HP announces new Compaq Presario for consumers

Hewlett-Packard has launched a new notebook computer, the Compaq Presario 2800.

Hewlett-Packard has launched a new notebook computer, the Compaq Presario 2800.

The machine is designed for the consumer multimedia user and ships with ATI Technologies's new Mobility Radeon 9000 graphics processor. The graphics processor has 64Mbytes of double data rate memory allocated to it, allowing users to play 3D games or watch DVDs on the notebook.

HP's Presario 2800 features a 1.7GHz Pentium 4-M mobile processor from Intel, 512Mbytes of DDR SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM), a 30Gbyte hard drive, and an 8x DVD/CD-RW drive. The machine will cost around $2,248 (£1,448) and is expected to be available in early September.

Notebooks have been one of the few bright spots for hardware makers this year. While PC shipments continue to either stagnate or decline slightly, worldwide notebook shipments were up 6.1% in the second quarter, according to Dataquest.

The back-to-school selling season is an important one for PC makers, especially HP, which is managing a huge integration process with former rival Compaq, which HP acquired in May.

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