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HP Broadens e-PC Reach with Launch of Second-generation e-PC SMB e-PC Builds on Success of Corporate e-PC, Delivers Integrated Internet Tools,
PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 10, 2000
(NYSE: HWP) today expanded its e-PC market reach with the launch of the SMB e-PC in 20 countries worldwide. Building on the success of HP's corporate e-PC ¹, the second-generation e-PC is bringing to small businesses the powerful benefits of the corporate
HP, which also today launched a range of e-PC Universal Serial Bus (USB) accessories enabling customization for specific business tasks, continues to provide its customers with the building blocks of the e-services economy. The company began shipping the HP corporate e-PC in April of this year and expects to have shipped 500,000 to a range of sectors, including retail, IT and financial services, by April 2001.
"HP continues to reinvent the PC so our customers can focus on taking care of business and their customers, not on technology," said Eric Cador, vice president and general manager, HP Business Desktop Division. "We will continue to extend the e-PC to untapped markets that will benefit most from the e-PC's simplicity, security and ease-of-use."
The e-PC is only one-quarter the size of a traditional desktop PC, and half the size of competitive offerings. The redesigned e-PC features a 15-inch, flat-panel monitor ideal for environments where space is at a premium. HP has measured a failure reduction rate of 35 percent from the improved hardware reliability alone, and estimates that this figure can increase dramatically with the installation of Microsoft® Windows® 2000.
HP SMB e-PC
HP's latest addition to the e-PC line is equipped with additional features tailored to the needs of small businesses. They include:
HP e-PC Accessories
The e-PC accessories suite provides external expandability for ultimate flexibility. Swappable between models, they enable users to customize the e-PC for specific tasks. The suite comprises:
Warranty, Service and Support
The HP e-PC includes an industry-leading warranty, service and support package, as well as HP e-Diag Tools, HP's Web-enabled diagnostics application for fast and efficient hardware troubleshooting. Online support is available through the HP e-PC support Web site at http://www.hp.com/go/e-pcsupport.
Pricing and Availability
The HP e-PC is available through HP resellers and at http://www.bstore.hp.com. Estimated U.S. street prices begin at $659³.
Hewlett-Packard Company -- a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services -- is focused on making technology and its benefits accessible to individuals and businesses through simple appliances, useful e-services and an Internet infrastructure that's always on.
HP has 86,000 employees worldwide and had total revenue from continuing operations of $42.4 billion in its 1999 fiscal year. Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com.
¹ The HP e-Vectra has been renamed the HP corporate e-PC to simplify identification of the product line for customers.
²Available in the United States, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Spain only.
³Actual prices may vary.
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