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HP beckons back-to schoolers with Pavilion, Envy, and Envy Phoenix PCs, plus a 4K display

Gordon Mah Ung | May 5, 2015
Nothing says back-to-school like a new desktop PC with a 4K panel. At least, that's what HP thinks this season. The company has announced re-skinned desktops and a new all-in-one PC aimed at the student crowd.

Pavilion All-in-One features edge-to-edge glass

HP's other desktop announcement was its Pavilion All-in-One featuring edge-to-edge glass. There's still a bezel, but the glass goes all the way to the edge. Although there were thoughts of ejecting optical, HP said its customers continue to want it, so a 9.5mm mobile drive is offered.

The Pavilion comes in three display sizes: a 21.5-inch model for $600, a 23-inch model for $699, and a 27-inch model (pricing yet to be announced). All sport touch and 1920x1080-resolution displays. For processing power, the new Pavilion will offer everything from Celeron to Core i7, as well as everything from A4 to A10 in AMD APUs. They will offer offer discrete GPU options too, using AMD's no-longer-so-secret Radeon R9 GPUs.

The last announcement is a new Spectre Studio Display. This 32-inch panel cost $999 and sports a 3840x2160 resolution. On inputs, the monitor uses the latest HDMI 2.0 input, which supports 4K resolution at 60Hz, as well as a standard HDMI 1.4 port and a DisplayPort 1.2 input.

Because few have access to native 4K content, HP says the monitor features an upscaler to make standard 1080p content "look great" at 4K resolution. The final trick the Spectre Studio Display offers is support for two simultaneous inputs to be viewed at once side-by-side.

HP didn't say what the panel technology was, but its 178-degree wide viewing angle implies IPS or IPS-like technology. 


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