HP Offers Pro 3130 Small Business Desktop

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HP gets recognition from Gartner for its excellence in printers as the company launches the Pro 3130 desktop tower, running Microsoft Windows 7 on Intel processors.

Technology giant Hewlett-Packard announced the release of the HP Pro 3130 Minitower Business PC, aimed at small and midsize businesses and carrying a starting price of $569. The desktop unit features a glossy black finish, Intel Core i7, Core i5, and Core i3 processors, storage with hard drives up to 1TB, the full Windows 7 operating system, dual monitor support, and RAID support.

Options include the ability to transfer files with a 22-in-1 Media Card Reader, burn labels directly onto discs with a SuperMulti Lightscribe Drive or enhance disc storage potential with a Blu-ray Writer Drive. Also included is a USB 3.0 SuperSpeed PCIe x1 card and graphics cards with DirectX 11 support. In addition, there is a PCIe x16 card slot free for upgraded graphics and four Dimm slots, as well as a one-year warranty.

The debut of the Pro 3130 comes as IT research firm Gartner singled out HP for excellence in another technology market—printers and MFPs (multifunction printers). According to Gartner’s report, "software, vertical solutions and service integration are playing a bigger role in the purchasing decisions of office printers and multifunction products. The traditional speeds and feeds for typical office printing … have given way to the hardware’s ability to integrate and deploy software applications that connect them to the company’s document management systems. Remote monitoring capabilities, diagnostics, security and other factors are becoming the true differentiators."

HP was recognized for recently introducing solutions that not only leverage Web, mobile and security technologies, but also offer customers new ways to print and manage their information. HP recently announced the first Web-enabled printer that allows users to print from anywhere without a PC, as well as HP ePrint Enterprise Solution, which enables users to print from a BlackBerry device.

"The traditional office MFP is an indispensible tool to most office environments … [and] many of today’s MFPs can be called smart MFPs, because they can be used to capture and render paper-based information directly into enterprise content management, records management, ERP systems and document management systems," the Gartner report noted.