Hewlett Packard PC Info Leaks Ahead of CES
Details are still a bit thin, but here's a quick rundown of the new models:
- HP Pavilion dv4i - The dv4i is a 14-inch laptop with Windows 7 and a fingerprint reader for $785. With the rest of the components presently unknown, how much of a value that is remains to be seen.
- Mini 210 HD - This version of the Mini rocks Intel's latest Atom processor and integrated graphics. The 210 HD also packs Broadcom's Crystal HD chip for smoother video playback. It will start at $330.
- Mini 210 - This is basically the 210 HD, minus the Crystal HD chip, making it fine for e-mail, but bad for media. Starting price of $280.
- Compaq Mini CQ10 - This bargain brand Mini shaves a few dollars off the price by going with 802.11b/g Wi-Fi instead of 802.11n, so you won't be streaming HD video any time soon. But, since it's a standard issue netbook, it can't handle HD video, anyway, so it's a moot point. The cost is shaved down to $260.
- HP Pavilion Elite HPE-110t - The updated Pavilion Elite line comes in a red "micro-tower" design. With a Pocket Media Drive bay and HDMI port, the 110t could make a worthwhile living room addition with its ability to stream Hulu and Netflix to your HDTV. But at $650, there may be better values out there.
- HP Pavilion Elite HPE-150t - A cool $785 gets you the same red "micro-tower" design, but bumps the processor to an unspecified quad-core design, likely a Core 2 Quad, which is powerful enough for light video and photo editing. Still, hardcore gamers will want to look elsewhere.
- HP Pavilion Elite HPE-170t - The 170t ups the processing power to a Core i5 or i7, and packs up to 8 gigabytes of RAM. Your $985 ensures that your PC is relatively future-proof and will be able to handle just about anything short of Hollywood-level computer graphics.
- HP Pavilion Elite HPE-180t - The new top of the line HPE stays "micro," but the $1,085 price tag nets you a Core i7, up to 8 gigabytes of RAM, and a reasonably beefy GeForce GTX 260 graphic card, which boasts its own 1.8 gigabytes of memory. It's ideal for those who spend more time playing 'Call of Duty' than checking out the latest LOLCats.