Hewlett-Packard recently rolled out (or at least hyped) three new products that will be getting a lot of attention, especially from its business consumers. Interestingly, (and I’m sure strategically) they’re geared towards what business users do most: stare at a monitor, print, and work on the go.
The HP EliteDisplay E221c
This 21.5-inch LED backlit monitor features IPS technology that enables sharp resolution and easy viewing from any angle. This, along with its integrated webcam, make it perfect for videoconferencing. Connectivity options including VGA, DVI, and DisplayPort along with a built in USB hub.
What really sets this monitor apart is something seemingly very simple – its stand. It allows for customizable tilt, swivel, height adjustment, and pivot settings. It’s the most adjustable display you’re likely to find anywhere. Very functional, very convenient.
HP’s “Instant Ink” Program
This makes so much sense that you have to wonder why it hasn’t always been available. Basically, it’s a subscription service offered by HP that can save you up to 50% off the ink that you use. You choose a plan based on the number of pages your print every month and your printer tells HP when to send replacement cartridges as needed. You’ll never run out of ink again and of course the ink you get is from HP, made especially for HP printers. Despite claims to the contrary, discount ink just isn’t as good and that’s just the way it is.
The HP ElitePad
HP markets this as a “business tablet” and with good reason. It’s thin, light, runs Windows 8, and has a very responsive touchscreen interface. Besides its touchscreen capabilities it also supports pen or voice-based input for incredible flexibility, based on your working environment. It comes with HP Client Security as additional defense against viruses and other threats, as well as HP BIOS Protection and Microsoft Defender.
Its price is very reasonable considering what a top-of-the line tablet it really is, and it can be purchased with generous discounts. There’s a large selection of accessories to increase it’s functionality such as a full keyboard, docking station and an HP ElitePad Expansion Jacket for longer battery life.
Here’s a look at it in action, along with some of those accessories:
According to HP, the ElitePad “is designed to meet military standards testing for vibration, high and low temperature, temperature shock, dust, altitude, drop, shock and humidity.” If there was any doubt that HP designs and builds rugged products that last, check out this article from The Los Angeles Times featuring the touching stories of accountants and their love for decades old HP calculators. Very moving stuff.
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