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CES: HP unveils IPS monitors and budget notebooks

As well as a wireless content streaming gadget
Mon Jan 07 2013, 15:27

MAKER OF EXPENSIVE PRINTER INK HP announced a slew of devices at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas today, including a raft of new monitors, two budget notebooks and a pocket-sized storage device for wireless content streaming.

The most notable of HP's new monitor range includes the firm's first display with integrated Beats Audio. Named the HP Envy 27, the monitor has built-in speakers that are angled upward to deliver midrange and high frequencies with rich bass.

hp envy 27 monitor with Beats Audio

The display also features an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel that provides viewing angles of 178 degrees horizontally and vertically. It also features a stylish edge-to-edge glass design along with a slim profile measuring 14mm and supported by a narrow aluminium base.

As you'd expect with a monitor focused on providing good sounds, there is also a conveniently located headphone jack as well as subwoofer and digital audio outputs.

The HP Envy 27in IPS Monitor with Beats Audio is expected to be available worldwide on 3 February for around £300.

However, HP hasn't left out the business or budget segments of the market with the release, as the entertainment focused monitor was unveiled alongside the HP Pavilion IPS LED Backlit Monitor series and the HP Pro Display series.

Aimed at "bringing IPS technology to everyday computing at affordable prices", HP's range of Pavilion IPS LED Backlit Monitors includes 20in, 21in, 23in, 25in and 27in sizes and has been upgraded from the last series to include 178 degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles, a thinner design and connectivity that covers digital, multimedia and analogue options.

The HP Pavilion IPS LED Backlit Monitor series is expected to be available on 20 January and will range in price from around £80 to £220.

The HP Pro Display Series, which offers an energy efficient display with "a sculpted, soft black slender form" and an LED backlit panel, comes in 18.5in, 20in and 21.5in models.

VGA, DVI and Displayport inputs work with legacy and new devices while the integrated USB hub keeps peripherals close at hand. Flexible height, tilt, swivel and pivot adjustments offer true ergonomic benefits to customers so they can be productive throughout the day.

HP said its Pro Display Series is expected to be available sometime in February in a price range between £80 and £120.


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