HP Unveils Four New All-in-One Windows 8 Desktops

HP has announced its Windows 8 desktop lineup, leading off with 23.6-inch Spectre One.

HP says the SpectreOne will begin at $1,299 when it launches in the U.S. in November. In addition to the stylized design, the SpectreOne includes a non-touch, 23.6-inch, 1,920×1,080-pixel display, a track pad, and near-field communication (NFC) technology, dubbed HP TouchZone. It also has no built-in optical drive. Photo: HP

Hewlett-Packard unveiled four all-in-one PCs on Monday, most notably the super-slim SpectreOne.

The HP SpectreOne is a high-end machine starting at $1,299 and its brand name is part of what HP’s calls its premium brand, writes Venture Beat.

While HP is known for its TouchSmart line of devices, the SpectreOne is not a touchscreen. At just 11.5-mm thin, however, it is the company’s slimmest all-in-one PC.

An HP spokesperson told Mashable that the desktop is not touch because HP wanted to focus on the thinness of the panel.

The HP SpectreOne has the latest Intel processor, an Nvidia 1-gigabyte graphics card, and optional ExpressCache and option solid state drive storage.

It features a wireless trackpad with multi-touch technology (a la Apple), so users can easily scroll, swipe and tap through Windows 8‘s tile-based user interface.

“The clean look of an all-in-one PC and the ease of one-cord set-up are key reasons customers turn to HP,” said James Mouton, senior vice president and general manager, Personal Computer Global Business Unit, HP.

“The SpectreONE design is art as well as a powerful entertainment hub. Across our rich line of all-in-ones, we continue to drive value and differentiation that have earned us sales of more than 5 million all-in-ones.”

One of the interesting features is its ability to recognize near field communications (NFC) wireless technology. In a demo, HP representatives showed how you can log into the computer simply by putting an NFC tag on top of the NFC reader on the computer.

The SpectreOne includes two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports.

HP also announced three more traditional all-in-ones today, including two Envy-branded TouchSmart systems, and a non-touch Pavilion all-in-one, reports CNet. Now that Windows 8 has its own well-developed touch software, it makes sense that HP would make TouchSmart a secondary brand and roll those mainstream PCs into its Envy product group.They’re still too proper-noun heavy.

Envy systems are essentially the same version of the Envy 23 HP announced earlier this summer, but with a touchscreen. The 23-inch Envy TouchSmart 23 will start at $999, and the 20-inch Envy TouchSmart 20 at $799 when the two systems launch in October.

In addition, HP has updated its true-blue Pavilion line with an aggressively priced non-touch all-in-one. The $449, 20-inch Pavilion 20 has nothing particularly remarkable about it other than its price. You will have a hard time finding a 20-inch all-in-one desktop at such a low price. That system goes on sale in October.

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