New HP Laptops Make Touch Affordable

Wasn’t too long ago that adding TouchSmart technology to our computers meant adding a lot to the price tag. What’s great about today’s announcements is that we’re releasing a wide variety of touch screen-enabled Pavilion and ENVY laptops without making sacrifices under the hood or paying through the nose.

Great PC Games of 2012 (and the PCs to Play Them On)

I’m just gonna call it – 2012 was a BIG year for PC Gaming. Forget all this talk about consoles or going mobile. There’s been some huge developments – and huge games – that came out in 2012. So for some end-of-year celebrating, We’re taking a quick look back at a big trend and some great games.

 

HOW-TO: Disable The Fn + Function on HP Laptops

Having the ability to tap a button to toggle things like screen brightness with a single button press is neat, no doubt. Sometimes, though, you still want to hit a function key -- and just do that. On the ENVY line, for example, you hit the "fn" key plus whatever function key you need in order to do that. So hitting "Alt + f4" becomes "Alt + fn + f4." For stubborn, old-school nerds like me, there's a way to revert back to simpler times. You know, when function buttons were just function buttons. In short, I want to get the “fn” out! Keep on reading to learn how it's done.

 

Play Diablo III Beta FREE This Weekend!

It's been almost 12 years in the making, waiting for the next Diablo game, but it's coming next month. If you can't wait that long, you can play the game this whole weekend FOR FREE. That's right, nada. Nothing. Gratis. Starting at 12:01pm PT today, you can get online and play the beta client -- on your HP PC, of course. (And I don't mean just the obvious gaming rigs like the ENVY 17 and Pavilion HPE Phoenix.) For more insights....and the download link......keep reading.

DiRT Showdown Looks Sweet on ENVY 17

Lately, I’ve been going on about the games that I’ve been using to test our HP PCs. One of those is the racing game DiRT 3. So, with the pending release of its sequel, DiRT Showdown, I was curious: Would the newest, sweetest-looking racing game hold up on an ENVY 17 laptop? We provided a couple tricked-out units – just like the ENVY 17 that I’ve been using – and put it to the test during a recent press event.

A Closer Look at HP’s Gaming Rigs

I know that I talk a good game, but I’ve finally had more time to continue playing with a couple gaming-grade PCs in HP’s arsenal. I’m talking the Pavilion HPE Phoenix desktop and latest ENVY 17 laptop. Now that I’ve got these tricked-out rigs in my possession, I wanted to give a little straight talk – nerd-to-nerd. I’m going to dive a little deeper into each case, the loadouts that I have and the kind of performance you can get out of these guys.

Microsoft Takes Flight Feb 29

Microsoft’s seminal flight sim is back – and soon. We’re talking the end of this month. If you ask people – even ones that don’t consider themselves “gamers” – Microsoft’s Flight Simulator series is one of those classic PC apps. That’s partly because of the degree of realism in control; largely because the games have looked so dang pretty. After 29 years, Flight Simulator X was the last of the series in 2009. End of the story? Not quite. As of this morning, it has a new name and departure date: Microsoft Flight taxis down the runway come February 29th.

Forget Console Gaming, Get PC Gaming to Go

As the holiday season races headlong at us, you might be tempted to load up on all the great games coming out. In this rant, Darren makes a case for why the PC version of games can be better a better choice. After all, you can usually get the PC version of a game for less, it’ll look better and you can play where you please. With a reasonable laptop, play at home on your desk, on the road or even plugged into a TV. You get the right laptop and you've got the perfect travel companion for the holidays. (You ever try taking a PlayStation 3 with you on a plane? Not fun.)

HP Envy 14 and 17: Big Changes for Less

HPEnvy Think of HP's Envy notebook line like a Formula1 car – they serve as test beds for new technologies. And the latest racers out the gate are the new 14 and 17 Envy laptops. Stacy Wolff, Director of Notebook Product Design and Notebook Global Business Unity for HP's Personal Systems Group, spent a few minutes telling me about what his team learned from developing the Envy 13 and 15 and some of the features going into the new machines According to Stacy, "The Envy is meant to deliver a premium experience. It should feel like you're holding something substantial in your hands." Stacy says that they are also listening to what people have to say.

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