HP kicked off a media event last week in New York City to unveil and showcase its newest devices. (All running the recently released Windows 8 platform.) Now with Windows 8; the main focus was shifted towards bringing you even more user friendly experience and streamlining these across all devices. As we know Windows 8 is better suited for touch screen devices(in my opinion anyway). HP showed this off with its newest laptop offerings including the HP ENVY x2, HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook, and HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4. Also on display was also the HP TouchSmart All-In-One PCs, and for the business user is the HP ElitePad.

I went through testing out each of the products and I must say my favorites are the HP ElitePad since its running pure Windows 8. Geared more towards the business user, which can be used with such things as a Tablet Pen, and “Jackets” that will add more robust features to make it like a laptop. The HP ElitePad Expansion Jacket—adds USB, HDMI and other connectivity to get more done on the go. Even longer battery life is added when bundled with the optional HP ElitePad Jacket battery and the HP ElitePad Productivity Jacket. The Productivity Jacket includes an integrated keyboard, connectivity ports, SD card reader and adjustable viewing angles for a complete computing experience. The display is coated in Gorilla Glass, and is running Intel’s newest Atom chips. Release date isnt until January 2013, but you can read more about it: here

My other favorite was the HP ENVY x2. It merges the line between “laptop” and “tablet”. Running one of the newest Atom Clover chips like the ElitePad; it is a nice slim 11.6 inch device. Using the tablet weighs 1.5 lbs., attach it to the keyboard and brings it a little over 3 lbs. It felt very light in the hand and had a good build quality to it. The ease of switching between the two was a breeze and the using of Windows 8 on it was a snap from testing. The pricing is set at $849 and go on sale November 14th.

To bring the entertainment aspect that evening was from Asian-American hip hop quartet Far East Movement. They performed tracks from their “Dirty Bass” album and also their 2010 hit album “Free Wired”. It was a nice atmosphere and enjoyed the tunes from them. Also there were acrobats…

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