HP announces "green" Pavilion desktops

Summary:HP has announced two special-edition "green" desktops, which will be available only at Circuit City and Best Buy stores, and updated the configurations of its current desktops sold direct. The company also announced a 25.

HP Pavilion Verde
HP has announced two special-edition "green" desktops, which will be available only at Circuit City and Best Buy stores, and updated the configurations of its current desktops sold direct. The company also announced a 25.5-inch LCD display with lots of extras.

As with most things, to go green you have to give up a little. Both Verde Special Edition desktops are based on AMD processors that do indeed draw less power than the typical high-end chips found in most desktops--but they also offer a lot less performance. HP says the systems also have advanced power management features that reduce energy use by up to 45% and they come in packaging made of 100% recycled material.

The two configurations are:

HP Pavilion Verde Special Edition a6645f

  • 2.50GHz AMD Athlon X2 4850e dual-core processor
  • Up to 5GB of memory
  • Nvidia GeForce 6150 SE graphics with 128MB
  • 500GB hard drive
  • SuperMulti DVD burner with LightScribe
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition with SP1
  • Available on November 9 at Circuit City, starting at $579

HP Pavilion Phoenix Special Edition a6655f

  • 1.80GHz AMD Phenom X4 9150e quad-core processor
  • Up to 5GB of memory
  • Nvidia GeForce 6150 SE graphics with 128MB
  • 640GB hard drive
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition with SP1
  • SuperMulti DVD burner with LightScribe
  • Available on November 9 at Best Buy, starting at $659

Some of these choices--DDR2 memory, discrete Nvidia graphics and 7,200rpm drives--seem puzzling for a green PC since there are other options that should use less power, but DDR3 memory is still relatively expensive.

The 25.5-inch HP w2558hc Vivid Color Display includes a 2MP Webcam, 15-in-1 card reader (that can display video or pictures when the PC is off), HDMI input, multiple USB ports and built-in speakers. It is currently available direct or in retail stores for $599.

HP also updated the configurations of its HP Compaq Presario, HP Pavilion, HP Pavilion Slimline and HP Pavilion Elite desktops available at HP Direct.

[Read the HP press release.]

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Hardware

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