At our briefing with HP in the city, we had a chance to see just how far their Spectre branding was stretching by taking a look at their refreshed line of all-in-ones. The impending launch of Windows 8 is poised to breathe new life into touchscreen enabled hardware, but what HP is preparing may be surprising.

First, the slightly less exciting stuff. HP is bringing an all-in-one to market at an impressively low price point with the Pavilion 20 AiO. Launching in October for just $449, the Pavilion 20 (20 standing in for 20" display) is about as basic as it gets. No touchscreen, but the traditional bundle of HP software. Other than that, details are fairly scarce, but you can see it in the left side of the photo below.

Directly next to it is the HP Envy 20 TouchSmart All-in-One. You can see HP's essentially migrated Pavilion to their entry level brand and brought Envy "down" to their mainstream point. The Envy 20 (and Envy 23 that's to its right, photo below) are all ten-finger multi-touch ready, and will be available with optional caching SSDs along with up to 3TB of storage and Intel CPUs. Unfortunately, both displays also still employ TN panels. Both all-in-ones are expected to be available in October, with the Envy 20 starting at $799 and the Envy 23 starting at $999.

Of course, the major announcement is the HP Spectre One, and it's a pretty impressive piece of kit for an all-in-one. To keep the display razor thin, HP smartly moved the all-in-one's internals into the base and eschewed a touchscreen. Making up for the lack of a touchscreen, HP includes a very large trackpad, though it remains to be seen just how desirable this solution will wind up being.

On the other hand, the hardware is pretty impressive. HP is including Intel Ivy Bridge processors along with an optional NVIDIA GeForce dedicated GPU; they weren't able to tell us which part, but I'd personally guess the GT 640M and hopefully with GDDR5. The press release lists optional ExpressCache and an optional SSD, suggesting you can go with a hybrid storage solution or just opt straight for an SSD. What should get your attention is the inclusion of an NFC radio in the base; HP's representatives demonstrated it being used with an NFC tag to unlock the computer as well as download and view photos off of an NFC-enabled smartphone. Finally, it includes Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Premiere Elements 10 standard; while I wouldn't recommend anyone use Premiere Elements 10, Photoshop Elements 10 is a killer deal.

The Spectre One is due in November starting at $1,299.

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  • frozentundra123456 - Monday, September 10, 2012 - link

    I agree with you basically. All in ones never really appealed to me. Too expensive for what you get, not very repairable or upgradable, and not really portable like a laptop either.

  • Casper42 - Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - link

    So you want a 23" laptop?
    Dell tried that once. 21" Laptop/AiO hybrid thingy. I think they sold 3

    As for Reparable and Upgradeable, here you go :)
  • web2dot0 - Monday, September 10, 2012 - link

    You keep saying gullible, but people buy it because it fits their lifestyle.

    It's pretty gullible for people to buy $300K cars. I mean you can get from point A to point B with a $10K car too, for 1/30 of the price.


    If you can sell your MAC for $900 in 3years for a $1200 initial investment, that's $100/year.

    Can you say the same about depreciation of your PC?

    Again, if you don't think resale value means anything to you, fine with me. But to ignore those numbers like it doesn't exist/count sounds like you are just as gullible.

    If you are going to play this "I can get the same thing for 1/2 the price" game, then use ALL the numbers, not just the numbers that suits your talking point.

    Am I not being fair now?
  • AVJake - Monday, September 10, 2012 - link

    I bought a 4 year old MacBook Pro for my son for $400, so I think your math needs a little work.
  • name99 - Monday, September 10, 2012 - link

    Go to eBay and enter iMac 2009.
    The prices are somewhat variable, depending on details like RAM and condition, but they cluster around $900.

    People aren't just making this stuff up, you know.

    The specific price you got for a MacBook doesn't change the "market" price, reasonably measured by a site like eBay.
  • Casper42 - Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - link

    I have to say its a flawed argument because most if not all iMACs also come with a gorgeous IPS display.
    Thats what is keeping the resale value, not the $400 worth of PC Components under the hood.

    PS: I hate Apple with a passion.
  • headbox - Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - link

    My brother just sold his 2007 MacBook Pro for $600 and it was beat up with slight damage to the screen. He could have got more, and approx 20 people called the day he posted the ad on CL. My Dell Precision cost me $2200, a year later I couldn't get $1,000 after listing it for a month. So I held onto it another year, couldn't even get $200 for it on eBay. Mom's got a quadro in her e-mail machine now.
  • Maximilian - Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - link

    Thats your fault for being ripped off by dell in the first place. I wouldn't even consider buying a used dell =/
  • seapeople - Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - link

    I think part of the problem with trying sell used Dell's is that once it's been out a few years then everyone knows what's wrong with it. At least when Dell's are new there's the chance that it will be a reliable computer.
  • silverblue - Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - link

    ...has the option of either a Sandy Bridge CPU or an AMD APU. Don't know which APU, mind.

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