HP's got plenty of products out there using their TouchSmart software, but now it's finally hit their consumer-focused line of notebooks with the Pavilion dv6. It's also part of a broader, metal makeover for the Pavilion line.
The Pavilion line in general has graduated to etched metal casings not unlike you'll find in HP's Envy line. It's definitely a step up from the gloss of the previous generation without sacrificing much in either price or performance. There are four new Pavilions in all, but the one that offers something truly different - that multitouch display - is the dv6.
The touchscreen is optional on the dv6, which makes sense if you're going to use its 15.6-inch HD display primarily for multimedia. And as a multimedia notebook, it holds up: the dv6 also has up to 1TB of storage, VGA, eSATA, HDMI and several USB ports along with both Intel and AMD processor options.
Then again, if you're looking for a primarily multimedia, entertainment-driven device in the price range of the dv6 - starting at $US530 for an AMD unit and at $US650 for Intel - you may be better off waiting for a tablet. In fact, you may even be seeing one from HP in the not too distant future that makes TouchSmart look downright primitive.
HP Expands Design Leadership with Updated Consumer Notebook PC Portfolio
PALO ALTO, Calif., May 5, 2010 – HP today unveiled a redesigned portfolio of consumer notebook PCs that delivers distinctive design elements, new materials, enhanced performance and better experiences to consumers.
With updates across the HP ENVY, HP Pavilion and HP Mini lines, HP is fusing style and efficiency to offer stylish notebook PCs that meet the personal computing needs of every consumer.
The models reflect HP's ―MUSE‖ (materials, usability, sensory appeal and experiences) design philosophy of fusing a rich mix of materials that create textured finishes, easy-to-use features for improved usability, a blend of artisan elements for sensory appeal, and intuitive features for simple experiences.
Etched metal finishes, touchable textures and a mix of high-quality materials create a simple, clean look that seamlessly fits into the lives of consumers. These new notebook PCs also can be customised with a choice of 15 exclusive wallpapers, including 12 designed by well-known artists from around the world.
―With these new designs, we offer customers a broad portfolio of notebook PCs and Minis that are innovative on the outside and the inside,‖ said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, Consumer Notebooks, Personal Systems Group, HP. ―Each notebook provides a unique experience for the customer and allows customers to express their personality.‖
HP Pavilion PCs
The new HP Pavilion notebook PCs, including the dm4, dv5, dv6 and dv7, meet a wide variety of power, performance and mobility needs at prices that fit most budgets.
Thin and light, the HP Pavilion dm4 offers mobility paired with a sleek, metal finish and cool etched patterns, making it a stylish and ideal choice for all-day computing.
At just 1 inch thin and weighing only 4.4 pounds,(8) the dm4 features a stunning full- metal chassis with an elegant etched pattern on its brushed aluminium finish. Powered by an Intel CoreTM processor, it includes a 14-inch diagonal BrightView HD(2) LED display, internal optical drive, fingerprint reader and up to 6.5 hours of battery life.(4)
The high-performing HP Pavilion dv5, dv6 and dv7 are ideal for any type of media- rich experience, offering the latest in graphics, audio and video.
- With exterior bold finishes and touchable textures, the HP Pavilion dv5 and dv6 are designed to suit every consumer's personal style. The dv5, available in black cherry, champagne and Sonoma red Imprint finishes, features a unique 14.5-inch diagonal HD(2) display, ideal for work and play.
- Available in the same Imprint finishes, plus a brushed-aluminum finish etched with a stream design, the dv6 is the first HP Pavilion notebook PC available with an optional touch screen in the United States. Dolby Advanced Audio and Altec Lansing speakers are available on the dv5, dv6 and dv7 Imprint finishes.
- The HP Pavilion dv7 is the ultimate balance of power and performance for entertainment. With an HD(2) display, Altec Lansing speakers, an HP Triple Bass Subwoofer and the option of Beats Audio, the dv7 provides a superb audio and virtual surround sound experience, bringing out the best of every song, TV show or movie. The notebook also comes with Corel® PaintShop PhotoTM Pro X3 and Corel VideoStudio® Pro X3 for creating photo and video content.
The HP Pavilion dm4, dv6 and the dv7 with metal finish also come with HP SimplePass, providing consumers enhanced security access to all their passwordswith a simple swipe of a finger.
All of these new HP Pavilion notebook PCs include exclusive technology such as HP TrueVision WebCam, which optimizes video for any light setting, and HP QuickWeb, which gives users access to the web(3) without booting up the notebook by simply pushing a button.