CES: HP launches affordable Pavilion Sleekbook laptops

Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) used the Consumer Electronics Showcase (CES) in Las Vegas this week to unveil a new slim entry in the low end of the consumer laptop space.

Dubbed the HP Pavilion Sleekbook, it’s a 15.6” laptop that offers a touchscreen option, with pricing beginning at US$499 (US$699 with touch), depending on the options selected. While they have many of the attributes of the Ultrabook category, HP is using the term Sleekbook to give it the flexibility to not meet all of Intel’s requirements for using its Ultrabook trademark – such as offering AMD’s A8 APU instead of Intel’s Core chipset.

The new models will be available this spring.

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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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