TechXNY: HP announces new desktops and e-pc

Hewlett-Packard will combine elements from two of its desktop PC lines by releasing an update to its Compaq Evo D510 that borrows...

Hewlett-Packard will combine elements from two of its desktop PC lines by releasing an update to its Compaq Evo D510 that borrows from HP's e-pc, the company said at TechXNY in New York.

The Evo D510 e-pc measures 3.8 inches high by 9.8 inches wide and 12.2 inches deep and is designed to fit into small spaces. It weighs 10 pounds and can also be mounted on a wall or under a desk.

"Enterprise customers will have the best of both worlds with the combination of the e-pc and the Evo line," said Jeff Groudan, head of marketing for the business PC group at HP. A slight modification was made to the original e-pc chassis to accommodate the Evo D510's components, he said. The Evo D510 series is now available in four form factors: minitower, small form factor, ultra-slim desktop, and e-pc.

The new system is designed for mainstream enterprise customers. Besides its small size, the system was designed to be easy for administrators to maintain, said Groudan. For example, the back of the PC can be removed without tools, making it straightforward to undertake repairs or upgrades.

HP included Intel's new 845G chipset in the D510 e-pc, which features integrated graphics and either a 533MHz or 400MHz system bus. This chipset provides the best value for users who don't need high-end graphics to do their jobs, said Groudan.

Pricing for the Evo D510 e-pc has not been finalised, but is expected to be around $700, not including a monitor, Groudan said.

HP also announced updates to its consumer desktop lines, adding to both the HP Pavilion line and the Compaq Presario line.

Three new HP Pavilions were announced, two of which feature HP's dvd200i DVD+RW/+R drive, which allows DVD viewing and write-once recording. A typical configuration of the Pavilion 792N, with a 2.4GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor, 512Mbytes of double data rate RAM, a 120Gbyte hard disk drive, the DVD+RW/+R drive, and a 64Mbyte DDR GeForce4 MX420LC graphics card, is priced at $1,799. For $1,449, the HP Pavilion 772N comes with a 2.26GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor, 512Mbytes of DDR RAM, an 80Gbyte hard drive, the DVD+RW/+R and a 32Mbyte DDR GeForce4 MX420LC graphics card.

The HP Pavilion 522N concludes the range, with a typical configuration sporting a 1.8GHz Intel Celeron processor, 256Mbytes of DDR RAM, a 60Gbyte hard drive, an HP CD-RW drive, and a DVD-ROM drive, selling for $799. None of the Pavilions come with a monitor, and the Pavilion 792N and Pavilion 772N will be available through retail and HP's Web site in July. The Pavilion 522N is available this week.

HP also announced that it will offer configurations of its Compaq Presario 6000 and Presario 8000 lines with the DVD+RW/+R drive and with CD-RW combo drives. The machines will include CD burning software from Roxio. A sample configuration of the 6000, with Advanced Micro Devices's 1.53GHz Athlon XP 1800, 128Mbytes of RAM, a 20Gbyte hard drive, and a DVD+RW/+R drive is priced at $1,029. The 8000, with a 1.67GHz Athlon XP 2000, 256Mbytes of RAM, a 40Gbyte hard drive, and a DVD+RW/+R drive, wll cost $1,219. These PCs will not be available through retail channels.

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