What HP brought to CES 2019: 5 amazing PC innovations

From next-gen privacy tools to you-won't-believe-your-eyes displays, get the lowdown on HP’s biggest PC news at the International Consumer Electronics Show.

By Sarah Murry — January 7, 2019

The glitter has barely settled from New Year festivities, but we’re already on to the next shiny thing. And that means turning our attention to the Las Vegas Convention Center and surrounding hotels on the world-famous Strip, where some 180,000 people (and nearly 60,000 exhibiting companies) will descend this week to find out what’s next at the yearly International Consumer Electronics Show.  

A bellwether for the industry, tech companies flock to CES to show off their latest gadgets to retail partners and analysts, while the media and early adopters buzz around the show to make predictions about the year ahead.

HP debuted some buzz-worthy new products, but we can pull back the curtain for a peek at their freshest PCs. “We don’t want to create new tech for the sake of new tech — it has to be super impactful,” says Mike Nash, chief technologist and vice president, customer experience and portfolio strategy for HP’s personal systems group. “We are curating experiences that customers will truly be delighted by.”

Get all of HP’s news from CES and learn about the five big PC trends you’ll see more of this year:

HP Sure View integrated electronic privacy screen obscures what’s displayed on a PC screen or monitor when viewed from an angle.

HP Sure View integrated electronic privacy screen obscures what’s displayed on a PC screen or monitor when viewed from an angle.

Improved security features for displays and laptops  

HP is building PCs with features that make it easier to do work anywhere, whether it’s a crowded café or in an open office. Both work styles are the new normal: Some 70 percent of U.S. offices have open plans and more than 60 percent of U.S. workers do their jobs from more than one location. While modern workplaces promote collaboration, productivity and transparency, they can also make it tough to do focused work and raise serious concerns around privacy. “There is great flexibility, but also greater risk in terms of security,” explains Alex Thatcher, director of new products for commercial PCs at HP.

At CES, HP rolled out the third-generation of Sure View, an innovative feature that helps maintain privacy and security for mobile workers and open offices with the touch of a button, on three devices: the 5th-generation HP EliteOne 800 All-in-One and HP EliteBook x360 830, and the HP EliteDisplay E243p.

When working on financial documents or just out in the open, clicking one button activates an integrated electronic privacy screen that obscures what’s displayed on a PC screen or monitor when viewed from an angle, but not when viewed head-on by the user. The newest generation of Sure View is now on larger desktop displays (previously only laptops) and fades to a black screen instead of white, which preserves the battery. “People love it, and companies love it,” Thatcher says. “Not only is privacy is a security concern, it’s a key value for employee satisfaction and happiness.”

Thinner displays that pack punchy colors

HP’s customer insight team found that 97 percent of high-end laptop buyers think that a high-resolution display is its most appealing feature. This makes a lot of sense, according to Nash. “Displays are essentially a hub. They’re so important to our customers because they are the number one way to interact with a PC.” At CES, HP is raising the bar on two new displays, which tout razor-thin bezels, compatibility, connectivity and of course, eye-popping color and stunning visuals

HP Pavilion 27 with quantum dot display on glass.

HP Pavilion 27 with quantum dot display on glass.

HP announced the world’s first quantum dot on glass with a three-sided micro-edge display for more screen and less distractions when viewing. At just 6.5 mm thick and with a screen size of 27 inches, the HP Pavilion 27 offers up movie-quality video. Typical quantum dot displays are created by using a micro-thin film that’s laid on top of an LCD screen, says Eric Galyean, new product manager for gaming displays and accessories. HP has enabled the technology on glass, for “more screen, less bezel, deeper contrast and greater color accuracy.”

The HP Spectre 15 x360 also got a screen refresh, making it the world’s first 15-inch laptop with AMOLED display, giving it better visibility in bright light, for working outside, a wide viewing angle and blue-light filters to prevent eye-strain while maintaining vivid colors.

Immersive gaming takes over the living room

Die-hard gamers know that playing isn’t just a visual experience — it’s an immersive one. With that in mind, HP refreshed some of its products in the OMEN gaming lineup and championed the world’s first 65-inch gaming display with NVIDIA G-Sync® HDR and a custom three-way soundbar.

OMEN X EMPERIUM 65-inch display with soundbar can be used on a desktop or mounted to a wall.

OMEN X EMPERIUM 65-inch display with soundbar can be used on a desktop or mounted to a wall.

The OMEN X EMPERIUM 65 can be used on a desktop or mounted to a wall and takes the sensory experience of gaming to new heights with 4K HDR and up to a 144 hz refresh rate. The soundbar, which features 3-way stereo crossover system, negates the need for a separate subwoofer in an in-home entertainment setup. It’s perfectly designed at an angle to fit underneath the display and is tuned for both gaming and entertainment, delivering clarity in sound from subtle ambient noise and footsteps to ground-shaking explosions. A few other nifty features: The display has an ambient light bar across the top, since most gamers play in the dark. It not only helps your eyes stay comfortable during long gaming but also adds a bit of interest as its colors change and “looks pretty badass on the wall,” says Galyean. On the practical side, a strategically placed proximity light bar on the side of the TV glows when you approach, so you can easily see each of the glowing icons for HDMI, DisplayPort, USB and others to easily connect your devices in the dark.

Every PC gets premium features  

HP is bringing its popular x360 3-in-1 convertible PC form-factor to the mainstream in the new HP EliteBook x360 830. The EliteBook series — a favorite with mobile workers and company IT departments, has some clever little details that make the experience better, especially amidst the migration to Windows 10. It’s feature packed to take advantage of all that the operating system has to offer as an ultramobile, highly collaborative, secure and flexible device. “Convertible form factors are super practical, especially for people who work outside the office,” HP’s Thatcher says.

HP EliteBook x360 830 is a favorite with mobile workers and IT departments alike.

HP EliteBook x360 830 is a favorite with mobile workers and IT departments alike.

Workers get a full-sized keyboard in laptop mode, anti-glare and ambient light sensors for watching videos in tent mode, even outside, and a precision stylus with an etched glass screen so it better mimics note-taking by hand. IT managers love it, too, because it’s durable, features the Sure View Gen 3 privacy screen and a video camera behind the glass screen with a shutter that toggles open and closes for even more security. They also like that its stylus pen is magnetic and sticks to the laptop and alerts you if you leave it behind —which cuts down on the number of “I lost my pen” tickets they receive.

HP Spectre Folio in Bordeaux Burgundy leather.

HP Spectre Folio in Bordeaux Burgundy leather.

Luxe materials and colors personalize modern machines

The HP Spectre Folio is the world’s first-ever leather laptop, a convertible notebook made from full-grain, hand-stitched leather just 0.7 millimeters thick. At CES, HP revealed a warm new color, Bordeaux Burgundy, which now comes with an optional 4K display. With a design that touts handcrafted touches, the 13-inch Spectre Folio doesn’t skimp on the tech specs and boasts up to 18 hours of battery life, plus transitions between four modes: upright as a classic notebook; propped up on itself as a media player; folded flat as a tablet; or folded closed as a stylish, leather-bound folio. A discreet stylus transforms it into a notepad for those who want to sketch, while integrated Bang & Olufsen speakers provide pitch-perfect acoustics.

“Innovation for us in personal systems is really focusing on design,” says HP’s Nash. “We want to make sure that people have products that not only help them do what they want, but also are great way to express their personal style.”


The International Consumer Electronics Show continues through January 11.

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