CES 2009: HP to launch series of low cost computers

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CES 2009: HP to launch series of low cost computers

Las Vegas (NV) – This week at the Consumer Electronics Show, Hewlett-Packard will take the opportunity to launch a more inexpensive, energy efficient line of PCs and notebooks. Among the products to debut will be the brand new Firebird desktop gaming PC with Voodoo DNA.

Prior to HP’s purchase of Voodoo in 2006, the company specialized in custom computers with hand painted cases. These computers were pricey, purchased by gaming enthusiasts at prices ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. HP will now sell these machines for under $2,500, claiming the system is more energy efficient than the average gaming PC.

The “Firebird” packs a Windows Vista operating system with Voodoo DNA 802 and 803 bookshelf systems these PCs are equipped with state of the art gaming specifications among which are a quad-core Intel Core 2 processor of up to 2.83 GHz, 4GB of DDR2-800 memory, and dual Nvidia GeForce 9800S video cards each packing 1GB of GDDR3 memory.

The PC comes equipped with twin hard drive bays, an eSATA connector, six USB ports, and dual-link DVI and HDMI display connectors.

The positive to these new gaming PCs is they won’t be draining energy sources. In fact, the new systems utilize compact, energy saving components typically only found in notebook PCs, giving Firebird the ability to have maximum energy usage of 350 watts, which is about 1/5 of the energy that is typically used by your typical high-performing desktop PC (GeForce 9800x video cards alone can consume 250 watts each under heavy load).

HP claims that this device packs all the punch of your typical gaming PC, but with less energy consumption and a desirable price tag.

HP also plans to introduce several different business laptop models in the ultralight notebook category. The HP Pavilion dv2 has a 12.1 inch screen and weighs 3.8 pounds. At less than an inch thick, it is packed with a 500-gigabyte hard drive and has a new single-core Advanced Micro Devices Neo processor and Yukon platform. The PC also has ATI’s Mobility Raedon HD 3410 graphics. The machines will be priced between $600 and $800 in two different colors, Moonlight white or Espresso black. They will hit the shelves in March.

HP also has plans to debut a larger HP Pavilion dv3 notebook model that is equipped with a 13.3-inch screen, a 2.3 gigahertz AMD Turion dual-core processor, ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics and a magnesium case [Note: Unlike aluminum, magnesium will actually burn if you get it hot enough. -Ed]. The dv3 will be priced between $800 and $1200. Read more about the hardware technology HP is using on AMD’s press release.

CES will also offer a time for HP to debut a new HP MediaSmart home server for backup and storage, a new version of the HP Netbook- the HP Mini 2140, and new digital photo frames equipped with WiFi connections.