HP has revealed two new and quite different PCs at IFA 2016 in Berlin. The first is the HP Elite Slice, a stylish and cable-free desktop system that can be adapted and changed depending on the customer's needs.
The Elite Slice measures 165.1x35x165.1mm and weighs a fraction over 1kg. It doesn't require its own power source as it draws this from a nearby connected display. This is important as the machine is USB 3.1 compliant, so you'll need a Type-C compatible monitor to get the thing working.
The PC can be configured with an Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor and up to 32GB of RAM. The base includes an Ethernet port, WiFi module and antennas, HDMI port and a DisplayPort to power multiple displays. An optional fingerprint sensor is available.
The Elite Slice has two stackable options at launch: a Bang & Olufsen Audio Module that incorporates a dual-microphone array with a range of five metres and a 360-degree speaker design, and an ODD (Optical Disc Drive) Module to back-up and archive data to CD or DVD.
HP offers the machine with two different covers: a Collaboration Cover that effectively transforms the desktop into a communication tool for running conferences via Skype, and a Wireless Charging Cover that does exactly what you'd expect.
Notably this is the first modular PC of its kind. HP is to be applauded for the idea in principle, but we've seen the model elsewhere to varying success. The LG G5 suffered from a dearth of available options, and with only two at launch we hope the Elite Slice doesn't travel this same path.
HP expects the Elite Slice to be available before the end of September starting at £500. A sister model, the HP Elite Slice for Meeting Rooms, comes pre-configured with the Collaboration Cover, Audio Module, and Intel Unite software and costs £649.
The HP Pavilion Wave, meanwhile, comes in the form of a 360-degree speaker that will appeal mainly to those looking for a more immersive audio experience from a desktop.
The triangular design is built around a central audio system, and finished with acoustic fabric for optimum room-filling sound. A parabolic reflector sits on the top of the machine, serving as an outlet vent and to better focus the audio.
Don't be fooled by the wildly different design as the PC has an Intel Core i7 quad-core desktop processor, up to 8GB of RAM and room for optional AMD Radeon R9 M470 discrete graphics. It can be configured for a maximum 2TB of storage, and there's a dual option with a 128GB SSD.
The Pavilion Wave has three USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 Type-C port for data transfer, HDMI, DisplayPort, Gigabit Ethernet and a microphone/headphone jack. It can support up to two 4K-capable displays and will be available in late September for £679.99.
The HP Elite Slice runs Windows Pro and the Pavilion Wave runs Windows Home.
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