HP has announced the introduction of the Pavilion and Stream mini desktops, which are intended to be low-powered, energy-efficient PCs that can fit in the palm of a hand. The idea isn’t new, but these are rare enough to be notable. The design is also suspiciously reminiscent of Tupperware.
The HP Pavilion Mini Desktop is only 5cm tall and weighs less than 1kg. Inside is either an Intel Pentium or fourth generation Core i3 processor. Memory options come in either 4GB or 8GB, with storage coming in the form of a traditional HDD. The Pentium equipped Pavilion Mini Desktop will have a 500GB 7200rpm HDD, while the Core i3 version will carry a 1TB 5400rpm HDD. There is no word on any user installed upgrade, but it looks like these might have a sealed chassis.
It will also ship with support for multiple monitors with both HDMI and DisplayPort available on the back. Alongside this are four USB ports, although HP has not specified which standard is it using on the Pavilion Mini. It looks to be USB 2.0 from the press pictures and renders, although it is hard to say for sure.
Details about the HP Stream Mini Desktop are light at the moment, with HP saying that will include a 32GB SSD, 200GB of Microsoft OneDrive storage for two years, and a US$25 gift card to buy Windows apps. The desktop will also apparently run on a Celeron processor with 2GB of RAM. Which indicates a very low powered machine.
The HP Pavilion and Stream Mini Desktops are expected to appear in the US by January with prices starting at US$319.99 and US$179.99 respectively.
[Source: HP 1]