HP has begun its bid to compete against the latest ultrabooks on the market. The company just recently unveiled its line of computing devices including convertibles, tablets and notebooks. Out of these offerings, the HP Envy stands out because of its Leap Motion controller feature, which allows people to control apps with just a wave of their hand.
Leap Motion controller allows a user to manage interface elements just by waving his or her hand. HP also announced a series of notebooks on the way including the Spectre and Pavilion brands. HP also revealed their Bay-Trail powered tablet through the Omnibook series.
The Leap Motion controller is placed within the wrist rest. The wrist rest can be found on the side of the device. Dubbed as the Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition, reports indicate how impressive the response of the feature. HP's technical marketing manager for consumer PCs, Kevin Wentzekl, demonstrated how the Leap Motion works.
Mr Wentzel described the Envy 17 Leap Motion SE as a "power notebook." Features include a 17.3-inch display plus a wide selection of applications. HP's main goal is for people to take advantage of the controller through the apps. This includes an animated drawing program. Nonetheless, the company also claimed that the sensor should work well with any app so long as they come from Leap Motion's Airspace store.
"We're not suggesting it will replace your mouse or touchscreen," Wenztel explained, "but we're looking forward to seeing where the technology takes us. It's early days, but we're enthusiastic."
Envy prices start at $1050. HP will start taking pre orders on October 16.
New Pavilion and Spectre Line
HP is also including two new tablets to its Pavilion products. The models include Pavilion 13 x2 and the Pavilion 11 x2. The 11 x 2 model will take place of the Envy x2 model previously. The two new slates will either have Intel's fourth generation Haswell or an AMD A6 processor.
Both models will feature a resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels. They will also come with a keyboard dock providing another battery option.
As for the Spectre line, HP revealed they will be releasing a no-fan notebook. The device is an aluminum Haswell-powered ultrabook. It weighs around 4.3 pounds. Other features include 13-inch touch screen plus 1920 x 1080 pixels. The device will start at $1100. Preorder starts on October 16 as well.
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