updated 12:00 am EST, Wed January 6, 2010
HP Z200, Compaq Elite 8000f and 8100 show
Pro desktops at HP were served today by the launch of a new workstation and a pair of small desktops, including the first ever Windows PC to lack toxins. The fastest in the line is the company's latest Z series workstation, the Z200; a step below the Z400, it will be the company's new entry level workstation and should use Core i3 and Core i5 as well as the Xeon 3400 series quad-core chips. Its performance aims at the mid-range with up to 16GB of RAM, Quadro FX 1800 video and options like a Blu-ray burner or an X-Fi Titanium sound card.
A starting Z200 costs $769 and doesn't have full details as of press time, though this should involve a Core i3, Intel's integrated graphics and a 160GB hard drive with Linux, Windows 7 or Windows XP as the stock OS. HP ships it in February.
More significant on a corporate level for HP is an update to the Compaq Elite line. The 8000f Elite is billed as the first ever Windows desktop to go free of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), even including the AC adapter and the mouse. It also has an 87 percent efficient power supply, meets the tougher current Energy Star standards for power, and is small enough to save significantly on materials versus a tower.
The system hinges on Core 2 Duo processors 160GB to 250GB of disk space (with a 64GB solid-state drive an option), a maximum 4GB of RAM and integrated-only video. In return for low performance, it can be mounted on the back of a display. Pricing will start at $849 for the system when it ships February 1st.
A larger system, the Compaq 8100 Elite, accompanies it and will use Core i3 and i5 processors, up to 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM. Its cost and ship date are the same as for the smaller model.
The existence of the 8000f is a symbolic blow to both HP's and Microsoft's environmental efforts, as neither of whom has been able to claim a broad-based shift to green design in Windows PCs. Apple's desktops and notebooks began completely dropping BFRs, PVC or both as early as the 2007 aluminum iMac while nearly all its notebook line achieved the same by the end of 2008. By the end of 2009, virtually all its lineup was free of both materials. In comparison, HP only began the move with its ProBook 5310m portable this year and has still left the majority of its lineup carrying the hazardous materials. Companies like Dell have instituted indefinite delays in greening their own product lines.
Compaq 8000f Elite
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