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HP Releases First Customizable HP Media Center PC Starting Under $1,000

New HP Media Center PC m200 Series Offers Advanced Features at Competitive Prices
NEW YORK, CEBIT AMERICA, JUNE 18, 2003

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced the HP Media Center PC m200 series, providing digital entertainment enthusiasts an even better value than previous models with enhanced features and reduced prices -- including the ability to configure a custom HP Media Center starting as low as an estimated $999.(1)

Available off the retail shelf and now customizable from HP, the HP Media Center PC m200 series features faster processors, larger hard drives, advanced graphics options as well as a wireless HP Media Center Premium keyboard and mouse on select models for additional user flexibility and fewer cables.

"The HP Media Center PC has continued to be a popular choice for digital entertainment enthusiasts looking for a PC that helps them better enjoy and manage their digital lifestyle," said Sam Szteinbaum, vice president and general manager, HP North Consumer Computing. "The new features, pricing and ability for customers to now customize their PC, make the HP Media Center PC an even more attractive offering for a wider range of consumers interested in getting more out their PC and digital content."

All HP Media Center PCs include Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition, which allows consumers to easily enjoy digital entertainment features such as recording, pausing and rewinding live television as well as to organize, experience and share digital music, photos, movies and personal videos.(2)

Personalize Digital Entertainment with a Custom HP Media Center PC

Beginning July 9, HP Media Center PC customers can personalize their digital media PC from a variety of choices, all optimized for digital entertainment. Customizable versions are ideal for PC owners who have already invested in peripherals, such as surround sound speakers and external DVD+RW drives for their existing systems, and who would like to enjoy the full range of entertainment features offered by Media Center PCs.

The ability to customize the HP Media Center PC allows customers more flexibility to mix and match the options that will best support their individual interests and budget. While some customers may prefer a large hard drive for storing full seasons of their favorite TV show and only a recordable CD drive for making music CDs, others may have a set-top DVD player and instead choose a recordable DVD writer(3) so they can make DVDs of recorded TV and the home movies they like to edit, but not need as much internal storage.

The HP Media Center PC can be configured for as low $999 with a 2.4-gigahertz Intel® Pentium® 4 processor; 512-megabytes DDR memory; an 80-gigabyte hard drive; and an NVIDIA GeForce4 MX440 AGP 8x graphics card.(4)

Additional configurable options include the new wireless HP Media Center Premium keyboard and mouse; Intel Pentium 4 processors up to 3.0 gigahertz; up to 1.5-gigabytes DDR memory; hard drives as large as 250 gigabytes; as well as a variety of optical drive combinations, speakers, and graphics and sound card options.

All HP Media Center PCs also include a Media Center remote control and keyboard with entertainment controls, six-in-one media card reader, TV tuner card and free digital program guide; TV-out ports; six channel audio; six USB ports; two or more IEEE FireWire ports; 10/100BT Ethernet port; and v.90 modem.

Power and Performance Right off the Retail Shelf

In addition to the configurable Media Centers available direct from HP and on select retailer kiosks, the company also plans to release three new pre-configured m200n series models in July.

The HP Media Center PC m260n, which offers a rich media center experience at an affordable price, is expected to be available July 13 for an estimated U.S. street price of $1,299.(1) The model includes an Intel® Pentium® 4 2.6-gigahertz processor with Hyper-Threading Technology(5) and an 800-megahertz front-side bus; 512-megabytes DDR memory; a 120-gigabyte hard drive; a DVD+RW/CD-RW combo drive; and a 64-megabyte NVIDIA GeForce4 MX440 AGP 8x graphics card.(4) Speakers are not included on the m260n model.

Delivering powerful, convenient digital entertainment, the HP Media Center PC m270n includes a 2.8-gigahertz Intel Pentium 4 processor with Hyper-Threading Technology and an 800-megahertz front-side bus; 512-megabytes DDR memory; a 160-gigabyte (7,200 rpm) hard drive; a DVD+RW/CD-RW combo drive and an additional DVD-ROM drive for easy duplication of digital home video DVDs or personalized CDs; a 128-megabyte NVIDIA GeForceFX 5200 AGP 8x graphics card and Klipsch Promedia 2.1 200-watt speakers.(4) The m270n is expected to be available starting July 20 for an estimated U.S. street price of $1,599.(1)

For the ultimate HP digital entertainment experience, the HP Media Center m280n comes standard with the new wireless HP Media Center Premium keyboard and mouse, enabling users to interact with their Media Center home entertainment PC from most anywhere in the room in which it resides. The new keyboard is also thinner and lighter than before with quieter keys than previous keyboards.

The m280n features a 3.0-gigahertz Intel Pentium 4 processor with Hyper-Threading Technology and an 800-megahertz front-side bus; 512-megabytes DDR memory; an enormous 200-gigabyte (7,200 rpm) hard drive with plenty of storage space for recorded television(6) and other digital content; both DVD+RW/CD-RW combo and DVD-ROM drives; Klipsch Promedia 5.1 500-watt speakers; and a 128-megabyte NVIDIA GeForceFX 5600 AGP 8x graphics card.(4) The HP Media Center PC m280n is expected to be available starting July 20 at an estimated street price of $1,999.(1)

Standard software on the Media Center PC line includes MyDVD software by Sonic Solutions, allowing consumers to burn their digital content to CD or DVD for playback on many standard stand-alone players(3); ArcSoft ShowBiz for superior video editing; and Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition. All HP Media Center PCs also feature the HP Pictures and Video Toolkit, which makes it easy to download, save, edit and share digital photos and home movies with a package of software applications such as ArcSoft PhotoImpression, Greeting Card Creator and FunHouse software, as well as the HP Memories Disc Creator for the creation and storage of digital images.

The HP Media Center PC m200 series can be purchased direct from www.hpshopping.com or +1 888 999 4747, or by visiting a local retailer or HP kiosks found at nearly 4,000 popular retail locations.

Online and toll-free phone support is available for general service questions on HP consumer products 24 hours a day, seven days a week in both English and Spanish. More information is available at http://www.hp.com/support or by calling +1 800 HP INVENT.

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(1) Actual street prices may vary.

(2)HP respects the rights of copyright holders. This product intended for lawful use only. Some broadcasts may be copy-protected.

(3) DVDs created using the DVD+RW rewritable and DVD+R write-once disks can be viewed on many standard DVD players and DVD-ROM drives. A list of tested DVD video players and DVD-ROM drives that support DVD+R/+RW is available. (Intellikey Labs compatibility study, September 2002).

(4) Processing speeds, storage capacity and memory capacity as represented by component supplier.

(5) The Hyper-Threading feature is a new technology designed to improve performance of multi-threaded software products; please contact your software provider to determine software compatibility. Not all customers or software applications will benefit from the use of hyperthreading. 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.

(6) Actual recording capacity based on drive space partitioned for recorded TV and quality setting of recorded material. (Thirty minutes of MPEG2 is approximately 500 MB or one hour, which is equivalent to 1 GB of storage capacity).

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