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HP has got its groove going.

Last week market watcher IDC said HP had become the No. 1 PC supplier worldwide for the first time since early 2013. HP topped Lenovo in this year’s first quarter by more than 820,000 units.

In February we pointed out that while the overall PC business was tepid in Q1, HP’s PC business grew by 8 percent, in part by focusing on devices for businesses. 

Also last week, HP took another innovative step. It introduced new Pavilion convertibles and laptops at the very cool, very young Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. That was alongside headline performers including Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar.

HP was among the festival’s sponsors, too. At the site, HP also provided PCs for an 11,000-square-foot dome called The Antarctic, and equipped its HP Lounge with a station for creating high-tech artifacts that included “bespoke bandanas” (apparently a thing), sharable photos, life-size kaleidoscopes with lasers, and virtual-reality displays.  

6 new Pavilions

The new HP devices are pretty cool, too. They offer features typically reserved for higher-end devices, including a USB-C port, active pen support for Windows Ink, and 7th Gen Intel Core processors. Windows 10 comes standard, as does a wide-vision camera and dual speakers. Storage options include up to 256GB of SSD and 1TB of hard disk. Stylish colors are offered, too, including Opulent Blue, Silk Gold and Orchid Pink. All in all, HP says, the new devices have been designed to “inspire today’s students and tomorrow’s re-inventors.”

HP Pavilion laptop

HP introduced 6 new Pavilion devices last week. They are:

> HP Pavilion x360 11: This new member of HP’s line of x360 convertibles comes with an 11.6-inch HD IPS display. Like the other x360s, it has a 360-degree hinge that lets the device be used in any of 4 modes. This model retails for just under $350.

> HP Pavilion x360 14: Same as above, but with a larger 14-inch screen. Retail pricing has been set at $449.

> HP Pavilion x360 15: Same again, this time with a 15.6-inch display and a retail price set at $579.

> HP Pavilion 14 Laptop: HP says its latest Pavilion laptops feature something called 3D metal, which lets a single sheet of metal be wrapped around the device’s sides and back, removing visual seams. There’s also a lift hinge, previously offered only on HP’s Envy gaming laptops, that’s said to improve both typing comfort and airflow. The retail price for the 14-inch version is $700.

> HP Pavilion 15 Laptop: Same as above, but with a larger 15.6-inch display and a retail price just under $600.

> HP Pavilion 17 Laptop: Same as above, but this time with a 17-inch display and a retail price just under $630.

All 6 devices are shipping now, says HP. That’s pretty cool, too.


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