HP Launches Colorful Pavilions

NEW YORK (06/28/2000) - Hewlett-Packard Co. looks to add a little color--and a lot of power--to its retail desktop lineup with the announcement this week of new AMD- and Intel-powered Pavilion units, five of which offer optional color replacement parts.

Geared toward home users and students, the new line, unveiled at the PC Expo, consists of seven new units. Three of the new models feature Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Athlon processors (including a 1-GHz unit), while four use Intel Corp. processors (two Pentium IIIs and two Celerons). The top three models include built-in DSL (digital subscriber line) modems for easy access to broadband services, and all but the cheapest offer built-in network cards.

At the top of the line, available now, are three Athlon-powered Pavilions. The Pavilion 9790C with a 1-GHz Athlon chip, 128MB of memory, a 60GB hard drive, an 8X/4X/32X CD-RW drive, a 12X DVD-ROM drive, a 10/100 network card, a 1.5Mbps DSL modem, a V.90 modem, and 32MB of video memory is available for an estimated retail price of US$2399. HP sells monitors separately.

The 9780C offers the same specifications as the 9790C, but a slower 900-MHz Athlon, for $1849. The 8770C shares some features, but uses an 850-MHz Athlon, a 45GB hard drive, a 4X/4X/32X CD-RW drive, and 16MB of video memory for $1599.

Intel Inside

The top Intel-based Pavilion, called the 8760C, goes on sale later this week.

Its suggested price of $1399 includes a 733-MHz PIII, 128MB of memory, a 40GB hard drive, an 8X/4X/32X CD-RW drive, an 8X DVD-ROM drive, 16MB video memory, V.90 modem, and a 10/100 network card.

The remaining models go on sale July 9, and include the 8750C, which features a 667-MHz PIII, 64MB of memory, 30GB hard drive, 4X/4X/32X CD-RW drive, 48X CD-ROM drive, up to 11MB of dynamic video memory (allocated from main memory), and a 10/100 network card for $1049.

Rounding out the line are two Intel Celeron-based products. The 6740C includes a 667-MHz Celeron, 64MB of memory, 15GB hard drive, a 4X/4X/32X CD-RW drive, up to 11MB of dynamic video memory, a 10/100 network card, and a V.90 modem for $749 (after $50 rebate). The 6730 has a 600-MHz Celeron, 64MB of memory, 10.2GB hard drive, 48X CD-ROM drive, up to 11MB dynamic video memory, and a V.90 modem for $549 (after $50 rebate).

Pretty Packages

The 9700 and 8700 series products all come with removable pieces on the tower that users can replace with colorful kits from HP, says Tom Anderson, HP product marketing manager for the home products division. Beginning in July, owners can buy cobalt blue, krypton green, and xenon purple replacement parts that snap on to the front and top of the CPU tower. Pricing is not set, but will likely be around $30, Anderson says. A second kit set, with matching keyboard and mouse colors, will cost a bit more. The new color-ready Pavilions should help HP retain the coveted number one spot in retail stores, a position it recently wrested from Compaq, Anderson says.

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