HP Named a Market Leader with HP Exstream Software by Leading Analyst Firm

HP Named a “Market Leader” with HP Exstream Software by Leading Analyst Firm

HP announced that IDC, a leading provider of IT research and advice, ranked HP Exstream enterprise document automation software as a “Market Leader” in its worldwide dynamic enterprise publishing software report.

According to the report, “By the time HP acquired Exstream Software in 2008, the company had grown to become the market leader in dynamic enterprise publishing software revenue.”

To create and deliver more meaningful communications to customers and constituents, companies and public agencies require technology solutions that enable them to lower costs, address ever-increasing compliance mandates and leverage the vast amounts of information flowing into and out of their organizations.

HP Exstream helps companies and agencies substantially reduce the costs and improve the effectiveness of ongoing communications – from fully customized high-volume statements, bills and complex publications, to on-demand marketing and self-service web applications, to personalized correspondence, proposals and forms completed interactively.

Enterprises can use HP Exstream software to better acquire and retain customers. Public sector agencies can use it to improve the clarity of communications and increase responsiveness from constituents.

“HP Exstream aims to provide an enterprise-wide platform that can meet the broad range of business publishing needs for personalized communications – in any volume, in any format and to any channel,” said Melissa Webster, program vice president, Content and Digital Media Technologies, IDC.

HP Exstream provides businesses and agencies around the world a single software platform to design, create, deliver and manage all types of customer and constituent communications, regardless of complexity, variability or delivery channel. Companies and agencies that use HP Exstream can significantly reduce document development and production costs and get critical communications to customers and constituents faster, in their native languages, through preferred channels, and with clearer, more relevant content.

“We are driven by helping our customers rethink the way they communicate with their customers and constituents, while also streamlining document processes and improving productivity to reduce costs,” said Jon Firooz, senior director, Enterprise Software Strategy and Market Management, HP. “We are fully committed to providing industry-leading technology and services that enable our customers to be more competitive and effective now and in the future.”

Additional information regarding HP Exstream is available at www.hpexstream.com.

About HP

HP, the world’s largest technology company, simplifies the technology experience for consumers and businesses with a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com/.

HP Unveils New Multitouch PCs and Display

HP Unveils New Multitouch PCs and Display: Company debuts its first fully interactive, 42-inch, high-definition digital signage touch display

Building upon its nearly 30-year history of touch innovation, HP  launched the next era of multitouch computing for consumers and businesses.

Among the new products, HP introduced three touch-enabled HP TouchSmart PCs and its first fully interactive, 42-inch diagonal, high-definition (HD) digital signage touch display, the HP LD4200tm.

“Since the launch of the first TouchSmart PC nearly three years ago, we’ve worked closely with a growing number of software companies and independent vendors to develop built-for-touch applications that give consumers and businesses rich interactive multimedia experiences,” said James Mouton, senior vice president and general manager, Desktop Global Business Unit, Personal Systems Group, HP. “These collaborations have helped to make HP touch computing the most advanced touch experience in the market today.”

New consumer HP TouchSmart PCs packed with exclusive touch applications

HP now offers a choice of 20- or 23-inch diagonal widescreen consumer HP TouchSmart PCs – the HP TouchSmart 300 and HP TouchSmart 600. Each features a sleek, award-winning design that integrates either a stunning HD-capable or HD widescreen display with a multitouch enabled screen.

Users can simply pinch, rotate, arc, flip, press or drag a finger across the screen of the PC to access information, entertainment and social networks in a natural, intuitive way. Though accompanied by a wireless keyboard and mouse, new 16:9 widescreen tiles make multimedia, social media and other applications a rich and engaging touch experience.

The new consumer HP TouchSmart PCs feature exclusive built-for-touch applications(1) including:

Hulu Desktop to provide quick access to Hulu’s vast library of hit TV shows, movies and video clips. Users can browse, search and watch their favorite comedies, dramas, sci-fi and web-original shows from nearly 200 leading content companies. Users with Hulu.com accounts also can access their queue, subscriptions and viewing history.

A touch-enabled Netflix application delivers thousands of full-screen TV episodes and movies that are streamed from Netflix over the Internet. Using HP’s signature fan view, Netflix members can instantly watch a move from their Instant Queue on the PC or remove a movie from their Queue via touch. Netflix members also can rent DVD and Blu-ray discs as well as edit and manage their Netflix accounts using the application. A two-week free Netflix trial is available to all TouchSmart users in the United States.

Twitter, a free social networking and micro-blogging service, makes it easy to catch up with family, friends and colleagues with the touch of a finger.

With Rhapsody as the engine, the new HP Music Store gives users streaming, on-demand access to 8 million songs delivered to the new TouchSmart PC. Customers who subscribe to Rhapsody can enjoy favorite artists, create playlists or just sit back and listen. Non-members can enjoy a free 14-day trial.

Pandora Internet radio is now touch enabled for a free personalized music experience to find new music based on old and current favorites.

TouchSmart RecipeBox lets aspiring chefs discover, explore and keep track of recipes saved from multiple websites and cook with a hands-free experience via voice commands.

TouchSmart Live TV allows quick access for watching and recording live, local TV. Customers can set recordings in advance of their airing via an electronic programming guide.

TouchSmart Canvas allows customers to organize their photos on a virtual canvas to quickly and easily create photo collages using touch to edit and rotate photos.

TouchSmart Link allows the transfer of photos and images taken by a mobile device to the TouchSmart PC via Bluetooth® wireless technology.

Customers with previous TouchSmart PC models who upgrade to Windows 7 through the HP Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program will receive software with some of these new touch applications.

A new swivel stand and tilt webcam(1) increase users’ ability to share and collaborate around the HP TouchSmart, which also can easily be wall mounted (with optional wall bracket accessory). All models meet ENERGY STAR® 5.0 requirements.

Some models of the HP TouchSmart 600 easily connect to gaming consoles, including Xbox, PlayStation and Wii, via HDMI or composite video ports.

World’s first multitouch consumer notebooks now better than ever

For those whose active lives demand a device for note capture, entertainment, communication and robust computing that’s easy to carry, the HP TouchSmart tx2 notebook PC delivers. The HP TouchSmart tx2 combines powerful computing with tablet PC capabilities and entertainment features in an attractive design light enough to go anywhere.

With multitouch support within HP MediaSmart, the HP TouchSmart tx2 is the first notebook PC for consumers that enables the use of two fingers to navigate HP’s entertainment applications. The HP TouchSmart tx2 features most of the same touch applications as the HP TouchSmart PC as well as exclusive touch-enabled games and Corel® Painter Sketch Pad for creating digital art.

The HP TouchSmart tx2 weighs 4.65 pounds, features a 12.1-inch diagonal WGXA HD HP LED widescreen integrated touch-screen convertible display, AMD Turion™ dual-core processors and a glossy HP Imprint finish with titanium color “Reaction” pattern.

The convertible design with a twist hinge allows consumers to enjoy the HP TouchSmart tx2 in three modes: PC, display and tablet. With a rechargeable digital ink pen, users can turn the HP TouchSmart tx2 into a tablet PC to write, sketch, draw, take notes or graph right onto the screen – and then automatically convert handwriting into typed text.

Business HP TouchSmart drives new customer interactions, business models

The industry’s only full-featured, all-in-one, multitouch-enabled business PC, the HP TouchSmart 9100 Business PC provides real-time information, videoconferencing capabilities and multimedia features in a 23-inch diagonal full HD widescreen display.

The HP business TouchSmart is enabling a more interactive, compelling customer experience at businesses such as bridal retailer Priscilla of Boston for luxury dress concierge service, St. Louis Oncology for medical filing, the NBA’s Detroit Pistons for instant replays and food, and hotels such as Sheraton and Marriott to provide enhanced customer lobby experiences.

New business models are emerging with the HP TouchSmart 9100. Digital Aisle, an interactive shopper solutions company, is bringing “virtual sales assistants” to life using HP’s interactive touch screens. The Digital Aisle’s Virtual Bartender uses HP TouchSmart technology to help people plan parties, print and email recipes, and learn expert bartending tips. This interactive point-of-purchase tool has been deployed to independent and chain retailers across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

An array of new enhancements on the HP TouchSmart 9100 include:

DVI output, enabling customers to connect to their full HD format displays and projectors
Configure-to-order options designed to meet the needs of businesses, including a choice of genuine Microsoft Windows® 7 32-bit or 64-bit operating system,(6) processors, optical drives, hard drives, solid state drives, Kensington locks, HP Protect Tools and HP BIOS to enable USB ports and SATA device lock down, and retasking of button controls for custom kiosk configurations

Optional wall mount adapter attaches the HP TouchSmart to a VESA wall mount or a VESA-compatible articulating arm

U.S. Trade Agreements Act (TAA) compliant – HP TouchSmart 9100 configure-to-order units comply with TAA requirements

Premium performance with a powerful Intel® Core™2 Duo processor, Genuine Windows 7 Professional, up to eight gigabytes (GB) of memory, up to a 500 GB hard drive or an optional 64 GB solid state drive, and a trial version of Microsoft® Office

NVIDIA GeForce G200 integrated graphics or upgrade to NVIDIA GeForce GT230 discrete graphics using the Mobile Express Module (MXM) graphics slot

New standard onsite warranty providing next-day(12) business servicing
FireWire® output for quick and easy transfer of digital files, photos and videos from a wide variety of IEEE94-compatible peripheral devices
Optional wireless keyboard and mouse
Optional Blu-ray combo optical disk drive
The HP TouchSmart for business is a space- and energy-saving portal for businesses. Its ENERGY STAR qualified and EPEAT® Silver registered design uses 55 percent less metal and 37 percent less plastic than standard PCs and monitors. With the easy-to-use HP Power Manager tool, companies also can configure their individual PC power settings to save energy without interfering with the PC’s ability to perform.

Businesses shine with HP’s first fully interactive, 42-inch, HD digital signage display

The HP LD4200tm is a 42-inch diagonal, sleek black digital signage built to fit in trendy indoor environments, such as kiosks, retail, point of sale, shopping malls, travel terminals, hotel lobbies, recreational venues, universities, stock exchanges and hospitals.

It features infrared technology, which recognizes multitouch gestures for onscreen interaction in 1,920 x 1,080 full HD native resolution to provide stunning views of video, graphics or text in both bright and dim lighting. In addition, an ultra-wide 178 x 178 degree viewing angle enables observation from almost any angle and, unlike TV screens, the HP LD4200tm is built to run 24/7 with low power usage while maintaining longevity. It also comes with a standard three-year limited warranty.

Pricing and availability

The HP TouchSmart 300 starts at $899 and is expected to be available Nov. 1.
The HP TouchSmart 600 starts at $1,049 and is expected available Oct. 22.
The HP TouchSmart tx2 starts at $799 and is expected to be available Oct. 22.
The HP TouchSmart 9100 starts at $1,299 and is expected to be available in December.
The HP LD4200tm 42-inch widescreen LCD monitor starts at $2,799 and is expected to be available in December.
Customers can reserve a HP TouchSmart beginning today at http://www.hpdirect.com/go/newfromhp  

About HP

HP, the world’s largest technology company, simplifies the technology experience for consumers and businesses with a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com/

HP Delivers Affordable, High-quality Computing with New Compaq Consumer and Commercial PCs

Compaq products offer essential features, attractive designs and reliable performance at an affordable price, placing computing freedom and productivity within reach of more customers.

Available globally, Compaq PCs meet the needs of consumers and small business customers especially well in emerging and developing countries where first-time PC purchases are made on limited budgets after great consideration. In the United States, where the economy is more than ever a factor in spending, the Compaq brand provides consumers and small businesses flexibility in PC purchases.

“Everyone deserves access to a high-quality computer, and HP makes that possible with the Compaq brand,” said Steven Hoffman, director of worldwide marketing, Personal Systems Group, HP. “The Compaq portfolio delivers great design, strong performance and reliability that customers need for ‘just right computing’ at ‘just the right price.’”

Consumers will appreciate the design of the Compaq Presario CQ61z notebook PC. It features a piano black imprint finish with a silver panel that covers the palmrest and touchpad for a clean contrast. It balances mobility and performance and has a 15.6-inch diagonal high-definition display with 16:9 ratio and six-cell lithium-ion battery. Ideal for families and students looking for a mobile PC, the CQ61z starts at $399 after $100 instant savings available Oct. 18 to Dec.19.

The Compaq Presario 4010f desktop PC delivers all the productivity of a traditional PC in a sleek, streamlined desktop design. It comes fully loaded with essential features, including an AMD Sempron™ processor, NVIDIA GeForce integrated graphics and a 250 gigabyte (GB) hard drive. Capable of storing up to 49,000 songs or 39,000 photos, this desktop PC is great for families and students and starts at $309.

The Compaq 500B Series desktop PCs are designed for budget-conscious small businesses that need PCs that are easy to set up, use and expand. The Compaq 500B and 505B desktop PCs, available with Intel or AMD processors respectively, offer businesses efficient and reliable performance with a Windows® 7 operating system, and configurable hard drives and memory. The series offers an array of bays and ports for business users who need expandability for future growth and with more than 100,000 hours of testing, they are built to last. The Compaq 500B and 505B desktop PCs start at $359 and $409, respectively.

All products are expected to be available Oct. 22.

About HP

HP, the world’s largest technology company, simplifies the technology experience for consumers and businesses with a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com/.

HP Introduces World’s First High-speed, 30-inch Inkjet Web Press

HP has announced developments for its HP Inkjet Web Press platform to help print service providers (PSPs) become more profitable and accelerate their transition from analog to digital printing.

On show at an open house event at Los Angeles-based O’Neil Data Systems – site of the first HP Inkjet Web Press beta installation – the press demonstrates how customers can benefit from market-leading total cost of ownership, excellent productivity and a high level of quality.

Bolstering HP’s efforts to target the $3 billion digital print market opportunity for publishing in 2010, as well as the $13 billion market opportunity for direct mail, transactional and transpromotional printing in 2010,(1) the HP Inkjet Web Press offers:

Addressable printing resolution of 1,200 x 600 dots per inch (dpi) at a full press speed of 400 feet per minute – an industry first for high-volume continuous-feed inkjet production platforms – using the latest generation of HP Thermal Inkjet printheads based on HP Scalable Printing Technology.

Compatibility with a wide range of media types and weights, including uncoated offset stock, newsprint, and treated and coated papers.

HP also announced the addition of Courier Corporation, a leading North American book manufacturer, and Consolidated Graphics, one of the largest North American general commercial printing companies, to the HP Inkjet Web Press pilot program.

“To date, much of the industry talk on digital color inkjet presses has been about future potential, not solutions that can make print service providers more competitive, profitable and productive today,” said Aurelio Maruggi, vice president and general manager, Inkjet High-speed Production Solutions, HP. “HP is showing the industry firsthand how the groundbreaking, 30-inch-wide HP Inkjet Web Press is bringing big benefits in an actual commercial production environment.”

Pioneering success in high-volume digital color production printing

Earlier this year, O’Neil Data Systems began commercial production with its HP Inkjet Web Press. The company is now producing health plan benefit materials and transactional documents on the press, as well as “The O’Neil Database,” a financial reference publication owned by William O’Neil & Co.

O’Neil Data Systems also is installing HP Exstream software – a leading tool for enterprise document automation – to drive its HP Inkjet Web Press.

“Our customers realize the value of print and are better served with full-color content, personalized with the most relevant data, delivered as efficiently and as quickly as possible,” said James Lucanish, president, O’Neil Data Systems. “The HP Inkjet Web Press delivers that level of value today, giving O’Neil Data Systems a strong competitive advantage.”

William O’Neil, chairman and founder for William O’Neil & Co., Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) and O’Neil Data Systems, is delivering a keynote address at the open house today addressing his companies’ strategies and digital opportunities.

“William O’Neil & Co., IBD and O’Neil Data Systems are all based to some degree on the successful management and reporting of data,” said O’Neil. “With the HP Inkjet Web Press, O’Neil Data Systems reinforces that legacy by going to what is truly the leading edge of graphic arts technology.”

Higher print quality at press-rated speeds

The HP Inkjet Web Press now features next-generation, four-color (CMYK) production printing at an addressable 1,200 x 600-dpi printing resolution for higher quality multi-drop halftone printing at the full press speed of 400 feet (122 m) per minute.

A unique bonding agent technology for the press improves image quality and durability on a wide range of uncoated offset media. In addition, HP is developing optimized coated and treated paper solutions for HP pigment inks and the HP Inkjet Web Press to offer PSPs even greater media choice.

Unprecedented flexibility with digital for Courier and Consolidated Graphics

North Chelmsford, Mass.-based Courier Corporation has entered into an agreement to participate in the development and implementation of HP Inkjet Web Press solutions as a pilot program participant. With more than 175 million books produced last year, Courier is the nation’s third-largest book manufacturer.

Through its participation, Courier will gain access to HP’s technology and resources in digital print, and HP will gain access to Courier’s experience and knowledge of book manufacturing.

“We believe in partnering with the best, and HP’s technology puts it in a class by itself,” said James F. Conway III, chairman and chief executive officer, Courier. “The excellent quality of the books produced on HP’s new press is comparable to books produced by offset. Together, we will be able to help publishers operate with lower inventory levels and reduced obsolescence.”

France-based firm CPI is expected to install its first HP Inkjet Web Press this September.

With these two installations, the HP Inkjet Web Press becomes a key digital solution for high-volume production at firms that collectively produce approximately 800 million books annually.

HP also announced that Houston-based Consolidated Graphics (www.cgx.com) has entered into an agreement to join the HP Inkjet Web Press pilot program and will be installing a press this summer. Consolidated Graphics is a leader in the use of digital color solutions for high-end commercial print and direct mail, and the press will join the more than 50 HP Indigo presses, HP Designjet printers and HP SmartStream print servers the company operates at facilities nationwide and at its newest location in Europe.

“Consolidated Graphics is a believer in the ways HP advances the graphic arts industry with digital print solutions that help customers find new and exciting ways to increase revenue and reduce cost,” said Aaron Grohs, executive vice president, Sales and Marketing, Consolidated Graphics. “The HP Inkjet Web Press changes the game in digital commercial print, and we are excited to extend our long-standing relationship with HP by adding the press to our industry-leading digital print capabilities.”

Several HP solutions partners are participating in the open house, including: CMC, EMT, Hunkeler, MBO/EHRET, Muller Martini, Pitney Bowes, Timsons and Ultimate Technographics.

HP launches the market’s first all-in-one, touch-enabled desktop PC for businesses

HP has introduced the market’s first all-in-one, touch-enabled desktop PC for businesses.

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Through the use of interactive technology, the HP dx9000 Touch Smart Business PC can transform a business’s end-customer experience, allowing customers to connect, select and interact with vendors and each other. Customers can have a hand in, for example, placing orders with a retailer, conducting virtual video service calls, using touch to teach or utilizing social networking for business.

HP is working with a variety of software partners to develop innovative touch applications for small businesses and the retail, health care, hospitality and education markets. DNA Digital Media Group, GuestMVP, Interactive Multimedia Artists and Uniguest are among the early companies using HP touch technology to enhance and create interactive applications for tomorrow’s business needs.

In addition to its easy-to-use touch screen capability, the all-in-one PC includes the hardware and monitor in one space-saving device, while offering a full suite of business-ready software applications and built-in multimedia features tailored for small to medium-sized business environments.

“There is untapped potential for touch technology in the business marketplace to engage users in a way that has never been done before,” said Alan Reed, vice president and general manager, Business Desktops, HP. “With our partners, the HP Touch Smart fuels evolving business models and offers hands-on tools through custom programs and customer-facing applications that help companies better engage, interact and serve consumer demands.”

Getting in touch with your small business

The HP Touch Smart for business is pre-loaded with Windows Vista Business 64, a powerful Intel Core 2™ Duo P8400 processor, 4 gigabytes (GB) of memory, a 320 GB high-speed hard drive and a Virtual LAN (VLAN) driver.

“Given the variety of usage scenarios for our small- and medium-sized customers, touch-enabled PCs offer additional choice, ease and flexibility to the workplace,” said Rich Reynolds, general manager, Windows Commercial Marketing, Microsoft Corp. “Innovative Windows 7 features coupled with the HP Touch Smart PC serves as a great foundation to help businesses connect with consumers.” Without using the Touch Smart PC’s wireless keyboard and mouse, users can hold video chats with remote workers through a built-in webcam and microphone, access e-mail and the Internet, and manage contacts, calendar items and photos.

The HP TouchSmart for business is a space- and energy-saving portal for businesses. Its ENERGY STAR qualified and EPEAT Silver registered design uses 55 percent less metal and 37 percent less plastic than standard PCs and monitors. With the easy-to-use HP Power Manager tool, companies also can configure their individual PC power settings to save energy without interfering with their ability to perform work.

Its 22-inch diagonal high-definition, wide screen HP Bright View LCD display tilts up or down for maximum viewing. Customers can watch and create CDs and DVDs with the PC’s built-in slot-load SuperMulti DVD drive and enjoy high-quality sound through integrated premium stereo speakers. The system’s integrated five-in-one Media Card Reader lets users easily transfer photos, files and videos to their computer from various types of memory cards.

Pricing and availability

The HP dx9000 TouchSmart Business PC is expected to be available in North America in February at a starting U.S. street price of $1,399.

HP introduces the Pavilion dv2 and Pavilion dv3 series entertainment notebooks and plus the HP Firebird with Voodoo DNA, an innovative, high-performance desktop PC

HP today announced two new thin and light ultra-portable notebook PCs – the HP Pavilion dv2 and HP Pavilion dv3 – plus the HP Firebird with Voodoo DNA, an innovative, high-performance desktop PC.

All the new PCs are designed to deliver great multimedia experiences while making a style statement.

“Our new fashion-forward notebooks and desktop set a new standard for exceptional multimedia and high-performance computing experiences,” said Satjiv S. Chahil, senior vice president, Worldwide Marketing, Personal Systems Group, HP. “HP customers have come to expect the combination of great looks and outstanding performance, and we believe these new products will delight.”

The sleek HP Pavilion dv2 and Pavilion dv3 Series Entertainment Notebook PCs provide stylish mobility and performance at a great value.

The dv2 provides productivity and rich entertainment capability while measuring just under 1-inch thick and starting at 3.8 pounds. Plus, powerful discrete graphics and a full range of connectivity options make it easy for customers to work and play on the go. A variety of high-capacity hard drive options up to 500 gigabytes (GB) provide ample room for photos, music and other content.

The notebook is powered by a specially designed new AMD Athlon Neo Processor-based platform and features a sturdy magnesium casing, 12.1-inch diagonal LED BrightView display and a nearly full-size keyboard. It will be available in two striking finishes with matching HP Imprint designs on the palm rest: Espresso and Moonlight.

In addition, the dv2 supports optional built-in WWAN for wireless connectivity and includes an HP Webcam and microphone for staying in touch with friends and family. An optional lightweight, external optical disc drive with Blu-ray capability also is available.

The dv3 weighs 4.35 pounds and is built for maximum performance and an on-the-go lifestyle. It offers a 13.3-inch diagonal LED BrightView backlit display and a built-in optical drive and is based on the AMD Turion Ultra X2 notebook platform. In addition, it provides powerful entertainment options, including advanced graphics and video for a true HD experience, a slot-loading SuperMulti DVD player, 5-in-1 media card reader for quickly transferring photos, an HP Mobile Remote control, SRS Premium Sound for optimal audio performance. Optional features include solid state drive for faster boot up time and lighter weight and a backlight keyboard for working in low light.

Both the dv2 and dv3 feature magnesium casing for lightweight durability and HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection for protection from data loss. Both also come standard with HP MediaSmart software that lets customers enjoy photos, listen to music and watch Internet TV or movies in high-definition, including video content from MTV Networks television channels such as Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. The PC series also are ENERGY STAR qualified and EPEAT Silver registered.

In addition, the new HP Universal Notebook Stand allows customers to enjoy a less cluttered work space and easier access to USB peripherals by elevating any HP notebook PC with a screen diagonal measuring 17 inches or less.

HP Firebird with Voodoo DNA

The HP Firebird with Voodoo DNA, the successor to the award-winning HP Blackbird 002, represents the beginning of a new paradigm for performance computing. Designed for photo and video editing, music creation, gaming and other demanding tasks, the HP Firebird marks a dramatic departure from typical performance product development.

Instead of filling a chassis with expensive, energy-intensive components that are rarely fully utilized, HP considered all of the features customers demand – from performance to quiet acoustics to energy efficiency – and designed the HP Firebird to provide optimal levels of each.

Hallmark features of the HP Firebird include its sleek design with the iconic elevated chassis, which not only echoes the aggressive style of the HP Blackbird 002, but aids in cooling. Its Intel Core 2 Quad processor, dual NVIDIA GeForce 9800S small form factor graphics cards in SLI configuration and hot-swappable 320 GB dual hard drives provide customers with performance-grade operation.

Plus, its advanced thermal management system, which includes everything from its factory-sealed liquid cooling system to the energy-efficient components and external power supply, keep the system running cool and quieter at full crank than most gaming PCs do at idle.

Pricing and availability

  • The HP Pavilion dv2 is expected to be available in the United States in April with a starting price of $699.
  • The HP Pavilion dv3 is available for ordering today in the United States with a starting price of $799.
  • The HP Firebird with Voodoo DNA is available in the United States with a starting price of $1,799.
  • HP unveils a new HP Mini Notebook PC for mobile professionals

    HP has unveiled a new HP Mini designed for mobile professionals that require a rich computing experience in a small, portable package.

    The HP Mini 2140 Notebook PC features a simple, refined all-aluminum case for a sleek yet lightweight design. Starting at 2.6 pounds, the fully functional and durable HP Mini 2140 is an ideal companion PC for the on-the-go professional.

    It features a large 10.1-inch diagonal scratch-resistant HP Illumi-Lite LED display available in either standard or high-definition resolutions, a user-friendly 92 percent of full-size QWERTY keyboard, and a range of hard-drive options including an optional high-capacity 80-gigabyte (GB) solid-state drive.

    “HP continues to enhance its portfolio of Mini products to ensure we offer customers choices that meet their personal performance and style needs,” said Dan Forlenza, vice president, Business Notebook Global Business Unit, Personal Systems Group, HP. “The sturdy, lightweight HP Mini 2140 integrates innovative functionality to keep on-the-move executives connected without weighing them down.”

    The HP Mini 2140 keeps mobile professionals ultra-productive by including a small, low-power Intel Atom processor to enable the unit to run cooler, use less power and improve battery life. It includes a suite of wireless technologies such as integrated Wi-Fi Certified WLAN and optional Bluetooth 2.0, allowing a variety of ways to access the Internet for email, instant messaging (IM), chat and blogging. An integrated VGA webcam allows for easy still-image capture, web-conferencing or video-enhanced IM with no additional hardware to buy or carry.

    The HP Mini 2140 is also a great tool for the classroom. The suite of wireless, multimedia and security capabilities allows students to learn wherever they have Wi-Fi access – from the classroom, to the library, to their homes. The HP Mini 2140 can change how students learn today and is the practical answer to providing each student continuous access to a notebook in one-to-one computing.

    To meet the needs of both mobile professionals and students, the HP Mini 2140 underwent the HP Total Test Process, which included more than 95,000 hours of extensive testing and product validation to ensure designs, materials and components meet the highest standards.

    The product is packed with a combination of innovative features to boost productivity and improve the overall mobile experience, including:

  • A large 10.1-inch diagonal LED display with 16:9 aspect ratio available in either standard-definition (1,024 x 576) or high-definition (1,366 x 768) resolutions.
  • User-friendly 92 percent of full-size QWERTY keyboard and a touchpad.
  • HP DuraKeys, featuring a clear coating applied over the notebook keyboard that protects the finish and printed letters and characters. HP DuraKeys offers 50 times more resistance to visible wear than keyboards without it.
  • HP 3D DriveGuard, featuring a three-axis digital accelerometer chip that sends a signal to shut down the hard drive upon sudden movement or shock.
  • HP Panel Protection System with a scratch-resistant acrylic LCD cover and magnesium hinge bracket for added durability in demanding environments.
  • Ability to view video, still-image capture, web conferencing or video-enhanced IM with no additional hardware to buy or carry. The integrated VGA webcam enables video and still-image capture to allow the addition of photos and video clips to presentations, documents and email.
  • Two battery solutions – three-cell for lightest-weight configurations or six-cell lithium-ion battery for longer life.
  • Optional Absolute Software’s Computrace, which allows IT professionals to work with local law enforcement to track and help recover stolen or missing computers, inventory computers district wide, and detect changes in hardware and software.
  • New accessories designed for the Mini include an HP USB Docking Station, USB-powered HP Mobile Audio Speakers and HP USB optical disk drive that can read and write CD and DVD formats, as well as offer HP LightScribe capability to burn content directly onto discs. A lightweight, functional messenger bag designed specifically for the HP or a neoprene slip case offer added protection for professionals while on the go.

    Pricing and availability
    The HP Mini 2140 starts at $499 and is expected to be available later this month.

    HP Unveils New Home Server for PCs and Macs

    HP has launched a home server designed for use with both Windows and Mac computers.

    Based on the Microsoft Windows(r) Home Server platform, the HP MediaSmart Server ex485/ex487 is a central repository for automatically backing up and accessing digital music, videos, photos and documents from multiple computers on a home network.(1)

    The MediaSmart Server automatically organizes files across all PCs, streams media across a home network and the Internet,(2) and publishes photos to popular social networking and photo sharing sites.

    “A growing number of digital-savvy households have both Windows and Mac computers, with hundreds and sometimes thousands of media files and documents scattered across these devices,” said Jason Zajac, vice president of strategy, Worldwide Attach Group, HP. “The HP MediaSmart Server protects, stores and organizes this content from anywhere on a network so consumers can access and share it any place they are connected.”

    “HP continues to innovate on the Windows Home Server platform giving consumers even more options to enjoy and protect their precious memories and valuable data,” said Charlie Kindel, general manager, Windows Server Solutions, Microsoft. “We believe consumers will embrace the new MediaSmart Server as one of the most exciting computing products for the home.”

    HP MediaSmart Server ex485/ex487 features include:

  • HP Media Collector: conveniently schedules the MediaSmart Server to copy and centralize digital files and libraries from networked PCs
  • Media Streaming: remotely streams photos and music to any Internet-connected PC or Mac
  • Server for iTunes: centralizes iTunes music libraries on the server for playback to any networked Mac or PC running iTunes
  • HP Photo Publisher: easily upload photos to Facebook(r), Picasa(tm) Web Albums and Snapfish
  • HP Photo Viewer: allows easy sharing of photos with friends and family
  • PC Hard Drive Backup: backs up networked PCs via the Windows Home Server backup feature
  • Mac Hard Drive Backup: backs up Macs running Leopard using Apple Time Machine software
  • Server Backup: duplicates designated shared folders to a separate hard disk drive
  • Online Backup: duplicates designated folders to Amazon’s S3 online backup service for an additional layer of protection
  • Smart Power Management: can schedule times for server to go to “sleep” and “wake up,” saving on energy costs
  • Processor: Intel(r) Celeron(r), 2.0 GHz 64-bit. Two gigabytes (GB) of 800-MHz DDR2 DRAM now standard on MediaSmart Server
  • Expandability: additional drives can be added for up to 9 terabytes (TB)
  • “Customers are always looking for the right mix of features and ease-of-use when choosing digital home products,” said Danielle Levitas, group vice president, Consumer, Broadband and Digital Marketplace, IDC. “HP’s focus and investment in software allows it to deliver a home server with compelling features for Mac and PC users while offering a great customer experience that helps simplify the complexity of the connected home. This unique offering will help expand the home server market.”

    Pricing and availability

    Manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the HP MediaSmart Server ex485 with 750 GB of hard disk storage is $599 while the HP MediaSmart Server ex487 with 1.5 TB is $749.(4)

    The HP MediaSmart Server is expected to ship in February.

    HP Develops industry’s first convertible notebook PC with multi-touch technology

    HP today announced the industry’s first convertible notebook PC with multi-touch technology designed specifically for consumers.

    Building upon the touch innovation HP developed for its TouchSmart desktop PCs, the HP TouchSmart tx2 Notebook PC was developed for people on the go who value having their digital content at their fingertips – literally.

    The enhanced HP MediaSmart digital entertainment software suite on the tx2 allows users to more naturally select, organize and manipulate digital files such as photos, music, video and web content by simply touching the screen.

    “Breezing through websites and enjoying photos or video at the tap, whisk or flick of a finger is an entirely new way to enjoy digital content on a notebook PC,” said Ted Clark, senior vice president and general manager, Notebook Global Business Unit, Personal Systems Group, HP. “With the introduction of the TouchSmart tx2, HP is providing users an easier, more natural way to interact with their PCs, and furthering touch innovation.”

    The tx2 is the latest result of HP’s 25 years of touch technology experience, which began with the introduction of the HP-150, a touch screen PC that was well ahead of its time, in 1983.

    Digital media powerhouse

    The tx2 gives customers the choice to set aside the keyboard and mouse in favor of a more natural user interface – the fingertip.

    HP’s multi-touch display delivers quick and easy access to information, entertainment and other social media. The tx2 recognizes simultaneous input from more than one finger using “capacitive multi-touch technology,” which enables the use of gestures such as pinch, rotate, arc, flick, press and drag, and single and double tap.

    The convertible design with a twist hinge allows consumers to enjoy the TouchSmart in three modes: PC, display and tablet. With a rechargeable digital ink pen, users can turn the tx2 into a tablet PC to write, sketch, draw, take notes or graph right onto the screen – and then automatically convert handwriting into typed text.

    Starting at less than 4.5 pounds, the tx2 possesses a 12.1-inch diagonal BrightView LED display and an HP Imprint “Reaction” design.

    The tx2 notebook’s HP MediaSmart software lets customers enjoy photos, listen to music and watch Internet TV or movies in high-definition. The software is optimized for multi-touch input while also making it simple to search digital content. In an effort to provide consumers with rich content through the Internet, HP has expanded its partnership with MTV Networks (MTVN) by offering video content from 10 television channels and online brands within MediaSmart’s TV module.

    Beginning in December, users can enjoy all the best content from Nickelodeon, the No. 1 entertainment brand for kids; MTV, the premier destination for music and youth culture programming; and COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network and the No. 1 network in primetime for men ages 18 to 24. MTVN also plans to make content from Atom, CMT, GameTrailers, Logo, Spike, The N and VH1 available within MediaSmart’s TV module.

    The MediaSmart software was first brought to HP HDX notebook PCs in September, using the interface first popularized on HP TouchSmart PCs. HP plans to include the software in the tx2 and all future HP consumer notebook PCs.

    Powered by the AMD Turion™ X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor or AMD Turion X2 Dual-Core Mobile Processor and built on Windows Vista Home Premium, the tx2 will be made available worldwide in an array of configure-to-order options.

    Additional features, accessories and service

    The HP TouchSmart tx2 series is ENERGY STAR qualified and EPEAT™ Silver registered. Mercury-free LED display panels are included on the tx2 as part of HP’s ongoing commitment to reduce its impact on the environment.

    The HP tx Series Notebook Stand elevates the tx2, enhancing its usability while stationary, including making it possible to put the PC in an upright position for full interactivity with the touch screen.

    HP Webcam with Integrated Microphones allows users to see brighter, cleaner images when chatting over an Internet connection.

    The tx2 offers access to a variety of self-help tools built in and online. It also is supported by HP Total Care, which enables consumers to reach support agents 24/7 by phone, email or real-time chat.

    Pricing and availability

    The HP TouchSmart tx2 is available for ordering today in the United States at www.hpdirect.com with a starting U.S. price of $1,149.

    HP expands the HP Mini family with three models of a new HP Mini 1000 line

    Following the success of its education-focused mini PC introduced in April, HP today expanded the HP Mini family with three models of a new HP Mini 1000 line.

    This array of minis – one of the widest offerings in the industry – addresses the needs of Internet-centric consumers, mobile professionals, always-on social media enthusiasts and fashion-forward women.

    “Staying connected to your world – however you define it – is increasingly important to people on the go,” said Ted Clark, senior vice president and general manager, Notebook Global Business Unit, Personal Systems Group, HP. “That’s why HP is excited to address this new high-growth market with a portfolio of head-turning mini companion PCs that are fun and easy to use.”

    These companion PCs provide a simplified Internet experience in a sleek, ultra-portable design. Each is less than 1-inch thick, weighs a little more than 2 pounds(1) and has a keyboard that is 92 percent the size of a standard notebook PC keyboard. All come with a BrightView widescreen Infinity display (1,024 x 600 resolution) with flush glass and LED backlight, built-in webcam and microphone.

    Powered by Intel® Atom N270 1.6-gigahertz (GHz) processors,(2) HP Minis will be made available worldwide in an array of configure-to-order options.

    Mini PCs are geared toward information “snacking” and content enjoyment, versus the rich content-creation capabilities found in fully functional notebook PCs. They are a complement to HP’s award-winning families of notebook and desktop PCs.

    The three models are as follows:

    • The HP Mini 1000 features a piano-black finish with HP Imprint swirl design is pre-installed with Windows® XP Home, making access to the web,(3) critical files and PC applications easily portable. It includes an Ethernet jack, two USB ports, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® wireless capabilities.(3) Versions with 3G capabilities(3) are expected to be available in December.

      Configuration choices include screen size – 8.9-inch or 10.2-inch diagonal BrightView display – and solid-state or mechanical hard-drive options.

    • The HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition comes in vibrant red with a peony-flower inspired design that reflects the globally acclaimed fashion designer’s Spring 2009 collection. It seeks to satisfy the highly mobile, Internet-centric fashionista and features a 10.2-inch diagonal BrightView display.

      Its design was first unveiled on the runway of Tam’s Spring 2009 Fashion Week show in Bryant Park in New York, although many on the scene mistook it for a purse rather than the companion PC that it is. Tam labeled it the world’s first “digital clutch.”

      The Vivienne Tam Edition companion PC runs Windows XP Home, making the web,(3) critical files and PC applications easily portable. It includes an Ethernet jack, two USB ports, and Wi-Fi(4) and Bluetooth wireless capabilities. Versions with 3G capabilities(3) are expected to be available in December.

    • The HP Mini 1000 with MIE (Mobile Internet Experience) is a uniquely simple, mobile Internet companion.(3) An HP-developed interface makes it easy to enjoy digital content – videos, photos, music and email – on demand and on the go. MIE comes loaded with instant messaging, email and Skype for online video chat, making it easy to enjoy social-media experiences anywhere consumers are connected.

      Applications enabling browsing, email and online video are pre-loaded and run from the MIE dashboard, minimizing startup time. Favorite websites that are added to the dashboard stay live, and the taskbar makes it easy to switch between programs.

      The HP Mini 1000 with MIE runs the Linux operating system. It includes an Ethernet jack, two USB ports, and Wi-Fi(4) and Bluetooth wireless capabilities.

    Mini accessories and service

    The HP Mini Mobile Drive gives HP Mini 1000 customers 2, 4 or 8 gigabytes of additional storage, making it simple to transport and retrieve important files, photos, music and other data. It sits flush against the HP Mini, maintaining the sleek design.

    An optional six-cell lithium-polymer battery is planned to be available in January.

    The HP Mini 1000 and HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition come with a free six-month subscription to HP Upline for up to three computers. HP Upline is an easy-to-use, secure online service for the storage, backup, sharing and synchronization of digital content.

    Pricing(5) and availability

    • The HP Mini 1000 is available today in the United States at www.hpdirect.com with a starting price of $399.
    • The HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition is expected to be available in the United States in mid-December via www.hpdirect.com and at Tam’s designer boutique in New York City. It is expected to be priced at $699.
    • The HP Mini 1000 with MIE is expected to be available in the United States in January via www.hpdirect.com with a starting price of $379.

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