From shape-shifting tablets to smartphones, it’s become clear that multimedia devices have taken over when it comes to providing quality ways to consume photos, videos, music, and more. Gone are the days when you’d need a variety of devices to help you enjoy these different forms of media because now you can use a laptop, tablet, or similar device to perform these tasks.
The type of multimedia device you choose depends on the media you consume the most. You may want a tablet for drawing or playing games, for example, but you could be better suited for a laptop if you need a device for work or school. Let’s now look at some examples of multimedia devices, the types available, and the best ones you can get from HP®.
What is a multimedia device?
A multimedia device is an electronic device that allows you to enjoy many different forms of media. You may use one to watch your favorite streaming series before getting back to work or writing a paper for school. In the past, you may have had a separate phone, tablet, and laptop that served different purposes. Not only was it a hassle to keep track of them, but it could also be expensive to purchase all those items.
The main characteristics that define a multimedia device relate to the fact that multiple tasks are consolidated into a single device that offers a more convenient option than carrying multiple devices at once. It doesn’t need to work with all media in order to be a multimedia device, but most on the market today can handle almost any type, including games, videos, and photos.
With the invention of convertible laptops and better gaming options for mobile, it’s possible to own one or two devices instead of a handful to do everything you want that’s media-related. The biggest challenge you face now is figuring out exactly which device you should buy.
What types of multimedia devices are there?
For most consumers, a multimedia device is one that functions as both a way to work and to play. This could be a smartphone, a tablet, or a computer, depending on if it allows you to complete a number of different tasks.
2-in-1 convertible laptop
When it comes to computing devices, one of the most popular multimedia options available is the 2-in-1 convertible laptop. These nifty little devices can work as a traditional laptop for when you need a keyboard, but they can also be easily transformed into a tablet for hands-on use.
Before you decide if you want to purchase a regular laptop over a detachable or convertible option, think about the software you will use and if you need a device that has a lot of storage. Many multimedia devices also offer cloud storage
, which is a good option if you want the flexibility of a tablet with the functionality of a laptop.
What should I know when choosing a multimedia device?
There are things you should keep in mind when choosing the right multimedia device for you. You should think carefully about what you are most likely to use the device for in the long term, whether it is for creating new projects through Adobe Photoshop, streaming shows, or listening to your music. This can help determine factors such as how much storage or processing power you need.
The device’s internal specs will play a huge role in how it performs certain tasks. If you edit video or photos, for example, you will need a higher-end processor than if you simply create documents or browse the web. Gaming also requires that you have a better graphics card and enough storage for your files.
Connectivity is another consideration when choosing a device. You may only need a simple WiFi connection for most of your tasks, but it could be helpful to have a multimedia device that can connect with a 4G or LTE network. This primarily depends on how much time you may spend away from your desk or WiFi network, making an additional connection a necessity.
The price range for multimedia devices is quite varied and greatly depends on your needs. That said, if you consider yourself more of a power user, you will end up spending more than those who don’t perform complex actions on their device.
Make sure that the device you settle on also has a warranty attached. This can help when you accidentally cause damage to your screen or a component becomes faulty. An extended warranty
can get you back to being productive and creative, otherwise you may have to buy an entirely new device.
Top HP multimedia devices
HP® is well-known for creating high-quality multimedia devices. Not only has the company been creating laptops, printers, and desktop PCs that are built for performance, but we have also expanded to include multimedia devices that can be used for both work and play.
1. HP Chromebook x2 laptop
The HP Chromebook x2
comes with a detachable screen and plenty of power in order to help you make the most of your device. Long-lasting battery life makes it possible for you to take your work with you on the road, while the touch screen with a compatible digital pen allow you to create to your heart’s content. The Intel® Core™ M3 processor makes it one of the best-performing devices on the market, and the variety of apps available means that you can always find a way to be entertained.
- Corning® Gorilla® Glass display
- Intel HD Graphics 615
- Audio by B&O Play
2. HP Chromebook x360 laptop
If you want all the features of a laptop without giving up on the flexibility of a tablet, then the HP Chromebook x360
is the right choice. With 4GB of memory and integrated Intel HD Graphics 500, you’ve got plenty of power to create on the touch display.
It’s ideal for students who need a device that can handle multiple types of media, and who need good battery life. You’ll get up to 12 hours from this HP Chromebook, which also has a 360-degree hinge. Whether you are a tactile learner or you enjoy writing by hand, you have options to express yourself and take on whatever is assigned to you.
- EMR pen with eraser (optional add-on at check out)
- Chrome OS™ 64 operating system
- MicroSD expansion card for more storage
3. HP ZBook x2 64 detachable workstation
With the high-powered HP ZBook x2 G4 detachable workstation
, you’ve got a device that can handle Adobe software and much, much more. The 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor is at the heart of the device, and keeps it running smoothly even when you detach the screen from its frame. Plus, the discrete NVIDIA® Quadro® M620 graphics card makes sure your illustrations look their best on the stunning touch screen 4K display.
- 512GB SSD HP Z Turbo Drive
- 16GB of memory
- Lightweight at 4.78 lbs in laptop mode, 3.64 in tablet mode
4. HP EliteBook x360 laptop
Your multimedia device needs to be versatile, and the HP EliteBook x360
delivers with 4 different modes. It’s possible to use it for every occasion, whether you need to create a new visual project or you want to wind down with your favorite film. This HP EliteBook also has a super-long battery life of up to 18 hours, which means you can use it all day without looking for a nearby electrical outlet. And thanks to its security features, you can rest easy knowing your creations are safe and sound.
- 1080p HD IR webcam
- ENERGY STAR® certified
- 8th Generation Intel Core i5 processor
Multimedia devices are becoming increasingly popular for a simple reason: they provide more power to users than a traditional single-use device. They can be just as flexible and multifaceted as you are while helping you enjoy numerous types of media. When you’re looking for the right multimedia device for you, consider HP®’s incredible selection that balances price, performance, and design.