HP refreshes Pavilion consumer PC lineup

Everyone's doing a little spring cleaning lately, and HP is no exception. The company is refreshing its entire consumer-oriented Pavilion series of PCs, with all-new desktops, all-in-ones, laptops, and convertibles. The focus for the new line seems to be on saving space and establishing a coherent design. The new Pavilions stay the course for the most part, but these machines have a few new features worth mentioning.

The new Pavilion laptops come in 14" and 15.6" models with a focus on size and weight reduction. HP says these are thinner and lighter than its previous generation of notebook. There are also two beefier models in 15.6" and 17.3" screen sizes that HP bills "for creating and consuming media." The company doesn't specify which models have which options, but the new laptop series includes at least some models with discrete GeForce graphics chips—a GTX 940MX, a GTX 950M, or a GTX 960M. Storage options include hard drives as large as 2TB and SSDs as large as 512GB.

HP's previous 11.6" and 13.3" x360 convertible offerings are now joined by a 15.6" model. All of them are, again, lighter and thinner than HP's previous generation. The two larger x360 units have optional backlit keyboards and 1080p IPS displays available. Judging by HP's press release, it seems solid-state storage is standard on the new x360s, although buyers can also add a 1TB hard drive to the mix. Both the new laptop and x360 ranges include models with a wide range of Intel processors, from Celerons to Core i7s, along with APUs from AMD's new 7th-generation "Bristol Ridge" series.

The refreshed Pavilion desktop range is joined by a new series of Pavilion all-in-ones that come in two sizes: 23.8" and 27". HP offers a new "micro-edge" option on both models that reduces the bezel width by 75% versus its standard "edge to edge" design. The IPS displays in these machines come in 1080p or 2560x1440 resolutions. Unusually, HP offers a 1TB SSHD as an option. Meanwhile, the company's more traditional desktops get refreshed with some of the latest hardware, a small selection of colors, and little else. Like their mobile cousins, the Pavilion all-in-ones and the desktop series offer a range of Intel processor options, from Celerons to Core i7, as well as Bristol Ridge APUs.

HP says the new Pavilion line will debut in the US throughout May and June.

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