Microsoft® Windows 8
This is a whole new user experience for Windows fans. Right from the Start screen, Windows 8 invites users to build a personalized environment for every need, discover apps for fun and essential tasks, and engage in the adventure of technology. Animated tiles provide timely updates on weather, social media, news and all things important to you. View and share photos from a single app, centralize all of your email accounts in one place, streamline managing messaging and social media contacts.
Works with touchscreen-enabled systems to allow tap, zoom, and swipe capabilities and it still works with the traditional keyboard and mouse so moving between windows and programs is as easy as a swipe or a click. Other cool new features include picture password, snap windows for easy multitasking, apps to simplify cloud access and storage for documents, your favorite music, and more.
1TB Hard Drive
A terabyte equals one trillion bytes. To put that in perspective, that's room enough for about 250,000 MP3 files, or according to Ron White, in his book, "How Computers Work", 20,000 four-drawer filing cabinets filled with text. In addition, this hard drive operates at a variable RPM which means you've got the best of both worlds, full speed for demanding loads and energy conservation during minimal access.
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
The NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M dedicated graphics card not only offers DirectX 11, CUDA, 3D Vision, Optimus, and PhysX, it can also boost your system performance by up to 5 times. Now you can enjoy the NVIDIA technology powering all of the latest games in film-like geometric detail. Direct X features include custom graphics effects and hardware utilization. Gamers and video and movie buffs will love the 3D Vision features as well as the life-like image rendering of PhysX technology.
Intel Quick Sync Video
Built into every 2nd generation Intel Core™ processor, Quick Sync Video enables users to quickly create, edit, synchronize, and share video files from home or make them available online without the need for extra hardware. In addition, media conversion between devices takes just minutes thanks to hardware acceleration streamlining this process at incredible speed. That includes creating DVDs, Blu-ray™ discs, or editing and converting HD videos for portable media devices or uploading to your favorite social media sites.
Intel InTrue™ 3D Technology
The perfect way to watch 3D movies. InTrue 3D technology delivers 1080p, hi-def resolution 3D action to your TV using HDMI 1.4. With Blu-Ray® Stereo 3D playback using active shutter 3D glasses, you may not believe your eyes when it comes to 3D realism!
Break out the popcorn and let your PC become a portal of HD entertainment. With Intel Insider, you can visit any participating Internet movie site, choose to buy or rent your favorite film, then sit back and enjoy the show. On the go it's a great way to enjoy some down time. At home, you can wirelessly send your movie to your awesome big-screen TV.
HP Beats Audio™
HP knows serious music lovers want more than just quality sound, they want an audio experience. It's time to discover your digital tracks with all of the sonic integrity infused by the recording artists. Beats Audio blends HP's technological expertise with the solid musical mastery of Dr. Dre and renowned music producer Jimmy lovine in a collaborative partnership to create an audio system that will rock your world.
Intel Wireless Display
This is a great feature that lets you wirelessly stream content to your TV. With just a couple of clicks, you can send your favorite online programs and movies from your notebook to your TV screen before you can even say couch potato. All you need is a NETGEAR® PTV1000 Push2TV Wireless TV adapter and a TV with HDMI or composite AV input and you're good to go. Don't forget the candy and popcorn.
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Enjoy better than ever visual quality and color fidelity enhancements and exceptionally vivid HD and Blu-ray™ playback. Built into every 2nd generation Intel Core™ processor, Clear Video Technology takes color accuracy to a whole new level bringing every image to life whether you're surfing the Net, catching an HD movie, or enjoying your own videos.
By using a combination of hardware and software technologies, Intel has enabled enhanced high-quality, 108p high-def image rendering in a variety of media including Blu-ray and streaming web content.
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel's hyper-threading technology means you'll get peak performance for your multithreaded applications thanks to higher processing throughput. To put it simply, each core of the processor is capable of working on multiple tasks at the same time.
Intel Virtualization Technology
Consolidates multiple environments into a single server or PC. It provides greater user flexibility that can help reduce costs, improve security, and increase resiliency regarding contingency planning.
Extended Page Tables
Boosting memory for demanding virtualizaiton applications, this hardware optimization, also known as Second Level Address Translation (SLAT), helps reduce power consumption and its associated costs while also aiding battery life.
Advance Encryption Standard New Instructions AES-NI, is an encryption standard used by the U.S. government since 2001 and now is commonly used in software to protect network traffic, personal data, and corporate IT infrastructure. Intel processors use AES in addition to a set of six new instructions to enable hardware to do some of the work of AES, thereby accelerating its execution by three to 10 times compared with relying solely on software.
Take advantage of 64-bit computing when using 64-bit compatible software. This architecture enables systems to access more than 4GB of virtual and physical memory. Also known as EM64T, it is fully compatible with 32-bit operating systems giving you the flexibility to upgrade to a 64-bit OS when ever you're ready. Intel's 64 architecture works on servers, workstations, desktops, and mobile platforms.
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Wouldn't it be great if your computer could disable itself if it were ever lost or stolen? Thanks to Intel anti-theft technology, it can! Anti-Theft technology works by detecting suspicious activity, like repeated unsuccessful log-ins. Once activated, anti-theft's tamper-resistant protection puts your computer into theft mode without harming your data to keep your information secure should your system fall into the the wrong hands. According to Intel, your system will be protected, "even if the OS is reimaged, the boot order is changed, a new hard-drive is installed, or the laptop is disconnected from the network." Once recovered, you can easily reactivate your system.
Intel My WiFi
Intel My WiFi is an easy way to wirelessly share content. The My WiFi user interface serves as a means of connecting your computer directly with up to eight WiFi devices anywhere and lets you stay connected to the Internet at the same time. It's never been easier to sync your devices, send or receive content, or print all via a wireless connection.
Intel Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology
Now get even more performance enhancing, energy conserving benefits from Intel. With SpeedStep technology, your processor simultaneously switches voltage and frequency to high or low levels depending on processor load. Enhanced SpeedStep technology performs voltage and frequency changes separately so the system performs better with reduced latency due to system unavailability.
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
This feature is designed to protect the processor in the event of unusual circumstances such as cooling fan failure which can cause damage if internal chassis temperatures become higher than normal. It works by reducing the processor's power consumption if the programmed thermal temperature is exceeded.
The processor contains a thermal diode which measures the actual CPU temperature and relays its temperature and thermal requirements to the motherboard. The motherboard uses those requirements to control the processor fan and ensure it does not spin faster than necessary - even under worst case power use.
Execute Disable Bit
Reduces your system's exposure to viruses and mal-ware attacks, and the chances of self-executing and propagating software from taking down your system or network. That can save you costly repairs, lost productivity, and revenue.
Intel Secure Key
Intel Secure Key is a feature designed to keep your data and personal information safe by strengthening encryption capability via a digital random number generator.
Intel IPT Identity Protection Technology
Designed to provide another layer of online security, Intel IPT works by partnering with websites to help keep your personal information safe when you log in to your favorite IPT-enabled sites like shopping, bill paying, banking, etc. Intel IPT verifies your log-in, confirms you're using a trusted device, and protects your account from being accessed without your recognized device.
10/100/1000 Gigabit Network
Just when you thought life couldn't go any faster, technology changed the rules. Using more bandwidth and full-duplex capacity, the 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet will have you connecting with the Internet or your other devices faster than you can say gigabit.
Bluetooth technology is a low-energy way of networking multiple devices within a small area so they can work together smartly and efficiently to enable communication or relay information. Bluetooth devices can communicate with each other, identify where you are, and make sure you get the information you need—even if it means rerouting it another of your bluetooth-enabled devices like your computer, your cell phone, home phone or other Bluetooth-capable device.
Cyberlink calls PowerDVD the "ultimate universal media player." Features vary by version but the general idea is to provide users with a means to play any media format from DVD to social media including movies, music, and photos. Some versions enable high-quality HD and 3D media, including Blu-ray. Other versions are more basic. Features can include full-screen mode, choice of controls and formats, language kits, and the ability to control PowerDVD from a variety of portable devices.
For the film buff always goofing around with the camera, the sentimentalist capturing every memorable moment, and the social archivist documenting the world around you, PowerDirector is the perfect video editing software. An agile, intuitive interface combined with powerful with built-in tools like special effects, will help you create and professional looking footage sure to impress family and friends.
Make the most of your photo essays, favorite moments, digital projects with CyberLink's PhotoDirector. Just import your photos and use your creative genius to produce amazing snapshots with special effects and enhancements that will make your work look like it was done by a pro—all while keeping your original image intact. You also can use PhotoDirector to organize and manage your photo collections and create files to share with the world.