updated 10:10 am EDT, Tue April 3, 2007
HP Slimline s3000
HP today unveiled both new systems and a new look for its computers, switching to a glossy black that it expects will fit well in living rooms and other areas besides the traditional desk. The Slimline s3000y is the new showcase for this design by packing a dual-core Core 2 or Pentium 4 along with a DVD burner and a desktop-class hard drive into a case HP says is a third the size of a normal PC. It ships today in a base configuration with a 3.2GHz Pentium 4, a 160GB hard drive, and Vista Home Basic for $550 but can add media-friendly extras such as a GeForce 7300-series card or a TV tuner. An AMD-based Slimline s3020n opts for a 2GHz Athlon 64 X2 but increases specs with 1GB of RAM and 250GB of storage for $580.
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Soon to arrive for HP are updated versions of its more conventional Media Center and Pavilion desktops as well as a single budget PC under its Compaq label.
Both the Media Center TV m8000n and Pavilion a6030n are bolstered for Vista Home Premium with 2GB of RAM and an Athlon 64 X2 (5200+ and 4800+ respectively) as well as either 500GB or 320GB of storage. The former caters to home theaters with analog and digital TV tuners as well as dual bays for HP's removable hard drives. They sell later this week at prices of $950 and $770 each.
Finally, the HP Compaq SR5050NX sells only in retail shops for those looking at a balance between the Slimline and Pavilion models: $560 nets a dual-core 3GHz Pentium 4, 1GB of RAM, a 250GB hard disk and a DVD rewriter in a sleeker body than seen in earlier Compaq PCs. It should arrive at the same time as HP's other models. [via Crave]