HP Revamps Desktop PC Portfolio

by SmallBusinessComputing.com Staff

With so many factors to consider, deciding which desktop PC to buy for your small business can be a real challenge. This week, HP unveiled its revamped commercial PC division in an effort to simplify the buying process for all businesses.

Hewlett Packard released a trio of new business desktop PCs this week designed to run the gamut of business computing needs — from everyday desktop processing to power programming. Buying a new desktop PC from HP is now about as complex a process as buying an ice cream cone — you have a choice of plain vanilla, chocolate, or vanilla-chocolate swirl with sprinkles.

Since IT needs vary from business to business, HP is offering three distinct categories of desktop PCs. The new lineup features the HP Compaq 2000, 5000 and 7000 series — categories of PCs otherwise known as basic, mainstream and advanced.

Keith LeFebvre, HP vice president of business PCs, said the reconfiguration streamlines the company's product categories so customers can select the right PC based on their business needs and budgets.

"We simplified our commercial PC line to give customers a selection of desktops that meet a variety of business needs — at every level and every budget," LeFebvre said. "Whether for a small- and medium-size business or enterprise workgroups, HP's business PCs can satisfy customers' demands for the right mix of price, features and power."

The HP Compaq Business Desktop dx2000 is a simple, low-cost PC designed for smaller businesses. It provides a combination of performance, price and quality required for handling typical business applications. For increased performance, the dx2000 features four DIMM (define) slots to support single- or dual-channel memory configurations. The PC also comes with eight USB 2.0 ports (define) for quick and easy connections with peripherals.

The dx2000's compact micro-tower fits easily in most workspaces, while still offering an affordable, expandable platform. This PC is available pre-configured, or users can elect to customize it with Intel Celeron or hyperthread-enabled Pentium 4 processors with speeds up to 3.0 gigahertz available. Users can secure up to 80-gigabyte of hard drive space and up to one gigabyte of DDR (define) SDRAM (define). There is also a choice of optical drives and operating systems — Microsoft Windows XP being the recommend OS. Pricing for the HP Compaq Business Desktop dx2000 starts at an estimated price of $389.

HP's New 2000 and 5000 Desktop PCsFor more advanced computing needs, small businesses can select the HP Compaq business desktop dc5000. HP promises that this new model will have a lifecycle of at least 12 months. All dc5000 PCs come with HP's Lifecycle Solutions — manageability tools that enable easier deployments within business networks. This tool kit is said to help lower the total cost of ownership by reducing the need for IT support.

The dc5000 is available in two designs — a small form factor and a micro-tower — giving small businesses a choice of features based on their computing needs and budgets. Once again, pre-configured or customized models are available.

Options include Intel Celeron or Pentium 4 processors with speeds up to 3.0 gigahertz, up to 160-gigabyte hard drive space, up to four gigabytes of DDR SDRAM, and your choice of optical drives and operating systems. Both form factors are designed with tool-less access to internal components and drives for quick and easy upgrades or servicing. The HP Compaq Business Desktop dc5000 starts at an estimated price of $599.

The dx2000 and dc5000 desktops are available immediately direct from HP or authorized resellers. The HP Compaq 7000 series, available this summer, will offer more powerful and advanced features for demanding business environments. The 7000 series includes advanced security, serviceability and manageability features, including HP Lifecycle Solutions to deploy and maintain PCs in business networks.

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This article was originally published on Wednesday Mar 10th 2004
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