The thing with webcams is that these days it can be a bit of a privacy issue as there might be some who are concerned that their webcams are hacked and that someone is spying on them. This is why it is usually advised that you cover or tape over your webcam and microphone when not in use.


It looks like HP has the same idea because the company has recently announced their new EliteBook series of laptops, and one of the laptop’s new features is a built-in webcam cover. This isn’t particularly fancy tech but it comes in handy for those who are privacy minded. However note that this is only offered to the non-touchscreen models because according to HP, the touchscreen models can’t accommodate the cover.

In addition to a webcam cover, the new EliteBook laptops will feature an improved “world-facing” microphone that is supposed to offer better quality audio during Skype sessions, or basically any kind of VoIP or video-conferencing session. The laptops will be offered in three different sizes, with the EliteBook 830 G5 sporting a 13-inch display, the Elitebook 840 G5 with a 14-inch display, and the EliteBook 850 G5 with a 15-inch display.

They will be priced at $1,049, $1,029, and $1,039 respectively and will be available later this month.

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