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HP Media Center PC Revolutionising Digital Home Entertainment

  • 01 October, 2004 11:42

<p>Sydney, Australia, 30 September, 2004 – Hewlett-Packard (HP) has unveiled Australia’s first all-in-one digital media entertainment centre, the HP Media Center PC (HP MCPC), designed to enable consumers to kick-back with a one-stop home entertainment device.</p>
<p>With the HP MCPC, consumers can watch, record and play TV programs as well as slot and store recorded TV programs on an optional, easy-to-use HP Personal Media Drive. Consumers can dock a digital camera and download photos, surf the Internet, watch DVDs, organise entire music collections, listen to FM radio and compile multimedia slideshows with the HP MCPC.</p>
<p>“The HP Media Center PC will transform the lounge room into a complete home digital entertainment network for the family. It is simple to use, helps you organise your entertainment efficiently and saves consumers money because they no longer need different devices to play or store music, movies and photos.”</p>
<p>“In 2003, we were first to market with the HP Pavilion Home Entertainment PC, bridging the gap between PCs and digital entertainment. We have now introduced cutting-edge features in the HP Media Center PC to allow consumers to be more productive and enjoy a simple and rewarding entertainment experience,” said Rebekah O’Flaherty, Vice President and General Manager, Imaging &amp; Printing Group, HP South Pacific.</p>
<p>Innovative features available in the HP MCPC include:
*HP Personal Media Drive will provide HP MCPC users more space for their digital content such as home videos, digital photography and music. The 160-gigabyte drive allows consumers to store up to 2,600 hours of high-quality digital music recording, up to 180,000 digital photos, or up to 160 hours of standard-quality TV. For example, consumers can set their HP MCPC to record their favorite TV show and program the PC to save it directly to the HP Personal Media Drive.(1)(2)</p>
<p>* Instant wireless home network - The HP MCPC offers the fastest and latest Intel 915 chipset with a built-in 802.11 b/g wireless solution (WLAN). Acting as a wireless access point, consumers can now create an instant wireless network in their home with the PC. No extra hardware, cables, or external routers are needed to connect the HP MCPC to other wireless computers around the home as it comes with an integrated wireless software access point.</p>
<p>* Enhanced entertainment with the Intel 915P Express Chipset, Grantsdale. Featuring the latest Intel 915P Express Chipset on the Grantsdale motherboard to power the latest applications and emerging digital entertainment technology such as high definition video and audio. Consumers can now enjoy a high quality audio experience equal to that only of consumer electronic systems, greater bandwidth for multiple audio streams and greater processing capability.</p>
<p>* Delivering and storing digital images seamlessly
With the 9-in-1 card reader, the HP MCPC reads xD cards from Olympus, Fuji and Toshiba cameras providing a seamless digital photography experience across the entire HP product range including home PC, printer, scanner and digital cameras. The HP MCPC offers a convenient camera docking area on the top of its chassis, allowing users to quickly attach their HP digital camera and download videos and pictures to their hard drive without the need to attach and re-attach camera cables.</p>
<p>Pricing and availability
The HP MCPC is available from 22 October.
* HP MCPC m1177a
RRP Inc. GST $2,999 ($2,150 CPU only / F1703 17” LCD Monitor $849)
Intel® Pentium® 4 processor 515
2.93GHz, 1MB L2 Cache, 533MHz FSB, 90nm
* HP MCPC m1180a
RRP Inc. GST $3,299 ($2,450 CPU only / F1703 17” LCD Monitor $849)
Intel® Pentium® 4 processor 540 with Hyper-Threading Technology
* HP MCPC m1199a
RRP Inc. GST $3,799 ($2,950 CPU only / F1703 17” LCD Monitor $849)
Intel® Pentium® 4 processor 550 with Hyper-Threading Technology
3.40GHz, 1MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB, 90nm
* HP Personal Media Drive
All models can be purchased with optional 160GB HP Personal Media Drive RRP Inc. GST $399</p>
<p>The HP MCPC will be available through a range of retail partners, including Harvey Norman. Dick Smith, Domayne, Myer, David Jones and selected RetraVision stores.</p>
<p>About HP
Hewlett-Packard (HP) is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company’s offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended 31 July 2004, HP revenue totalled $78.4 billion. More information about HP is available at www.hp.com.au.</p>
<p>Note to Editor – Product Specifications</p>
<p>HP Media Center PCs include:
* HP Personal Media Drive bay
* The new Microsoft Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 which allows consumers to experience more of the photos, music, television, movies, and games throughout the home
* HP Image Zone Plus software with Media Center compatibility
* High-performance TV tuner card with personal video recorder capability
* Easy to use remote control with infrared receiver
* FM tuner with antenna (part of TV tuner card)
* Front A/V connectivity for analog video capture (composite video, S video and Audio L/R RCA jacks)
* Electronic programming guide capable
* Integrated Intel High Definition Audio, 7.1 Surround Sound Ready
* Apple iTunes for Windows pre-loaded on the desktop – a digital music jukebox for importing music, organizing a collection and more</p>
<p>Technical Specifications
* The highest-level SKU for the new HP MCPC includes:
* Intel® Pentium® 4 processor 550 with Hyper-Threading Technology
3.40GHz
* 1024 megabytes DDR (expandable up to 2.0 gigabytes)
* Built-in wireless 802.11 b/g with soft access point (WLAN)
* (Optional) Warm swappable removable hard disk drive160.0 GB*
* Serial ATA hard drive at 7200RPM
* Double Layer (8.5GB)
* 8X dual format DVD±RW/±R Drive, DVD: 8x±write , 4x±re-write, 12x read, 2.4x write on DVD+R DL; CD: 40x write, 24x re-write, 40x read
* ATI Radeon X300 PCI-Express Graphics with TV-out port and DVI Capabilities
* 9-in-1 Digital Media Reader supporting: 1.CompactFlash Type I/II 2. SmartMedia (SM) 3. MultiMediaCard (MMC) 4. Secure Digital (SD) 5. Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro (MS/MS PRO) 6. IBM Micro Drive 7. xD Media
* Six USB 2.0 ports and a minimum of two FireWire (IEEE 1394) ports
* ITU V.90 K56 flex modem, data/fax only (33.6Kbps send/download up to 56Kbps/14.4Kbps fax)
* TV/FM tuner card</p>
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<p>Editorial contacts:
Gabriel Wong
Burson-Marsteller for HP
02 9928 1549
0412 868 306
gabriel_wong@au.bm.com</p>
<p>Cara Wallace
Burson-Marsteller for HP
02 9928 1589
0411 787 915
cara_wallace@au.bm.com</p>
<p>Hewlett-Packard
3 Richardson Place
North Ryde NSW 2113
www.hp.com.au</p>

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