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HP Gives Pavilion PCs and Monitors a Face-lift, Enhances Digital Lifestyle Features

New Retail and Customizable PCs Combine Power, Speed and Digital Entertainment Offerings for Digital Media Enthusiasts
NEW YORK, CEBIT AMERICA, JUNE 18, 2003

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today unveiled the full line of retail and configurable HP Pavilion a200 series desktop PCs and redesigned HP Pavilion monitors for digital media enthusiasts.

Sporting a new metallic platinum blue and dusk blue color scheme with matching blue-lit power button, the a200 series helps users better enjoy their digital media content with features such as slide-away doors that cover ports without getting in the way, convenient optical drive eject buttons, and a six-in-one media card reader on select models for quick access to digital content from devices such as digital camera disks.

"HP is committed to offering consumers the tools and technology they need to keep up with today's evolving digital lifestyles," said Sam Szteinbaum, vice president and general manager, HP North America Consumer Computing. "With our new HP Pavilion line, we are offering customers the latest technology to help them get more out of a home PC. This series offers tools that help them do everything from PC basics to recording a personal CD of favorite songs for the morning commute to editing a home video or digital photo slide show of their last vacation."

HP is also offering new monitors with improved comfort features and a sleek new design that complements the new HP Pavilion a200 desktop PCs.

New HP Pavilion a200 Series Retail Offerings

The entry-level HP Pavilion a200n is an ideal family PC at a good value -- ready for work or play right out of the box. Available for an estimated U.S. street price of $469,(1) the a200n features an Intel® Celeron® 2.4-gigahertz processor; 256-megabyte PC2100 DDR memory; a 40-gigabyte hard drive; a 48x CD-RW drive; 64-megabyte Intel Extreme UMA graphics; and six USB 2.0 ports.(2) The a200n is expected to be available on July 6.

For digital photography entertainment, the HP Pavilion a220n features a six-in-one media card reader and a large 120-gigabyte hard drive for quick and easy transfer and storage of digital content. Expected to be available on June 29 for an estimated U.S. street price of $679,(1) the a220n includes an AMD Athlon XP 2600+ processor; 512-megabytes PC2700 DDR memory; a 16x DVD-ROM drive; a 48x CD-RW drive; and a 64-megabyte NVIDIA GeForce4 MX UMA graphics.(2)

The HP Pavilion a250n PC is a digital entertainment powerhouse. It features an 2.6-gigahertz Intel Pentium® 4 processor with Hyper-Threading Technology(3) and an 800-megahertz front-side bus; 512-megabyte PC2700 DDR memory; and a 120-gigabyte hard drive for plenty of power and storage for digital video editing.

It also includes a DVD+RW/CD-RW combo drive for recording digital music, videos or photo slideshows; a 48x CD-ROM drive; a 64-megabyte NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 AGP 8x graphics card; two FireWire ports; a six-in-one media card reader; and six USB 2.0 ports.(2) The HP Pavilion a250n is available today at an estimated U.S. street price of $999.(1)

All models offer a 10/100 Ethernet port; a v.90 modem; Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition and an HP keyboard and mouse.

Customizable HP Pavilion a200 Series PCs

For consumers looking to personalize an HP Pavilion a200 to their own individual interests, the new series can be configured starting June 25 for as low as $349.(1) This budget configuration includes an AMD Athlon XP 2000+ processor; 256-megabyte DDR memory; a 40-gigabyte hard drive; and a 48x CD-ROM drive. And, for the first time ever, HP customers configuring their own PC online now have the option to choose whether or not they would like to include a floppy drive.

Available with AMD Athlon, Intel Celeron or Intel Pentium processors, the a200 series can be customized to satisfy a wide range of consumers from the budget-conscious to the digital video enthusiast who wants the latest, fastest options, including hard drives as large as 250 gigabytes; 1 gigabyte of memory; a 4x DVD+RW drive; Klipsch Promedia 5.1 speakers; a Sound Blaster Audigy sound card; an ATI Radeon 9800 graphics card; a six-in-one media card reader; a wireless keyboard and mouse; and Microsoft Windows XP Professional.(2)

PCs in the HP Pavilion lineup include a rich software set focused on supporting the digital lifestyle. The HP Picture Toolkit, which includes titles such as ArcSoft PhotoImpression, FunHouse and Greeting Card Creator, allows consumers to easily edit and share digital photos by, for example, creating slide shows with original music on a CD or DVD or printing greeting cards. The HP Picture Toolkit also makes it simple to back up photos to a HP Memories Disc CD for safekeeping. ArcSoft Showbiz also is included for a video editing, as is HP RecordNow software for the creation of music CDs and to back up data.

New HP Monitor Offerings

The platinum blue HP Pavilion flat panel monitors, the 15-inch f1503 and 17-inch f1703, feature a newly designed hinged base that allows the user to adjust the height of the monitor to their comfort level, in addition to traditional tilt and swivel adjustment features. Both monitors include an active matrix liquid crystal display (LCD) combined with anti-glare for the creation of better images that are easier to view.

Both LCD monitors now include compact, stand-alone Harman Kardon speakers, providing quality sound in a small package that won't clutter the user's workspace. The new f1503 and f1703 monitors are available now for estimated U.S. prices of $329 and $499, after $50 mail-in rebates, respectively.(1)

The new HP Pavilion MX703 CRT monitors provide a 17-inch flat screen in an improved eye-catching design to match the new a200 desktop series. Featuring a tilt and swivel base for comfortable viewing, the MX703 also offers the ability to optimize images for a consumer's individual surroundings using an on-screen display and a hassle-free, plug-and-play design so users can get up and running quickly. Planned to be available by June 29, the MX703 is expected to have an estimated U.S. street price of $159, after $50 mail-in rebate.(1)

Starting June 25 from hpshopping.com or retailer kiosks, HP will offer the new platinum blue VF15 15-inch LCD monitor for the affordable estimated U.S. street price of $249 and the 17-inch M703C CRT monitor for the low estimated U.S. street price of $99 (without speakers), both after $50 mail-in rebates.

HP Pavilion desktop PCs and monitors can be purchased direct from HP at www.hpshopping.com or +1 888 999 4747, or by visiting a local retailer or an HP kiosk located 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.

About HP

HP delivers vital technology for business and life. The company's solutions span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing for consumers, enterprises and small and medium business. For the last four quarters, HP revenue totaled $70.4 billion. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.


(1) Actual prices may vary.

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

(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.

Intel, Pentium and Celeron are U.S. registered trademarks of Intel Corp. Microsoft and Windows are U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft Corp.


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 Securities and Exchange Commission reports, including but not limited to HP's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 31, 2003, and subsequently filed reports. 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 to update these forward-looking statements.


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