Two new and cheap HP ‘Sleekbooks’ outed at CES

First, Ultrabooks. Now, Sleekbooks. Yes sir, from the floor of CES 2013 comes the (not so new) Sleekbook. For the uninitiated, Sleekbooks, announced last year May, are Ultrabooks in all but name, but have failed to meet the stringent and official requirements set by Intel.

Two by two

There are two new Sleekbooks. The aptly named Pavilion Sleekbook and the Pavilion Touchsmart Sleekbook. One is touch, the other isn’t. You do the math. The non-touch is priced at US$499, with the predictably more expensive Touchsmart priced at US$699. On to the specs:

The Pavilion Sleekbook rocks a 15.6-inch, 1366×768 display, runs Windows 8, has an AMD Trinity A6 APU, 4GB RAM, a 500GB hard drive and is only 21mm thick.

As for the Pavilion Touchsmart Sleekbook, it has the same display and OS, but is powered by the AMD A8 APU. For US$200 more, users get a Sleekbook with 6GB RAM, a 750GB hard drive and the aforementioned touchscreen display.

It’s worth putting faith into HP, as it may be the company to pull Windows 8 out of its current woes. Look for the new non-touch and touch-enabled Sleekbooks in January and February respectively. Now it’s time for what we like to call, spot the difference:

This one’s red…

This one’s… not red.

Steven Norris: grumpy curmudgeon


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