HP Pavilion Wave is the first desktop PC built around a 360-degree speaker
Not content with just its new Sure View technology, HP will soon be making available a "reinvented" desktop for both home and office use. Called the Pavilion Wave, the system utilizes a triangular design with woven fabric sides, an integrated vertical-facing speaker, and a parabolic reflector on top for a 360-degree sound experience. HP will be targeting millennials who embrace both multimedia functionality and sleek designs in their workplace devices with this very small and highly customized Windows PC.
Core specifications include:
- Intel Core i5-6400T
- 4 to 8 GB DDR4-2133 RAM (2x SODIMM 288-pin)
- Up to 2 TB 7200 RPM HDD
- 128 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
- Integrated HD Graphics 530 or AMD R9 M470 GPU
- 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB Type-C Gen. 1
- HDMI, DisplayPort, Gigabit RJ-45
- dual microphone for hands-free Cortana voice control
- 802.11 ac (1x1), Bluetooth 4.1
- SD reader
- 6.81 x 6.62 x 10.29 inches
Note that the Pavilion Wave was not designed to be easily opened or upgradeable by the end-user as it will not be targeting enthusiasts or DIY builders. Furthermore, there is only a single speaker with no other integrated sizes for what could have been a potentially wider frequency range for better playback. Nonetheless, the manufacturer is promising that the system will be even quieter than a notebook.
The Pavilion Wave ships this September 16 for a starting price of $529 USD.
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