HP released today new consumer desktops aimed at consumers looking for style and performance — while still staying on the greener side of life. Among the announcements were the Phoenix and Verde desktops with artistic-inspired stylings and a new 25.5″ display. Both computers come with Windows Vista 64-bit (and kudos to HP for stepping up and sending out 64-bit versions of the operating system) and up to, oddly enough, five gigabytes of RAM. They also come with a 15-in-1 memory card reader and LightScribe capable SuperMulti drive.
The Verde desktop, seen above, features a front pattern derived from nature, according to HP, and this special edition a6645f machine continues in the trend by using a lower-powered AMD Athlon X2 4850e dual-core chip (2.5 GHz). HP also includes a 500GB hard drive. Verde will only be available at Circuit City locations starting on November 9th. It will retail for $579.
The Phoenix desktop is a special edition a6655f and has a chassis design which symbolizes the phoenix of lore. This desktop offers a Phenom X4 9150e quad-core cpu (1.8GHz) and 640GB hard drive. Best Buy will be the exclusive retailer for the Phoenix, which will also be available November 9th, retailing for $659.
The real attraction in today’s announcements, however, was the new 25.5″ display. The new HP w2558hc offers consumers a 1920×1200 resolution, along with HDMI inputs, a 15-in-1 memory card reader, USB2.0 hub, speakers and a 2 megapixel webcam. The TN-based display certainly tries to free up desk clutter, and looks like it will succeed admirably. HP did add another interesting feature into the display – when the computer is turned off, a memory card can be inserted into the reader in the monitor, and the w2558hc will display pictures and video, much like a large picture frame. It’s available now both in stores and from HP directly for $599.
HP managed to secure EPEAT-Silver certifications for their new desktops, thanks to the energy-efficient variants of AMD’s processors. They also ship standard with more stringent power management settings than most desktop PCs and use 100% recyclable shipping materials. The new display scored an Energy Star qualification and also offers power saving features designed to cut its requisite utility costs.