HP has been very busy of late when it comes to releasing new laptops and they will start 2013 where they left off in 2012, and that’s by launching even more devices. HP has been accused in the past of a very confusing lineup, and the two new Pavilion Sleekbooks certainly adds to that confusion. Firstly there’s the Pavilion Sleekbook and secondly there is the Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook, with the latter model being of the touschscreen variety.
On first glance one has to wonder why HP has stuck with the plastic design when many of their rivals are now adopting aluminum, it certainly shows that they do not wish to innovate with the design of this range of laptops, maybe there is more innovation to come with the hardware?
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The HP Pavilion Sleekbook and Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook specs do differ slightly; both use the AMD Trinity processor, but it’s the TouchSmart that will benefit from the AMD A8 chip along with a decent 6GB of RAM, although this seems to be the norm these days. The touchcsreen version also starts with a 750GB hard drive, whereas the non-touch model starts with an A6 chip and 500GB of storage.
Both models come with a 15.6-inch display, which as we mentioned above don’t look that impressive when mated to a plastic casing, and the three color choices do draw you to the cheap look and feel of these new laptops from HP.
The HP Pavilion Sleekbook price is to start at $499, while the slightly more impressive Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook price will start at $699. Head over to Engadget to see how ugly these new Sleekbooks look, and we can already see two things, they look like they attract a lot of dust, and there seems to be some glare on the screen as well. Also what is with the name of these devices, they sound more like a tongue twister rather than a name for a laptop.