HP Unveils Media Center Notebook

Hewlett-Packard unveiled a 17-inch digital entertainment notebook this week that is available with Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 operating system and a stand-alone digital video recorder. The HP Media Center zd8000 series notebooks will be available December 15 in a variety of configurations on HP's Web site and in retail stores, says Kevin Wentzel, technical marketing manager at HP. The $1399 desktop replacement notebook was designed as a mobile digital media hub for students, families, or other home users, he says.

Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 was unveiled last month. Many analysts feel it is the software maker's best attempt yet at creating an operating system for consumers to manage their audio and video entertainment. It improves support for wireless devices and adds support for two TV tuners and over-the-air high definition television. Toshiba has also released a 17-inch notebook featuring the new operating system. The Toshiba Qosmio G15-AV501 notebook is expensive at $2999, but it comes with some additional features such as a built-in TV tuner and Intel's Pentium M processor.

News source: PCWorld.com

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