Hewlett-Packard and Compaq are set to change the face of desktop PCs with the launch of radical new designs. Both suppliers are taking advantage of new Intel chipsets that no longer support legacy connection ports and offer PC manufacturers greater flexibility in industrial design.
Hewlett-Packard's e-Vectra range aims to reduce the cost of supporting PC networks by retiring the floppy disc, adding port control to allow connection only to supported peripherals, and introduce onboard diagnostics. It will also take up less desk space and weigh just eight pounds. Prices start from £366.
Meanwhile Compaq is introducing its iPaq PC, designed for companies moving towards an Internet-based computing model. It features one-touch Internet access, simple configuration and has an embedded Intel Pro management adapter.
Typical users are expected to access personal productivity applications, the Internet and corporate Intranets through the devices.