HP announced the HP TouchSmart Sleekbook and HP Sleekbook at CES 2013, adding a touch screen to the Sleekbook for the first time, and bringing the TouchSmart brand to notebooks.
The TouchSmart Sleekbook and Sleekbook notebooks are similar to Ultrabooks, but use AMD processors instead of Intel Core i processors.
The notebooks are similar, though the TouchSmart Sleekbook is a more attractive option for users looking forward to using Windows 8, which features a new touch-friendly modern user interface.
The HP TouchSmart Sleekbook features a 15.6-inch display that supports 10-finger multitouch, but this doesn’t fold flat or convert to a tablet like the Yoga 11S, but it delivers a more affordable price by cutting out special hinges.
The HP Sleekbook sports the same 15.6-inch display, but lacks support for touch, and shaves $200 off the price.
HP opted for AMD A series processors to keep the price down, without significantly sacrificing performance. The HP TouchSmart Sleekbook features an AMD A8 APU with 6GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage. The HP Sleekbook runs on the AMD A6 APU with a 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive.
Both notebooks feature USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports as well as HDMI out, Ethernet and WiFi. The touchpad is optimized for Windows 8 gestures on both Sleekbooks. Both notebooks feature a full size keyboard complete with a number pad, but HP doesn’t include backlit keys.
The HP TouchSmart Sleekbook is 0.9-inch thick and the Sleekbook is thinner at 0.82-inch thick.
THe HP Sleekbook is available on January 13th starting at $499 and the HP TouchSmart Sleekbook is coming in early February, starting at $649 with an A6 processor.
HP also announced a collection of new monitors including the HP u160, a 15.6-inch mobile monitor that will arrive later this month for $139 and the HP Playlist, a WiFi hard drive that can store Hulu Plus and Netflix videos for offline playback.