HP announces new gaming and all-in-one PCs

HP isn't waiting around for CES 2012 next week to start announcing and launching new desktop PC products. In a press release today, the PC maker announced two new products that will officially launch on Sunday, January 8. One is the HP Pavilion HPE Phoenix h9 which the company says is "the most powerful HP Pavilion PC to date."

HP didn't reveal much in the way of hardware specs for the Phoenix but it did say its target audience was for gamers as well as for content creators. The case design, shown above, certainly has a fair resemblance to Dell/Alienware's Aurora gaming desktop PCs in terms of lighting design. The Phoenix will have memory slots that can accommodate up to 16 GB of DDR3 memory along with three internal hard drive bays and an option for a liquid cooling system.

MMO gamers will be happy to know that the Phoenix will include a free copy of Trion World's fantasy game Rift. Pricing for the PC will start at $1,149.99.

HP is also launching another new desktop PC on Sunday. The HP Omni 27 All-in-One PC, shown above, will be HP's first such desktop with a 27 inch screen. With a starting price of $1,199, the PC will support up to 2 TB of hard drive storage, support for both Beats Audio and HDMI and an option to have a Blu-Ray disk drive or a TV tuner installed.

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I've had many HP Laptops, including an HDX with 20" screen. I ran them all 24/7 for YEARS without a single issue. HDX still in my kitchen running fine.

Bought an ASUS G73 with all the nice specs last year and it's been in the shop 3x for heating issues. Had buggy BIOS for the first year and hardware mouse was sporadic.

Rep wise, everyone says how great ASUS and others are over HP, in my experience the opposite is true. Repair facilities are probably all the same farmed out locations anyway if you want to compare that.

I hope the All-in-One has no bezel and capacitive touch.
That was the problem with their previous Touchsmart line, huge bezel and poor optical touch prevented users from being able to accurately and consistently hit the close button on windows.

This was my biggest beef, and one reason I considered moving to a Sony Vaio all-in-one, that screen is beauty as far as all-in-one's go.

dotf said,
I hope the All-in-One has no bezel and capacitive touch.
That was the problem with their previous Touchsmart line, huge bezel and poor optical touch prevented users from being able to accurately and consistently hit the close button on windows.

This was my biggest beef, and one reason I considered moving to a Sony Vaio all-in-one, that screen is beauty as far as all-in-one's go.

My biggest beef was that a desktop monitor is not meant to be used as a touchscreen. You quickly get sore arms and most things designed for a mouse cursor are too small to click with fingers. There's a reason why touchscreen OSs are their own thing...

I hate it when I get a laptop from HP into my hands, and it has like 100 HP programs on it only to hog it down...

The same goes for those desktop computers. Why aren't those application optional? Why does HP force it down my throat? All I need are the drivers!

WAR-DOG said,
I hate it when I get a laptop from HP into my hands, and it has like 100 HP programs on it only to hog it down...

The same goes for those desktop computers. Why aren't those application optional? Why does HP force it down my throat? All I need are the drivers!

At least it is not as bad as the Dell launch bar on the bottom of some PC's which takes up a HUGE amount of real estate on the bottom of the computer.

I was considering purchasing a 27 inch iMac this year, but with specs like this, I better stay in the Windows PC fold.

Mr. Dee said,
I was considering purchasing a 27 inch iMac this year, but with specs like this, I better stay in the Windows PC fold.

I was thinking something similar... that's a good looking machine. I'm going to go read up on more of the specs...

Mr. Dee said,
I was considering purchasing a 27 inch iMac this year, but with specs like this, I better stay in the Windows PC fold.

I'm curious, what spec is it that keeps you in the Windows PC fold?

There are better or equal monitors out there for less than $400. You can build the computer itself for less than $1200 or buy a feature parity Dell for $700.

Even All-In-Ones offered by Dell, HP, Samsung, and Lenovo can rival the iMac. Although why anybody wants to take a desktop and give it the same upgrade problems a Laptop has I'll never know.

And here is HP once again distributing a bunch of CRAPWARE onto your desktop first thing. Some things never change. If MS were smart they would have a button to clean install Windows. They could call it the Signature button. But I'm sure HP wouldn't stand still for that. HP makes decent hardware at decent prices, too bad they ruin the OOBE every single time.

jimmyfal said,
And here is HP once again distributing a bunch of CRAPWARE onto your desktop first thing. Some things never change. If MS were smart they would have a button to clean install Windows. They could call it the Signature button. But I'm sure HP wouldn't stand still for that. HP makes decent hardware at decent prices, too bad they ruin the OOBE every single time.

You do have the MS Windows sticker on the side of Your PC don't You? Use it when buying an HP PC, easy as that.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

You do have the MS Windows sticker on the side of Your PC don't You? Use it when buying an HP PC, easy as that.

I don't get it. Have you ever setup an HP pc? I set at least one new one up every week. It is usually an hour until I'm done cleaning off all the crap they preinstall on it, to get it back to regular old Windows. HP has no business being in the software business. They need to stop ruining the OOBE with icons on top of icons. My point was about the MS Signature Series that come with no preinstalled garbage. Maybe I wasn't clear.

jimmyfal said,

I don't get it. Have you ever setup an HP pc? I set at least one new one up every week. It is usually an hour until I'm done cleaning off all the crap they preinstall on it, to get it back to regular old Windows. HP has no business being in the software business. They need to stop ruining the OOBE with icons on top of icons. My point was about the MS Signature Series that come with no preinstalled garbage. Maybe I wasn't clear.

What I meant was that when setting up an HP PC don't bother with the "pre-installed" Windows and just format/new install. Easy as that.

yowan said,
So basically HP is trying to mimic what Dell did with Alienware.

They did that 3 years ago... lookup VoodooPC.

jonovate said,

They did that 3 years ago... lookup VoodooPC.


That wasn't really a gaming system, rather more like a high end desktop. seems HP wants to enter the Gaming Business now.

There's nothing much wrong with manufacturers trying to build their all-in-one sets. I doubt that most gamers actually care of the insides. This is the correct answer to consoles, in fact - make the PC easy to use.
Except for manufacturer's insistent urge to stuff the installations with their bloatware. That indeed is evil and what puts me off immediately.

Mark said,
I thought there was a massive thing about HP stepping out of the hardware game not long ago?

True, then HPs board fired the CEO (smarth move I think). The new CEO seems to think ceding the PC hardware market to Dell when HP is leading doesn't make sense and I tend to agree.

great a gaming PC loaded with HP bloatware

any true gamer or PC gamer should build their own and tweak to their own requirments

you can get warrenty on all parts ordered.

PC gaming is much alive and a massive market.

Dell has cornered it with alienware, HP should stick to printers.

tomcoleman said,

any true gamer or PC gamer should build their own and tweak to their own requirments

you can get warrenty on all parts ordered.

Exactly. ALL parts ordered. If a two components go wrong you're jumping through two different manufacturers hoops. At least with a branded rig if anything stops working, regardless of what part, you have a single unified place to report to.

tomcoleman said,
great a gaming PC loaded with HP bloatware

any true gamer or PC gamer should build their own and tweak to their own requirments

you can get warrenty on all parts ordered.

PC gaming is much alive and a massive market.

Dell has cornered it with alienware, HP should stick to printers.

its alot easier to write off an HP desktop as a business desktop then to buy a bunch of gaming components.. that is if you use the computer for business and for fun..

As far as I am concerned, ANYTHING HP related is dead to me, based on my past
experience with their products (Pav. series laptops)

sycamore said,
As far as I am concerned, ANYTHING HP related is dead to me, based on my past
experience with their products (Pav. series laptops)

im willing to give them one last shot.. they seem to realize that they are becoming irrelevant.. I hope the new CEO can turn it around.. its seems to be better already with better marketing

The PC case looks quite decent. Price is a bit meh.
Even if this is a futile attempt by HP, it may win some fans. Who knows?

Why can't manufacturers understand that minimalist design is the future. (There is 1 company who understands that). The days of Alien looking hardware are numbered. No pun intended btw

Deviate_X said,
Looks like they added an extra HP-taskbar to windows in the picture

looks like the HP Touchsmart UI to me

neufuse said,

looks like the HP Touchsmart UI to me

it is but they are rebranding it to all their computers such as laptops and all desktops.. they are changing the name to magic canvas..

tomcoleman said,
cheaper to build your own with better components

any gamer should be able to build a decent PC

waste of time HP!

yeah, everyone knows that by now but some people just want things to work out-of-the-box with warranty and support.

tomcoleman said,
cheaper to build your own with better components

any gamer should be able to build a decent PC

waste of time HP!

You should be glad another manufacturer is supporting PC gaming.

tomcoleman said,
cheaper to build your own with better components

any gamer should be able to build a decent PC

waste of time HP!

I think this is just for conveinience sake. Otherwise yes thats definitely true

tomcoleman said,
cheaper to build your own with better components

any gamer should be able to build a decent PC

waste of time HP!

Some folks like for things to work out of the box - and they are thumb-fingered when it comes to using a screwdriver. (That is, in fact, one reason for the popularity of consoles - and console gaming.)

And have you had your hands on HP PCs lately (especially the Pavilion line)? Pavilion (desktops) and Envy (portables) have been solid PCs for years (going back to the days of Vista, in fact); I recommend them instead of DELL if you aren't going to build your own. The *bloatware* issue (any PC, not just HP) is fixable if you have a brain and Internet access, so that's really more a quibble than an honest gripe.

Besides, it is nice to see decent gaming PCs as part of the Pavilion line (as opposed to the Pavilion Elite high-end line or the now-dead Blackbird line) - not everyone wants to spend a mint on a decent gaming PC.

tomcoleman said,
cheaper to build your own with better components
any gamer should be able to build a decent PC
waste of time HP!

You don't even know what's inside, how can you even make such a comment? And not everyone is an enthusiast who builds their own machines. The vast majority still go to stores and buy something out of the box that just works and doesn't need any tinkering with.

Ishanx said,
...but some people just want things to work out-of-the-box with warranty and support.

How many yea... err days of a warranty do you get? I've seen warranties as low as 90 days for pre-assembled systems.

When you buy the parts you get....

3 years for a good motherboard
3 years for a CPU
10 years for RAM
3-5 years for mechanical hard drives
3-5 years for a good PSU
3 years for an LCD

...and you don't have to pay EXTRA for those warranties.

Warranty? Have you ever dealt with HP. With the downfall of Touchpad does anyone even trust that statement. Almost all support is India Based you call this support? If a part goes bad usually you have to send it in be without it for a month and risk your drive being reimaged for a bad power supply issue. I would think about that statement. And working out of the box. I take it you do not work in the pc field. Ever here of the DV Series laptops that were a major headache, the HP 8230 External USB CD Burner, Or how About the failing Digital Entertainment Center AKA DEC. The only product HP seems to do right is printers which quality is ever so marginal these days.

Ishanx said,

yeah, everyone knows that by now but some people just want things to work out-of-the-box with warranty and support.