HP releases new notebook, services for SMB customers

IDG News Service |  Small Business

Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) updated a number of products for the small and medium-size business (SMB) customer Thursday, adding a new notebook to its product line and specific services for the SMB market, it said in a press release.

The new Compaq Business Notebook nx9010 is a desktop-replacement model that comes with an integrated chip from Broadcom Corp. based on the draft 802.11g wireless standard. That standard, slated for final approval by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. later this year, can send data at rates up to 54M bps (bits per second), and is compatible with products based on the more widely used 802.11b standard.

The notebook comes in three configurations. The base model features a 2.0GHz desktop Celeron processor from Intel Corp., 256M bytes of DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM), a 30G-byte hard drive, a 15-inch display, and a DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive for US$1,099. HP expects that more customers will opt for the preconfigured model with 802.11g, which comes with a 2.66GHz Pentium 4 processor, 512M bytes of DDR SDRAM, a 60G-byte hard drive, a 15-inch display, and the DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive for $1,549.

The nx9010 is available immediately through HP's SMB resellers and can be ordered online. Customers can add additional memory and peripherals through the resellers and HP's Web site.

HP also moved to shore up its reseller partners with new services. The Palo Alto, California, company will create the partnerOne SMB network for resellers that work closely with smaller businesses.

Those resellers will provide targeted services for products such as the new nx9010 notebook, as well as other products across HP's lineup for SMB customers. The services will be bundled into what HP is calling a Care Pack, which allows customers to pick support levels and product coverage for their IT infrastructure based on their needs.

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