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HP Intros Exclusive Desktops, E-Friendly Monitor

10/20/2008 10:56:00 AM Eastern

Palo Alto, Calif. — HP has introduced two consumer desktop PCs and a color display it said is designed to reduce the impact on the environment.

The HP Pavilion Verde Special Edition a6645f and HP Pavilion Phoenix Special Edition a6655f feature AMD processors and recyclable packaging. They are Energy Star qualified and meet the standards for Silver registration in the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT).

The special-edition desktop PCs offer up to 5GB of memory, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition with Service Pack 1,a front-panel 15-in-1 memory card reader, and a SuperMulti DVD burner with LightScribe technology for etching custom labels and artwork directly onto discs.

The HP Pavilion Phoenix Special Edition a6655f desktop PC includes an AMD Phenom X4 9150e Quad-Core Processor and 640 GB hard drive and features a design said to symbolize the mythical phoenix. The HP Pavilion Verde Special Edition a6645f desktop PC is said to have a nature-inspired pattern on the chassis; includes an AMD Athlon X2 4850e Dual-Core Processor and 500GB hard drive.

HP's new 25.5-inch diagonal widescreen flat-panel display, the HP w2558hc Vivid Color Display, includes a built-in 15-in-1 card reader and a built-in 2-megapixel Web cam. It has multiple USB ports and digital outputs as well as HDMI inputs.

The ergonomic design of the HP w2558hc with built-in speakers and a slim profile fits is said to help minimize desk space use. The display also includes height and tilt adjustments to suit viewing needs. The device is Energy Star qualified and offers a Power Saver feature to help reduce energy consumption.

The HP Pavilion Verde Special Edition a6645f desktop PC is to be available Nov. 9 exclusively through Circuit City at a starting price of $579. The HP Pavilion Phoenix Special Edition a6655f will be available the same day, exclusively through Best Buy starting at $659.

The monitor is available immediately at $599.

In other news, HP said it also updated the HP Compaq Presario, HP Pavilion, HP Pavilion Slimline and HP Pavilion Elite lines of desktop PCs with new configurations to meet the needs of a variety of consumers.