updated 05:55 pm EST, Mon November 9, 2009
HP LE1x11 displays, Pro 3000 PCs debut
HP kicked off its week by launching a pair of business-focused LCDs as well as two desktops to match. The 17-inch LE1711 and its closely related 19-inch counterpart, the LE1911, are spun as eco-friendly displays that still use conventional backlights but use 50 percent less mercury and entirely scrap toxics like arsenic, BFRs and PVC. They also meet the requirements to earn the latest Energy Star badge.
Either has a maximum 1280x1024 resolution with a 5ms pixel response time, 1,000:1 contrast ratios, 250cd/m2 brightness and VGA only for input. Choosing the frugal specs drops the price of the LE1711 to just $125 while the larger screen sells for $164; both are available today.
Windows-using workplaces also now have the pick of two desktops, the Intel-based Pro 3000 and the AMD-based Pro 3005. The two update HP's mid-range business PCs for Windows 7 and come in a new glossy black case. Either scales up relatively aggressively, as they respectively start out with Pentium dual-core or Athlon II X2 processors, 160GB hard drives and read-only DVD drives but can scale up to Core 2 Quad and Phenom II X4 chips, 500GB hard disks and Blu-ray burners.
The two Pro series desktops take up to 8GB of RAM and start out at $469 and $449 each. These aren't expected to ship until December 15th.