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September 1, 2016updated 21 Oct 2016 4:15pm

HP compact PCs a ‘re-invention’ of the office desktop

The manufacturer is shipping Pavilion Wave for the home market and HP Elite Slice for the commercial office workplace

By Sam

HP says its new PC designs have reinvented the format.

The HP Elite Slice weighs 2.31 lbs, with a design much smaller than traditional desktop PCs.

It is based on  6th generation Intel Core i7 35-watt processors.

Multiple hard drive and SSD storage options will come with the HP Elite Slice which can reportedly store up to 32 gigabytes of DDR4 memory.

Additional features include a non-compulsory touch fingerprint sensor for increased security and a HP ODD Module so that files can be backed up easily. Furthermore, a 360-degree dual fan pipe will keep the computer cool.

The ultra-small, form factor is 6.5” (16.51cm) x 1.38” (3.5cm) x 6.5” (16.51cm) and weighs 2.31 lbs (1.04kg).

In a statement the firm said: “The cable-less design allows for a clean work environment because customers do not separate cables plugged into the wall to power each component. This is the first commercial desktop powered from a display via only one USB 3.1 Type-C cable with a Type-C compatible display including the optional new Quad HD HP EliteDisplay S240uj Monitor. The display is equipped with integrated wireless charging and USB Type-C.”

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Features include wireless charging and back up options.

Customers can choose from different covers when configuring the PC and expand the solution at any time with additional modules to create the desktop that best fits their needs:

“HP Collaboration Cover turns the desktop into a Microsoft Skype for Business phone. HP Wireless Charging Cover wireless charging starts automatically upon contact to eliminate charging cables and ensure mobile phones and devices are powered, ready for use. The Wireless Charging Cover is expected to start shipping in the first half of 2017 and requires factory configuration. HP Audio Module: spoken word tuning makes virtual meetings and call experiences crisp and clear with audio tuned by Bang & Olufsen, 360 degree speaker design, dual-microphone array with range of five meters and HP Noise Cancellation software. HP ODD Module: for quick and easy back up or to archive files and access legacy content on CDs or DVDs.”

Other features include:

An optional touch fingerprint sensor for improved security and easy authentication.

HP Sure Start with Dynamic Protection, the industry’s first self-healing BIOS-level protection.

Peripheral support for enhanced productivity including one Ethernet port, built-in Wi-Fi module11 and antennas, one HDMI and one DisplayPort™ to power multiple displays.

 The HP Elite Slice portfolio also includes a conferencing room PC. HP Elite Slice for Meeting Rooms combines HP Elite Slice, the HP Collaboration Cover, HP Audio Module and Intel Unite software create a Microsoft Skype for Business conferencing solution.

The configuration can be combined with the new HP LD5511 55-inch (139cm) Large Format Display, which features 178-degree viewing angles with a resolution of 1920 x 1080.

Pricing and Availability

HP Elite Slice is expected to be available in the UK in September at a starting price of £500

HP Elite Slice for Meeting Rooms expected to be available in the UK in September at a starting price of £649.

HP EliteDisplay S240uj Monitor is expected to be available in the UK in November, with the pricing confirmed closer to the availability.

HP LD5511 55-inch Large Format Display is expected to be available in the UK in November, with the pricing confirmed closer to the availability.

The firm also announced the HP Pavilion Wave. Another compact design it is similar to the Elite Slice in scale. HP states that it will be 85 per cent smaller than traditional tower PCs.

Despite being considerably smaller, the PC will produce the same power as a full-sized desktop according to HP.

Targeted mainly at the home market, a new feature of the HP Pavilion Wave will be the Cortana audio system, which offers multimedia services as well as hands-free interaction with the computer through two dual microphones.

Additionally, a parabolic reflector will sit on top of the PC to reflect all sound that comes in from the speaker grille, creating a 360-degree sound reflection throughout a single room.

The Pavilion Wave will also come with support for peripherals since its capacity will host up to three USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI port, Gigabit Ethernet as well as one microphone or headphone jack.

Storage capacity of the Pavilion Wave will be 8 gigabytes of DDR4, with sixth generation Intel core processors being used, similar to the Elite Slice.

Achim Kuttler, general manager of the Personal Systems EMEA at HP, said: ‘‘Today’s desktop customers want sleek, innovative and powerful designs that enable new experience.

‘‘The HP Pavilion Wave and HP Elite Slice are the result of HP engineers and designers reinventing the desktop by rethinking its shape, size and look while adding functionality to enable new use cases.’’

HP Pavilion Wave is expected to be available in the UK from the end of September at a starting price of £679.99.

Ben Hardy contributed to this article.

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