That was back in the day when HP would say ‘Invent’ but then sold a re-branded Apple iPod to the masses. How’d that work out? At least IBM had the foresight to dump its unprofitable PC business years ago. Today HP is re-inventing the PC. Seriously? No.
HP’s PC Mini
Just between you and me, I think the executives of both Microsoft and HP secretly work for the Chinese because both companies are doing their absolute best to be bested by Chinese PC makers with cheaper goods.
Microsoft is giving away Windows to cheap notebook makers and selling $29 internet phones with the Nokia brand.
HP struggles to make a profit anywhere; even the printer business has seen better days, and the company is advertising $200 Windows PC notebooks.
Whatever happened to ‘invent?’
The latest HP invention seems to be the HP Pavilion Mini Desktop. Think Mac mini, HP style. This diminutive device starts at $320 for an Intel Pentium inside. Pentium? Didn’t that get dropped in 1999? A Core i3 model starts at $450, just $49 less than a Mac mini with Core i5 inside. The Mac mini is thinner and bigger and much heavier (which may be because there’s actually something inside).
HP’s Pavilion Mini Desktop can be expanded to a full TB of storage, up to 8GB of RAM, and comes with both mini DisplayPort and HDMI connections. And, yes, it runs Windows 8.1. And like a Mac mini, you’ll need your own display, but it comes with a keyboard and mouse.
There’s the usual array of input and output ports for small devices, including USB, and an option for multiple displays, it only uses 45 watts of power, but does come with the all-important Card Reader.
There once was a time when HP meant quality products with the best performance you could buy. These days it seems as if HP’s product managers simply go on a shopping trip to China and come back with the cheapest device they can find, then slap an HP logo on it.
This doesn’t help, either, but it’s in the fine print so maybe nobody shopping for the HP Pavilion Mini Desktop will notice.
WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer. (California law requires this warning be provided to California customers)
The HP Pavilion Mini Desktop comes with either an Intel Pentium 3558U (just rolls of the tongue, no?) or the Intel Core i3-4025U, both very low end CPU’s in Intel’s product line. What does HP say about those CPUs?
Intel’s numbering is not a measurement of higher performance.
So, HP customers would pay an extra $130 to go from 500GB of storage to 1TB, and get a different CPU which may or may not improve performance. HP has lost its way and $200 notebooks and $320 Mac mini wannabes won’t help it find its way back.