HP Refreshes PC Product Lines

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Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday refreshed its lines of desktops, notebooks, workstations and flat-panel monitors for businesses.

Among the new offerings were half a dozen new notebook computers based on Intel's new Core 2 Duo processor, which HP says can improve performance while running complex or multiple applications as well as improve battery life.

HP also rolled out three new desktop PCs, including the HP Compaq dc7700, which is its first using Intel Corp.'s vPro technology. The vPro technology is designed to ease IT management by allowing administrators to remotely boot users' PCs and diagnose problems. The dc7700 is available now, with pricing starting at $643. Later this fall, HP plans to roll out another Intel-based desktop, the HP Compaq dc5700, as well as an AMD64 model, the HP Compaq dc5750, the company says.

New for the channel, HP said it would start offering its thin client and PC blade bundle through value-added distributors Agilysys and Avnet in November. The bundle, called the Consolidated Client Infrastructure (CCI), is positioned by HP as a more secure, easier to manage alternative to traditional desktop PCs for IT managers, as data is stored centrally in the data center instead of on users' machines.

HP hopes the channel will help extend the reach of the product, which has sold mainly into large enterprise accounts. In its sights: the midmarket.

"The channel is going to be increasingly important for us throughout the end of December, especially for SMBs. With the new technology advances we are introducing, customers will turn to the channel for vertical expertise," said Ted Clark, senior vice president and general manager of notebooks and PCs for HP, at an event to launch the new products in New York City Wednesday.

HP also took the wraps off its largest flat-panel monitor ever, with the 30-inch HP LP3065. The monitor displays images with a 2,560-by-1,600 resolution and an 8-ms response time. Available in November, the monitor costs $1999. Also launched Wednesday were new 19-inch and 20-inch models.

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