HP Debuts Powerhouse PC

HP introduced the HP Business Desktop d325, designed for small, medium-sized businesses. The high-powered mini-tower has enough processing prowess to handle a variety of challenging business computing needs and graphic-intense applications. Key features include a choice of AMD Athlon XP processors, integrated NVIDIA GeForce4 MX graphics and built-in dual-monitor functionality. The integrated dual ports with NVIDIA nView Multi-display technology eliminate the need for an additional video card and accelerate interaction between multiple open applications.

Jeff Groudan, HP personal systems group vice president of marketing, said the HP Business Desktop d325 rounds out its high-performance, value-oriented, desktop offerings for small- and medium-sized businesses.

“This desktop offers users a reliable solution at a great value,” Groudan said. “Whether customers define value as increased productivity, procurement savings, quality, product innovations or great service and support, the d325 delivers.”

HP provides small businesses with the flexibility to select the right set of features for the right price-to-performance mix by offering pre-configured models of the HP Business Desktop d325 as well as customized solutions. Processor options range from AMD Athlon XP 2400+ operating at 2.0-GHz, to XP 3000+ operating at 2.17 GHz. Memory options range from 128 MB to 2 GB, and hard drive options range from 40 GB to 60 GB. Operating systems included Microsoft Windows 2000, XP Professional, XP Home or Mandrake Linux 9.1.1 The mini-tower’s communications features includes an integrated 3Com 10/100 Fast Ethernet Controller for local area networking and a Lucent V.90 56K Win Modem for dialup connections.

Pricing for the HP Business Desktop d325 starts at $499. The most popular configuration is priced at $669 and consists of AMD’s Athlon XP model 2200+ processor (1.8 gigahertz), 40-gigabyte hard drive, 256-megabyte DDR (double data rate) SynchDRAM, 48x CD-ROM drive, six USB 2.0 ports and comes with Microsoft Windows XP Professional.

The HP Business Desktop d325 comes with a 3-year parts and labor warranty, which includes on-site service and around-the-clock telephone support. The d325 is now available directly from HP or can be ordered through authorized resellers.

This Just In …
In related news, HP announced that it continues to lead in worldwide notebook computer sales, according to new research from IDC. For the second consecutive quarter HP is ranked as the leading vendor of worldwide notebook unit sales with 15.9 percent of the market in the first quarter of 2003. HP gained 1.1 points in share on 6 percent unit growth.

“HP continues to extend its leadership in the notebook market by focusing on industry-leading innovation and customer value,” said Alex Gruzen, senior vice president and general manager, mobile computing global business unit, HP Personal Systems Group. “As we move forward, our strong international presence and the strength of our global network of partners will continue to provide real value to our customers and set us apart in the marketplace.”

HP increased its notebook unit share sequentially in all major regions of the world — North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific. In the United States, HP holds the No. 2 position with 18.9 percent of the market. HP increased unit sales 7.4 percent sequentially. Dell leads the U.S. market and is No. 2 in worldwide notebook sales.

HP offers a broad portfolio of wirelessly enabled notebook products designed to meet the needs of consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses and enterprise customers around the world. The company was among the first to come to market with new Centrino-based notebooks featuring 802.11g wireless connectivity. HP is also recognized as a market leader with the innovative HP Compaq TC1000 Tablet PC, which was introduced in November 2002.

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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