HP releases entry-level home media Pavilion

The all-important holiday selling season is drawing near, and Hewlett-Packard Co.'s (HP) new Pavilion ze4100 notebook is designed for the entry-level consumer looking for an affordable PC to function as a home entertainment center, HP said in a release Monday.

HP will give consumers a choice of processors from both Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc., which is rare in the PC industry. A base configuration with a 1.6GHz Mobile Intel Celeron, a 14-inch TFT (thin film transistor) display, 128M bytes of RAM, a 20G-byte hard drive, and a CD-ROM drive will cost US$849 after a $100 mail-in rebate.

"We're basically just offering the consumer a choice. Some people are fiercely loyal to Intel, and some will choose AMD just because we're offering it," said Jonathan Kaye, manager of product marketing for Pavilion notebooks at HP, based in Palo Alto, California.

Processors up to the 2.0GHz Mobile Intel Pentium 4-M or the Mobile Athlon XP 2000+ are available. AMD's Mobile Athlon XP 2200+, announced Monday, is not available this month from HP, but might potentially be in the future, Kaye said.

HP includes software with the notebook that allows users to edit their digital images and music, and display them on their televisions. Models with optional CD-RW/DVD-ROM drives will come with digital video editing software.

The notebook measures 12.96 inches long by 10.72 inches wide by 1.57 inches thick (32.92cm by 27.23cm by 3.99cm). It weighs 6.4 pounds (2.88kg) with the 14-inch display, and 7 pounds with an optional 15-inch display. HP will sell the notebook in various configurations through retail kiosks, its Web site, and over the phone.

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