PC gaming on the go used to be a novelty. Gaming laptops used to be big unwieldy beasts that held lots of power but were very impractical to bring around.
Times have changed and there has been an emergence of more affordable PC gaming notebooks that cater to gamers on a budget. The HP Pavilion Gaming notebook is one such device that offers gamers plenty of bang for their buck. Let’s take a look at see how this gaming machine performs.
A quick Google search on gaming gear will often reveal tricked out products that have big flashing LED lights and huge swathes of contrasting colour elements. This is part of what most companies think is the gaming brand and that all gamers want to stand out from the sea of sleek business laptops.
The thing is, that’s not always the case. There are many gamers who want all the power of a gaming laptop but without the seizure-inducing flashing lights. Well, if you’re one of those people, meet the HP Pavilion Gaming Notebook.
2-in-1s are pretty popular these days because they provide the convenience of a tablet plus the productivity capabilities of a full-fledged laptop. Granted, most of them can’t permanently replace a dedicated laptop or computer, but they’re good enough for work that you can leave your heavy laptop at home and bring a space-aged tablet hybrid around with you.
HP’s Pavilion x2 is one that fits into that hybrid laptop category and I quite like it despite some of its obvious drawbacks.
One of the latest members to join the Windows 10 Mobile family of phones, is the HP Elite x3. Its large, built for business and wants you to work with it.
Combos, packages and all-in-ones, a compelling proposition for someone who has limited space in their homes/offices. While not as powerful as a custom-made tower, the HP Pavilion 23-inch AIO is a screen, a desktop, and by an extension a keyboard and mouse too.
But when you have iMacs, Dell’s XPS AIO and the Lenovo IdeaCentre line making their own case in homes and offices around the world, where does it fit?
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HP Malaysia today has introduced its new Slate 6 VoiceTab. Priced at RM999, the Android phablet comes with a 6″ 720p HD display and support for Dual-SIM cards. Powering the device is a Quad-Core 1.2GHz Marvell PXA1088 processor mated to 1GB of RAM and it comes with 16GB of on-board storage. The removable shimmering back cover gives access to a microSD expansion slot, 3,000mAh capacity battery and SIM card slots that consists of 1 normal SIM for 2G and 1 micro SIM slot that supports 3G.
For taking pictures, the Slate 6 VoiceTab gets a 5MP main and front facing 2MP camera. Complimenting the 6″ 1280×800 display is a dual front facing stereo speakers that offers a better gaming and video playback experience. In the hands, it feels quite solid and the matte textured back gives it a decent appearance and feel. At 8.98 mm thickness and weighing 160g, HP says that their Slate 6 VoiceTab is one of the thinnest and lightest 6″ device.
While the power button on the right side makes it reachable for single handed use, oddly the microUSB charging port is placed at the top together with its headphone jack. Out of the box, the software interface feels rather fluid and it runs on a plain vanilla Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
The Slate 6 VoiceTab is now available via HP’s Online Store. Every purchase also comes with a free screen protector and a carry case. Stay tuned for our hands-on experience.
You can check out the official video and a couple of hands-on shots after the break.
Many of us will have undoubtedly have asked this question and many of us would have gotten a number of different answers from a number of different people and, many of these answers may not even be close to the truth. So why does it take so long to get an Android OS update?
Thankfully HTC has created a site and a very informative infographic dedicated to answering this question. The site details down each stage of the OS upgrade process giving us a good view of what goes on when a device manufacturer work on getting the latest version of Android to users’ devices.
Beyond uncovering the process behind getting a software update delivered to the end user, the site also lists down the update status of other HTC devices and the latest software that they’re running. Yes, the list is limited at the moment and the status updates are probably more relevant for devices in the States but at least you now know what goes on when a manufacturer work on getting the latest software update for your Android device.
Head on over to after the jump for the full infographic.
Just before MWC 2013, HP has announced the HP Slate 7, its new Android tablet which aims towards the entry level segment with a USD$169 price tag. Specs-wise it is powered with a dual-core 1.6GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and it comes with 8GB of on-board storage.
The storage is expandable as well with the microSD slot conveniently located at the top. For display it has a 7″ Field Fringe Switching LCD that pushes a modest 1024×600 pixels resolution. At the back it has a 3MP camera and there’s VGA resolution camera at the front. During our hands-on, it runs on the current Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The HP Slate 7 also comes with beats audio enhancement as well.
In the hands, it reminds us of the original 7″ Samsung Galaxy Tab with its sturdy flat edges and there are 2 colour options available – dark grey or red. With a price tag of about RM550, the Slate 7 is fighting head on with the 7″ ASUS Memo Pad. Compared to the Slate 7, the Memo Pad is a notch back with its a single core 1GHz processor and lacks a rear camera. In terms of availability, it will go on sale in the US starting on April 2013.
Head after the break for the hands-on video and additional photos.
HP pulled out something no one expected with the Slate 7, a 7-inch Android tablet that sells for US$169 (about RM530) with its sights set on the Nexus 7 as they duke it out in the hotly contested cheap 7-inch tablet market.
The Android 4.1 running Slate 7 features a stainless steel frame construction with a soft touch plastic back panel. The average 7-inch 1024×600 pixel display pushes roughly 170ppi. Powering the device is an A9 1.6GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage. There’s also Beats Audio embedded into the device but judging by the price, we’re pretty sure that the enhancement is nothing more than just some gimmicky software trickery. There’s a 3MP camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front for chatting, videos and photos as well. Other “smart” features include the ability to print wirelessly using compatible HP printers.
As far as cheap tablets go, the Slate 7 looks like any other in a seas of cheap tablets with nothing special to differentiate it from the race. The device will go on sale in the U.S. in April and if you’re wondering when its coming to Malaysia — stop, because we don’t think it will. Besides, we have better choices here anyway.