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HP highlights skinny monitors, media player, and budget Windows 8 laptops at CES

Loyd Case | Jan. 8, 2013
Hewlett-Packard's top CES 2013 product announcement is about a display. That's right: Not a laptop, not a tablet, but a relatively pedestrian PC display. Now, perhaps, we can see why the company didn't rent any booth space in Las Vegas this year.

Of all the monitors HP brought to CES 2013, perhaps the most intriguing display is the 15.6-inch portable U160, which connects to laptops via USB. At just 3.4 pounds and barely thicker than an inch, the U160 allows laptop users to carry a second display.

In an era of 11- to 13-inch Ultrabooks, a lightweight secondary display can be useful, particularly if you're working with multiple documents on a regular basis. The $179 U160 is scheduled to be available later in January.

HP still sells PCs

HP also is rolling out a pair of AMD-equipped consumer laptops as part of its Sleekbook line. Both are 15.6-inch systems, offering 1366-pixel-by-768-pixel resolution.

The HP Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook integrates full 10-point multitouch support for better Windows 8 integration.

The TouchSmart Sleekbook is slated to ship February 3, 2013, includes an AMD A10 quad-core APU, and is priced at $649.

The $479 Pavilion Sleekbook pushes the price of a 15.6-inch Windows 8 laptop to under $500. The Pavilion Sleekbook ships with an AMD A8 APU, and supports Windows 8's touch interface through a multitouch trackpad. The Pavilion Sleekbook is scheduled to become available January 13, 2013.

The mobile DVR

HP's Pocket Playlist is a tiny, cell-phone-sized device with integrated flash memory that allows the unit to act as a DVR.

The Pocket Playlist can stream content to five mobile devices without a data plan or Internet connection. The Playlist supports Android, Windows, and iOS mobile devices. The Pocket Playlist relies on PlayOn's PlayLater app to manage DVR chores.

According to HP, the $129 Playlist can contain up to 16 full-length movies or 7600 songs. The Pocket Playlist is scheduled to ship in mid-February.


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