HP at IFA 2016: Modular and WaveBy Robin-Leigh Chetty 2 September 2016 | Categories: news
HP appears to be switching things up a bit, if the company's recent products unveiled at IFA 2016 are anything to go by. With the American manufacturer debuting the Spectre 13 earlier in the year to take care of the premium notebook space, it was peculiar desktop PCs that took the focus in Berlin.
The first device worth noting is a bit of chameleon. Take a look at the Pavilion Wave and you might mistake it for a bookshelf speaker, especially as HP tapped audio partner Bang & Olufsen to design the outer cover. Not simply taking care of the design, B&O has also made the Pavilion Wave capable of delivering 360-degree sound. A prism shaped desktop PC swathed in black and grey fabric, the Pavilion Wave not only looks interesting but can also be configured by its user into a powerful offering.
Internally, up to a 1 TB hard drive can be fitted, with a choice of either an Intel i3 or i5 Skylake processor to do the heavy lifting. Furthermore, consumers can opt for 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM, with a AMD Radeon R9 M470 graphics card. HP says the Pavilion Wave is configurable to handle either two quad HD displays should you wish to do some design or editing, as well as coping with a 4K screen for hardcore gamers. The Pavilion Wave will be available in select EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) regions later this month, and is expected to retail for approximately $530 (R7 730).
Sticking with the idea of desktops, HP unveiled its smallest one to date in the form of the Elite Slice. A modular desktop PC as its manufacturer calls it, can we thank LG and the world of mobile for the creation of this device? Who can say, but what is known for certain is that the Elite Slice can be connected with a number of peripherals to increase the functionality of the PC itself.
For example, it’s possible to snap on additional components like speakers or a DVD drive via ports on the rear and stackable on top of the Elite Slice. Interestingly, the Elite Slice does not plug into traditional power outlets, but rather uses a USB Type-C slot to connect to and boot up from the monitor being used. The base model stands at 3.5 cm tall and weighs 1.04 kg, making it supremely portable if that's what you're looking for. It also has an 6th Gen Intel Core i7 processor taking care of things internally, and comes with an array of HP-branded modules. The Elite Slice is expected to release in SA late in Q4 2016, and will cost an estimated R14 999.
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