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October 25, 2012

HP Puts Prices to Windows 8 PC Array

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TMCnet Writer

While things haven't exactly been the greatest for HP of late, the company is not going out without a fight. To that end, they announced yesterday their pricing and availability structures for Windows 8 PCs. HP is going to have plenty of them in the fray, and available for a wide variety of budgets and user needs.


There are over a dozen different units in the offering, some available currently and others available in the days to follow. For those whose budgets weigh heavily on their minds when computer shopping, the HP Pavilion line will be welcome. The Pavilion Sleekbook 14 and the Pavilion Sleekbook 15 will come in either black or ruby, and ultrathin styling, for $499.99 or $579.99, respectively. The Pavilion dm1, meanwhile, will even provide 200 megabytes of free data access per month for two years on the T-Mobile (News - Alert) network, and will set you back $499.99. Those wanting a desktop can check out the Pavilion 20 all in one system for $449.

Those with a little more padding in the budget can pre-order the HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 with a 14 inch multitouch display at $799.99 right now, or try the HP ENVY m4 for $899.99. Splitting the difference is HP's tablet / PC hybrid, the ENVY x2, which is expected to be available November 14 for $849.99. A complete line of mid-grade desktops will also be in play, with the HP ENVY 20, the ENVY Phoenix h9, and the ENVY 23 each currently available for $799, $899, and $999, respectively.

Finally, those for whom the budget is no consideration will have plenty of upper-end choices to consider, as the EliteBook Folio 9470m is expected tomorrow for $1,049 for starters. The HP SpectreONE will also be on hand, with a 23.6 inch all in one system with no touchscreen capability for $1,299, and the SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook will offer 15.6 multitouch capability in an ultrabook for $1399.99.

There's one model left to consider in the ElitePad 900. That's not expected to show up until January of 2013, and as such, there's no pricing available yet on it.

It's clear that HP is going to go after the PC market with the kind of vigor that would be expected of a major name like HP. It's also clear that HP isn't counting on the PC market to provide the bulk of its sales any more, with several laptops, a couple of hybrids, and some unusual extras thrown in. HP's moves to diversify are important, especially considering the number of reversals that HP has suffered in the industry so far. But still, it's quite clear that they've come a long way, and will be bringing quality material to the market for some time to come.

Edited by Brooke Neuman
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