HP releases desktop replacements

Hewlett-Packard Co. announced today the release of a desktop replacement that rivals many desktop PCs in speed and performance.

HP matched the size of nx9500 by placing a 3.2GHz Intel Desktop Processor with Hyper-Threading technology under the hood. In the review unit being tested by the GCN Lab, they've complemented the chip's speed with a gigabyte of 266MHz DDR-SDRAM.

These two ingredients ' coupled with an Nvdia GeForce FX Go5700 video card which holds128M of added, dedicated video memory ' make multitasking seamless and efficient.

The nx9500 also comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and separate number pad, integrated Harman/Kardon speakers, expansive 80G hard drive operating at 5,400 rpm and an integrated Broadcom 802.11g/b card.

The nx9500 is also debuting Hewlett-Packard's first 17-inch WXGA screen with a resolution of 1,440-by-900, which renders a 16-to-10 aspect ratio at a 140-degree viewing angle.

The screen can display these resolutions using up to 16 million colors, which makes this PC excellent when working with graphics or pictures.

Starting at a General Services Administration schedule price of $1,799, the version being tested for an upcoming issue has a gigabyte of RAM and a schedule price of $1,949.

Hewlett-Packard also released today the nx9020, 9030 and 9040, which are lower-end models that start at $799. These three models can be customized with in a variety of processor speeds, wireless capabilities, hard-drive sizes and RAM amounts.

The user can also choose from a 14.1-inch or 15-inch XGA screen.

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