Hewlett-Packard today announced a slew of new HP Compaq business desktops and a desktop Workstation for even more serious workloads.
All these HP systems are designed to keep rank-and-file workers, as well as your IT folks, happy. IT buying managers champing at the bit to get the new Intel architecture into their businesses should take note: these systems are available with third-generation Intel Core processors and their improved integrated graphics.
HP Compaq Pro 4300 All-in-One and Small Form Factor.
Starting with the entry-level offerings, the HP Compaq Pro 4300 systems are designed to be the cost-effective, yet corporate level desktops that you'll buy for your rank-and-file workers. The HP Compaq Pro 4300 SFF (Small Form Factor) is the entry-level system, yet it comes with the latest Intel Core i3 and i5 processors so they'll still "feel fast" to your workers long after the 15-month guaranteed availability pledge from HP.
HP pledged to provide the same specs and drive image compatibility to business buyers for 15 months from the introduction of the 4300, so you know that the systems you buy in late 2013 are compatible with the systems you buy in mid-2012. Lower-priced models of the HP Compaq 4300 SFF will use second-generation Intel Core processors, but will continue to be compatible with disk images and drivers. The small form factor chassis comes with some expandability, including low-powered, discrete graphics for those that need it. The HP Compaq Pro 4300 will start at $499 and will be available to corporate customers on July 9.
The saga of the HP TouchPad continued on Friday, with Best Buy announcing an upcoming bundle that will let customers snag a 32GB HP TouchPad for $149.99 with the purchase of a new PC.
The deal kicks off Tuesday, November 1 for online purchases and will be available in stores starting November 4.
Anyone who buys a Compaq laptop, desktop, or all-in-one computer will also be provided with the option to purchase the 32GB TouchPad for $150. The 16GB model is sold out and will not be available. The offer excludes netbooks, as well as computers sold via the BestBuy.com Marketplace, or those that are refurbished, in an open box, or from a Best Buy outlet center.
Best Buy said the deal is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Approximately one hour before your local Best Buy store opens, employees will hand out tickets for the HP TouchPad. One hour after opening, any unclaimed, ticketed TouchPads will be released to those in line without a ticket.