Retail Solutions Briefs: Presario, Creative Labs, MS Office

Retail Solutions Briefs: Presario, Creative Labs, MS Office

New Presarios for Q

Compaq has updated its consumer PC range, announcing a new stable of Presario PCs and notebooks.

The colourful Presario 5000 and 7000 series will feature AMD or Intel processors possessing up to 1.1GHz and CDRW drives with a 20MB hard drive as standard. Compaq has also unveiled the slimline Presario 3200 Internet PC series, a space-saving computer that also offers business functionality, with upgrades to Windows 2000 available. It will retail from $1899.

The products are based on moving the PC from an isolated home unit to an entertainment package, according to Compaq. The new Presario 7000 will include a digital video design centre, with IEEE 1394 ports and Windows Movie Maker, as well as the Rio Port Audio Manager for MP3 music management. Compaq also released the Presario 1400 notebook PC with Intel 800MHz processor. It will retail for around $4699.

Creative MovieMaking

Creative Labs has announced its new Video Blaster MovieMaker will ship to retailers in April.

The MovieMaker imports home videos from digital camcorders or VCRs to the PC via a US connection using the same compression format as that used in DVD movies - MPEG-2. The compression allows users to save around 31 to 46MB per minute of video onto their PC.

The product will retail for $499 and comes bundled with software which allows the user to edit their movies with titles, credits and music or voice audio tracks. Users can also archive their movies from PC to CD-R, CR-RW or Video CDs.

"Bringing movies into the digital realm of the PC fuels creativity in terms of editing and sharing movies over e-mail and the Web," said Ken Fong, director of marketing at Creative.www.australia.creative.comMS buoys Office salesLooking to buoy software sales until the release of the long-awaited Office XP later this year, Microsoft has announced a special promotion for those who purchase Office 2000 from now until June 30. Customers who purchase a qualifying Office 2000 family product will be able to receive an upgrade to the XP range for $19.95 retail. Microsoft's technology guarantee will help retailers after a quiet Christmas, according to Office product manager Mark Linton.

"Microsoft is committed to its retail partners and continuously looks for ways in which we can work with them to reach their business objectives," he said in a statement.

The move has been met with enthusiasm by retailers, with Harvey Norman computers GM John Slack-Smith describing the promotion as "a real boost to the whole market".

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