Press Release: September 30, 2003
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HP Enables Users to Enjoy Digital Entertainment on the go with HP Media Center Notebook PC

New notebooks and enhanced versions of HP Media Center desktop PC feature HP's exclusive digital photo and imaging software
PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 30, 2003
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HP (NYSE:HPQ) today unveiled new additions to its leading home entertainment PC line, including the first HP Media Center notebook PC and enhanced versions of its award-winning HP Media Center desktop PCs. The offerings are designed to take the hassle out of experiencing digital entertainment, making it easy for anyone to enjoy photos, music and movies when, where and how they want.

The HP Media Center zd7000 notebook with widescreen is a high-performance wireless notebook PC that integrates digital entertainment, photography and Internet computing(1) into a sophisticated design with desktop comfort, including an expanded keyboard with separate numeric keypad.

In addition to numerous accolades from customers, analysts and press, the HP Media Center PC recently received the 2003 Intel Innovative PC award in the consumer desktop category for its ease of use, outstanding technology implementation and state-of-the-art design.

The new HP Media Center m300 Photosmart desktop PC series builds on this legacy by offering advanced entertainment features such as FM radio reception, an integrated camera dock (dock sold separately), and the ability to print directly from the remote control. It additionally offers a single software application for simplified organization, editing and sharing of digital photos, and Internet(1) music direct from MusicMatch -accessible from more than10 feet away with the remote control.

"When HP and Microsoft broke the ground on an entirely new category of PCs nearly one year ago, we forever altered the way consumers could experience digital entertainment," said Sam Szteinbaum, vice president and general manager, HP North America Consumer Computing Organization. "HP continues to change the dynamics of the industry as we merge our experience in the PC business with the evolving world of consumer electronics to bring products to market that demystify digital entertainment."

Both the HP Media Center zd7000 notebook and HP Media Center m300 desktop PC series feature Microsoft Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2004 software, which also is being released today. This new edition of the operating system software includes advanced features such as the ability to: listen to FM radio stations(2) with one-button access from the remote control; rip CDs to a media library; print using the remote control; play instant slide shows from convenient front-mounted media card readers; calibrate the screen image for the best possible picture, regardless of the display type (including flat screen, LCD, CRT, and rear or front projection displays); and take advantage of widescreen displays by using more of the screen for Media Center content.

"HP was the first to bring a Media Center PC to market, and we are thrilled to continue working with the company to deliver innovative solutions to consumers that offer a truly integrated digital entertainment experience on the home PC," said Joe Belfiore, general manager of the Windows eHome Division, Microsoft Corp. "HP is offering consumers a range of Media Center PC offerings, letting consumers choose the best solution to meet their needs and allowing them to enjoy their digital entertainment whenever and wherever they want it."

In addition, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 brings together key partners such as MovieLink to offer consumers access to more digital content such as on-demand movie and music subscription services, all of which can be accessed from the remote control.(1,2)

"We continue to work with HP as their Media Center PC family of products evolves and delivers new and exciting features and capabilities," said Louis Burns, vice president and general manager, Intel's Desktop Platforms Group. "HP's Media Center PCs, combined with the Intel Pentium 4 processor with HT Technology, provides consumers with the power and flexibility to do multiple things at once, which improves their overall digital home entertainment experience."

More information about HP Media Center offerings and other digital entertainment solutions is available at http://www.hp.com/go/mediacenter2004.

HP Media Center Notebook PC: Digital Entertainment On the Go

The HP Media Center zd7000 notebook with widescreen features a wide range of capabilities - including wireless connectivity, home entertainment, digital exploration, and Internet computing - with desktop power and performance. Functioning like a portable digital entertainment and photo studio whether at home or on the go, the HP Media Center zd7000 incorporates a high-resolution 17-inch widescreen display that allows users to enjoy movies, music, games, art and photography to their fullest.

The Media Center notebook allows users to take advantage of advanced digital entertainment functionality, including watching DVDs with a wide viewing angle; playing interactive PC games; easily downloading and storing digital content; watching, pausing and recording live TV; and editing, archiving and sharing digital photography with new HP Image Zone photo and imaging software

The HP Media Center zd7000 notebook features an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor with Hyper-Threading Technology(3) ranging up to 3.2-gigahertz and an 800-megahertz system bus(4) for improved responsiveness and performance; up to 2 gigabytes DDR SDRAM memory; up to an 80-gigabyte 5,400 r.p.m. hard drive; and optional DVD+RW/CD-RW combo drives available on configure-to-order models.(5,6)

Available today through hpshopping.com, the HP Media Center zd7000 has an estimated U.S. street price starting at $1,799 (after a $100 mail-in rebate).(7)

Additional details and specifications on the zd7000 are available via http://www.hpshopping.com.

HP Media Center Desktop PCs: Digital Entertainment, Easier to Enjoy than Ever Before

The HP Media Center m300 Photosmart PC series brings together the latest digital entertainment and computing technology into one comprehensive media PC. Coupled with an HP Pavilion f1903 LCD Flat Panel 19-inch monitor, the Media Center PC can make any home office feel like a home theater.

Featuring the new HP Image Zone photo and imaging software and convenient bay for secure storage of select HP digital camera docks, the HP Media Center PC m300 line allows for quick transfer of photos from a digital camera to the PC and easy organization, editing, archiving and sharing of digital images.

Enhanced features in the m300 line also include the ability to listen to and record live FM radio(8) and support for Memory Stick PRO in the all-new 7-in-1 media card reader. With the HP Media Center PCs, consumers also can capture their analog videos from VHS or camcorder right from the front A/V connectors, enabling quick and easy downloading, editing and archiving of personal videos.

Along with previous models, the new Media Center PCs enable consumers to experience the best in digital entertainment functionality, including watching, pausing, rewinding and recording up to 130 hours of live TV; viewing and recording television programs with a complementary electronic programming guide from Microsoft; enjoying a high-performance audio experience; accessing and playing back digital media content with a remote control; storing and accessing digital photos, videos and music on a huge hard drive; and playing interactive PC games with exceptional graphics quality and performance.

The HP Media Center m300 PC series includes three retail models -- the HP Media Center m390n, m380n and m370n -- as well as customized models available from hpshopping.com or retailer kiosks. HP Media Center m300 PCs feature Intel Pentium 4 processors with Hyper-Threading technology up to 3.2 gigahertz; up to 1.5-gigabytes DDR SDRAM memory; and hard drives as large as 250-gigabytes.(3,6)

Estimated U.S. street prices for pre-configured HP Media Center PC m300n models run between $1,499 and $1,999, while configure-to-order PCs can be purchased for as low as $999 depending on customer specifications.(7) Select retail models of the HP Media Center m300 series are expected to be available beginning Oct. 5; configure-to-order models can be customized starting today.

The HP Pavilion f1903 LCD Flat Panel monitor is planned to be available at retailers or online at hpshopping.com starting Oct. 12 and will have an estimated street price of $699 (after $50 mail-in rebate).(7)

More information and specifications for the HP Media Center PC m300 series is available at http://www.hpshopping.com.

Feature-rich Software for Every Digital Entertainment Need

Featured on both the HP Media Center notebook and desktop PCs, HP Image Zone photo and imaging software is a multi-featured, yet simple-to-use application that provides consumers with a range of tools to help them get the most out of digital photography. This includes fast download and archiving of digital photos and video clips by date, keyword and location.

Basic photo editing capabilities, such as removing red eye, cropping and resizing, are also included, and templates to guide the creation of photo albums, photo slide shows, greeting cards, invitations and other personalized projects are provided.

HP Image Zone software also offers auto-negative backup to preserve all original images from accidental deletion or editing, as well as tools to help store and share precious photo and video clip memories online(1) or on CD.

HP Media Center PCs additionally feature Microsoft Works 7.0, including word processor, spreadsheet, database, calendar and professionally designed templates; Encarta Online Deluxe Encyclopedia with 42,000 articles, atlas, dictionary, Web links and more; and Microsoft Money 2003 to simplify personal finance management.

The PCs also include software from HP partners for tasks such as burning CD/DVDs(8) or backing up data to CD/DVDs (when CD-RW or DVD+RW is included); ripping, organizing and listening to music; and the creation and editing of customized, high-quality digital videos from home movies.

HP Media Center notebook and desktop PCs can be purchased direct from hpshopping.com or by calling +1 888 999 4747, or by visiting a local retailer or HP kiosks found in thousands of retail locations. All HP PCs come with a one-year limited hardware warranty and 24 hours a day, seven days a week online or phone support with toll-free number.

About HP

HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing for consumers, enterprises and small and medium businesses. For the last four quarters, HP revenue totaled $71.3 billion. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.


(1) Internet, movie and/or music subscriptions required, please purchase separately.

(2) Supported in the desktop model only.

(3) Hyper-Threading Technology requires a computer system with an Intel Pentium 4 processor supporting HT. Technology and a Hyper-Threading Technology enabled chipset, BIOS and operating system. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software used. See http://www.intel.com/info/hyperthreading/ for more information including details on which processors support HT Technology.

(4) 200-megahertz system bus "quad-pumped" to 800 megahertz

(5) Support for 802.11g or 802.11b wireless networking or optional Bluetooth (PC card necessary)

(6) Processing speeds, storage capacity and memory capacity as represented by component supplier. Storage capacity based on 1 GB = 1 million bytes; accessible capacity may vary.

(7) Actual prices may vary.

(8) Intended for original material and other lawful uses.


This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that the market for the sale of certain products and services may not develop as expected; that development and performance of these products and services may not proceed as planned; and other risks that are described from time to time in HP's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended July 31, 2003 and HP's other Securities and Exchange Commission reports filed after HP's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2002. If any of these risks or uncertainties materializes or any of these assumptions proves incorrect, HP's results could differ materially from HP's expectations in these statements. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

About HP

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