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HP aims POS and notebook at retail VARs

Compaq dc7900 is paired with the vendor's rp3000 for mid-sized stores

HP resellers will be able to offer point-of-sale terminals and notebook PCs designed specifically for retail customers, the company said Monday.

HP said the rp3000 Point of Sale (POS) is aimed at small to mid-sized merchants and includes an Intel Atom processor inside a machine that can operate in an ambient 40 degrees C environment, eliminating the need for additional cooling. The device needs only two power outlets, according to HP, which can power all peripherals including a keyboard with integrated credit card reader and a free-standing credit card reader that can be attached to select HP flat panel monitors or touch screens and customer display pole.HP also introduced three new retail printers, including a single-station, two-color and monochrome thermal printer and two hybrid thermal printers that can print two-color or monochrome receipts and offer impact slip printing for inserted forms and checks. One model also provides digital imaging functionality. A rugged, 15-inch diagonal, flat-panel touch screen monitor and cash drawer are also available, along with a d handheld scanner with a hands-free IntelliStand. The system and its optional peripherals are contained on the rp3000 Integration Tray. The system will cost US$699.99.

The HP Compaq dc7900 Business Desktop PC series, meanwhile, offers power-packed performance with up to 87-percent-efficient power supplies. It will sell for US$599.99.