Late last week, HP unveiled "The High-Definition Lifestyle" to the media at the Grand Ballroom of the Manhattan Center in NYC. "The High-Definition Lifestyle" is HP's vision of digital entertainment for inside and outside the home for today and tomorrow. In that vein, HP introduced numerous new products for an HD lifestyle including their first HD DVD products.
For example, HP introduced several high-definition products based on the HD-DVD digital media format, making HP one of the first [computer] companies to announce products that deliver a high-definition experience for the consumer. The products include a 17-inch widescreen diagonal HD-DVD portable notebook PC with a piano-black HP Imprint finish and patterned design; an HD-DVD Media Center TV PC with 7.1 surround sound; and an HD-DVD external drive for PCs among others. All of these products can deliver the superior picture quality associated with high-definition movies. HP is even packaging the movie, "The Bourne Supremacy" with each product.
Two of the products introduced are home storage solutions that are ideal for storing high-definition movies, and A/V digital content such as music and photos. The first product is the HP Pavilion Media Center TV m7600n Series PC takes movie watching to a new level. It features an integrated HD-DVD high-definition DVD player, Intel Viiv technology, an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, wireless home networking,(4) and 7.1 surround sound. Users can enjoy high-definition movie playback with six times better resolution than standard DVD. In addition, the m 7600n includes a built-in TV NTSC tuner and personal video recorder allow users to simply watch, pause, rewind and record live television. The new HP Pavilion Media Center TV PC can be paired with HP's new 22 flat-panel HD-ready monitors to complete the HD movie experience.
The second unique product is HP's Media Vault, which is a new product category for the company, that is an expandable storage solution product that allows consumers to easily back up and share HD movies, music and photos across home networks. The HP Media Vault mv2010/mv2020 features a user-friendly HP-designed interface. Even the least technical family members can enjoy the same movie, photos, music or video by streaming the file from the Media Vault to different computers or networked TVs throughout the home. With a capacity that expands up to a whooping 1.2 terabytes, the Media Vault can store up to 500,000 photos, 16,000 hours of music or 340 hours of video.
HD also introduced their stand-alone High Definition DVD-ROM Drive is a portable device for use with widescreen notebooks. The external drive offers advanced interactivity; for example, so users can access the Internet while, at the same time, watch a movie, or play games that are seamlessly integrated into a movie. It features backwards compatibility as the drive not only supports new HD DVDs, but also regular CDs and DVDs.
Two other products worth noting are HP's Pocket Media Drive that is an ultra-portable, 2.5-inch USB hard drive in 80 GB and 120 GB capacities; and the handheld, the HP iPAQ Travel Companion, which couples GPS (global positioning system) navigation with entertainment and communication features, such as an MP3 player, to keep consumers entertained and connected when on the go. For easy, turn-by-turn navigation, the device comes installed with TomTom NAVIGATOR 6 software and maps. Additional software to simplify travels includes weather, traffic, world clocks and points of interest.
To showcase these products, HP set-up five product showcases highlighting "The High-Definition Lifestyle." The areas included: the HD Living Room, the Multimedia Dorm Room, HP Innovations, Reactrix, and iPAQ Car Bar. HP is clearly planting its flag on the DTV beachhead. So, stay tuned!