There’s no better way to stretch the imagination than by immersing yourself in alternate universes with a great virtual reality headset. Between gaming, simulations and even fitness, VR has cemented itself as the future of digital interaction. Add the promise of the metaverse to the equation and VR will likely change how we interact with each other forever.
VR headsets range from affordable, standalone devices to high-end options designed to work with a powerful gaming PC. To help you find the best VR setup for your virtual journeys, we tested five leading models, spending weeks gaming, watching TV and even working in VR, and after all that we think Meta’s Quest 2 is the best VR headset out there.
After spending a few years with the Meta Quest 2, it’s easy to understand why 14 million people have bought one. The Quest 2 isn’t just affordable and easy to set up — it’s a blast to use. And since it was released in 2020, Meta has added better hand tracking, voice commands, higher refresh rates for smoother visuals and wireless PC connectivity, all making it a better deal than ever.
Weighing a little over 1 pound, the minimalist Meta Quest 2 is simple to fit and comfortable to wear, no matter how long your VR sessions run. The Meta Quest 2 has an onboard power button, volume rocker, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C port and a small LED light to display battery life.
Once you place it on your head, the Quest 2 is easy to set up. Users aren’t required to have a Facebook account (Meta dropped the requirement, which was one of the biggest initial complaints about the original release of the Meta Quest 2). Every time the headset is powered on, it prompts you to set up a virtual boundary (called your Guardian) using the onboard cameras so that you won’t bump into anything in the real world while you play.
A huge number of quality Quest 2 games are available, including Superhot VR, Resident Evil 4, Eleven Table Tennis VR, Creed: Rise to Glory, Beat Saber, Pistol Whip and Population: One. Exercise-focused apps like Supernatural and FitXR take advantage of the Quest 2’s physical interactivity to provide immersive fitness experiences.
While the Quest 2 works as a standalone unit, you can use either a Quest 2 Link USB-C cable or connect wirelessly via Meta’s AirLink technology to play higher-fidelity VR games if you have access to a more powerful gaming desktop or laptop. This opens up the ability to not only play Oculus titles like Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond and Asgard’s Wrath, but also enjoy the full suite of apps available through SteamVR too (the overall visual experience isn’t quite as good as with the more expensive Valve Index, but it’s still convincing and immersive).
All of the games available on the Meta Quest 2 are enhanced greatly by the included controllers, which are lightweight and have comfortable button placement, quick responsiveness and adequate battery life. Expect accurate hand movements when working out on Supernatural or playing games with more intricate physical interaction like Half-Life: Alyx. It’s as good an experience as we found with any standalone unit, and improving on it means stepping up to something like the Valve Index, which has superior controllers but costs much more and requires an expensive gaming PC.
Though the visuals don’t reach the levels of PC-powered VR headsets like the Index or the HTC Vive Pro 2, the nearly three-year-old Meta Quest 2 still has respectable tech specs. With a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor and 6GB of RAM, the 1832 x 1920 per-eye resolution looks impressive on games like Resident Evil 4 and The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners. Though games and the overall user interface can suffer from occasional frame rate drops, performance was generally fantastic throughout our testing with the Meta Quest 2. Audio sounded pretty good as well, whether we used the internal speakers or connected our own headphones to the 3.5mm headphone jack.
The only real issue with the Meta Quest 2 is the short battery life. We got two to three hours out of a charge while testing, depending on the intensity of the application. Charging the 3,640mAh battery to full takes around the same time. That said, since the recommended time to spend in VR is only around an hour anyway, this isn’t too much of a problem in real-world use, but frequent users should keep it on a charger when it isn’t in use.
It’s also worth noting that, as of August 2022, the Meta Quest 2 will cost $399 for the 128GB version and $499 for the 256GB model. This is both disappointing and perplexing — Meta attributes the price bump to rising production costs and the promise of future improvements, but it’s extremely rare to see any piece of hardware increase in price after a few years on shelves. Even so, the Quest 2 is still one of the most affordable headsets on this list once you factor in the new price (the PSVR is cheaper, but requires a PlayStation), and we still think it’s the best option for most people thanks to its ease of use and fantastic software library.
Best VR headset for PC gamers
An extraordinary audio/visual package, the Valve Index is the PC-based VR headset to get thanks to its excellent "knuckle" controllers and wealth of great software on SteamVR. It certainly helps that the excellent Half-Life: Alyx is included for free.
Best budget VR headset for PC gamers
PC gamers that are put off by the Valve Index and HTC Vive Pro 2’s higher price points and want something more powerful than the Meta Quest 2 should try HP’s Reverb G2. Expect an easier setup than other PC options, alongside an impressively high per-eye resolution.
Best VR headset for PlayStation owners
Until Sony reveals the pricing and release date for the PlayStation VR 2, the original PSVR is a wonderful option for PS4 and PS5 owners looking to step their toes into VR. From impressive first-party titles to a handy cinematic mode for playing non-VR games and movies in a theater-like setting, there’s still much to appreciate with this headset.
Most versatile VR headset
Featuring a high 2448 x 2448 per eye resolution within a seriously comfortable design, the HTC Vive Pro 2 is a worthy option for individuals with deep pockets. Unlike its PC-based competitors, the Vive Pro 2 offers add-ons such as body tracking and wireless functionality — if you're willing to pay an extra fee.
|What we loved||
Smart and simple design that’s easy to set up, intuitive controllers and an incredible library of games.
Outstanding design on both headset and controller fronts, immersive visual/audio presentation and strong game library.
Inexpensive, easy setup for PC VR and crystal-clear visual/audio experience.
Thoughtful headset design in addition to some great first-party and third-party titles.
Phenomenal comfort, high-resolution screen and legitimate versatility in customizing the experience.
|What we didn't like||
Short battery life, price has gone up since launch
A complicated setup and high price of entry.
The refresh rate and controller tracking are lacking and
Complicated setup and the aging hardware has some limitations.
Beyond the complicated set up, the Vive controllers aren’t the best VR input method and the overall price is high.
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Wireless kit required
None (optional PC compatibility)
PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5
Some VR headsets require a gaming PC, while others are standalone units. Tethered models typically can run more processor-intensive games, support higher-resolution graphics and have better resolution, but they are harder to set up and more costly. Standalone units are less expensive, easier to use out of the box and don’t require any extra components. Our favorite standalone model, the Meta Quest 2, does support Quest Link for a more traditional PC gaming experience though, and some connected headsets can be used wirelessly; for example, a wireless kit is available for the HTC Vive Pro 2.
To use a PC-based VR solution, you’ll need a gaming console or powerful enough gaming rig. That means at least an Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 1500 equivalent CPU, as well as an Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD RX 480 equivalent graphics card. The headsets are more expensive too, ranging from the $519 HP Reverb G2 to higher-end headsets like the HTC Vive Pro 2 and Valve Index that go well into the $1,000 range. Standalone models like the Meta Quest 2 cost less than $500.
Input is a huge part of the VR experience considering the amount of movement and prompts many games require. The Meta Quest 2 and HP Reverb G2 use similar controllers that feature three buttons, a thumbstick, a trigger and a grip on each controller in addition to things like accelerometers for motion tracking. This is probably the best way to ease console gamers into the experience — unlike the PlayStation Move or HTC Vive Controllers, which aren’t adequate for complex games due to a lack of inputs like thumbsticks. At the top of the VR controller heap are the Valve Index Controllers, which are pretty much the best money can buy with their excellent “knuckle” hand positioning, great button placement and rechargeable battery.
Immersion in VR comes from how convincing both the audio and visuals are. On the visual quality level, resolution and refresh rate are important factors besides other things like field of view. Resolution describes the number of vertical and horizontal pixels that can be displayed on a screen. The higher the resolution, the clearer the image quality. Refresh rate is how quickly the image can update on the screen. This means the higher the refresh rate, the smoother the image quality can be. On the lower level due to its standalone form factor, the Meta Quest 2 has an 1832 x 1920 per eye resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate which is respectable for what it can do. On the other hand, the PSVR is tied to aged hardware with a 960 x 1080 per eye resolution. The HTC Vive Pro 2 with its 2448 x 2448 per eye resolution represents the higher end of the spectrum.
How quickly you get to enjoying VR comes down to the setup. As mentioned previously, the Meta Quest 2 is a standalone device that can be hooked up to a gaming PC, but many users will likely use it wire-free. The only thing users have to do is set up a Meta account (separate from a Facebook account) and that’s about it. PC-based VR and PSVR have more complicated setups. The HP Reverb G2 is the easiest tethered headset to set up, as it just needs to be hooked directly into the rig and that’s about it. Other tethered headsets like the HTC Vive Pro 2 and Valve Index also require at least two tracking sensors to be set up across from one another. PSVR owners have to connect the device through a processor box between their PS4 or PS5 and TV in addition to needing a PlayStation Camera.
A VR headset isn’t worth much if there isn’t any software available to play around with. Apps for various headsets usually fall into several categories including games, fitness, productivity and social.
When it comes to library size, The Meta Quest 2 has a lot going for it. There are hundreds of titles that average from free to around $39 alongside exclusive apps. This includes more traditional gaming experiences like Resident Evil 4 in addition to subscription-based fitness apps like Supernatural and FitXR. Through Quest Link connectivity to a gaming PC, the Meta Quest 2 can play larger Oculus games like Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond or use SteamVR for Half-Life: Alyx.
Users who want to go the PC-based tethered route can access Oculus games through a Steam add-on called Revive, which worked fine on the Valve Index and HTC Vive Pro 2 but not so well on the HP Reverb G2. Buyers who are looking to experiment with a variety of VR games without paying full price can subscribe to Viveport Infinity (which supports all PC-compatible options) for a monthly subscription price of $12.99. When it comes to PSVR, Sony has all but abandoned development on games for its older headset as it prepares to launch its PS5-compatible PSVR2 sometime in the next few years.
Our testing regimen for each headset lasted a little over a week. Some of the games tested included Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, Asgard’s Wrath, Cooking Simulator VR, Space Channel 5 VR and Half Life: Alyx when utilizing the HP Reverb G2, Valve Index, HTC Vive and Meta Quest 2 via Quest Link. Games tested on the PSVR include Farpoint, Blood & Truth and The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners. When testing the standalone Meta Quest 2 headset, we tried out software including Arizona Sunshine, Thrill of The Fight and Supernatural. For added measure, we tested battery life by running it from full battery to empty. For PC-based VR, we also used productivity apps like Virtual Desktop.
Five years ago, hybrid work initiatives were just getting off the ground as companies experimented with always-connected cloud and mobile solutions to enable anytime, anywhere productivity. Then came COVID-19, and remote work was no longer optional — it was essential for companies to stay in operation.
Now the hybrid frameworks companies built to support it are here to stay. A recent Google Workspace survey found that 75 percent of respondents believe that hybrid work will remain a standard practice — despite the fact that 70 percent had never worked remotely before the pandemic began.
Of course, hybrid operations come with unique challenges. First is the need for secure connections, no matter where and when staff are working. It’s also critical for companies to proactively monitor and manage application use across both in-house and remote networks.
Hardware plays a vital role: If staff members are equipped with the right tools, they’re better able to complete their jobs and keep project timelines on track. If current tech isn’t keeping pace, however, staff may struggle to meet key objectives.
How do companies ensure they’ve got the right hardware for the job? Here are three key questions for organizations to ask as they take on the transition to hybrid work.
“Before the pandemic, staff had to work where they were required to work,” says Kirk Godkin, the HP Commercial Organization senior director of commercial product management and 4P strategy. “During COVID, it was basically where they had to work. Some employees still had to go to work. Hybrid is where staff needs to be — if I don’t need to be in the office, I need to be at home.”
As companies look to offer even more choice between remote and in-office work, there’s a new shift underway: adaptable options that let staff work wherever they want. In other words, companies need hardware solutions that empower employees to work independently, and then need to trust them to choose the best-fit location for their work.
However, according to Godkin, “the challenge is that adaptability isn’t always fast. Every company would like to reacclimate quickly, but the reality isn’t always so quick.”
Hardware from HP can help bridge the gap. In the office, solutions such as the HP EliteOne G6 All-in-One PC series have everything an employee needs to get work done (including Windows 11 Pro to 10th Generation Intel Core and a 23.8-inch diagonal Full HD display). For staff working remotely, options like the HP Elite Dragonfly G2 Notebook PC – Wolf Pro Security edition (featuring Intel Wi-Fi 6, HP LongLife 4-cell, 56 watt-hour Lithium-ion batteries, and weighing as little as 2.18 pounds) will help staff stay connected wherever and whenever they choose to work.
No discussion of hybrid work is complete without mentioning security. With staff no longer tied to a physical location, the use of cloud-based applications and services is now commonplace, but can introduce security risks.
To combat security concerns, companies need hardware solutions capable of managing risks even when they’re beyond the IT team’s direct control. Consider solutions such as HP Sure Start for PCs and laptops. Every time the device boots, Sure Start automatically validates BIOS integrity and then monitors memory for runtime intrusion detection. If an attack occurs and the BIOS is compromised, the device can self-heal in less than a minute using an isolated “golden copy” of the original BIOS.
As meetings make the move to hybrid, connections become critical. To make sense in a hybrid framework, hardware must deliver connectivity without increasing complexity. “You want to create connections for your employees in a distributed workforce world,” says Godkin. “HP Presence conferencing and collaboration solutions make this possible, both inside and outside the office.”
On PCs and laptops, upgraded cameras and HP’s AutoFrame feature keep meeting participants well lit and always in the picture, no matter where they are.
Webcams equipped with advanced artificial intelligence, meanwhile, can ensure remote workers always feel like they’re part of the meeting. And with automatic voice leveling, HP can help companies achieve “meeting equity” — equal presence and participation from all participants, no matter how or where they’re connecting.
Companies can also benefit from the use of dedicated hardware such as the HP Presence Mini Conferencing PC, a high-performance device specifically designed to manage conference room and HP Presence setup.
The “old normal” of hardware was stable, predictable and often simple. The new normal is anything but. As a result, companies need an adaptable hardware framework to empower autonomy, Improve connectivity and deliver collaboration without sacrificing security.
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In a conference room at HP’s Silicon Valley campus, a cornucopia of materials is placed all around. On the table and walls are swatches in fashion-forward colors (teal green, scarlet, rose gold) and novel textures (mycelium foam, crushed seashells, recycled rubber from running tracks, fabric from recycled jeans). Even more unexpected: pairs of high-end athletic shoes, and lots of them; luggage and backpacks, teapots and totes; stacks of gorgeous coffee-table books on syllabus ranging from furniture to architecture — all to inspire the look and feel of devices that HP has yet to imagine.
Being able to touch, test, and debate about these items in person is part of the process, a creative collaboration Global Head of Design & Sustainability Stacy Wolff and his talented team of designers are grateful to be able to do side by side again inside their light-filled studio in Palo Alto. With each iteration of an HP laptop, desktop, or gaming rig, they endeavor to push the bounds of sustainable design while offering consumers a device that they’re proud to use each day.
For the last few years, HP’s design work has gained recognition, evidenced by the studio’s gleaming rows of awards. But there’s not a single name listed on any of them. “Everything we do is by collective effort. We win as a group, and we lose as a group,” says Wolff. “If you won an award, someone else had to do maybe a less glamorous job to supply you the freedom to do that.”
The team of 73 creatives in California, Houston, and Taipei are from backgrounds as varied as design, engineering, graphics, anthropology, poetry, ergonomics, and sports journalism. There’s one thing they have in common, though. Disagreements are dealt with by amping up their communication and doubling down on what they know to be their source of truth. “If we let the customer be the North Star, it tends to resolve almost all conflict,” Wolff says.
HP’s head of design has led a massive shift in how HP approaches design since its split from HPE in 2015, steering the company toward a more unified, yet distinct, visual identity, and a willingness to experiment with both luxury and mass-market trends. Wolff’s team is responsible for delivering the award-winning HP Spectre and ENVY lines, including the HP Spectre 13 (at the time of launch, hailed as the world’s thinnest laptop); the HP Spectre Folio (the first laptop with a leather chassis); the HP ENVY Wood series (made with sustainably-sourced, genuine wood inlays); and the HP Elite Dragonfly (the world’s first notebook to use ocean-bound plastic). Among the honors: In 2021, HP received seven Green Good Design Awards from the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.
Today, Wolff and his team are in their recently outfitted studio, which opened late last year in HP’s Palo Alto headquarters. In the common areas, there is an inviting atmosphere of warm wood and soft, textured surfaces. Designers are tapping away at their keyboards, breaking off to share quick sketches and notes in an informal huddle around a digital whiteboard. In the gallery — an airy space that looks a lot like an upscale retail store — foam models, proof-of concept designs, and an array of laptop parts, keycaps, speakers, and circuit boards are splayed out on stark white countertops. Light from the courtyard pours in from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
“The studio has become a home,” says Wolff, who’s been with the company for 27 years. “When you think about a house, where does everybody go? Where is the love, and creation, and the stories being told? All that is shared in the kitchen.”
Granted this kitchen also has a really, really nice espresso maker.
The new space, like the kitchen, bubbles with energy and fuels the collaborative process, which was somewhat stifled when everyone was working remotely. “Creativity is a magical thing,” Wolff says. “That’s why it’s so important to design in a common space. We took for granted the process of organic product development. When you work from home, it becomes almost serial development. There’s no serendipity.”
After months of improvising the tools they needed to work together, the team finds that being back in the office is where they can be most creative and efficient. “Designers are very hands-on,” says Kevin Massaro, vice president of consumer design. “Everything in the studio is tactile.”
Yet, the time spent working remotely produced valuable insights that are informing future products, such as a PC camera disaggregated from the monitor so it can be manipulated to capture something on a person’s desk (like a sketch); super-wide-screen displays with integrated light bars that offer a soft backlight for people working late at night; and monitors that adjust to taller heights, to better accommodate a standing desk.
In exact years, the team has also turned its sights toward defining — and redefining — what sustainable design means for HP. In 2021 HP announced some of the most aggressive and comprehensive climate goals in the technology industry, bringing new complexity — and new gravitas — to what Wolff and his team are aiming to accomplish.
“You’re no longer just a company that’s manufacturing technology, you’re a company that’s helping to better people’s lives,” Wolff says. Working toward HP’s goal to become the most sustainable and just technology company is less about integrating greater percentages of recycled materials into new products, and more about an accounting of the entire life cycle of a device, from the electricity used over its lifetime and the minerals mined for its batteries, to the chemicals used in its painted powder coating and what exactly happens to a product when returned for recycling.
When a customer opens a box made of 100% recycled molded fiber packaging to reveal the premium Elite Dragonfly PC, which made waves for being the first notebook with ocean-bound plastic, that’s where this team’s efforts become tangible.
The Dragonfly isn’t only a triumph of design, it proved that circularity can be an integral part of mass-manufacturing for personal electronics. The third generation of that same device, released in March (see “How the HP Elite Dragonfly Took Flight,” page 36), raised the bar for battery life and weight with a new process that fuses aluminum and magnesium in the chassis, the latter of which is both lightweight and 100% recyclable.
This was a feat of engineering alchemy, says Chad Paris, Global Senior Design Manager. “Not only do you have different properties of how these metals work together, it was a challenge to make sure that it’s seamless,” he says. The team innovated and came up with a thermofusion process that lends a premium feel to the Dragonfly while keeping its weight at just a kilogram.
This inventiveness dovetails with Wolff’s pragmatic approach to sustainability. Not only does each change have to scale for a manufacturer the size of HP, it has to strike the right balance between brand integrity and forward-leaning design. “We can take waste and make great things,” Wolff says, gesturing at a pile of uniform plastic pellets that used to be a discarded bottle. “But ultimately, we want our products to live longer, so we’re designing them to have second lives.”
A sustainable HP notebook, no matter what materials it’s made from, needs to look and feel like HP made it, says Sandie Cheng, Global CMF Director. The CMF (colors, materials, finishes) library holds thousands of fabric swatches, colored tiles, and paint chips and samples, which Cheng uses as inspiration for the look and feel of fine details such as the touch pad on a laptop, the smooth glide of a hinge, or the sparkle of the HP logo peeking through a laser-etched cutout.
Cheng and her team head out on scouting trips to gather objects from a variety of places and bring them back to the studio, composing their own ever-changing mood board. In the CMF library, there are Zen-like ceramic-and-bamboo vessels picked up from an upscale housewares boutique in San Francisco alongside scores of upholstery samples in chic color palettes, hunks of charred wood, and Nike’s Space Hippie trainers.
Most of these materials will never make it to production, but they offer up a rich playground for the team’s collective imagination. Foam made from mycelium (i.e., fungi threads) is an organic material that can be grown in just two weeks. Perhaps one day it could be used as material to cover the Dragonfly chassis, even if right now it couldn’t survive the daily wear and tear we put on our PCs. Or its spongy, earthy texture might inspire a new textile that lends a softer feel to an otherwise hard-edged device on your desk.
“We as designers have to think outside the box to stay creative and inspired, but we also have to develop materials that can be used for production,” Cheng says. “It’s a balance of staying creative and also being realistic.”
The same holds true for how the materials are made. Manufacturing with fabric is notorious for producing massive amounts of waste because of the way patterns are cut, but HP wants to change that with its own soft goods, such as the HP Renew Sleeve. It’s made with 96% recycled plastic bottle material, and importantly, the 3D knitting process used to make the laptop sleeve leaves virtually zero waste, generating only a few stray threads.
Earlier this month, Cheng and her team went to Milan, Italy, for fresh inspiration. They attended Salone del Mobile 2022, one of the industry’s largest textile, furniture, and home design trade shows, to get a sense of the big design trends of the next few years, including what Cheng calls “the centered home,” which evokes feelings of comfort, coziness, and calm.
She explains that the blurring of work and life means that what consumers want in their next device, whether it’s one issued by their company or selected from a store shelf, is something that looks and feels like it fits into their personal spaces. “Your PC should be really versatile and adapt to whichever environment you’re in and how you want to use it,” she says.
Consumers also want to feel good about their purchase, which increasingly means choosing brands that care for the finite resources on our shared planet. A 2021 report by research firm IDC found that 43% of 1,000 decision-makers said sustainability was a critical factor in their tech-buying choices.
As the Personal Systems designers charge ahead into a sustainable future — whatever it brings — they’ll surely do it in their iterative, measured, and collaborative way.
“When it comes to sustainability, it’s all about forward progress, and everyone’s job is a sustainability job,” Wolff says. “As founder Dave Packard said, ‘The betterment of our society is not a job to be left to the few. It’s a responsibility to be shared by all.’”
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The Razor’s Edge, a podcast series that examines “IT Services for the New Way to Work,” is produced by CIO.com in partnership with HP Inc. In the series, HP’s technology experts provide unique insights into the challenges associated with digital transformation and discuss how innovative, cloud-based services, solutions, and software can help you plan and prepare for what lies ahead.
The Razor’s Edge is hosted by Leif Olson, distinguished technologist at HP Inc. He’s joined by Bruce Michelson, distinguished technologist emeritus at HP; Jeff Malec, HP lifecycle strategist and technology and solutions evangelist; and Cody Gerhardt, HP distinguished technologist and a chief technologist.
In Episode 4, the group walks us down the path to simplify IT by dealing with groups of people who have similar requirements but may not necessarily do the same job. Often, this is called the development of “personas.”
Here are some highlights:
Bruce: Personas are an interesting topic. Early on in my career, believe it or not, I felt as though we always were treating different people differently, given their roles, given their jobs, effectively, their “persona.” Executives were always treated differently, with a set of entitlements, as were engineers. But that was too simplistic. Hence, the user segmentation methodology was born. And that begat the output, which is the personas. And we’re going to be talking with our teammates about what those personas look like.
Leif: What’s the number that we should be looking at before we start creating personas based on groups of people, so we don’t end up with 100 personas within one organization? That would be unmanageable.
Jeff: Yeah, 100 personas are completely unmanageable. And the intent here is to is to divide folks up into between five and seven groups. Each group should have at least 10% of the population, so they’re relevant. However, there’s another issue. We have five distinct generations in the workforce. They are different and have their own attitudes. Back to Bruce: You’ve done a considerable work around demographics, how it’s impacting organizations and how they should respond. And you call it “Planet Me.”
Bruce: Planet Me is what we’re living on right now. And what’s very interesting about Planet Me is it’s a planet that’s shifting. Alphas are the generation that’s going to be coming into the workforce and will be the sixth generation in the workforce. But you got 5% to 7% of the workforce that is Gen Z; 20% to 25% who are millennials; Gen X, which is about 30% to 35% of workers; and baby boomers, who are 20% to 25%. Each have their own understanding, expectations, and skills with technology. However, by the year 2030, millennials, Gen Z, and alphas will represent anywhere up to 50% or more of the workforce, and they are the most technology-savvy generations.
Leif: So, when I look at my total population within an organization, obviously not everyone is going to fit within a persona. But what’s the target that we’re looking for? Are we looking for, you know, 50% to be within personas, or 70%, 75%, 90%? What are we looking at here? And why?
Bruce: User segment personas are going to end up being about 80% of the total. There are probably thousands of job codes and job descriptions, many of which are free form. Personas are what these roles are aggregated into.
Jeff: The reality is, you look at the highest level of entitlements in that particular persona and then assign that group to that persona. That way, you’re not necessarily underserving them and then having to recategorize them later. Always try to put somebody in the highest level that they qualify for.
Leif: Thanks for that great discussion on the process of user segmentation that leads to the implementation of personas. Hopefully, the listeners out there understand a little bit more about why this is such an important process to implement so that IT can provide the right solutions for the right users and supply the best experience possible.
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Heading into the summer, Connecticut had one of the sharpest drops in the nation of mortgages classified as “seriously underwater” — those for which homeowners owe 25 percent or more on their loans above the market value of their houses.
That can result in a loss in any attempted sale, and possibly spur a mortgage lender to move more aggressively in any foreclosure scenario when a homeowner is having difficulties keeping up with payments.
In a flurry of announcements on June 4, HP demonstrated continued forward momentum in 3D printing and digital manufacturing through partnerships with BASF and Oechsler.
HP first announced an expansion of its strategic alliance with BASF. Together, the companies are working closely with innovators in the automotive, consumer, medical, and industrial manufacturing sectors to open up new market opportunities, jointly develop best-in-class applications, and achieve unmatched quality, breakthrough economics, and more sustainable production, said HP.
At the center of the collaboration is the launch of a new material — a first-of-its-kind polypropylene (PP) for additive manufacturing (AM). The new HP 3D High Reusability PP, enabled by BASF, is a versatile, durable, and chemically resistant material that has been qualified for HP’s production-grade 3D-printing systems, including its Jet Fusion 5200 Series.
“The introduction of PP is another important step as we collaborate on best-in-class materials to transform manufacturing,” said François Minec, Managing Director, BASF 3D Printing Solutions, which unveiled its new Forward AM brand last year. “Our teams have worked closely to develop a high-quality PP that fully leverages the advanced capabilities of HP’s Jet Fusion 5200 platform — truly a win-win for innovative companies investing in the shift to digital manufacturing.”
HP also announced a new industrial alliance with Ansbach, Germany–based Oechsler, an AM engineering solutions provider, to help produce new applications and accelerate mass production of 3D-printed parts. The companies are working together across the product lifecycle, from new designs to final parts production, to develop breakthrough applications for customers in the automotive, home and commercial appliance, and medical device sectors. Oechsler’s fleet of HP Jet Fusion 5200 3D printers will provide advanced capabilities, economics, and high-quality production parts.
“As we continue driving the mass production of 3D-printed parts we believe working with an industry leader like HP will enable our customers to take full advantage of digital manufacturing,” said Matthias Weiskopf, Senior Vice President of R&D, Oechsler AG. “With the advanced capabilities of HP’s production-grade 3D-printing systems, we can provide unprecedented levels of quality, speed, reliability, and cost savings. The opportunity to collaborate closely on every phase of the product lifecycle and jointly develop breakthrough applications with HP and our customers will transform industries.”
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By James McCall, Chief Sustainability Officer
In 2021, HP announced a range of ambitious climate action targets, including a commitment to be net zero by 2040 — a full decade ahead of the Paris Agreement. We’ve published our Sustainable Impact Report for over 20 years and have actively worked to reduce our footprint for decades. That’s because it’s in our company’s DNA to push toward the goal of being the most sustainable and just tech company in the world.
We’ve had many successes. Last year HP was one of only 14 companies worldwide, and the sole tech firm, to receive a prestigious Triple A rating in Climate, Water, and Forest benchmarks from the not-for-profit Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) — our third year in a row. And because consumers care about their footprint and want their purchases to have a positive impact, whether they’re buying a new computer, printer, or coffee machine, sales related to our sustainability efforts have more than tripled, hitting $3.5 billion in fiscal year 2021.
But we realize there is more to be done to reach our goal of cutting our absolute greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030, which means minimizing Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions across our end-to-end value chain.
Scope 1 emissions are from HP’s direct operations. Scope 2 are indirect emissions, such as the electricity that powers our operations. Scope 3 relates to activities not controlled by HP, such as “upstream” emissions from our supply chain and “downstream” emissions from customer use of our products. Together, Scopes 1, 2, and 3 represent the cradle-to-grave emissions of our products, and nearly all our emissions (99%) are Scope 3, with almost 70% of those coming from our supply chain and 30% from customer use.
Tackling Scope 3 emissions
With our supply chain representing over two-thirds of our emissions, our mandate was clear: To reduce the footprint of our printers, computers, and monitors, we had to reduce the footprint of the components, manufacturing, assembly, and transportation of those items. We have hundreds of suppliers, so we needed to take a data-based approach to this problem. We examined our supply chain data and found that our 30 largest partners were responsible for nearly 80% of the Scope 3 emissions from our directly-contracted-suppliers operations. If we could assist those 30 companies in becoming more eco-friendly, the results would be far-reaching. To help these suppliers reach the next level of success, we leaned into the philosophy of “If you supply a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” Not only would helping the suppliers help HP, but it would benefit their bottom line, other customers, the communities where they operate, and the planet as a whole. So we got to work.
Because HP has stressed responsible sourcing, human rights, and sustainability as part of our supplier selection, many of our partners already had a strong base but needed extra support. Building off our real-world learnings within HP, we partnered with them to create environments where they could adopt long-lasting environmentally conscious approaches that would be best for their unique businesses.
Over the last two years, HP has brought in top-tier environmental groups such as the CDP and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to host virtual workshops for those 30 suppliers. Participants learned about energy efficiency, renewable energy, setting science-based targets, external reporting, and more.
At the same time, we asked our partners to disclose their footprint using CDP Supply Chain reporting tools. Nearly 200 suppliers (representing over 95% of our yearly spending) are currently doing so. This transparency helps HP better understand our footprint and informs the broader tech industry utilizing this supply chain.
Tackling the rest
The results have been incredible: Twenty of our top 30 suppliers have formally committed to setting meaningful greenhouse gas reduction targets following the Science Based Targets Initiative. We are also proud that 100% renewable electricity now powers the final assembly of over 95% of our worldwide PC and display products. HP and our supply chain partners are making substantial progress, but there’s still much more to do. It’s vital that we address the “upstream” supply chain adding to our footprint. However, we cannot reach net zero without also tackling the 30% of our emissions generated during the ongoing customer use of our products. The good news is that customers are actively seeking sustainable choices on shelves, online, or as part of enterprise purchase for printers, computers, and monitors. Our goal is to help them do just that—to make the home, office, or hybrid work setup of the future the most sustainable ever.
How HP is building a sustainable and ethical supply chain
Hundreds of suppliers make up HP’s supply chain — one of the largest in the IT industry — and the company’s commitment to make ethical, sustainable, and resilient products protects its business and brand, strengthens customer relationships, and creates opportunities to innovate.
HP works with peers across the IT industry to engage the entire supply chain in efforts to eradicate minerals that directly or indirectly support armed groups and to promote responsible sourcing of minerals regardless of origin. In the European Union, for example, we support the Conflict Minerals Regulation, which focuses on responsible smelter sourcing regardless of country of mineral origin, including conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRAs) worldwide.
We summarize supplier performance using Sustainability Scorecards, designed to incentivize suppliers and drive ongoing improvement through consistent, comprehensive, and actionable feedback. The results contribute to a supplier’s overall procurement score, which impacts their relationship with HP and ongoing business.
In collaboration with NGO partners and other external organizations, we provide programs designed to help suppliers continually Improve along their sustainability journey. These programs focus on areas such as worker well-being, rights and responsibilities, and environmental, health, and safety (EHS) awareness. In 2021, there was a 114% increase in factory participation in HP’s Supply Chain Sustainability Programs.
We partner with logistics suppliers that have the same environmental mindset as HP to provide solutions to reduce CO2 impact, such as biofuels for ocean freight and electric vehicles for road freight. We are also investigating Sustainable Aviation Fuel for air freight. Additionally, in the United States, HP is a Gold Level Sponsor of Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), which helps combat human trafficking by educating and mobilizing our trucking supplier network, in coordination with law enforcement agencies.
Our Amplify Impact program invites partners to help drive meaningful change across the global IT industry. Partners that pledge will tap into our extensive knowledge, training, and resources to assess and work to Improve their own sustainability performance. To date, 1,400 channel partners have been trained, educated, and empowered through HP Amplify Impact.
Retail sale / Customer use
HP Planet Partners is the company’s return-and recycling program for computer equipment and printing supplies. HP ink and LaserJet cartridges returned through HP Planet Partners go through a multiphase “closed loop” recycling process. Recycled plastic from empty cartridges is used to create new Original HP cartridges and other everyday products.
Post-sale / End-of-use
We develop services that aim to keep products in use longer, offer service-based solutions, and recapture products and materials at end of use. For instance, through our HP Device Recovery Service we buy used devices securely to supply them new purpose, extend their life spans, and reduce negative environmental impact. Customers receive reverse logistics, data sanitization with a certificate, a sustainability benefit report, and the fair-market value of the device.
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PALO ALTO, Calif., July 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) (“HP” or the “Company”) announced today the amendment and extension of (i) its previously announced private exchange offer to certain eligible holders (the “Exchange Offer”) for any and all outstanding notes (the “Poly Notes”) issued by Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE: POLY) (“Poly”) for up to $500,000,000 aggregate principal amount of new notes to be issued by the Company (the “HP Notes”) and cash, and (ii) the concurrent consent solicitation (the “Consent Solicitation” and, together with the Exchange Offer, the “Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation”) to adopt certain proposed amendments to the indenture governing the Poly Notes (the “Poly Indenture” and such proposed amendments, the “Proposed Amendments”). HP has (i) extended the Early Participation Date and the Consent Revocation Deadline (each as defined herein) from 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on July 11, 2022 to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on July 14, 2022 and the Expiration Date (as defined herein) from 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on July 25, 2022 to 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on July 28, 2022 and (ii) increased the consent payment payable to holders of the Poly Notes who validly deliver consents to the Proposed Amendments on or prior to the Early Participation Date (the “Consent Payment”), such that the aggregate Consent Payment will be $8,000,000, to be shared by all such consenting holders. Specifically, the Consent Payment will be an amount, per $1,000 principal amount of Poly Notes for which holders have validly delivered (and not validly withdrawn) consents prior to the Early Participation Date, equal to the product of $16.00 multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the aggregate principal amount of Poly Notes outstanding as of the Early Participation Date and the denominator of which is the aggregate principal amount of Poly Notes for which holders have validly delivered (and not validly withdrawn) consents prior to the Early Participation Date. As a result, the Consent Payment for the Poly Notes will range from $16.00 per $1,000 (if all holders consent) to approximately $32.00 per $1,000 (if holders of a simple majority of the aggregate principal amount of the Poly Notes consent). HP will not make any further amendments to the aggregate Consent Payment.
Holders of the Poly Notes are referred to the exchange memorandum and consent solicitation statement dated June 27, 2022 (as amended hereby, and which may be further amended or supplemented from time to time, the “Offering Memorandum and Consent Solicitation Statement”) for the detailed terms and conditions of the Consent Solicitation, all of which remain unchanged except as set forth in this release. As previously announced, the Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation is being conducted in connection with, and is conditioned upon, the completion of HP’s acquisition of Poly (the “Acquisition”). The Proposed Amendments require the consent of the holders of not less than a majority in principal amount of the Poly Notes outstanding (the “Requisite Consent”). If the Requisite Consent is not obtained by the Early Participation Date, HP will terminate the Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation.
The Exchange Offer will expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on July 28, 2022, unless extended or terminated by HP (such date and time, as may be extended, the “Expiration Date”). Eligible holders of Poly Notes who validly tender and not have validly withdrawn their Poly Notes at or prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on July 14, 2022, unless extended or terminated (such date and time, as the same may be further extended, the “Early Participation Date”), will be eligible to receive the Early Participation Premium (as defined herein). A consent may not be revoked after the earlier of (i) 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on July 14, 2022, unless extended or terminated, and (ii) the date the supplemental indenture to the Poly Indenture implementing the Proposed Amendments is executed (the earlier of (i) and (ii), the “Consent Revocation Deadline”). The Consent Solicitation will expire at the Early Participation Date. The settlement date (the “Settlement Date”) for the Exchange Offer will be promptly after the Expiration Date and is expected to occur no earlier than the closing of the Acquisition, which is expected to be completed by the end of the calendar year 2022, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. For each $1,000 principal amount of Poly Notes validly tendered and not validly withdrawn at or prior to the Early Participation Date, eligible holders of Poly Notes will be eligible to receive the total consideration set out in the Offering Memorandum and Consent Solicitation Statement as modified by this release (the “Total Consideration”), which will include the Consent Payment and an early participation premium, payable in principal amount of HP Notes, of $30 (the “Early Participation Premium”). To be eligible to receive the Total Consideration, eligible holders must have validly tendered and not withdrawn their Poly Notes at or prior to the Early Participation Date and beneficially own such Poly Notes at the Expiration Date. If an eligible holder has already validly tendered and not withdrawn its Poly Notes pursuant to the previously announced Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation, such holder is not required to take any further action with respect to such Poly Notes in order to receive the Consent Payment. For the avoidance of doubt, unless the Exchange Offer is amended, in no event will any holder of Poly Notes receive more than $1,000 aggregate principal amount of HP Notes for each $1,000 aggregate principal amount of Poly Notes accepted for exchange.
For each $1,000 principal amount of Poly Notes validly tendered and not validly withdrawn after the Early Participation Date and prior to the Expiration Date, eligible holders of Poly Notes will be eligible to receive $970 principal amount of HP Notes (the “Exchange Consideration”). To be eligible to receive the Exchange Consideration, eligible holders must validly tender (and not validly withdraw) their Poly Notes at or prior to the Expiration Date. If an eligible holder validly tenders and has not withdrawn their Poly Notes at or prior to the Early Participation Date and beneficially owns such Poly Notes at the Expiration Date, the eligible holder will instead receive the Total Consideration. An eligible holder that validly tenders Poly Notes and delivers (and does not validly revoke) a consent prior to the Early Participation Date, but withdraws such Poly Notes after the Early Participation Date but prior to the Expiration Date, will receive the Consent Payment, even if such eligible holder is no longer the beneficial owner of such Poly Notes on the Expiration Date.
Documents relating to the Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation will only be distributed to eligible holders of Poly Notes who complete and return an eligibility certificate confirming that they are either a “qualified institutional buyer” under Rule 144A or not a “U.S. person” and outside the United States under Regulation S for purposes of applicable securities laws, and a non U.S. qualified offeree (as defined in the Offering Memorandum and Consent Solicitation Statement). The complete terms and conditions of the Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation are described in the Offering Memorandum and Consent Solicitation Statement, copies of which may be obtained by contacting D.F. King & Co., Inc., the exchange agent and information agent in connection with the Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation, at (888) 605-1956 (toll-free) or (212) 269-5550 (banks and brokers), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The eligibility certificate is available electronically at: www.dfking.com/hp and is also available by contacting D.F. King & Co., Inc.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or purchase, or a solicitation of an offer to sell or purchase, or the solicitation of tenders or consents with respect to, any security. No offer, solicitation, purchase or sale will be made in any jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation is being made solely pursuant to the Offering Memorandum and Consent Solicitation Statement and only to such persons and in such jurisdictions as are permitted under applicable law.
The HP Notes offered in the Exchange Offer have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any state securities laws. Therefore, the HP Notes may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and any applicable state securities laws.
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Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include factors relating to the consummation of the Acquisition and HP’s ability to meet expectations regarding the accounting and tax treatments of the Acquisition; the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the actions by governments, businesses and individuals in response to the situation, the effects of which may supply rise to or amplify the risks associated with many of these factors listed here; the need to manage (and reliance on) third-party suppliers, including with respect to component shortages, and the need to manage HP’s global, multi-tier distribution network, limit potential misuse of pricing programs by HP’s channel partners, adapt to new or changing marketplaces and effectively deliver HP’s services; HP’s ability to execute on its strategic plan, including the previously announced initiatives, business model changes and transformation; execution of planned structural cost reductions and productivity initiatives; HP’s ability to complete any contemplated share repurchases, other capital return programs or other strategic transactions; the competitive pressures faced by HP’s businesses; risks associated with executing HP’s strategy and business model changes and transformation; successfully innovating, developing and executing HP’s go-to-market strategy, including online, omnichannel and contractual sales, in an evolving distribution, reseller and customer landscape; the development and transition of new products and services and the enhancement of existing products and services to meet evolving customer needs and respond to emerging technological trends; successfully competing and maintaining the value proposition of HP’s products, including supplies; challenges to HP’s ability to accurately forecast inventories, demand and pricing, which may be due to HP’s multi-tiered channel, sales of HP’s products to unauthorized resellers or unauthorized resale of HP’s products or our uneven sales cycle; integration and other risks associated with business combination and investment transactions; the results of the restructuring plans, including estimates and assumptions related to the cost (including any possible disruption of HP’s business) and the anticipated benefits of the restructuring plans; the protection of HP’s intellectual property assets, including intellectual property licensed from third parties; the hiring and retention of key employees; the impact of macroeconomic and geopolitical trends, changes and events, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its regional and global ramifications and the effects of inflation; risks associated with HP’s international operations; the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its suppliers, customers, clients and partners, including logistical challenges with respect to such execution and performance; changes in estimates and assumptions HP makes in connection with the preparation of its financial statements; disruptions in operations from system security risks, data protection breaches, cyberattacks, extreme weather conditions or other effects of climate change, medical epidemics or pandemics such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and other natural or manmade disasters or catastrophic events; the impact of changes to federal, state, local and foreign laws and regulations, including environmental regulations and tax laws; potential impacts, liabilities and costs from pending or potential investigations, claims and disputes; and other risks that are described (i) in “Risk Factors” in the Offering Memorandum and Consent Solicitation Statement and (ii) in our filings with the SEC, including but not limited to the risks described under the caption “Risk Factors” contained in Item 1A of Part I of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2021, as well as in Item 1A of Part II of our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2022 and the fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2022. HP does not assume any obligation or intend to update these forward-looking statements.