HP has announced that it is planning to make four new all-in-one desktop PC models available in August and September, upgrading its existing lineup and bringing touchscreen technology to machines outside of its HP TouchSmart line.
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Two of the new models are part of the Compaq business PC family, the Elite 8300 and Pro 6300. These will be available in September. The ENVY 23 and Pavilion 23 consumer models are slated for August. The Pavilion 23 is the least expensive of the new devices at a starting price of $US650, and the ENVY 23 is the most expensive, starting at $US950.
The Elite 8300 will sell for $US879, though a new multi-touch display will boost that price to $929, and the Pro 6300 model will go for $US799. Full details on graphics hardware were not forthcoming, though it appears that all four devices will have stand-alone graphics cards as available options. Of course, that almost certainly means a hefty price increase.
The consumer models also include extras like HP LinkUp and Magic Canvas, for screen sharing and virtual desktop use, as well as built-in webcams. (Webcams are optional on the business computers.)
"Customers have been asking for all-in-one PC designs that do not compromise on performance, reliability or security," said HP Americas PC division Vice President Emilio Ghilardi in a statement.
The two business models may be among the last to bear the "HP Compaq" brand. A recent report from The Verge indicated that HP is planning to do away with the "HP Compaq" label in 2013, instead going with a simple "Compaq" for its budget computing lines.
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