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HP Rolls Out Sleek Consumer PCs, Digital Entertainment Centers for the Holidays
NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2005
HP today introduced a PC and Digital Entertainment Center lineup that offers consumers sleek design and innovative features, all in time for holiday shopping.
Announced at the DigitalLife show, the offerings include the 17-inch HP Pavilion dv8000 series Notebook PC and the company's smallest consumer desktop PC to date – the HP Pavilion s7000 series Slimline PC. Putting the power and performance of a traditional desktop into a small, hip design, the quiet-operating Slimline PC adds to the décor of any home.
Also built with a sharp eye on design, the HP Digital Entertainment Center z556 and z558 series come with the latest version of Microsoft Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 with Update Rollup 2 and can record high-definition content over the air.(1) With prices starting at $1,499,(2) these HP products are the most affordable Media Center solutions on the market offering HD digital video recording capabilities.(3)
"No two customers are created equal and HP is demonstrating, with these announcements, the kind of breadth they are capable of and confirming a belief that size does matter," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst, The Enderle Group. "From the best Digital Entertainment Center in the market to the first affordable small form factor desktop PC from one of the top three vendors to a stunning and unique 17-inch notebook that would make a user proud without making them broke, HP is providing the leading-edge products that consumers are looking for this holiday season.
"Along with the new DECs, HP's latest Media Center desktop PCs and select Pavilion desktop PCs also are shipping with Microsoft Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 with Update Rollup 2. Consumers can enjoy movies and view photos in rich, crisp color at home or on the go with HP's innovative QuickPlay(4) for playing DVDs and music without a full system boot up, massive notebook storage capacity with a dual hard drive option, and an extra large 17-inch widescreen display that features HP's BrightView technology.
"As the leader in consumer PCs and with our emerging leadership in digital entertainment, HP understands that innovation within this space is still alive and well," said Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP. "HP is committed to delivering relevant devices and services that help customers make the most of today's digital lifestyle."
Innovative features complement the latest in design and digital entertainment offerings
At one third the size of a traditional PC, the HP Pavilion s7000 series Slimline PC is designed to fit anywhere in the home. Yet it has the memory, fast processor, hard drive space and functionality of a traditional desktop PC. It even includes a 9-in-1 memory card reader(5) for easy transfer of video, photos and music directly to the PC. As with HP's entire consumer PC portfolio, the Slimline PC comes standard with HP's one-year limited warranty and award-winning 24x7 phone support.
The HP Pavilion s7000 series Slimline PC starts at a price of $449(2) and is expected to be available in November exclusively at Best Buy stores nationwide and direct from HP via www.hpshopping.com.
"Best Buy wants to provide customers with exclusive technology products and services," said Dave Morrish, senior vice president, Merchandising, Best Buy. "HP is an industry leader in consumer PCs and they continue to bring innovative products to the market. The HP Pavilion Slimline PC is a compact, powerful and reliable offering that broadens our assortment of leading PC products."
HP Digital Entertainment Center z556 and z558 series
The features of the HP Digital Entertainment Center z556 and z558 series include "My games," which allows customers to install, play, manage and download favorite games(6); enhanced zoom for a great viewing experience on any TV; and a new "away mode" that allows the DEC to record TV programs even when the unit appears to be off. Other highlights include:
The HP Digital Entertainment Center z556 series is expected to be available in the coming weeks at audio/visual and consumer electronics retail locations nationwide and direct from HP via www.hpshopping.com. Pricing starts at $1,499.(2)
HP Pavilion dv8000 series Notebook PC
The HP Pavilion dv8000 series Notebook PC features include:
The HP Pavilion dv8000 series Notebook PC is expected to be available in November direct from HP via www.hpshopping.com and select retail locations nationwide. Pricing starts at $1,099, depending on configuration ordered.(2)
Service and support
HP's consumer PCs come with a full year of support, significantly longer than some competitors' 90-day offerings. The one-year limited warranty includes technical support, parts and labor as part of its HP Total Care portfolio of services. HP Total Care delivers live online chat with support agents, as fast as one-hour email response and toll-free 24x7 technical support.
Customers who want added reassurance beyond the first year of ownership can purchase an extended service plan for an additional one or two years.
More product details and images of HP's newest PC lineup are available in an online press kit at www.hp.com/go/DigitalLife2005.
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(1) High-definition (HD) source content varies and will depend on source input, signal, aspect ratio and other factors. HD content may require separately purchased service contract or other fees. HD content may not be available in all service areas, check with service provider. HD (or ATSC) TV tuner sold separately.
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