I really like the look of this new HP desktop. The Amazon Echo-esque form factor makes a lot of sense — if the voice assistant is the way of the future, the PC should absolutely be a speaker. And this has a B&O speaker, so it should be pretty decent too.
- HP: HP’s newest desktops: Not your father’s PC — The small, triangular shaped HP Pavilion Wave – about 15 percent the size of a traditional tower – has a distinctive design that was formed by arranging the internal components into a layout that would be optimal for the most demanding computing tasks. On one side is the motherboard, including the processor, discrete graphics card and SSD, while a second side holds the hard drive. The third side contains the thermals – heat pipes that extract heat from the motherboard and graphics card, push it through copper pipes, across cooling fins and out the machine’s top.
- Windows Blog: HP announces new Pavilion Wave and Elite Slice with Windows 10 — For customers who want a PC that can fit into small places, the new offering is a beautiful and compact design with the power of a full-sized desktop, running on Windows 10. The dual microphones enable voice integration with your digital personal assistant, Cortana.
- The Verge: HP’s new PC looks like a speaker — While the Wave isn’t a speaker, HP is still advertising its prowess as one. The computer has a large central speaker, which has its sound sent out in all directions by blasting against the sloped top cover of the PC. It’s a neat trick — and, during a brief demo in a small space, it did appear to get pretty loud — but it’s probably not a replacement for a dedicated speaker.
- CNET: The HP Wave is a living room PC built for killer sound — Inside, you’ll find current-gen Intel Core i-series processors, up to 2TB of storage, and even optional AMD graphics for video editing and maybe a little light gaming, plus HP says it’ll drive two 4K monitors at once.
HP Pavilion Wave starts at $530 and is expected by the end of September, 2016.
- Kangaroo: a $99 Windows 10 pocket PC — Windows Hello integration means the fingerprint reader on the side of the Kangaroo lets you log in without a password or PIN.
- Build your own Amazon Echo with a Raspberry Pi for $60 …step-by-step instructions for obtaining the sample code, the dependencies, and the hardware you need to get the reference implementation running on your Pi.
- Apple porn — I don’t know why I find these kinds of workspace photographs so appealing.