HP Envy Phoenix 810 Gaming PC
Games are one of the few apps driving PC sales these days, and HP has no intention of missing out. While the Envy Phoenix line represents little threat to such benchmark-crushing super-rigs as Origin's Genesis Z87 or Maingear's Shift Super Stock, it carries price tags that are a fraction of what those monuments to conspicuous consumption command.
HP's new Envy Phoenix 810 will be available on October 16 with a Core i7 Extreme processor, your choice of Nvidia or AMD discrete graphics, and Beats audio processing for a starting price of $1299. The machine will also feature liquid cooling, a windowed case, and room inside the chassis for up to three additional hard drives.
Pavilion and Envy displays
HP's accountants are doing their level best to amortize the cost of the brand names the company acquired from Rahul Sood back in 2006. While the latest computers—and the new Envy 23 IPS display—carry little of that old Voodoo PC magic, I'm sure it beats simply writing off all that goodwill.
In any event, HP promises to deliver a very inexpensive, high-quality display this November with its $249 Envy 23 IPS monitor. The display has native resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, two HDMI inputs, and one VGA input. It lacks speakers, but it does offer Beats audio processing via a headphone output.
HP will also deliver a very economical means of adding touchscreen capabilities to an existing stand-alone PC with the Pavilion 23tm Touch Monitor. The 23-inch display achieves its $349 price point by virtue of using optical touch sensors instead of pricier capacitive technology. Six cameras arranged around the bezel are capable of detecting a maximum of five touch points, and a thin border between the bezel and the active area of the display allows for finger swipes from the edge of the display.
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