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New Premium HP Notebook Has No Touch Or Ultra HD Display, But It Is Pricey

Desperate to change their image loss making PC maker Hewlett Packard, has rolled out a new 13.3-inch Spectre laptop which they claim is the world’s thinnest, at least for the next few weeks as both Acer and Asus along with Dell and Lenovo are set to launch similar sized models.

The device unlike offerings from Lenovo and Samsung does not have a touch screen capability or an Ultra HD display screen.

Coming in at 10.4mm in height when closed HP who is trying very hard to claw market share lost to Lenovo, claims that the new device has premium features and performance not available in most other super-thin models, the company announced.

“Unlike the majority of other super-thin PCs on the market, this laptop doesn’t compromise power or features,” claimed Kevin Frost, HP’s VP/general manager of consumer personal systems at last night’s launch in France.HP-Spectre-13.3_right-facing-paired-with-wireless-mouse-1024x575

But don’t expect the new clamshell Spectre to be cheap, the asking price in Australia will be over $1,800

HP has also rolled out a 15.6- and 17.3-inch Envy laptops and a 15.6-inch Envy X360 convertible laptop which HP who recently moved to selling via discount stores such as Aldi and Big W claims is thinner and lighter than their predecessors.

The new Spectre, high-performance features include a choice of sixth-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, solid-state storage up to 512GB, 8GB of RAM.

The new Hero notebook which has a carbon fibre and machined-aluminium chassis only delivers, up to 9 hours of battery life the Lenovo Carbon X1 delivers over 10 hours of battery life.

The whole units weigh 1.1 kilo. The 300-nit 1080p IPS display screen is not as good as the new Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S which has a super bright AMOLED screen. This device sells for $1,495.

The HP Spectre three USB-C ports, two of which support Thunderbolt to drive outboard 4K Ultra HD monitors.

HP Vice President Mike Nash said at the launch when explaining away the lack of features found in competitor’s notebooks “Users don’t want to compromise performance or features for thinness,” he said.
Because of widespread consumer use of smartphones and tablets, consumers expect premium laptops to offer all-day battery life, ability to turn on instantly like a tablet, and weight less than 2 kilo said customer experience VP Mike Nash.

“To get it to 10.4mm, a lot of things had to be reinvented,” said Nash, who called the Spectre “the next step in the reinvention of our premium notebook line.”

HP made improvements to battery configuration, heat dissipation, hinge design and the display.

The company also had to eliminate a touchscreen display, but Nash remarked that “lots” of premium notebooks have been sold without a touchscreen display. “Some people are more interested in thinner and lighter over touch,” he said.

Among young and old, “the desire for super thin is super high.” HP also had to rule out an Ultra HD display.

To thin out the notebook, the company developed a new furniture-style hinge that’s recesses into the notebook’s base, a battery split into two pieces “to fill every nook and cranny,” and a 2mm-thick display assembly, thanks in part to a 0.4mm-thick Gorilla Glass 4 glass sheet that’s “strong and thin,” he said. The thinness of the glass also enables more light to pass through, allowing for higher brightness without increasing power consumption, he continued.

HP claims that they also decreased height, HP eliminated a heat sink over the CPU, instead developing a “hyperbaric cooling” system that uses a pair of fans to create “positive pressure” to push warm air out.

Keyboard technology was also redesigned to deliver 1.3mm of key travel, down slightly from the 1.5mm key travel of the Spectre x360 convertible touchscreen notebook yet more than the 0.6mm key travel of Apple’s MacBook, Nash said.

The Spectre laptop is slimmer than Apple 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air laptops, whose depth maxes out at 0.68 inches at their thickest points but are as slim as 0.11 inches at other pints, Apple’s web site shows.

The 12-inch MacBook ranges in depth from 0.14 to 0.52 inches at their thinnest and thickest points, and the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros are 0.71 inches thick.

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