With its most complete notebook line-up ever, Hewlett Packard is positioning itself to break into the top five of notebook vendors.
At the same time, the company announced new business desktops, with entry level models based on the Intel Celeron processor starting at less than $1,000.
HP is adding three new notebook lines, the Omnibooks 4100, 3100 and 2100. The high end OmniBook 4100 sports Intel Pentium II 233MHz and 266MHz processors, and 13.3-inch and 14.1-inch TFT displays. Prices start at $3,499.
The 3100 and 2100 series are based on Pentium MMX processors, at 200, 233 and 266MHz clock speeds. All have hot-swappable accessory modules, including 24-speed CD-Rom drives. The 2100 series starts at $1,525, an entry level OmniBook 3100 will resell for $3,249. European prices are not fixed yet.
HP is also introducing three docking options that will work with all new notebooks as well as the existing Omnibook 7100 line - a port replicator ($199), a mini-dock ($399) and a full docking system ($799).
Rich Archuleta, general manager for mobile products, said that HP is aiming to be in the top five worldwide notebook PC suppliers before 2000 - a feat it has already achieved in the overall PC market (see separate story).
For the desktop, HP is announcing models based on the recently announced 350MHz and 400MHz Pentium processors, as well as on the entry level 266MHz Celeron processor (a Pentium II processor without built-in level 2 cache).
HP is repositioning its Brio product line, originally geared towards small and medium sized businesses, as a value line addressing corporate customers as well.
An entry level HP Brio with a 266MHz Celeron, 32Mbytes of SDram and a 2.1Gbytes hard drive will sell for $949 (estimated US street price). A Brio with 400MHz Pentium II, based on the Intel 440BX chipset and sporting 64Mbytes of SDram and an 8Gbytes hard drive will be priced at $2,199.
In the Vectra line, which HP is positioning as its line of managed systems for corporate customers, an entry level Vectra VE with a 266MHz Celeron will sell for $999. It will include HP's Top Tools Web based management software.
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