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HP intros first Spectre AIO with iMac-inspired Spectre One

updated 06:47 am EDT, Mon September 10, 2012

HP Spectre One draws on many Apple-inspired themes

HP has introduced its first Spectre-branded all-in-in PC ready for Windows 8. The headlining Spectre One that instantly recalls Apple's iMac lineup with its use of aluminum materials and a wireless keyboard and trackpad that are very reminiscent of Apple's designs. The similarities with Apple don't end with its appearance with HP's marketing materials using the word 'gorgeous' to describe its new PC - an adjective that the late Steve Jobs was synonymous for using when describing Apple's products.

The Spectre One centres on a 23.6-inch flush-glass 1080p display, which despite being touted for its Windows 8-readiness, does not support touch input. Instead the multitouch capabilities are shifted to the large trackpad in another nod to an Apple philosophy (Apple insists that traditional upright computers do not suit touch input). A full range of Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processors are on offer matched with an Nvidia GPU with 1GB of dedicated VRAM.

Connectivity includes NFC, which HP has dubbed TouchZone for syncing with mobile devices, while it also incorporates two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI-in and a Beats Audio headphones jack. SSD storage is also offered amongst the options. Pre-loaded software includes full versions of Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements giving users photo-editing and video-editing capabilities out of the box - also reminiscent of Apple pre-loaded iLife software suite.

The HP Spectre One will ship on November 14 from $1299.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Wingsy

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    Looks like HP is copying Samsung's tactics.

  1. ljmac

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    Incredible - they've copied the iMac absolutely flagrantly, and still managed to make it look ugly!

  1. Jeronimo2000

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    MacNN missed the chance to cite the most amazing part from HP's marketing blurb: they are actually calling this "an All-in-One unlike anything you’ve ever seen". Without any irony whatsoever.

  1. MacAssemble

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    Actually they copied BOTH the iMac AND the MacBook Air! Usual windows PC copy, looks similar but not quite as good. Way to show innovation HP!

  1. bluejayz

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    As the saying goes - Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery - Apple is feeling extremely flattered these days.

  1. viktorob

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    I'm actually reading this from my iMac and it is incredible how the keyboard an the trackpad are EXACTLY the same as my iMac's trackpad and keyboard.
    HP has no shame. Too bad, I was a huge fan of HP technical products for the lab like Oscilloscopes, DVMs (Digital Volt Meter, not Department of Vehicles and Motors), Signal generators and all those incredible electronics lab equipment they produce.
    Too bad the PC division is run by Sansung.. looks like.

  1. ptrc

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    Credit where it's due. This is significantly different to an iMac.

    If you look more closely you'll see HP appears to have put the computer in the stand rather than the monitor. See how thin the screen is and how thick the vertical part of the base is, as well as where all the ports are. I'm assuming there's intake venting under the stand's base and the outlet looks like it runs in a horizontal strip just below the monitor attachment-point--all very nicely concealed. Also there's no iMac cord-clutter hanging off the monitor's back. All cables are at desk-height, as well as the power input (I assume). As with an iMac, the hot components look like they're at the top where the stand profile gets wider.

    I think they could have done a better job with the junction of the stand's vertical and horizontal components, to better reflect the more curved nature of their knockoff keyboard and trackpad. To differentiate these from Apple's, they should have combined them into a single unit. That would have been a very useful innovation. Almost, but not quite.

    All-up a good attempt, and not just a simple same-sung.

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