HP to finish PC business review in 8 - 12 weeks

HP will complete a review of its PC business division, which is still the world's biggest seller of desktops and laptops, in about 8 to 12 weeks. That's the word from HP's PC business head Todd Bradley in an article in Reuters. Last week, HP announced it was looking into the possibility of either selling off the PC division or spinning it off into its own separate company. Bradley said this week that after HP reviews the division " ... we will sit down with the board and take them through the results."

Bradley, who has led the PC business of HP for the past several years, indicated his desire to remain with the division, saying, "At the time of whatever action is determined with the PC business, then if it's a spin-out it will be my intent to lead that. If it stays within HP, I plan to continue to run it." Meanwhile, Digitimes is reporting via unnamed sources that Samsung might be interested in acquiring the HP PC business. The report claims that Samsung has contacted a number of notebook makers asking if they could outsource notebook orders.

Even as this review is progressing, HP continues to release new PC models. On Monday, the company officially announced the launch of the HP Compaq 8200. This is an all-in-one desktop that's designed specifically for business with features like a built in Blu-Ray player, up to 8 GB of RAM and more. Pricing for the HP Compaq 8200 starts at $999.

 

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Mr. Todd Bradley, make sure when you say "PC division," you also include related peripherals--scanners, printers, multi-functions, etc. for both the consumer and business marketplace. It is bad enough you shafted those who bought peripherals, do you also want to include PC buyers too?

They deserve it. Most of their PC designs looked fairly nice (though hardly great or unique), and may have had good specs for the price, but the build quality was usually terrible in the end.

Had a dv6-3033cl for almost a year, and at 11 months, AC adapter had to be replace (for free!), but speakers got busted a few days later, and it was a nightmare to get HP to realize they were indeed busted. Spent hours on the phone, being treated as a dummy, and doing things I had already done like check/resintall audio drivers, check volume controls, system restore, etc. Other guy wanted a system recovery, and when I claimed I might buy a drive to back-up data at a store, he suggest I buy a 'discounted' $67 320GB drive! Got very upset when I politely refused. Had to go through Costco to get a real American HP worker to listen, and send me a package to ship it to HP in. Bit too late though, because school has started.

Sorry for the tirade, but it's not a wonder why HP's business model is doing well. Pushing cheap crappy PCs at various retailers like office supply stores, not pushing premium Envy laptops at the retail level harder, flubby crapware, isn't a good business model in the long end. People like me will get tired of your computer brand, and move on elsewhere like we should have done before.

I love the hysteria.

I would suspect that this is not a sale or a tear up the deparment, but perhaps a look out how to redevelop its huge brand.

In no way saying this will happen, but I wouldn't at all be surprised if what we saw was a new "name" more mac style output, especially when you consider not just theirs but many companies latest offerings... Things such as cleaner and slicker products - particularly laptops and all in one desktops. And even a new line of tablets.

At the moment HP have got one thing... the worlds attention and the ability to make a huge announcement.

Who knows 8-12 weeks we may see a line of new products and a shake up in the world of computing.

What the **** is HP's problem? You are making a profit, and giving jobs to thousands of people. What the **** do you want?

Capitalism at its worst. Greedy *******, where profit means nothing, and profit increments is everything.

This is the main reason why my next laptop is not HP's, my last 3 were. Not this. F U

AdamLC said,
They will probably just run it all under the Compaq brand. They still own that right?

Yep, they do.

Sorry if this is a obvious question, but how would HP benefit from selling off what appears to be a very successful sector of its business?

Well apparently the profit margins on the PC business are really slow. They have to sell 7 PC's to make as much as Apple does on 1.

warwagon said,
Well apparently the profit margins on the PC business are really slow. They have to sell 7 PC's to make as much as Apple does on 1.

apple tax, fanboys, cult, worship, brand. all play the part

DrakeN2k said,

apple tax, fanboys, cult, worship, brand. all play the part

I'm not falling for the troll. It's interesting though that people put Apple's success down to fanboys, yet they keep getting more of them. It's not the same five people buying thousands of computers a day.

what said,

I'm not falling for the troll. It's interesting though that people put Apple's success down to fanboys, yet they keep getting more of them. It's not the same five people buying thousands of computers a day.

It's true. Mac sales keep increasing 25% year on year.

KingCrimson said,

It's true. Mac sales keep increasing 25% year on year.

starting in what year.. calculate it from growth from not last year but over the last 20 years.

rajputwarrior said,
HP is ****ing stupid...

for reviewing their products?? this could be a good thing because if they decide to stick it out with windows 8 they will probably go all out

Lachlan said,
for reviewing their products??

No! They're stupid for not knowing their own identity! First they tried to be an Apple2 with webOS and failed now they want to be the second IBM and will fail again…

Faisal Islam said,
Huh..SO DELL IS THE ONLY ONE KING NOW

If Dells PCs are as good as their monitors (proud owner of a U2711) that would be great