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HP announces Pavilion PCs

Coming in Summer
Mon May 16 2011, 15:03

HARDWARE VENDOR HP has announced a range of tower chassis and slim Pavilion desktop PCs that will be coming out this Summer.

The flagship and more expensive models are in HP's Pavilion HPE H8 series and the less expensive units are in the Pavilion P7 range. Both of those come in standard tower chassis but HP will also update its smaller, slimmer offerings with the Pavilion Slimline S5 series PCs.

HP offers all models with a series of different configurations. Some of the Pavilion HPE H8 PCs will come with three internal hard drives on the more expensive models in the range and can be hooked up to three displays. Not wanting to leave any components vendor out, HP is also building these units to support either AMD Phenom or Intel Core I7 CPUs and AMD or Nvidia graphics.

The Pavilion P7s will be cheaper but HP hasn't mentioned anything about processors, memory, graphics or storage. Ditto for the Pavilion Slimline S5 series PCs, where the only fact we have is that it is half the size of standard tower cases. The technology company also has an HP X2301 23in thin LED backlit monitor that it's trying to flog with the Pavilion PCs.

HP said it has redesigned the line of Pavilion desktop PCs. The tower models will have a glossy black panel sitting on top of a metallic base with most ports and connections hidden under a sliding panel. Some of the models will also have a tray on top of the PC for easier access to USB ports.

The US technology vendor will also bundle HP Link Up so you can synch up and manage content wirelessly over your home network, providing your other laptops and PCs are HP branded. Some of the models also have Beats Audio, which is nothing more than a multi-million pound marketing exercise with rapper Dr Dre to offer music as the artist intended. Quite.

All the kit will be out in May or June but HP hasn't set any UK pricing yet. However, the HP HPE H8 series PCs will start at $599.99, the HP Pavilion P7 series PCs at $299.99 and the HP Pavilion Slimline S5 series PCs at $329.99. The HP X2301 monitor will be priced at $279.99. µ


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