HP has announced a series of new premium notebooks and all in one Windows PCs. The goal is to provide something that is not only stylish, but also helps you be more productive, and they show great promise. The HP Elite 1000 series is designed to be light and easy to use over long periods of time, but also withstand some abuse and be easy to see in any light. This line of notebooks allows you to manage calls with a single button press, is certified for Skype Business use, and includes audio by Bang and Olufsen alongside HP Audio Boost and HP Noise Cancellation. For business-use speaker-users, the default audio setup should suffice for just about any need.
The EliteBook x360 1020 G2 offers up a light and convertible device with a bright 700-bit 12.5 inch display that will allow you to view the screen whether you’re indoors or outdoors. Its refresh rate of 120 Hz is impressive, as are its 3840 x 2160 pixel dimensions. The starting price on it is $1,379 – so it’s definitely not something you will want to buy as an impulse purchase. There are several versions available, with the lower-end versions offering up an Intel i5 processor, while higher-end users can get a unit with an i7. The 720p webcam is solid, but for nearly $1,400, it’s a bit surprising to not have a full HD webcam included. The included pen does make artistic use with the device much easier, and anyone who prefers to take written notes instead of typing them will enjoy that feature as well.
The EliteBook 1040 G4 offers up quite a bit of power with an Intel Core i7 processor, and features an ultra-slim design with a long battery life. It will also run $1,379 and looks like a good buy for anyone needing something that is thin, but features a larger screen. Surprisingly, the company didn’t release detailed specs for the device – but the processor alone should ensure that this is a fine multi-tasking device. Without more to work with when it comes to raw information, it’s hard to draw many conclusions regarding the device. This is especially concerning given that it is set for a September release, and users may wind up with buyer’s remorse due to not being able to get concrete information on it quickly.
The EliteOne 1000 AiO is impressive, with three display options available. The starting price of $1,259 isn’t cheap, but gets you a 23.8 inch 1080p display. Shelling out more money can get you either a 34 inch diagonal curved display or a 27 inch 4K display that is perfect for either creating content or viewing it. With an i7 built-in and including Optane memory, this should handle pretty much any task you throw at it. This device looks like it would be perfect in a larger office setting and every version of it features a touch display to improve efficiency.
This is a fairly exciting lineup of computers, and should bolster HP’s market share. They have done a fine job marketing consumer-level devices, but this is their best lineup of devices created with business professionals in mind. It is somewhat worrisome that extensive specs haven’t been released for all of them yet. With each device having a variety of variants available, it does slightly make sense – but having at least baseline specs for all of them would be nice. Fortunately, it is easy to tell which device would be best for what professional use.
Anyone stuck in a desk for ten hours a day should look into getting the EliteOne 1000, while an on-the-go user would benefit from the EliteBook X360.