unveiled Monday four new all-in-one desktop PCs, including two enterprise- and two consumer-focused systems.
The Palo Alto-based PC maker said the new desktops, which come from its Compaq, Envy and Pavilion lines, offer users a more energy- and cost-effective alternative to the traditional desktop and monitor combination. According to market researcher IDC, the all-in-one PC market, for these reasons, is an increasingly lucrative one for OEMs, projected to account for 27 percent of total worldwide desktop sales by 2016.
"In a recent commercial PC buyer study in the United States, IDC found that the purchase intent for all-in-ones was up across the range of small to large businesses," said Danielle Levitas, group vice president at IDC, in a statement. "This trend puts vendors with a broad offering of all-in-one products and options -- like HP -- in a very good position to meet that growing commercial demand."
HP's Compaq Elite 8300, the larger of its two new enterprise all-in-ones, features a 23-inch high-definition display with an optional built-in 2-megapixel webcam, along with native security features, including Intel’s vPro technology and HP ProtectTools. Similar to HP’s TouchSmart 320 all-in-one, the new Elite 8300 comes equipped with multi-touch technology that can register up to two touch points at a time.
According to HP, these touch capabilities will prove especially valuable to users in vertical markets like healthcare and retail that rely heavily on data entry.
The second enterprise-focused desktop, the Compaq Pro 6300, sports a 21.5-inch high-definition display but lacks the touch capabilities of the higher-end Elite 8300. It does, however, tout the same optional 2-megapixel webcam and offer the same security features.
On the consumer side, HP introduced the new Envy 23 and Pavilion 23 all-in-ones. Both desktops are optimized for multimedia consumption, each with up to 2 terabytes of storage and a full 1080-pixel, 23-inch display. They also comes with what HP dubs "exclusive features," including its TrueVision HD Webcam and HP Magic Canvas, a software offering that allows users to expand the desktop horizontally to better view apps, photos and videos.
All four PCs can run up to Intel third-generation Core processors and feature a Microsoft Windows 7 OS.
The new Compaq Elite 8300 with touch capabilities will be available on September 10 for $929, while the Compaq Pro 6300 will be available starting September 3 for $799. Both the consumer-focused HP Envy 23 and HP Pavilion 23 will be August 5, starting at $949 and $649, respectively. HP said all four desktops will be available to channel partners.
PUBLISHED JULY 10, 2012