HP Unveils Two New Desktop Replacements

One 17 incher and one 20.1 inch monster.

HP has been on something of a roll recently, with a succession of its products such as the Pavilion dv2650ea, Slimline S3040 and the w2207 22in LCD all receiving bountiful praise – especially regarding their superb design. The company isn’t resting on its laurels however, and at an event in London yesterday showed off two of its new efforts.

First among them is the Pavilion Media Center dv9590ea, a 17in notebook which boasts a selection of Santa Rosa spec T7xxx series Core 2 Duos or AMD CPUs, 2GB 667MHz DDR2, TV Tuners and dual hard drive configurations across the range. Also among the options in the higher end models are HD DVD drives, while graphics solutions vary between either an nVidia 8600M GT or 8400M GS.

Also available on selected models is Draft N wireless, though slightly disappointingly all models will be restricted to displays with a 1,440 x 900 resolution with no plans for supporting 1,680 x 1,050, or even better 1,920 x 1,200. This proviso accepted these look like some very nifty machines, with all coming equipped with an HDMI output for easy digital connection to a TV.

Already available via HP’s website, prices begin at £799 inc. VAT for an entry level AMD model and £899 for an Intel, while the currently available top end model with an HD DVD drive will set you back £1,299 inc. VAT.

All the more intriguing though was the new Pavilion HDX, which Gordon first reported on back in May. Nicknamed “Dragon” for its dragon inspired outer motif, this multimedia beast is based around a 20.1in, 1,680 x 1,050 display that’s set onto a dual-hinge and which enables you to adjust from a standard upright position to a reclined one for watching TV and DVDs.

As you might imagine something like this doesn’t come cheap, with the first model – available later this month – coming in at £1,699 inc. VAT. You do get a fair amount for your money though, with a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, two 120GB hard drives, Draft N Wireless and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics. An HD DVD drive will be an option too, while there are plenty of other nice extras such as the media remote that fits into a casing. As ever it’s another stylish and well put together product, though whether it’s preferable over one of HP’s own small desktop PCs and a monitor remains to be seen.


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