HP Goes Wide with Presario Notebook Lineup

By SmallBusinessComputing.com Staff | Posted May 15, 2003
HP introduced the Compaq Presario Widescreen Notebook X1000 PC series this week featuring a high-resolution 15.4-inch wide aspect ratio display that breaks new ground in the way mobile users can approach graphics-intensive and multimedia applications.

The Presario X1000 is ideal for working on multiple applications side by side or when editing with digital images and video for desktop publishing or other graphics-intensive work. The widescreen display is 20 percent brighter, features 33 percent wider viewing angles and includes an improved contrast ratio compared to traditional notebook displays

To meet the needs of multimedia users, the Presario X1000 is available with ATI's Mobility Radeon 9200 graphics with 64-MB video memory, JBL Pro speakers and three USB 2.0 ports. The unit also features an IEEE 1394 connection for quick connections to digital camcorders and other consumer electronic devices and an integrated Secure Digital (SD)/MultiMedia memory card (MMC) slot that allows for quick transfer of digital photos, music or other files to and from the PC and digital cameras, printers, handhelds and other devices. Beginning in summer, users can expect to select a unit with a DVD+RW drive.

Powered by Intel Centrino mobile technology, the stylish aluminum-covered Presario X1000 delivers a powerful combination of performance, battery life and wireless connectivity. The notebook is 1.3-inches thick and only weighs 6.5 pounds, making it easy for users to take while on the go. Featuring the Pentium-M processor designed specifically for mobile computing, the X1000 notebook can achieve up to 5 hours of battery life while still providing performance to meet the needs of demanding applications.

The notebook's integrated Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN card provides the foundation for clear and compatible connections across 802.11b Wi-Fi networks. Optional integrated Bluetooth wireless connectivity allows users to synchronize and share their data with other Bluetooth enabled devices, such as HP iPAQ Pocket PCs, HP mobile printers or cell phones, to create their own personal area networks.

The Compaq Presario X1000 can be customized with a full range of options. Users can select from a mix of hard drives sizes — 40GB, 60GB or 80GB — and have a choice of optical drives, including 24x CD-ROM, 8x DVD, 24x CD-RW/DVD or DVD+RW.

The Compaq Presario X1000 is available for purchase through the Web at or by phone beginning May 21. The X1000 is expected to be available in retail stores in June starting at an estimated U.S. street price of $1,299 after a $100 mail-in rebate.

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