HP upgrades Envy 17 TouchSmart with Leap Motion, not much else (hands-on)

The HP Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition TouchSmart is the exact same laptop as the as the Envy 17 TouchSmart, except now with a built-in Leap Motion sensor.

The sensor attempts to bring true 3D motion control to your computer, allowing for some hands-free control. Although including it is a thoughtful idea in theory, we were definitely disappointed that HP didn't take the concept and run with it. There was plenty of potential here to improve on the whole Leap concept, but HP decided to simply stop at getting that back of the box check mark. It seems … Read more

Windows 8 touch ultrabooks see price cuts at Microsoft Store

Touch ultrabooks are seeing decent price cuts at the Microsoft Store, making these expensive models a bit more affordable.

Touch-screen laptops are generally priced significantly higher than non-touch models, as the screens have been expensive to procure.

The well-received Acer Aspire S7 has seen one of the steepest discounts, falling to $1,299 from $1,649.

The S7 features a 256GB solid-state drive, a 13.3-inch 1,920x1,080 resolution display, and a 1.9GHz Intel Core i7-3517U processor.

Next up, Sony's Vaio T Series 13 has been reduced to $999 from $1,299. That 13.3-inch touch model … Read more

At CES, two HP laptops do Windows 8 right

LAS VEGAS--At CES this week, Hewlett-Packard hardware got my attention.

Though the company has been savaged in the media because of dubious acquisition decisions and a falling stock price, its brief exhibition of new Windows 8 laptops and hybrids at CES was impressive.

I'll focus on two, the EliteBook Revolve and Spectre XT TouchSmart ultrabook-- both touch-capable Windows 8 laptops. The systems were fleetingly exhibited at CES by HP during an event at the MGM Grand event on Monday night.

I'll start with the Spectre XT TouchSmart because it was also at Intel's CES booth all week … Read more

HP, finally, has a good answer to the iPad

Could Hewlett-Packard trump the iPad?

With Windows 8 general release due on October 26, it's a good opportunity to take a look at the competition coming down the pike.

In this case, from Apple's Silicon Valley neighbor, HP.

It took way too long -- Apple announced the iPad in 2010 -- but HP now has a real iPad alternative -- the Envy x2.

Or, put another way, should I think about swapping my iPad for the x2?

Personal musings aside, HP has a different design philosophy from Apple -- so it's not simply a question (for me … Read more

Can you spot the Apple laptop?

The designers at Samsung and HP sure love Apple's laptop design philosophy, but the duo may want to take a step back next generation and innovate a little bit. CNET found several new computers from these companies that look just like an Apple MacBook Air. Can you tell which one is the real Apple product in the picture above?

Our more discerning readers might easily spot the differences between each of these devices, but Crave decided to make it a little more challenging by shrinking the pictures down a bit. Readers who participated in our guessing game on Facebook had a pretty easy time spotting the real Apple, but the pictures were also much larger. … Read more

Windows 8 hybrid-tablet mania

Thursday's tech news roundup calls for a deluge of tablet-PC hybrids:

Everyone is talking about tablet hybrids at this year's IFA electronics trade show in Berlin. Every major laptop maker is getting in the game, all because of the October 26 release of Windows 8. Some choose to have the screen swivel or fold to be held like a tablet, such as the Dell XPS Duo 12 and the Asus Taichi. But most hardware makers are also offering tablets with full keyboards that snap on, like HP's Envy x2 tablet and Samsung's Series 5 and 7 Slates (… Read more

HP adds Ivy Bridge-based all-in-one PCs

Hewlett-Packard has joined the Ivy Bridge festivities with new quad-core all-in-ones.

The Palo Alto, Calif., company has bulked up its consumer desktop line with three all-in-ones (AIO) powered by Intel's third-generation "Ivy Bridge" quad-core processor. That chip was rolled out on Monday.

Two of the new models, the Omni 220qd and Omni 27qd, are traditional AIOs -- that is, they don't have touch-capable screens. The TouchSmart 520xt comes with a touch screen.

HP also announced tower systems, the Pavilion HPE h8t, Pavilion HPE h8xt, and the Pavilion HPE h9t Phoenix. The latter is the company's … Read more

A 3D PC you might actually buy: HP's new 3D TouchSmart all-in-one

HP has joined Lenovo, Sony, and others in marrying 3D display technology with the convenience of an all-in-one desktop.

The new TouchSmart 620 3D Edition starts at $1,800 for the base model, putting it in the middle of the pack in terms of pricing, but this touch-screen PC also includes perhaps the most robust touch software suite on the market.… Read more

HP expands its TouchSmart, Omni all-in-one desktops

HP has updated all of its consumer and business all-in-one desktops today, with new configurations of its Omni and TouchSmart lines. It is also the first new round of desktops since HP said it intends to "evaluate strategic alternatives" for its PC business.

The consumer all-in-one updates fill out HP's desktops across price bands. The TouchSmart touch-capable all-in-one line was previously limited to the high-end, $1,000 TouchSmart 600-series, and more-affordable TouchSmart 300 models. The new 20-inch TouchSmart 320 will start at $600 when it hits the market in October, and it will be joined by the $… Read more