HP’s New Ultrabooks And Elitebooks: Sleek And Light And Crapware-Free

HP’s New Ultrabooks And Elitebooks: Sleek And Light And Crapware-Free

HP’s refresh of its product lines will include a slew of new ultrabook models with Sandy Bridge processors, Beats Audio and sold metal bodies. Also a new feature: No “Crapware“, according to HP.

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The Spectre XT measures 14.5mm thin, weights 1.39kg with a 13.3 inch display. On the software side, HP’s Jim Mouton stated that they’re no longer in the business of “crapware” stating that the new models will come with “value added software, not malware or crapware.”

So what does that mean? For the new ultrabooks, it means a two year subscribed version of Norton Internet Security as well as full versions of Photoshop Elements 10 and Premiere Elements 10. The Spectre XT is expected to go on sale from mid-June; it’s stated with a US price of US$999.99, although HP’s Australian representatives told me that the Australian pricing may be a little different.

Availability is said to be imminent with prices starting at $699.99. There’s also a range of what HP’s calling “Sleekbooks“; these are essentially Ultrabooks that don’t quite follow the Ultrabook recipe to the letter, whether that’s the use of discrete graphics or — blasphemy to the Ultrabook standard — AMD processors.

On the business side, there’s a new Elitebook Folio product; this is a 19mm thin model with an optional battery slice that brings up to a claimed twenty hours of battery life. It’s not due to appear until October, with no announced pricing at this stage.

Alex Kidman travelled to Shanghai as a guest of HP, and could badly use a can of Coke right now.