When you think of innovative tech companies, the one that nearly always comes to mind is Hewlett Packard (HP), and where they started has become has inspired so many other companies. HP started in a garage at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto, California, in 1937 and this is also known as the birthplace of Silicon Valley In the 1970’s a Palo Alto teenager named Steve Jobs spent a summer working for HP after he approached co-founder Bill Hewlett, and a few years later he started Apple in his parents garage.

HP’s first product was an audio oscillator and their first client was Walt Disney, but they have come a long way since then. Today they are best known for their computers and printers, and they are still innovating. Two years ago they launched their Omen range of laptop and desktop computers aimed at gamers, as they noticed how popular PC gaming is. Two years ago they also launched their Sprocket portable printer which allows you to print photographs from your smartphone or tablet. Their latest laptop the HP Spectre Foilio offers 18 hours of battery life and battery life is so important these days.

The HP Omen desktop and laptop computers are easy to upgrade, and you can add in more memory and change the hard disk too plus on the desktops you can change your graphics cards too. The omen desktop and laptop computers look stylish and the design of the desktops has made it so easy to upgrade them.

The Sprocket portable printer earlier this year got another model when the Sprocket Plus was launched. The only difference between the Sprocket and the Sprocket Plus is their size and the size of photos that they can print.

As Sprocket’s use no ink but use dry ink crystals instead which are embedded on the Zink paper that you print the photos on. When the Sprocket prints, the ink crystals on the Zink paper is activated via precise applications of heat.

The greatest thing that a laptop can give you is battery life and the HP Spectre Folio does not disappoint. When I bought my first laptop in 2010, I would get between 3 and 3.5 hours of battery life and if you were lucky other laptops would give you around 7 hours. My current laptop gives me 10-12 hours battery life which is impressive but the new HP Spectre Folio gives you an astonishing 18 hours battery life and it is also a 2 in 1 device. Another thing to note is that unlike the average notebook or 2 in 1 device which is encased in aluminum or plastic, the Spectre Folio is encased in leather.

HP will still keep innovating as it’s in their DNA, and their 3D metal printers show that they can also innovate for the nonconsumer market. I look forward to seeing what they came up with next and knowing HP it will be something special.

A podcast interview with Gary Tierney MD of HP Ireland will be published tomorrow on Irish Tech News.

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