HP is moving toward the future with new Windows 8 all-in-one touchscreen PCs

I grew up watching Star Trek. The Next Generation, Voyager, Deep Space Nine – everything with absolutely fantastic futuristic touchscreens, Padds, and other technology that seemed so far beyond the realm of what we could make that I had no doubt I was watching something set hundreds of years in the future.

Now, I sit here on my desk with a touch screen tablet in front of me that’s holding more than a hundred books (my NookColor), a phone that, despite my annoyances with it, can do a myriad of things I never would’ve dreamed as I was growing up, and two giant monitors allowing me to work on about five different projects at the same time. Yet still, I don’t quite believe that we’ve arrived at the future. Where are the starships? The hoverboards? The flying cars? And then there’s an announcement like the one HP gave recently, and I realize we’re much closer than I think.

HP is partnering with Microsoft to release the first All-In-One PCs. For Macs, it’s normal — when I was taking a digital art class in college, I got used to working on an all-in-one Mac system. But to have that kind of clean form in a PC is (mostly) new territory. This fall, the HP Spectre One, HP Pavillion 20 All-In-One, and the HP Envy 23 TouchSmart are coming out – all with multitouch screens or multitouch trackpads and NFC technology, just to name a couple of the neat things they’re outfitted with.

If you’re in the market for a new, high-end PC, then the Spectre One is your new best friend. With it’s 23.6 inch HD display (not a touchscreen, unfortunately) and wireless touch-sensitive trackpad (which isn’t as awesome as a touchscreen in my opinion, but still cool), it makes navigating Windows 8 a breeze. Microsoft has given assurances that Windows 8 will work fine on non-touch screen devices, even though it was designed to work with that particular bit of future tech. With an HDMI connector, two USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 ports, NFC technology for connecting with your NFC-enabled smartphone by tapping the phone to the base of the computer, Intel’s latest processors, and up to two terabytes of storage with a solid-state drive, the Spectre One is always ready to go almost instantly after the moment you turn it on. And for the starting price of $1299, this November release (November 14) definitely delivers what it’s price promises. Or, at least it does on paper — only time will tell how well it performs.

If you’re in a more moderate price range, the October releasing (October 23) of HP Envy 23 Touchsmart starts at $999, and the Envy 20 begins at $799. Besides offering touch screens (20-inch and 23-inch 1080p HDs, respectively), they come equipped with third-generation Intel processors and have the option to upgrade to up to 3 terabytes of storage and solid-state drives.

The final and most frugal option, starting at $499, is the Pavilion 20 which offers up to 2 terabytes of storage, and either an Intel or AMD processor.

All in all, HP is clearly trying to become the leader in providing Windows 8-oriented PCs for just about every price range, while proving to us that we’re actually living in the future, now.

Huh. I guess I was confused by the lack of hoverboards.

[via AllThingsD]

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6 comments

  1. JonE

    @sl0j0n: My sentiments exactly. My very first personal computer was a Coco. No, I’m not a Tandy fan, but there was a time when Radio Shack was a decent store. But, I always loved my Coco’s, because I love tinkering and upgrading. I guess that’s what I don’t like about AIO computers; too much like laptops, except probably even more limiting.

    The main reason I’m not thrilled with Windows VISTA, 7 or 8; I like messing around with the guts too much.

    Not saying that I might not purchase an AIO in the future as a third computer, but they just don’t impress or thrill me at the moment. But, that’s my opinion.

  2. meldasue

    @sl0j0n: I agree on both points. One advance of Windows has always been its versitality – my 2007 Vista (wow – maybe it *is* time for a new computer) has been given new life multiple times over with hardware upgrades. And like most AIO gadgets, you’re toast if one part breaks – the cost to fix is always more than it would cost to replace the same piece if it were separate.

    As for touchscreen, I have to roll out my keyboard and use the up and down keys to scroll my phone because I can’t scroll the screen without selecting something. I just don’t have that kind of dexterity.

  3. sl0j0n

    Hello, all.
    While I love “Kathryn’s” writing,
    and the future is being made for me,
    I just can’t get excited about A-I-Os.
    I think that I already know what they look like on the *inside*,
    which is where computers REALLY fascinate me.
    One reason I like MaximumPC magazine is the great pics of the *insides* of the boxes,
    with all the juicy bits where we can see’em.
    With some computers, I’m more interested in getting the case open, than in turning it on.
    Besides, laptops and netbooks are already A-I-Os, just not ‘touchy-feelly’, like the touchscreens.
    Which, btw, are a pain to use, where I work.
    Get your finger [or anything else] too close to the screen and you’ve activated the wrong button.
    Pus, its so hard to learn how to work “onscreen”,
    but not ‘touching’ it, or so it seems.

    Have a GREAT day, neighbors!