Hewlett-Packard this week launched its e-Vectra PC, the first in a line of so-called "legacy free" PCs from HP.
Following the aesthetic lead of Compaq with its iPaq and IBM with its EON initiative, the HP e-Vectra line sports a stylish new look, has a smaller footprint and weighs 3.6 kilograms.
The e-Vectra PC line also follows a recent industry trend toward greater reliance on USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports instead of PSI or ISA slots. Those familiar with the technology claim that the inclusion of the legacy slots possibly can cause trouble for IT managers when peripherals outside a network's software image are added through them.
"(Legacy-free PCs) will account for much of the future volume in corporate PC shipments," said Roger Kay, a research manager at IDC.
Available features will include either an Intel Pentium III or Celeron processor; Windows 2000, Windows 98, or Windows NT 4.0; up to 256MB of SDRAM (synchronous DRAM); an 8.4GB hard drive; two PS/2 and two USB ports; and an optional 24x Max-speed, slim CD-ROM drive.
Expected to be available through HP resellers and from the HP Business Store by the end of June, the e-Vectra PC will retail for $US549.http://www.hp.com