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HP Announces New Desktops, Notebooks

NEW YORK — Hewlett-Packard introduced several new desktop and notebook computers yesterday at PC Expo.

On the desktop front HP this week will start shipping two high-end PCs, the 9780C and 8770C and in early July three entry-level models will hit stores. Five notebook models will join the PCs.

The higher end PCs will carry estimated street prices of $1,849 and $1,599 with the more expensive model being powered by the AMD 1GB Athlon processor and featuring DVD-ROM, CD-RW, 128MB of RAM, DSL modem, and network interface card.

The entry-level models start with an Intel Celeron 600Mhz processor with a $599 estimated street price and jumping up to a Pentium III 667Mhz for $1,049.

The notebook line will lead off with a $1,199 AMD K6-2 500Mhz processor and 64MB of RAM with a 13-inch LCD and range up to the $1,999 Pavilion N3370 that utilizes AMD’s K6-2 550Mhz mobile processor with its just introduced PowerNow battery management technology.

HP is very enthusiastic over AMD’s PowerNow said Robert Nitzberg, retail notebook marketing manager. He said AMD has designed the chip to cost effective enough to be fitted into sub-$2,000 notebooks. Intel’s competing PowerStep-equipped chips are used in higher priced HP notebooks.