HP Pavilions target media-savvy consumers

Hewlett-Packard has unveiled three new Pavilion desktops on its HPshopping.com Web site. The latest PCs are designed for music...

Hewlett-Packard has unveiled three new Pavilion desktops on its HPshopping.com Web site. The latest PCs are designed for music and photo storage and swapping, and a high-end model targets the casual video editor.

The Pavilion 504n comes in at the low end with a 2.0GHz Celeron processor from Intel, 256Mbytes of DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM), a 40Gbyte hard drive, a CD-RW (CD-rewriteable) drive and speakers.

The 504n costs $519 (£324) with a $50 mail-in rebate, and will be available in retail stores on 19 January.

Next up, the Pavilion 514n features a 2.2GHz Celeron, 256Mbytes of DDR SDRAM, and a 60Gbyte hard drive for increased storage of music and video files. This model adds a dual CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive for $599 after the $50 mail-in rebate, and is also on sale in stores from 19 January.

HP's Pavilion 734n, designed for video editing, uses the Athlon XP 2400+ processor from Advanced Micro Devices, and comes with 512Mbytes of DDR SDRAM and a 80Gbyte hard drive. The GeForce4 MX420 graphics card from Nvidia will provide increased graphics performance over the other new Pavilion models, which have integrated graphics built into their Intel chipsets.

Users can view movies on the CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, and download their own home movies through the FireWire port. The 734n costs $799 after the mail-in rebate, and is already available in stores.

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