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HP to Launch Laptops With Integrated Projectors

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 17 comments

Rumor has it mini projectors will soon show up in HP notebooks.

Digitimes cites Monty Wong, vice president and manager of personal computing systems group at HP Taiwan, who says the company has plans to launch both tablets and notebooks PCs with integrated mini projectors.

Miniature projectors placed prominently at CES in 2009 and in 2010 and it seems HP has finally figured out a way to market them to consumers. HP is said to be considering placing the projector on top of the notebook screen, where the webcam is normally located. While integrating a mini projector into a notebook might seem like the perfect way to sneak them into consumer's homes, Wong said the company first plans to launch several stand-alone mini-projector products as an introduction to the notebook-integrated designs.

According to Digitimes, the projector notebooks will be produced mainly by Quanta Computer.

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    apmyhr , January 21, 2010 2:59 PM
    Sounds cool, but I hope they remember to have the projector pointing backwards from the screen, unlike the web-cams which face the user.
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    apmyhr , January 21, 2010 2:59 PM
    Sounds cool, but I hope they remember to have the projector pointing backwards from the screen, unlike the web-cams which face the user.
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    Honis , January 21, 2010 3:12 PM
    This could be very popular among teachers and businessmen.
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    lowguppy , January 21, 2010 3:17 PM
    apmyhrSounds cool, but I hope they remember to have the projector pointing backwards from the screen, unlike the web-cams which face the user.

    Maybe they'll put them in laptops with the swiveling displays?
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    theholylancer , January 21, 2010 3:17 PM
    apmyhrSounds cool, but I hope they remember to have the projector pointing backwards from the screen, unlike the web-cams which face the user.

    imagine if they didn't

    I can see the hilarity now
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    extremepcs , January 21, 2010 3:31 PM
    I can't wait to see the cost of replacing the bulb! Good idea though.
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    Anonymous , January 21, 2010 3:33 PM
    This will be great for use in the class room. :) 

    But at the same time, it stands to become a source of great embarrassment should one's laptop become infected as you can just imagine the results of having porn pop ups in the class room with the projector turned on, especially if there is sound with the porn.

    Unless of course you're in a sexual education class, in which case it could turn out to be a source of great amusement! :D 
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    gayan , January 21, 2010 3:42 PM
    apmyhrSounds cool, but I hope they remember to have the projector pointing backwards from the screen, unlike the web-cams which face the user.


    if they have the projectors facing the user, that would be a tad uncomfortable I may think...
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    hillarymakesmecry , January 21, 2010 3:48 PM
    extremepcsI can't wait to see the cost of replacing the bulb! Good idea though.


    They're LED bulbs and they last many thousands of hours longer than anyone would actually use them.

    I like the idea of a projector on a laptop, but these mini projectors are not very bright and the image they project isn't all that large as a result. Might as well just look at the laptop's screen.
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    trih , January 21, 2010 4:11 PM
    Well how usefull is it really? I mean in most places where it would make sense to hold a presentation there is a beamer to use :/ 
    Picture quality-wise it won't be any good anyway due to the size constraints.
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    thepetey , January 21, 2010 4:37 PM
    extremepcsI can't wait to see the cost of replacing the bulb! Good idea though.


    haha your right.

    Do i replace the bulb or just buy a new laptop? this is crazy chat... HP laptops already suck.. what about battery life?
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    gsacks , January 21, 2010 5:19 PM
    So I'll be able to bore my family with home movies and photos dimly projected on a wall in low resolution instead of staring at the bright higher res laptop screen. Woo-hoo.
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    wildwell , January 21, 2010 6:45 PM
    I agree with some of the above comments, what about battery life!?
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    mp562 , January 21, 2010 9:48 PM
    Forget the battery life, how hot is the projector going to get? And will you have to let it cool down before you can even put it away?
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    AMDnoob , January 22, 2010 1:12 AM
    to be honest im surprised it took this long
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    cookoy , January 22, 2010 1:55 PM
    Preview of things to come - a screenless notebook. Not much privacy though.
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    Regulas , January 22, 2010 2:52 PM
    Don't see it ever taking ove the standard laptop screen. You would be forced to find a wall or something to see the screen. This would kill off the advantages of mobility you get with a laptop. Maybe on a small/mini desktop PC this would be better.
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    aford10 , January 22, 2010 7:54 PM
    Most places that have regular conferences, already have a stand alone projector. I don't see much practicality for the average person. It just doesn't seem like it would appeal to a wide audience.