New Entertainment Products announced by HP for the Holiday Season

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HP has announced three new high-definition products based on the Gen-Next HD-DVD digital media format. The news was announced at the Manhattan Center in New York as a showcase of the high-definition lifestyle.

The three new products are: a 17-inch wide-screen diagonal HD-DVD Pavilion dv9000t Series Entertainment Notebook PC; an HD-DVD Pavilion Media Center TV m7600n Series PC with 7.1 surround sound; and an HD-DVD external drive for PCs. All products promise excellent picture quality, which is extremely essential for high definition movies.

HP Pavilion dv9000t Series Entertainment Notebook PC – which makes it easy to handle demanding applications with its combination of innovative digital entertainment features and blazingly fast multi-tasking performance via Intel Core 2 Duo mobile technology. Cinema-quality viewing is delivered with a 17-inch diagonal high-definition BrightView widescreen display with optional HP Ultra BrightView dual-lamp technology. An integrated HDMI port enables true HD content playback on a high-definition TV or monitor.

HP Pavilion Media Center TV m7600n Series PC – which takes movie watching to a new level with its HD-DVD high-definition DVD player, Intel Viiv technology and an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, wireless home networking, and 7.1 surround sound. Users can enjoy high-definition movie playback with six times better resolution than standard DVD. In addition, the built-in TV tuner NPSC and personal video recorder allow users to simply watch, pause, rewind and record live television. The new HP Pavilion Media Center TV PC paired with HP’s new w22 flat-panel HD-ready monitor completes the HD movie experience.

HP High Definition DVD-ROM Drive – which provides the superior picture quality of high-def movies in a portable device for use with widescreen notebooks. The external drive offers advanced interactivity; for example, users can access the Internet and chat while watching a movie, or play games that are seamlessly integrated into a movie. Backwards compatible, the drive not only supports new HD DVDs, but also regular CDs and DVDs.

HP Pocket Media Drive In addition, HP has introduced two home storage products that are perfect for storing high-definition movies and rich digital content such as music and photos.

Amongst the two, the HP Media Vault mv2010/mv2020 is an expandable storage product that enables users to easily back-up and share movies, music, and photos across home networks. With a capacity that expands up to a staggering 1.2 terabytes, the Media Vault can store up to 500,000 photos; 16,000 hours of music; or 340 hours of video.

The second storage product is the HP Pocket Media Drive, a sleek, ultra-portable, 2.5-inch USB hard drive, and works easily with any USB-enabled PC or notebook, as also fits into select HP Pavilion PCs with exclusive HP Pocket Media Drive bay for a clutter-free desktop. The drives are available with 80 GB or 120 GB storage capacity.

Furthermore, HP announced the iPAQ rx5000 series Travel Companion that offers Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation, digital entertainment, and mobile connectivity. It allows people to travel with their music, view photos and videos, surf the Web, and play games.

iPAQ rx5000 Todd Bradley, executive vice president – personal systems group, HP, said, “The digital lifestyle is here, and HP is making it easy for customers to experience high-definition entertainment that is compelling and fulfilling. And HP, with its heritage in digital technology, is at the forefront of simplifying the experience. Today, we are extending that leadership to the high-definition lifestyle.”

The HD-DVD Pavilion dv9000t Series Notebook PC is priced at approximately $2,395 (Rs 110,170).