The role of the PC is changing. Today’s devices are smaller and lighter. More flexible. More user-friendly. And easier to manage.
Exhibit A: the latest PCs from Lenovo and HP. Introduced yesterday, they embody the spirit of today’s thoroughly modern computing devices.
Here’s your tech provider’s update.
The company yesterday announced 4 new devices in its A Series laptop and ThinkCentre desktop lines, all powered by AMD processors.
Lenovo’s A285 laptop features an AMD CPU
> A Series Laptops: The 2 new models are the A285 and A485. Both are powered by AMD Ryzen PRO processors with integrated Radeon Vega graphics. Both also feature several USB-C ports. Shipments are set to start this summer, but Lenovo hasn’t yet revealed the retail prices.
> ThinkCentre desktops: 2 new models here, too — the ThinkCentre M725s Small Form-Factor and the ThinkCentre M715q Tiny. Aside from the fact that both will be powered by AMD Ryzen PRO processors with integrated Radeon Vega graphics, there’s not much detail yet on either. The Tiny does fit into Lenovo’s Tiny-in-One, a mount and stand kit introduced earlier this month. Shipments of both desktop devices are set for July; retail prices are still to be announced.
HP had a busy day yesterday, announcing no fewer than 11 devices in its Elite 1000 Series and Envy lines. All will run Windows 10 with the Cortana voice assistant, and all offer security protection from Microsoft’s Windows Defender.
HP’s Elite x2 1013: a powerful detachable PC
Here’s the rundown:
> EliteBook x360 1030: A convertible PC that weighs 2.75 lb. and is 15.8 mm (about two-thirds of an inch) thin. HP promises battery life of up to 18 hours. Shipments are set for June with a starting retail price of about $1,500.
> Elite x2 1013: A detachable PC with a 13-inch display, Intel Quad Core vPro processor, and HP Sure View protection. Shipments are set for June with a starting retail price of about $1,500.
> EliteBook 1050: An ultra-slim business notebook with Nvidia GeForce 1050 graphics, up to 4 TB of SSD storage, and battery life promised at up to 16 hours. Shipments are set for May with a starting retail price of $1,900.
> EliteOne 1000 AiO: A 34-inch all-in-one PC that can be used for videoconferencing. Includes a full HD webcam, integrated collaboration keys, cool audio features that include noise cancellation. Shipments will start in June with a starting retail price of $1,280.
> EliteDisplay S14: An auxiliary 14-inch display that is powered by a single USB-C port for each connectivity to other devices. Shipments begin in July with retail prices starting at $219.
HP Envy Curved AiO 34: nearly 3 feet of graphic glass
> Envy 13 Laptop: Sleek and stylish, it features an 8th Gen Intel Core processor, optional Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics, and battery life of up to 14 hours. Shipments are set for May with a starting retail price of $1,000.
> Envy x360 13: This 13-inch convertible is HP’s first with an AMD Ryzen processor with Radeon Vega graphics. Battery life is promised at up to 11 hours. Shipments start in May with a starting retail price of $760.
> Envy x360 15: Another convertible, this one comes with a choice of either an Intel or AMD processor. Other options include a 4K display or touch screen. Shipments are set for May, with starting prices set at $870 (with Intel CPU) and $750 (with AMD CPU).
> Envy 17 laptop: Positioned as a desktop replacement, this laptop offers the option of Intel Optane memory. Shipping in May, it will retail for $1,050 and up.
> Envy Curved AiO 34: One cool-looking curved-screen all-in-one PC, it offers the option of Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics. HP says it’s three times more powerful than its predecessor. A 27-inch version is set to ship in May with a starting retail price of $1,400, and HP says the 34-incher will ship later this year.
> Envy Desktop: If any desktop could be cool, this is the one. Its case is silver, modern and minimalist. Under the hood is an 8th Gen Intel Core processor. Two options are Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics and Intel Optane memory. Shipping next month, it will retail for $800 and up.