Items tagged with Hewlett Packard

Uncle Sam doesn't like it when you try to pull one over on him, and that's something Hewlett Packard had to go and find out the hard way. After standing accused of offering kickbacks to systems integrator companies in exchange for recommending HP products to U.S. agencies, the OEM has agreed to fork over $55 million to put the whole incident in their rear view mirror, the Justice Department announced this week. "Contractors must deal fairly with the government when doing business with federal agencies," said U.S. assistant attorney general Tony West. "As this case demonstrates, we will take action against those who seek to taint the government procurement process with illegal kickbacks." The... Read more...
Intel just recently announced that its dual-core Atom N550 processor will be shipping in no less than 12 netbooks now and in the coming weeks, so we'll cut Hewlett Packard (HP) some slack for being slow to update its main product pages. But while the company's HP Mini 5103 netbook landing still shows old specs, the product's Energy Star profile and user manual reveal that a dual-core upgrade is in the netbook's cards. As originally configured, the HP Mini 5103 comes with the now oldie-moldy, single-core N455 (or N475). The Atom N550 upgrade comes clocked a little slower than both of those other chips (1.5GHz versus 1.66GHz and 1.83GHz, respectively), but with two cores, it should provide a much... Read more...
When given the opportunity to review HP's new 30" ZR30w display, we answered 'yes' without hesitation. We didn't need to hear the rest - the fact that this is a ginormous 30-inch display built around a sexy S-IPS panel is all we needed to know. S-IPS, or Super In-Plane Switching, is the Rolls Royce of display panels and almost always offers significantly better color reproduction and far wider viewing angles than the much more common (and cheaper to produce) Twisted Nematic (TN) panels. S-IPS displays also tend to tap deeper into your gold reserve than TN-based monitors, and when you're talking about 30 inches of screen real estate, things can get expensive awfully quick. Or at least that used... Read more...
How should you go about determining what size monitor to buy? It's simple - go out and purchase the biggest, baddest display you can afford, because really, you only get one shot at this thing called life, so why waste it staring at a 23-inch panel? If you're still not convinced, consider that, more than any other component in your entire build, it's the monitor you'll use to its fullest 100 percent of the time. You can't say that about your dual-videocards, six-core processor, or even your keyboard, but it certainly applies to your display, the one piece of hardware that brings the entire build together. Suffice it to say, when HP asked if we were interested in evaluating their new ZR30w display,... Read more...
All the "I"s are dotted and the "T"s are crossed in Hewlett Packard's $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm, which was finalized on Thursday, HP announced. That means HP can officially begin putting into motion whatever plans it has for Palm's technology, and most notably the newly acquired webOS platform. "With webOS, HP will deliver its customers a unique and compelling experience across smartphones and other mobility products," said Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP. "This allows us the opportunity to fully engage in growing our smartphone family offering and the footprint of webOS." There has been plenty of speculation that webOS's footprint would include a tablet,... Read more...
Hewlett Packard is giving it up for Mother Nature by releasing four new displays that promise not to put the hurt the environment, in case you care about that sort of thing. Each of the four monitors use only two-lamp panels instead of four to reduce both power consumption and toxic chemicals, and as a result are Energy Star 5.0 compliant and TCO 5.0 certified. Working our way from top to bottom we start with the 2710m, a 27-inch display with a 1920x1080 native resolution and rated at 400 nits of brightness. Other specs include a 2.5ms response time (GTG), 92-percent color gamut coverage, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, and VGA, DVI-D, HDMI, and audio inputs. The 23-inch 2310m sports mostly the same... Read more...
If the latest reports turn out to be true, then Hewlett Packard might be doing a huge favor for Apple. According to Spanish paper Clipset, worst case scenario is that HP won't be shipping its Slate tablet until September, by which time Apple's iPad would have about a 5 month head start.We probably won't have to wait quite that long, but whether or not the Slate ships before the tail-end of summer remains to be seen. Loosely translated, Clipset claims the official launch is scheduled for June and that units will arrive in Europe "before September." What that means for the U.S. market isn't yet known.We'd be a little surprised if the Slate slipped that long, especially with the way HP has been... Read more...
In just a few weeks, Apple will finally release its much hyped iPad to the public, and if Apple has its way, the iPad will do for the tablet space what the iPod did for media player market and iPhone did for the smartphone sector. In other words, it will set the bar by which all competitor products are measured, no matter how loud the anti-Apple sentiment resonates from die-hard PC (as in, Windows-based) fans. But here's the thing. Unlike Apple's previous products, which could be considered groundbreaking in one way or another at the time of release, the iPad isn't exactly revolutionary and leaves the door open for competitors to jump in with a better product. Could HP's Slate fit the bill?"With... Read more...
With a claim of “nearly 30-years of touch innovation” under its belt, HP is no stranger to touch-input technology. The company has recently integrated touch input into a number of its consumer and business product lines, such as tablets and displays and perhaps is most well-known for its line of TouchSmart all-in-one desktop PCs. In fact, when the TouchSmart first debuted in 2007, it was one of very first multi-touch desktop PCs to hit the market, though touch technology has come a long way since then, especially with the advent of Windows 7's touch capabilities.Taking advantage of a good thing when they see it, HP has produced a few major updates to the TouchSmart line, culminating in the latest... Read more...
With the announcement that certain configurations of its Envy 15 laptops will come with the new USB 3.0 spec, HP is now one of the first computer companies to offer the fast new technology on its machines. Although USB 3.0 has been talked about for quite some time, it hasn't been a reality for that long. As you may recall, USB 3.0 promises speeds that are more than ten times as fast as USB 2.0. To put this another way, USB 3.0 offers speeds up to 5Gbps, compared to USB 2.0’s 480Mbps. With these types of speed increases, transferring files (especially large video files) will be completed much more quickly—1GB of data can be transferred in 3.3 seconds, compared to at least 33 seconds with USB 2.0.... Read more...
Synopsis:  HP's HDX 18t Premium Series Notebook is a mammoth 18" desktop replacement machine with a wealth of multimedia-targeted features and capabilities on board. With a stylish, glossy exterior, large keyboard area with touch-sensitive illuminated buttons, a TV tuner and remote control, this machine screams Media Center PC. It has a fair bit of gaming under the hood as well, with NVIDIA's GeForce 9600M GT powering its graphics subsystem.  It's a well-rounded machine at a fair price ($1599 as tested), that will serve a multitude of usage scenarios for the family or power user with perhaps the exception of hardcore gaming solely focused on frame rate.  All told we think the HP... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard announced a new line of notebook PCs that "merge business functionality with sophisticated design." In other words, a notebook computer that's a bit pricier than some, but gives you what you need for business use.The HP ProBooks start at $529 and weigh starting at 5.7 pounds and come with:• Windows Vista Business 32, Home Basic 32 and Home Premium 32• Intel Core 2 Duo or Celeron Dual-Core processors• Full-sized, raised-key keyboard (i.e., a separate numeric keypad, plus a touchpad with scroll zone)• A 14-, 15.6- and 17.3-inch diagonal LED-backlit (HD) displays• Optional integrated Bluetooth Taking a cue from the L.L. Bean catalog, perhaps, the colors... Read more...
After HP's acquisition of Voodoo PC last year, many speculated that the company's entrance into the high-end gaming PC market was imminent.  After all, why else would they have bought Voodoo, right?  But since then, not much has changed.  It seemed as if it was business as usual at both HP and Voodoo.  HP was secretly working on their own gaming PC, however, and its codename was Blackbird.   Despite what you may be thinking, the Blackbird wasn't being designed solely by the newly acquired engineers from Voodoo.  In fact, the Blackbird project was well underway before the acquisition was finalized.  The two did collaborate on a design though, that ultimately became the product we’re featuring... Read more...
We hardware fanbois at HotHardware observe which  processor  is chosen by computer manufacturers  like an old man at a racetrack watches the horses. Hewlett-Packard surprised us a bit by skipping right past Intel and AMD and using chipset maker Via Technologies of Taiwan for the processor in their new desktop, aimed at the mainland Chinese market. Via brings some novel characteristics to HP. The processor consumes only 20 watts of power, relatively low for a desktop chip. IT managers around the world are trying to curb power consumption by buying more energy-efficient servers and desktops. Reducing energy consumption has been a particularly acute issue in China where much of the electricity... Read more...
Good evening folks! Andrew just finished a new review of a value-priced notebook from Hewlett Packard, the ZE2000. The HP ZE2000, which is based on the Intel 855GME/ICH4-M Chipset for Pentium/Celeron-M processors, sports a 15" LCD and a great set of built-in Hardmon Kardon speakers. If you're in the market for an inexpensive notebook, you'll want to check this one out...... Read more...
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