HP Ships Cheaper Media Center PCBy Mark Hachman | Posted 2004-02-06 Email Print
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Hewlett-Packard Co. launched a sub-$900 version of its Media Center PC on Friday, the first to use the new Prescott processor from Intel.Hewlett-Packard Co. launched a sub-$900 version of its Media Center PC on Friday, the first to use the new Prescott processor from Intel.
Prices for configurable versions of the m400 Photosmart PC will start at $879.99 after a $50 rebate, while customers can also select from preconfigured models that are priced beginning at $1,249.99. As with other Media Center PCs, the devices are designed around the Windows XP Media Center Edition; HP's machines use the "2004" version of the software, which improves the PVR and calibration functionality.
Although price cuts on PCs are common, HP executives said previous versions of the Media Center PC used pricey components that had shipped in limited volumes. Now that those parts have shipped in higher quantities at lower prices, HP can pass along the price savings to the consumer, said Ameer Karim, manager of worldwide product marketing for consumer products at HP's global business unit in Palo Alto, Calif.