The News: HP recently announced six new models to its Spectre and Envy notebooks family of 2-in-1 (convertible) and clamshell notebooks targeted at the hybrid worker and prosumer segments. Read the full Press Release from Hewlett-Packard.
HP’s New Spectre and Envy Notebooks Are Making Life Easier for Hybrid Workers and Prosumers
Analyst Take: HP’s new Spectre and Envy notebooks should be welcome editions to the hybrid worker and the prosumer segments. In today’s dynamic environment, collaboration is paramount whether the user is on the road, in a remote office, or on campus somewhere and regardless of where they are, users want an experience that is dynamic and inclusive.
HP’s new Spectre and Envy Notebooks include features that are designed to make the collaboration experience much more impactful for workers in remote or hybrid environments. The 5-megapixel (versus the prior 2-megapixel) infrared camera, coupled with HP Presence software should be attractive to IT/CE buyers for myriad reasons. The HP Auto Frame feature allows for a crisper picture and intelligence built in that dynamically keeps the user in the frame regardless of moving around during the call. The HP Dynamic Voice Leveling and Bi-directional AI noise reduction is a great for diluting background noises that we’ve all become familiar with over the course of the last few years, like pets, the gardener, or other noises in the background that can be distracting to colleagues or in a remote classroom setting. Another feature that’s interesting is the appearance filter that allows the user to modify their complexion, eyes, teeth and more.
Another feature that I find extremely beneficial as organizations are doing what they can to thwart insider threats is the system’s ability to detect when someone is behind the user — when that’s detected,the screen will automatically blur. This is important, as it’s not unusual for people in sales, marketing, product management, finance, strategic planning and other divisions to be sharing presentations that might contain highly sensitive information (or trade secrets) and it’s easy for someone to snap a picture of the screen or look over that person’s shoulder. In fact, it’s becoming more commonplace for people to take pictures of other passengers on airplanes while they’ve got their laptops open and working, and those photos often find their way to social media websites and other sites unbeknownst to the user.
HP’s new Spectre and Envy Notebooks range from 13-inch to 17-inches, and all come with Intel’s new 12th Generation Core processors.
Wrapping it up, I think HP’s new Spectre and Envy Notebooks will be attractive to IT/CE buyers supporting teams working in hybrid or remote environments and who want a system with excellent collaboration functionality, more processing power, longer battery life, that’s both lighter, and more secure. In addition, for those job functions or scenarios where all that’s needed is a tablet, the 2-in-1 form factor is also perfect.
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Michael Diamond is an industry analyst and foresight professional with 25 years of experience in the IT channel and market research industry. He is a route-to-market expert covering desktop and mobile devices, collaboration, contact center, ProAV, data center infrastructure, and cybersecurity. Prior to joining Futurum Research, Michael worked for The NPD Group as the sole industry analyst covering indirect channels, cybersecurity, SMB and vertical market trends, data center infrastructure (e.g., enterprise storage, servers, networking), ProAV and PCs. He has been quoted by media outlets such as Bloomberg, Kiplinger, TWICE, OPI (Office Products International), Apple World today, Dark Reading, Enterprise Storage Forum, Credit-Suisse, Footwear News, CRN (Computer Reseller News), Channel Futures and Into Tomorrow. Michael has presented at myriad events including The Channel Company’s Xchange, The Global Technology Distribution Council’s summit, SMB TechFest and more.