HP Reveals New Notebooks: Haswell, Leap Motion, and No Fans

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Tablets aren’t the only things HP is busy revealing this morning. The longstanding company has also announced its newest range of notebooks, and our sister site NotebookReview was able to go hands-on with the lot of them. We’ll go into a quick rundown below, but be sure to check out NBR’s hands-on reports for the new Spectre 13 x2 and the rest of HP’s new devices for the full details.

\"HPThe aforementioned HP Spectre 13 x2 may be the most technically impressive of the new machines, as HP is touting it as the first fanless notebook to run on Intel’s newest Haswell processors. It’s a convertible device, meaning that its 13-inch 1080p display can be detached from its keyboard dock and become its own Windows tablet.

No matter how you use it, the Ultrabook comes with either a Core i3 or Core i5 processor, 4 to 8GB of RAM, 64 to 128GB of SSD storage, and a battery rated at 7.5 hours of juice. All of it will run on Windows 8.1. It’ll start at $1100 when it launches on October 16.

\"HPThe other technological achievement here revolves around a laptop that already exists: the HP Envy 17. Now, though, HP’s fitted that notebook with a Leap Motion controller built right into the palm rest. Leap announced that it was partnering with HP and other notebook manufacturers several months ago, but the new Envy 17 looks to be the first device borne out of those pacts. Beyond those optional motion controls, it’ll also have an Intel chip and Nvidia GPU. It’ll start at $1050 on October 16.

\"HPThere’s more, though. HP is also releasing a more traditional Spectre 13 Ultrabook, which forgoes the convertible functionality and adds a wider trackpad for purportedly completing Windows 8 gestures more easily. It’s sport a Core i5 or Core i7 Haswell processor, up to 512GB of SSD storage, 9 hours of battery life, and a 13-inch display that defaults at 1080p but can be bumped up to an impressive 2560×1440 resolution. It’ll launch on October 16 as well, for the starting price of $1000.

Finally, HP’s also revealed two new convertibles in its Pavilion series: the Pavilion 11 x2 and the Pavilion 13 x2. Those will sport 11-inch 1366×768 and 13-inch 1080p displays, respectively. The Pavilion 11 x2 will run on Intel’s new Bay Trail chips, while the Pavilion 13 x2 comes with your choice of a Haswell or AMD A6 series processor. Both will start at $600 on, you guessed it, October 16.

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