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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