HP releases new notebooks, handhelds

Hewlett-Packard has unveiled new versions of its Evo, Presario and Pavilion notebooks, as well as a new iPaq Pocket PC and HP Jornada handheld.

The Evo Notebook N410c, N610c and N1000 series are designed for mobile workers to utilise wireless networks. They include as a standard feature the Multiport module, which is a removable card that accesses wireless networks on both the 802.11b and Bluetooth standards.

The N410c uses Intel's 1.2GHz Pentium III-M processor, while the N610c runs on Intel's Mobile Pentium 4 Processor-M at speeds of up to 2.0GHz.

Users of the N1000 series can choose between one model designed for corporate/enterprise users and one for small and midsize businesses, featuring either Pentium 4 or Mobile Celeron processors from Intel. Prices for the N410c and N610c start at $US2,149, and the N1000 series starts at $US1,699.

Consumer notebooks were also released by HP, which added models to its Compaq Presario and HP Pavilion lines. The two new Compaq lines, the 900 series and the 1500 series, feature the Multiport WLAN technology, and an IEEE 1394 port for connecting peripherals such as digital camcorders to the notebook. The 900 series comes with Advanced Micro Devices' Athlon XP processor at speeds of up to 1.47GHz, and starts at $US1,599. The 1500 series uses Intel Pentium 4 and Celeron processors, depending on the configuration, and starts at $US1,089.

Two new lines from the HP Pavilion brand round out the notebook announcements. The HP Pavilion zt1200 series use Intel processors and a graphics controller from ATI Technologies. Bluetooth and 802.11b WLAN capabilities are optional, embedded features, as opposed to the Multiport, which is standard and removable on the Presario machines. The zt1200 line starts at $US1,799. The final Pavilion, the ze5100, also features optional WLAN technology, and adds an Intel Pentium 4 processor at up to 2.2GHz, and a DVD/CD+RW drive for DVD watching and CD burning. It starts at $US1,595.

The iPAQ Pocket PC H3950 and the Pocket PC H3970 run Microsoft's Pocket PC 2002 operating system on a 400MHz Intel X-Scale PXA250 processor. A new colour liquid crystal display screen allows for more advanced graphics, and the iPAQ's Expansion Pack feature enables users to connect networking cards, additional batteries, and/or Bluetooth short-range wireless networking cards. The H3950 is priced from $US649, while the H3970 starts at $US749.

HP's Jornada handheld was also updated at the show, with the HP Jornada 728 making its debut. HP increased the available memory on the handheld to 64MB, and kept the 206MHz Intel SA1110 processor from the previous version. The Jornada 728 starts at $US999.