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HP’s Finally Killing Glossy Notebook Lids, Palmrests



HP’s been selling glossy consumer notebook computers for years. A lot of us have complained about how these gloss monsters can attract fingerprints and grime. They might look pretty on store shelves, but they don’t always look so hot in the real world.

Last week I spent some time with HP’s notebook design director and he explained how and why the company is moving to metallic finishes. I really hope more PC companies follow suit and ditch the glossy black look. 

You can read more about the new HP Pavilion, HP Envy and HP ProBook notebooks over at



  1. Tement Nosce

    05/05/2010 at 3:34 am

    I don’t get it. The dm4 and Envy shown in the videos have brushed/etched metal lids & keyboard decks along with a glossy black screen bezels and similar keyboards & clickpads – just like the tm2. How exactly is the tm2 behind the curve in terms of this design refresh?

    • Syn

      05/05/2010 at 5:49 am

      I was wonder the same thing. The TM2 Is brushed metal it surface isn’t shiney at all. The shiney screen is another matter but that’s Is the part on the TM2 that’s glossy.

      • Xavier Lanier

        05/05/2010 at 9:02 am

        @ Temant and @syn : corrected- you guys are absolutely right. Wrote this while I was exhausted at 2am and had images of the tx2 dancing in my head. Thanks for pointing this out.

  2. Charles

    05/05/2010 at 11:05 am

    About time HP stepped up its designs. Those are some nice looking notebooks! My current HP loves fingerprints. Now if they could get that nanotechnology for the screen that eliminates glare.

  3. Feralboy

    05/06/2010 at 6:52 am

    Also, the new, improved trackpad that you can turn on and off with a double-tap is the same as the current one on the TM2. In fact, rather than being behind, the rest of the line appears to be playing catchup! Hopefully, the all-new touchpad drivers will install on the TM2, because the current ones definitely could use some improvement.

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