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HP's new living room PC looks sharp, but is built for soundThe HP Pavilion Wave looks like a bookshelf speaker, and has an 360-degree up-firing speaker.
[MUSIC] When we call something a living room pc we generally mean it's smaller than a standard tower desktop. Somehow designed to fit into a typical living room or entertainment center and it has a special features that makes it especially useful for multi media task The HP Pavillion wave is a compact triangular PC covered in a grey woven fabric. It reminds me of a bookshelf speaker just modern enough to fit in anywhere and it's design conveys it's abilities. While this is a standard Windows 10 desktop in many ways it's almost more of a speaker than a computer Like the amazon echo, which it vaguely resembles, the central mass is largely taken up with a single top firing speaker, designed for 360 degrees sound. A parabolic reflector at the very top pushes the sound out, and while it won't replace a big pair of powered bookshelves Speakers or your home entertainment surround sound system. It's pretty hefty sounding for a small form factor desktop, especially as most desktops don't even have built in speakers at all. Inside, you'll find current gen Intel Core I series processors, up to two terabytes of storage, and even optional A and D graphics. For video editing and maybe a little light gaming, plus HP says it'll drive two 4K monitors at once. [MUSIC]