HP announced two new desktops this morning with an eye towards environmentally-friendly materials. It also has a few component and software updates to its TouchSmart 600-line of touch-based all-in-ones.
The Pavilion All-in-One 200 represents HP's green approach for consumers. This non-touch all-in-one starts at $699, and comes with a mercury-free screen and reduced amounts of BFR (brominated fire retardants) and PVC (polyvinyl chloride) throughout its components.
Otherwise, this configurable system includes a 21.5-inch, 1,920x1,080 display, a DVD burner, 802.11n WiFi, and options for a variety of Pentium Dual Core and Core 2 Duo CPUs, as well as multiple memory and hard drive configurations. In our review of a $779 model, we found the Pavilion All-In-One 200-5020 a fast performer with decent home entertainment features relative to other midrange all-in-ones.
On the business-side, HP took a similar approach with the small form factor HP Compaq 6005 Pro Ultra-slim that also contains no BFRs or PVC. There's no pricing information available for this system yet, but it uses the AMD 785G chipset, and supports Sempron, Athlon II X2 and X4 and Phenom II X4 CPUs, with options for wireless networking, and traditional and solid state hard drives.
Uniquely, this new business PC also features VESA-compatible screw holes on both the left and right panels, allowing you to mount it on the back of any VESA-compatible LCD, in-line with the VESA-compatible mount of your choice. That design provides home offices jockeys and IT managers with lots of options for where and how to install this little PC.
Finally, HP made some timely CPU updates to its Editor's Choice-winning TouchSmart 600 touch-based all-in-one. The mobile Core 2 Duo version we reviewed is still available, at least for now, but HP has also added Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7-versions to the Touchsmart 600 family. With few other Windows-based all-in-ones using Intel's most recent CPUs, HP may likely have answered our criticism of this system's performance when it launched last December. HP has also added new touch-based programs to the TouchSmart line, including Beats Audio, CinemaNow, and Corel Paint It!