HP launches the Envy 14 Spectre, a glass-covered Ultrabook

If you love how HP designs their computing products, then you’ll gonna love the latest HP Envy. The HP Envy 14 Spectre is a 14-inch Ultrabook unlike no other in terms of design. The Spectre features a Gorilla glass finish not only on its display panel but also on its lid and palm rest giving it an elegant and sexy look. Don’t let the fragile look fool you, this Ultrabook has a lightweight aluminum build under that tough scratch-resistant Gorilla glass. It’s not the thinnest 14-inch ultrabook around but it sure is a beauty. Despite the 14-inch display, this ultrabook has the body of a 13.3-inch thanks to its almost borderless design. The backlit keyboard can sense your approach and will lit up when your hands are near. Powering the Spectre is Intel’s 2nd Generation Core i7 processor along with 4GB DDR3 memory and a 256GB SSD for storage. It doesn’t skimp on ports either which you’ll find on the left side. You’ll get USB 3.0 ports, full HDMI port, card reader, and even a LAN port and a mini DisplayPort. On the right you’ll find the switch to turn on Beats Audio powering the sound of this laptop and also a rare jog dial to control the volume. HP claims its high-capacity 4-cell battery can give you 9-hours worth of computing on a single charge. The HP Envy 14 Spectre is now available at all HP partner stores and resellers nationwide with a retail price of Php116,990. It’s clearly not for everyone but if you have it, other people will surely be envious. HP Envy 14 Spectre Specs: 14″ diagonal HD+ Radiance LED backlit display (1600×900) in a 13.3″ chassis Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Intel Core i7-2677M (1.80GHz) Intel HD Graphics 3000 4GB DDR3 RAM 256GB SSD 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0 Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, audio in/out Beats Audio system with 2 high-performance speakers 4-cell battery (up to 9 hours) 12.88″ x 8.7″ x 0.79″ 3.79lb SRP: Php116,990...

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The Great HP Sale, up to 80% off from Nov 28 to Dec 2

MSI-ECS is having another sale. This time it’s for HP products such as desktops, printers and laptops as well as a few more accessories left from the previous MSI-ECS Warehouse Sale. The Great HP Sale will be on Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 only from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm, at the MSI-ECS Bldg., # 3 Economia St. Bagumbayan, Quezon City. They promise up to 80% off discount and browsing through the price list I saw the following deals: An HP EliteBook 2530p (runs on SSD) which retailed for almost a 100 thou 3 years ago and is now being sold for Php20k! The Biscotti colored HP G42 which is a 14-inch Core i5 lappy for Php15k. 14-inch HP 430 notebooks that has Sandy Bridge Core i3 processors for only Php17k. HP Desktop PCs for as low as Php7k. Don’t believe me? See the price list for yourself. Happy hunting! Related posts: Buy a VAIO but pay for it next year What LG and Nokia should learn from their super sale Win some extra cash from Microsoft Hardware products Year-starter Promos from ASUS Lenovo’s Back-to-School Mall Tours gives you discounts and freebies MSI-ECS Warehouse Sale 2011 happening on Sep...

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HP TouchPad 16GB goes on sale for $99

It seems that HP is wasting no time letting go of stocks of their HP TouchPad. Only a day after HP suprisingly announced that they are abandoning their WebOS, a memo was sent out to affiliates asking them to bring down the price of the TouchPad to $99 for the 16GB and $149 for the 32GB. Now if that doesn’t seem like a fire sale I don’t know what is. Even if there’s no support for the WebOS in the future, people would still be rushing to get these $99 TouchPads. I would if it weren’t sold out. For $99, you would get an HP-branded tablet for your browsing and multimedia needs. Forget about not having all the apps that you want, it’s still a useful device without for the price you are paying. Other online stores are reverting back to the original price while some are giving it a $100 discount. For those who bought it at full price ($399), HP is offering refunds if you ask nicely from them or the retail partner you got it from. UPDATE: Best Buy America is pulling out their TouchPad stocks and shipping them back to HP. Best Buy reversed its decision and will now continue selling the HP TouchPad for as low as $99. Good luck finding one though. Related posts: HP intros entry-level notebook, the stylish G Series HP intros Slate 500 Tablet PC, made for banks...

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HP updates the Pavilion dv6, adds Beats by Dr. Dre audio

If you’re the type of guy who values sound quality on a multimedia laptop, look no further than the refreshed version of the HP Pavilion dv6. If other laptops have Harman Kardon powering their audio, the HP Pavilion dv6 has audio technology from the freakishly popular Beats by Dr. Dre. This is an exclusive collaboration with HP to bring you the signature Beats sound profile across HP’s premium notebook. To maximize this feature, the Pavilion dv6 also includes Quad speakers (two in front and two in the rear) to up the listening experience. The HP Pavilion dv6 doesn’t fall behind on the visual end as well powered by an AMD Radeon HD 6770M discrete graphics with 1GB GDDR5 VRAM. That’s not a typo, it’s really a GDDR5 video memory. Coupled with a 15.6” HD display, HD movies and gaming will surely be something to look forward to when using this laptop. The HP CoolSense Technology is also included here which combines advanced hardware and intelligent cooling software for a notebook that feels noticeably cooler. Something you would want from such a powerful notebook. Not only does the Pavilion dv6 look good and classy with design elements borrowed from their ENVY line, this laptop is also packed with the latest technologies like the Intel Sandy Bridge processor and USB 3.0. We have no word yet on local pricing but the configuration listed below is going for $999.99 in the US. * Forgive us for the crummy photos. They don’t do justice to the real beauty of the actual unit. HP Pavilion dv6 (dv6-6001TX) Specs: Genuine Windows 7 Premium OS 2nd gen Intel Core i7-2630QM Processor 2.0GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz AMD Radeon HD 6770M switchable graphics with 1GB GDDR5 VRAM 15.6″ HP Brightview LED Display (1366 x 768) 4GB DDR3 Memory 750GB w/ HP ProtectSmart HD protection SuperMulti 8x DVDRW 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2x USB 3.0, 6x USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, RJ-45 HP TrueVision HD webcam with integrated digital microphone Beats Audio, Quad...

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HP TouchSmart 610 is a touchscreen All-In-One PC

All-In-One PCs still hasn’t caught up in our market. People still prefer the traditional desktop or laptop as their home PC’s. With the HP TouchSmart 610, HP is showing you that All-In-One PCs can be the desktop choice of the future sooner rather than later. Kids would absolutely love to learn how to use a PC via touchscreen instead of the traditional keyboard and mouse. The HP TouchSmart 610 is an AIO that has some impressive specs, a 23-inch HD widescreen multi-touch display and a unique reclining design that is geared towards an ergonomic way of computing. The problem with touchscreen PCs is that it’s not easy and comfortable to touch the icons from a 90-degree angle. With the TouchSmart 610, you can recline it at a much comfortable angle if you wish to use its touch features. Because it’s more fun to play Angry Birds on a touchscreen than with a mouse. The TouchSmart software it comes with also allows easy navigation using touch. There’s also an exclusive HP touch-enabled version of Ubisoft’s real-time strategy game, R.U.S.E. If you want to get serious, the TouchSmart 610 makes a good multimedia PC with its powerful specs. It has the 2nd Generation Intel Core i3 processor (3.10 GHz) with an ATI MXM30 Viper 1GB graphics card. It also comes with Beats Audio which I’m sure is quite popular to a lot of Filipinos.  An HP wireless keyboard and mouse is also included. We’re still inquiring HP for the pricing and availability of this TouchSmart 610 and we’ll let you know once we got it. For a rough estimate, international price is USD 999 which would mean it will fall in the Php45,000 to Php50,000 range. HP TouchSmart 610 All-in-One PC Specs: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) Intel Core i3-2100 Processor (3M Cache, 3.10 GHz) ATI MXM30 Viper 1GB graphics card 23″ TFT Panel with multi-touch capabilities 4GB DDR3 Memory 500 GB SATA 7200 RPM hard drive SuperMulti SATA DVDRW Drive with Lightscribe Technology HP...

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HP intros Slate 500 Tablet PC, made for banks only

Apr 08, 11 HP intros Slate 500 Tablet PC, made for banks only

Posted by in Featured, Laptops & Tablets, Tech News

Earlier at the HP Elevate 2011 event at Makati Shangri-la, HP showcased their products and solutions for business. One of the products we were interested in was their HP Slate 500 Tablet PC. The HP Slate is a tablet PC running on Windows 7 Pro and has an Intel Atom Z540 (1.8GHz) under its hood. I know, not exactly a good combination of OS and processor. But the Slate is not made for multimedia content or gaming but is created mainly for customized apps use in a banking institution. Yes, HP’s first tablet is not for consumers however we were hinted that a Palm OS version might probably arrive in the future which would cater to the average joe. The Slate is still a decent tablet though albeit on the thick side. It has a an 8.9-inch screen capable of 1024 x 600 resolution and comes with a 2GB RAM and a 64GB solid state drive. A front and rear camera is also available for some Skype or video-conferencing action. It has the standard ports you would need for an enterprise tablet with some more on its charging dock. The charging dock is where the Slate usually seats due to its roughly 2.5-hour battery life. The dock has a couple of extra USB slots and a mic/earphone jack as well as an HDMI out to project your movies slide presentation to a larger screen. The wireless keyboard is optional. This tiny piece of keyboard has a small trackpad for your mouse needs located on the upper right corner and the left-click is on the upper-left corner so you can control your Slate from a distance which is good if you’re using an external monitor. You can connect any generic external USB keyboards and mouse on the Slate though. No price was mentioned so if your company needs these, contact your HP enterprise solution resellers. HP Slate 500 Tablet PC Specs: Windows 7 Professional 32-bit Intel Atom Processor Z540 (1.86 GHz) 2 GB DDR2 RAM...

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HP intros entry-level notebook, the stylish G Series

HP has been relegating the entry-level market for their laptops to the Compaq brand over the past few years. However, consumers are clamoring for an entry-level laptop carrying the premium HP brand. The result? The HP G42 series of notebooks which combines performance, looks and most of all, value. The HP G42 only comes in a 14-inch display. Right off the bat you can see how elegant it looks with the matte HP Imprint finish that is anti-fingerprint. According to HP, the color they have for the G42 is Biscotti. Sounds yummy. The HPG42 is powered by Intel Core series of mobile processor, Core i3 and Core i5. It is coupled with an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 Graphics and ALTEC Lansing audio speakers for an above average multimedia experience. What’s nice about the HPG42 aside from its looks is the big flushed touchpad that feels really responsive. The single rocker for the click buttons surprisingly has nice feedback. They don’t have the typical chiclet style keyboard which is so overused already. But instead, they use what they call a pocket-style keyboard and it feels nice while typing. They also alternated the F1-F12 keys with the functional buttons. Instead of holding Fn and a Function key to adjust brightness or volume, you just click those button directly. The Fn key is used to invoking the F1-F12 keys. The HPG42 is a really nicely-designed notebook that gives you the feel of a premium device with a premium brand at an affordable price point. HP G42 Specs: Processor and OS Intel Core i5-460M Processor (2.53 GHz) – Windows 7 Home Premium Intel Core i3-370M Processor (2.40 GHz) – Windows 7 Home Basic Intel Core i3-370M Processor (2.40 GHz) – DOS 14” HD HP BrightView LED Display 2GB DDR3 System Memory (up to 4GB) 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 Graphics 500GB HDD SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW 1.3mp webcam 6-cell battery (up to 5.5 hours) 2.2 kilos Price: Php37,990 – Core i3 with DOS Php41,990 – Core i3...

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IBM acquires Storwize; HP & Dell bid for 3PAR

Aug 31, 10 IBM acquires Storwize; HP & Dell bid for 3PAR

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IBM already completed the acquisition of Storewize, on-line storage optimization through real-time data compression. Hence, it will be known as Storewize, an IBM Company. Oh the other hand, HP and Dell are still competing for 3PAR.  3PAR’s technology enables large companies to shift to “cloud” storage platforms, giving them extra speed in accessing data and cutting storage costs by nearly 59 percent, according to the company. From Dell’s bid of USD18 per share announced on August 16, HP made a counter bid of USD24 per share but it was matched by Dell again. HP’s latest bid is USD30 per share. Data storage firm 3PAR has said a newly-raised acquisition offer by computer-maker Hewlett-Packard was “superior” to that made by Dell, amid a bidding war between the PC giants. 3PAR’s board has determined that the unsolicited proposal by HP constitutes a ‘superior proposal, the firm said. “The 3PAR board of directors notified Dell of its intention to terminate the merger agreement with Dell,” after a period of three business days, the firm added. Related posts: No related...

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MSI-ECS opens its first service center in Taguig

Aug 03, 10 MSI-ECS opens its first service center in Taguig

Posted by in Personal Computing, Tech News

MSI-ECS is one of the largest IT distributors in the country for products from Acer, Apple, HP, Lenovo and Samsung. Last week, they announced the opening of their first DigiCARE computer service facility which is located at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. “We hope that existing customers will gain full confidence on these brands as they are assured that their IT investments are protected and that they are guaranteed that the life of their unit is prolonged. We have industry-certified engineers and technicians to address whatever service requirements they may need,” said Jimmy Go, president and CEO, MSI-ECS Philippines. Mr. Go further added that aside from offering services and repair, the facility will also hold certification trainings to their channel partners to uplift their competencies. The Service Center is at the ground floor of Total Corporate Center, a building situated along Kalayaan Avenue, within Bonifacio Triangle Drive, near Samsung’s office. The office is at the back of the building, alongside Starbucks, 7/11, and BPI. MSI-ECS DigiCARE Ground Floor, Shop #10, Phils Plans Corporate Center 1012 North Triangle Drive (Along Kalayaan Ave.) Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Related posts: HP Mini Note lagging behind UMPC Bandwagon Samsung updates netbook line with N150 Plus and N220...

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HP Mini Note lagging behind UMPC Bandwagon

The recently launched HP 2133 Mini-note seems to be lagging behind the newer and faster ultraportables from Acer and MSI. A round-up of the current 9 inch and 10 inch laptops in the Philippine market showed HP’s choice of using Via CPUs instead of the faster Intel Atom broke the deal for most prospective buyers. Included in the table are the MSI Wind U100, HP 2133, Asus Eee PC 900 and the Acer Aspire One which is supposed to be the cheapest among the four. UMPC Chart above taken from YugaTech. Related posts: MSI Wind U100 Price and Specs Acer Aspire One at...

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