HP has revamped its consumer desktop offering, introducing three new product lines: the Pavilion Elite h8, Pavilion p7, and Pavilion Slimline s5. The first represents HP's new premium desktop, featuring the largest form factor and broadest spectrum of features. Units will be configurable with AMD Phenom or Intel Core processors, as well as AMD Radeon or Nvidia GeForce graphics cards.
The will offer up to three storage drives, HP's Beats Audio technology and a front panel brimming with connectivity, including composite audio and video, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, FireWire, and support for various flash cards. HP also touts tool-free access to frequently upgraded components such as hard drives. The HPE h8 will be available online starting June 19 from $599.
The Pavilion p7 series will reportedly replace the Pavilion p6700 line as HP's mainstream desktop offering, covering various price points starting at $299. While exact specifications aren't available yet, you can bet the p7's hardware options won't be quite as lavish as the Pavilion Elite's, but there will be both AMD and Intel-based models. Systems will launch on Wednesday, May 18.
Stylish enough to leave on your desk and small enough to stash in a cabinet, the Slimline s5 series is supposedly half the size of typical desktops -- though we haven't seen exact measurments. Despite its size, HP says the s5 will offer sufficient performance and storage for everyday use. Pricing kicks off at $329.99 and systems will launch via select US retailers on June 19.
All three desktops will ship with HP's LinkUp software, which lets you remotely connect to other systems on your network. To accompany the new machines, HP has also announced its x2301 Micro Thin LED-backlit monitor, due June 10 for $279.99. The 23-inch 1080p display measures only 9.8mm thick and features a brightness of 250cd/m2, as well as D-Sub, DVI and HDMI outputs.
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