Although Microsoft will not officially release its Windows XP operating system until October 25, it has allowed PC makers to begin shipping machines loaded with the new OS as of next week in the US.
Compaq is rolling out three new PCs, as well as enhancing the existing Presario 5000 with a new processor and the Windows XP operating system, the company said in a statement.
The new Presario 700 notebook features a 900MHz mobile Duron processor from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), 256M bytes of RAM, a 20G-byte hard drive, and the Windows XP operating system. The 2.9kg notebook, which has a 35.8mm TFT (thin film transistor) display, is available now for US$1,299.
Compaq also planned to launch a new desktop, the Presario 8000, the company said in the statement. The desktop, which will be based on processors running at up to 2GHz, will have a starting price of $1,199, the company said.
HP also announced four new systems shipping with Windows XP. The HP Pavilion 7955 desktop, which uses Intel's 1.5GHz Pentium 4 processor, has 256M bytes of RAM, a 40G-byte hard drive, a CD/RW drive and DVD drive, is available for $949.
The HP Pavilion 7935, using AMD's 1.3GHz Athlon processor, includes 128M bytes of RAM, a 40G-byte hard drive, a CD-RW drive and a DVD drive, is also available for $749. Monitors are not included in the price of either Pavilion.
HP also launched the Pavilion N5425 notebook, powered by AMD's 900MHz Athlon 4 processor. The N5425 has 256M bytes of RAM, a 20G-byte hard drive and a DVD/CD-RW combination drive. The N5425 is available from HP for $1,499 after a $100 rebate, the company said in a statement.
Sony Entertainment also announced this week a new line-up of its Vaio notebooks, which will run the Windows XP operating system.