HP announces new PC lineup for the fall

HP (Nasdaq: HPQ) has just announced its fall lineup of PC notebooks and desktops and the theme is thin, light, powerful and beautiful products, executives say.

Heather Spencer, product manager for consumer notebooks at HP, said the new Mini311 11.6-inch screen notebook is ideal for users who want portability and power.

“The Mini 311 weighs just over three pounds and can run on up to 6.5 hours of battery life,” she said. “The HP Mini 311 will support Windows XP Home edition and also Windows 7 Premium.”

Amongst the other new notebook releases are the HP Envy 13, HP Envy 15 and the HP Mini by Studio Tord Boontje. The Envy notebooks are great for creative professional users who work with “advanced digital content on a daily basis,” Spencer added.

Following on the success of the HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition notebook last year, which featured a red, pink and purple peony flower design on the case, Spencer said the company chose to work this time around with Dutch designer, Tord Boontje.

“The HP Mini by Studio Tord Boontje is not necessarily a fashion statement piece, but it’s more for those who want to be more socially and environmentally responsible,” Spencer said. “The theme of this notebook is the environment and major (animal) species and foliage are included in the design. We used as little packaging as possible and the notebook also comes in a reusable sleeve.”

HP has also introduced the Pavilion dm3 notebook, which features a 13.3-inch screen and comes in an all metal, thin and light designed chassis.

Darren Leroux, product manager for commercial notebooks at HP, said the HP ProBook 5310m product is a full-performance 13.3-inch screen size notebook.

“It has a slim and sleek profile,” Leroux said. “This notebook is for those who want both style and substance. The ProBook 5310m bridges the gap between the lower performance notebooks and the higher performance ones, at an affordable price point. People who travel a lot would use this notebook as a secondary device.”

The consumer notebooks will be available through HP’s channel partners and retailers in October, with the exception of the HP Mini by Studio Tord Boontje and the HP Pavilion dm3.

New desktop PC products that are coming out soon include the HP Compaq 6000 Pro and the HP Compaq 6005 Pro.

Phil Smith, category business manager for commercial desktops at HP, says the Compaq 6000 and 6005 products are designed for the corporate and enterprise market segment. These desktops are a direct replacement for the dc5800 and dc5850 products, he added.

“The 6005 is 25 per cent more energy efficient than its predecessor and also has faster boot up and response times,” Smith said. “We encourage our partners to start testing the products now so they’re ready to move to the new (product) categories as soon as possible.”

HP will also release the HP Pavilion MS2000 consumer desktop PC this fall. Derek Vickar, product manager for consumer desktops at HP, said the Pavilion MS200 features an 18.5-inch diagonal, high definition LCD display.

“The MS200 gives us and our partners an opportunity to deal with expanded customers,” he said. “This includes education, students, smaller offices, households and more. The MS200 is a light and sleek design, which is a huge factor for those who want a smaller footprint.”

All of the desktop products will be available in October, to coincide with the Microsoft Windows 7 release, Smith said.

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