While I’m sure that most of you tech enthusiasts should be familiar by now with ultrabooks and what makes a laptop fall into that category, “sleekbooks” might still be mysteries for some. But it’s not at all complicated – sleekbooks are HP notebooks powered by AMD CPUs that are a little too thick and heavy to be called ultrabooks.
Got it? Well, if so, you should be happy to hear that HP has just presented to the world two new “thin-and-lights”, going by the names of Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook and Pavilion Sleekbook. As you might have guessed already, the first of the duo comes with a touchscreen, while the other sports a more conventional non-touch display.
There are also other differences between the two, mostly in the hardware department, where the TouchSmart is better equipped (AMD A8 chip and 6 GB of RAM in the base configuration, compared with an A6 processor and 4 GB of memory for the regular Sleekbook). The design is basically the same, although the touchscreen model is two mm thicker (23 vs 21 mm).
As for similarities, both laptops come with 15.6-inch 1,366 x 768 pix res displays, pre-loaded Windows 8 and replaceable batteries. The non-touch Sleekbook will go on sale later this month for $499 and up, while the TouchSmart will start shipping in February at $699.