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HP details new consumer desktops and notebooks

Hewlett-Packard has unveiled five new notebook and three new desktop PCs, all featuring consumer-friendly features such as built-in CD-burning hardware and software.

The new HP Pavilion 503n will be HP's least expensive desktop Pavilion PC, with an estimated retail price of $499 (£319) and an Intel Celeron 1.7GHz processor, 128Mbytes of RAM and a 40Gbyte hard drive. No monitor is included.

Two new higher-end desktop models - the 753n and the 763n - also offered without monitors, include software for digital video and photo editing and are being targeted at customers seeking more advanced multimedia and gaming capabilities.

The Pavilion 753n will run on a 2.53GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor and include 512Mbytes of RAM and an 80Gbyte hard drive, with a DVD-ROM drive and IEEE 1394 ports for high-speed data transfer. The 753n is priced at $999 (£639).

At $1,249, the Pavilion 763n is the most expensive of HP's new desktop offerings. It also runs on a Pentium 4 2.53GHz processor and includes 512Mbytes RAM, an 80Gbyte hard drive and IEEE 1394 ports, but also features an HP combo CD- and DVD-writer dvd200i drive, an additional CD-ROM drive and an nVidia GeForce4 MX420 graphics card.

HP's other two new Pavilion desktops, the 503n and the 753n, have no separate graphics card, relying instead on Intel's built-in Extreme Graphics technology. All three of the new desktops include front-access USB 2.0 ports and Ethernet interfaces.

The company's new notebooks include the ze4115, priced at $1,199 (including a rebate) for a 14-inch display, Advanced Micro Devices Athlon XP 1500+ processor, 256Mbytes RAM and a 30Gbyte hard drive. For $1,349, the ze4125 offers a 15-inch display, AMD Athlon XP 1600+ processor, 256Mbytes RAM and a 40Gbyte hard drive.

HP's most feature-laden ze4100-series model, the new ze4145, offers a 15-inch screen, AMD Athlon XP 1800+ processor, 512Mbytes of RAM and a 40Gbyte hard drive. It is priced at $1,499.

HP has also added two new Pentium 4-based notebooks to its ze5000 portfolio. The $1,699 ze5155 notebook includes a 15-inch display, Pentium 4 1.8GHz processor, 512Mbytes of RAM and a 40Gbyte hard drive. At $1,999, the ze5185 has a 2.4Ghz Pentium 4 chip, 15-inch display, 512Mbytes RAM and 60Gbyte hard drive. The new ze5000 models also include ATI Technologies' Mobility Radeon graphics technology.

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