Thursday, January 20, 2022

HP announces refreshed business and consumer laptops

HP Inc. announced its 2018 refresh of premium enterprise and consumer devices on Oct. 23. New to the flock is the HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5, HP Spectre 13 x360, and the Spectre 15 x360.

Device specs at a glance

Device Elitebook X360 1040 G5 Spectre 13 x360 Spectre 15 x360
Processor Intel Core i7-8650U, Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel Core i5-8350U, Intel Core i5-8250U Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i7-8765U Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8750H
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620 Nvidia MX150, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti
RAM Up to 32GB 2,666MHz DDR4 Up to 16GB DDR4 Up to 16GB DDR4
Storage Up to 2TB Up to 512GB NVMe SSD Up to 512 GB NVMe SSD
Display 14″ 400 nit 4K or 700 nit FHD IPS display with optional SureView privacy screen 13″ UHD / FHD with HP SureView privacy screen 15.6″ UHD / FHD with HP SureView privacy screen
Weight Starting at 2.98 lbs Starting at 2.9 lbs Starting at 4.8lbs
Ports
  • 2x Full-size USB3.1
  • 2x USB-C 3.1
  • x Nano SIM
  • 1x headphone jack
  • 1x HDMI
  • Optional Gigabit 4G LTE modem
  • 1x Full-size USB 3.1
  • 2x USB-C
  • 1x microSD card reader
  • Optional Gigabit 4G LTE modem
  • 1x full-size USB 3.0
  • 2x USB-C
  • 1x 3.5mm microphone/headphone jack
  • 1x microSD card reader
  • Dual eSIM LTE
Price Starting at $1,179 Starting at $1,149 Starting at $1,389

 

Elitebook X360 1040 G5

HP’s Elitebook line is HP’s premium business notebook series. The fifth generation sees the introduction of Intel’s 8th generation quad-core processors, up to 32 GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage. In addition to being 10 per cent smaller than last year’s Elitebook 1040 G4, the 1040 G5’s unibody aluminum chassis is designed for MIL-STD durability.

A new 700 nit display option has been added as well. All display models feature an anti-glare and etched glass finish. The display comes in either 4K or 1080p irresolution, with the latter having the extra option of installing HP’s SureView private screen technology to prevent visual hackers. SureView restricts the field of view so that the screen appears blank when viewed from an angle.

HP claims that battery life has been extended to 17 hours. Featuring quick charge technology, the Elitebook X360 1040 G5 can be charged from zero to 50 per cent in 30 minutes. HP says that it’s able to significantly improve battery life by using a 1W low power display panel and using Intel’s 8th generation U series processors.

As a business product designed for enterprise and IT environments, HP Elitebooks come with security tools including HP Sure Start self-healing BIOS, Sure Recover quick recovery and re-imaging tool, and Sure Click virtual machines.

Introduced alongside the laptop is Sazzle, a style service for businesses and individuals to etch custom logos on to the body of the device.

HP Spectre 13 x360

 

The HP Spectre ultrabook family focuses on mainstream performance and portability. As the HP’s highest-end consumer machines, they use premium materials and components.

The HP Spectre 13 x360 received a gem-like redesign. The top corners now face outwards at an angle, pointing USB-C charging port at 45 degrees. This year’s model is slightly thicker than previous years (14.5mm vs 13.6mm).

For the Spectre 13 x360, HP deployed the same 1W display panel used for its new Elitebook and increased the battery size to achieve a 22-hour battery life.

A new addition to the Spectre 13 x360 is Gigabit 4G LTE support. HP says that mobile data is more convenient and secure than open internet hot spots. HP is currently working with wireless carriers to bring discounted data packages with HP LTE laptops.

To alleviate privacy concerns with webcams, HP has added a dedicated switch for the webcam to the HP Spectre 13 x360 that cuts off electricity flow to the webcam.

Select models equipped with the 1080p display also come with HP SureView privacy screens that ward off prying eyes.

HP Spectre 15 x360

The HP Spectre 15 x360 is the more powerful variant of the Spectre family, featuring up to a hex-core processor and dedicated graphics while maintaining the slim Spectre design.

In addition to the quad-core Intel i7-8560U processor, the Spectre 15 x360 now has the hex-core Intel i7-8750H as a processor option. Graphics choices include the low powered Nvidia MX150, or the more powerful Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti.

Display options include a 4K UHD IPS or 1080p FHD with SureView privacy screen.

Managing the thermals is three heat pipes, two radiators, and two enlarged fans. The fans are driven by triple-phase fan motors for better speed control.

HP EliteDisplay E243D Docking Monitor

The HP EliteDisplay E243 is a 23.8″, 1080p FHD monitor that uses a single USB-C cable for data transfer. It uses an IPS panel and features a contrast ratio of 1,000:1. Equipped with two USB 3.0 ports at the rear, the monitor can also act as a small USB hub.

 

Availability

Canadian pricing has yet to be determined. All devices will be available from HP’s web store in the coming weeks. Expect products in-store in December.

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