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    HP to pay EU printer customers $1.35 million for disabling third-party ink / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 14 September - 17:34 · 1 minute

Packages of HP ink cartridges ares displayed at a Best Buy store

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HP continues to pay for abruptly blocking third-party ink from its printers and has agreed to pay compensation to additional customers impacted by the company's use of DRM to prevent third-party ink and toner from working in its printers. The settlement pertaining to customers in Belgium, Italy, Spain, and Portugal comes after the company already agreed to a settlement in the US and was fined in Italy.

HP printer owners were annoyed, to say the least, in 2016, when HP introduced Dynamic Security , a firmware update that prevented ink and toner cartridges lacking an HP chip from working in HP printers. Customers who already owned these printers suddenly faced error messages preventing them from printing with cartridges that were fully functioning before. At the time, HP claimed that the move was about helping customers avoid counterfeit and subpar ink and protecting HP's IP. However, it largely felt like a business tactic aimed at protecting one of HP's biggest profit-drivers at the time, which was tied to a declining industry .

As reported by Bleeping Computer on Monday, Euroconsumers, a European consumer group, announced on September 7 a settlement with HP that would seek to financially compensate customers located in the aforementioned regions. HP agreed to set up a $1,350,000 (about 1,351,147 euro) for "compensation to certain HP printer owners for losses allegedly suffered as a consequence of being unaware that their printers were enabled with Dynamic Security," according to Euroconsumers' announcement. Individuals can receive 20–95 euro, depending on their printer model and consequences suffered.

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    HP sort sa webcam 4K pour améliorer les réunions vidéo / JournalDuGeek · Saturday, 3 September - 13:00


La crise sanitaire a relancé le marché des webcams externes. La qualité des caméras intégrées dans les ordinateurs est en effet largement considérée comme médiocre, en particulier sur les portables dont la finesse ne permet pas d'intégrer des capteurs performants. HP profite de l'occasion pour lancer une nouvelle webcam 4K.

HP sort sa webcam 4K pour améliorer les réunions vidéo

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    Review: HP’s 13.5-inch Spectre x360 is a top ultralight—with flair / ArsTechnica · Saturday, 27 August - 13:00 · 1 minute

HP Spectre x360 13.5

Enlarge / HP's 13.5-inch Spectre x360. (credit: Scharon Harding)

Specs at a glance: HP Spectre x360 13.5-inch
Worst Best As reviewed
Screen 13.5-inch 1920×1280 IPS touchscreen 13.5-inch 3000×2000 OLED touchscreen
OS Windows 11 Home Windows 11 Pro Windows 11 Home
CPU Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i7-1255U
RAM 8GB LPDDR4-4267 16GB LPDDR4-4267
Storage 512GB NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD 2TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD 1TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD
GPU Intel Iris Xe
Networking Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
Ports 2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 4), 1x USB-A (3.2 Gen 1), 1x 3.5 mm jack, 1x microSD card reader
Size 11.73×8.68×0.67 inches
(297.94×220.47×17.02 mm)
Weight 3.02 pounds (1.37kg)
Battery 66 Wh
Warranty 1 year
Price (MSRP) $1,100 $1,760 $1,610
Other Stylus, sleeve included

HP's 13.5-inch Spectre x360 has a little something for almost everyone. An ultralight build puts it a desirable class of convertibles with a frosted finish and flashy accents. A 3:2 screen stands taller than most and includes an OLED option that's vivid yet natural looking. There are also clever design choices, like a chamfered edge with a charging port, light-up volume/mic mute/camera shutter keys, plus decent port selection.

The Spectre x360 13.5-inch gets an A+ in looks and scores high (but not perfectly) in design details. But it has some room to grow when it comes to productivity, especially when compared against other highly capable ultralights in its price range.

For those who insist on squeezing every ounce of performance out of a sub-1-inch-thick convertible, there are stronger competitors. But for the rest, the 2022 Spectre is near the top of its class.

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    HP’s new Thunderbolt 4 monitor uses contrast-rich IPS Black tech / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 25 August - 12:00

HP Z32k G3 4K USB-C monitor

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HP announced a 31.5-inch monitor today at its Amplify partner conference that's aimed at workers with data-heavy setups and strong image quality needs. The 4K resolution HP Z32k G3 claims to be the first monitor to use an IPS Black panel along with a Thunderbolt 4 USB-C port.

Dell was the first to use IPS Black , tapping the LG Display tech for 27-inch and 31.5-inch USB-C UltraSharp monitors. IPS Black is a type of IPS panel that's supposed to double the typical contrast ratio of traditional IPS by delivering darker black levels. LG Display claimed that IPS Black's black levels are "35 percent deeper than existing IPS products."

HP's Z32k G3 claims a 2,000:1 contrast ratio, compared to the standard IPS monitor, which is typically around 1,000:1, with premium IPS examples reaching around 1,300:1. Assuming HP's shared an accurate figure, it's worth noting that the spec doesn't match a strong VA monitor or, compared to contrast afforded by displays with more expensive backlighting technology, Mini LED or OLED .

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    HP’s 5K ultrawide all-in-one has workhorse specs, dual magnetic webcams / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 25 August - 12:00 · 1 minute

HP's 34

Enlarge / One camera's on the user; the other's facing the desktop. (credit: HP)

Companies haven't paid all-in-one (AIO) PCs a lot of love lately. Exciting AIO releases in the US are few and far between, and ever since Apple discontinued the 27-inch iMac , there has been somewhat of a gap for users seeking the simplicity of an AIO, along with ultra-high resolution and strong components. HP has apparently noticed that gap because in September, it will release a 34-inch AIO with 5120×2160 resolution, current-generation Intel and Nvidia parts, and flashy features aimed at workers.

Magnetic webcam(s)

A webcam that can magnetically attach to anywhere on the display's bezel is one of the hallmark features of HP's 34-inch all-in-one Desktop PC announced today at HP's Amplify channel partner conference.

This is similar to a magnetic webcam concept Dell showed us in December, but the camera isn't wireless and can't attach directly to the display. The AIO also supports up to two of these magnetic cameras; they would use pixel binning for 4 MP per still or video image, according to HP.

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    Review: HP’s Elite Dragonfly Chromebook is the cream of the ChromeOS crop / ArsTechnica · Friday, 19 August - 11:35 · 1 minute

HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook

Enlarge / HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook.

Specs at a glance: HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook
Worst Best As reviewed
Screen 13.5-inch 1920 x 1280 IPS touchscreen 13.5-inch 1920 x 1280 IPS touchscreen 13.5-inch 2256 x 1504 IPS touchscreen
OS Chrome OS
CPU Intel Core i3-1215U Intel Core i7-1265U vPro Intel Core i5-1245U vPro
RAM 8GB LPDDR4-4266 32GB LPDDR4-4266 8GB LPDDR4-4266
Storage 128GB NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD 512GB NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD 256GB NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD
GPU Intel Iris Xe
Networking WiFi-6E, Bluetooth 5.2
Ports 2x Thunderbolt 4, 1x USB-A,1x HDMI 2.0, 1x 3.5 mm jack, 1x MicroSD card reader
Size 11.59 x 8.73 x 0.65 inches
(294.38 x 221.74 x 16.51 mm)
Weight Starts at 2.8 lbs (1.27 kg)
Battery 50 Wh
Warranty 1 year
Price (MSRP) $980 $1,800 $1,709 when configured on
Other N/A 4G optional

Chromebooks are tired of being treated like second-class citizens.

Over the last decade, the developers of ChromeOS have attempted to evolve the operating system with features that could put it more on par with macOS and Windows. Google has been pushing Chromebooks as business machines, touting the purported simplicity and security benefits of their pared down operating system.

HP's new Elite Dragonfly Chromebook represents a ChromeOS device pushed to the limits, from its appearance to its components.

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    Ce très bon PC portable de la marque HP tombe sous les 600 € / Numerama · Thursday, 21 July - 08:39

[Deal du jour] Ce PC portable HP Pavilion de 15,6 pouces est actuellement en promotion et voit son prix baisser de 160 €. Une très bonne réduction, pour un ordinateur efficace et polyvalent. [Lire la suite]

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    HP releases its $1,099 Linux laptop for developers / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 2 June - 23:00

HP releases its $1,099 Linux laptop for developers

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HP released its Dev One Linux laptop today. Aimed at coders, the 14-inch clamshell comes at a lower price than previous Ubuntu-based HP clamshells.

Starting at $1,099, the Dev One begins to keep costs low by opting for an AMD, rather than Intel, CPU and skipping the discrete graphics card. HP's last Linux laptops, part of its ZBook workstation lineup, went well over $2,000 and offered up to Intel Xeon processors and Nvidia RTX GPUs.

Linux roots

The previous workstations used Ubuntu 20.04 preloaded with software packages aimed at data scientists . However, the Dev One runs Pop!_OS, an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution from System76.

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