In April, HP flooded the market with a slew of back-to-school PC aimed at the mobile crowd. This week, HP has switched its attention to the school age children that prefer their PC in desktop form, despite the fact that the form-factor is losing favor in this demographic.
HP’s refreshed desktop lineup for 2015 includes new Pavilion All-in-One, Pavilion Tower, ENVY Tower, and ENVY Phoenix Tower PCs. We’ll start off with the Pavilion AIOs which are available in 21.5-, 23-, and 27-inch display sizes; all with Full HD and IPS support. HP gives customers the choice of fourth generation Intel Celeron and Core processors (Core i3, i5, and i7), or next generation AMD A-Series processor (A4 through A10). Integrated graphics are standard on the new Pavilion AIOs, but you can opt for discrete AMD Radeon R7 A330 or A360 graphics cards if you want to get a little bit of gaming in on the side. It’s interesting that HP has leaked out these new discrete GPUs ahead of AMD’s official announcement.
When it comes to connectivity, you’ll find two front-mounted USB 3.0 ports and a 3-in-1 media reader. Out back you’ll find four USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out, and a LAN port.
HP is also looking to give the typically mundane desktop tower a makeover with the new refreshed Pavilion Tower (which will be offered in Blizzard White, Natural Silver, Nobel Blue, and Sunset Red). Like the aforementioned Pavilion AIO, the Pavilion Tower is available with fourth generation Core and Celeron processors or your choice of next generation AMD A-Series processors. However, HP throws a switch-up on the discrete graphics side by offering an optional NVIDIA GeForce GTX 745 instead of a discrete solution from AMD.
The Pavilion Tower brings with its four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI/DVI/VGA, a 7-in-1 media reader, and B&O Play Audio Music Control.
Moving on to HP’s higher-end desktops, we land on the ENVY Tower. As Intel hasn’t gotten around to refreshing its desktop processor lineup yet, you’ll find Intel Core i5 and i7 processors or AMD A8 and FX processors along with your choice of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 or AMD Radeon R9 380 discrete GPUs. Wait a second, R9 380? Yep, you read that correctly. HP has once again leaked an unannounced AMD GPU, this time on the high-end of the market. We don’t have any confirmed specs for the R9 380, but with HP’s controlled leak this week, AMD can’t be too far behind with its own official announcement.
Sitting at the top of the desktop lineup is the ENVY Phoenix Tower which brings with it a darkened aluminum chassis with red LED accent lighting. It supports 4K displays, NVIDIA and AMD discrete graphics and factory-supported overcooking via the HP ENVY Phoenix Tower Overclocking Control closed loop liquid cooling system.
For those looking for a high-end monitor to pair with HP’s new towers, there’ the new Spectre Studio Display which delivers 32-inches of UHD 4K goodness (3840x2160). The IPS display boasts 178-degree viewing angles along with support for HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort.
The 21.5-inch and 23-inch Pavilion AIOs will be available for $649.99 and $699.99 respectively and will launch in June. The Pavilion, ENVY, and ENVY Phoenix Towers will also be available in June for $449.9, $699.99, and $899.99 respectively. The Spectre Studio Display will launch on May 24 for $999.99.