HP: Teen Edition

HP's director of future innovations, Ameer Karim, has announced that HP will be launching a fall line of "Teen" PC products. HP has hired a council of teenagers who will help design the products, and even HP's website.

"That's a major transformation for a company like HP, which has been much more focused on an older crowd," said Karim.

Going from business friendly to teen friendly is a big step. Currently the devices that will be designed are unknown, however more details will be available in the future.

Does HP have some new innovations up their sleeves, or will we see a price hike for standard PC specs?

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(Budious said @ #10)
I used to hide my pot stash in my old PC years ago when I smoked in high school... so I think there a potential market here if they do small things like integrated stash bins or quick release panels :P


I'll do you one better, a place inside the case to put DVDs full of porn.

(Oxuyoska said @ #10.2)


I'll do you one better, a place inside the case to put DVDs full of porn.

Isn't that what the hard disk is for?

(Smigit said @ #10.3)
Isn't that what the hard disk is for?

My dad had one of his cop friends come over when I was about 15 years old, they searched my hard drive (all 420 megs) and deleted my porn stash. I was kinda ****ed. I even did the old ALT 255 in DOS when I made the directory. :-(

I miss my old HS porn stash.

(RAID 0 said @ #10.4)

My dad had one of his cop friends come over when I was about 15 years old, they searched my hard drive (all 420 megs) and deleted my porn stash. I was kinda ****ed. I even did the old ALT 255 in DOS when I made the directory. :-(

I miss my old HS porn stash.

use "true crypt" and put all your porn on an encrypted virtual drive

Is it going to come preloaded with every file sharing spyware application om the market? I am sick to death of having to reload computers because teenagers destroy them in a day by downloading everything they shouldn't be. If HP wants to make a real teen computer take off IE and put on Firefox. That would at least be a start. Make sure that any program with the words Donkey, Mule, Kazaa, or Lime will not install while they are at it.

I work at an office and I support 100 people they bring me their home computers when they need help with them. I can tell you without a doubt that teenagers using file sharing software slow windows to the point that it is unuseable. If you run a spyware scan on the computer it finds a ridiculous amount of stuff. The only way to fix it is to do a system restore. I am not trying to hate on teens but more on the companies that make this software. They are the real problem.

This is going to turn into an excuse to make computers which feature cases you'll NEVER be able to fit a replacement mainboard into, because the design looks cooler.

I know I'm not a teenager anymore, but what I want is a really good out-of-the-box experience, which means:

* No 50 "free trial antimalware" programs. Instead, how abouyt a leaflet on best-practice computing?

* No 20 "ISP signup offers" (the first-time market is now small, so people have an ISP of choice).

* When I get it out of the box and plugged in, I want to be up and running in five minutes. I've seen machines which take like 20 minutes just to do the first boot "preparing your desktop" and loading all the OEM's "assistant" software. Aside from all the lovely "agree to a 90 page EULA" screens.

* Speaking from when I was a student, I wish they'd bring ribbon printers back. The all-or-nothing nature of inkjet print is a huge liability when it's the night before your term paper is due, and you run out. A dot-matrix ribbon, you can always get 5 more pages out of it in an emergency. They'll hate the lack of people HAVING to immediately buy new cartridges, but they can go to hell in this regard.

* Give us some open-source goodies to stock your bundles. Nobody wants Microsoft Works or WordPerfect Suite, but we'd gladly accept OpenOffice. And who exactly are we capitulating to by not bundling the GIMP?

* On a similar vein, can we make sure the legitimate 'mandatory' stuff is installed? Things like the Flash plugin and a PDF reader? I'd also love to see somehow they ticked all the "don't tell me how a secure page works again" boxes.

Yep people dont want this crap... but like the lower prices. Thats why computers from better high end manufactures cost more when you turn it on you are welcomed with just a recycle bin on your desktop and a nice short programs menu.

(Xilo said @ #18.2)
#1 rule of buying a Windows OEM computer is to first format the drive and reinstall Windows.

Unfortunately that's becoming impossible, as OEMs don't tend to bundle a Windows disc any more, instead relying on a "recovery" disc that accesses a hidden recovery partition on the HDD. And if you do that, then you're back to square 1 with all the annoying proprietary software.

(Gilly said @ #18.4)

Unfortunately that's becoming impossible, as OEMs don't tend to bundle a Windows disc any more, instead relying on a "recovery" disc that accesses a hidden recovery partition on the HDD. And if you do that, then you're back to square 1 with all the annoying proprietary software.


.. and that's why you build your own! If you're going the laptop route... get a white box.

I can see their new TV ads - "Dude, you're gettin' a Hewlett Packard!" I don't know, it just doesn't have the same ring...

Well the tag of "designed for teens" is what makes this comedic.

I hope it inst stupid changes - like "laptop with denim exterior" or "audible myspace/facebook alerts" that someone updated

(strekship said @ #25.1)
Lets hope they don't use the MacSEs I had back in grade school as a template for designing these new computers. :cheeky:

It was the Apple IIe for me.

I understand that HP will be guiding them.

I just hope it is not stereotypical teen adjustments/add-ons

God forbid they make an HP Commercial like a Mentos commercial
- kids running through a mall, get to the food court in time to meet other friends so they can blog about the mall

Or even lower themselves to "respond to the mac commercials" - byargh I hate those

But this is funny .... IF you hate the mac commercials
http://youtube.com/watch?v=JixbzFjv_cU

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