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HP: 'Tis the season for a Pavilion

Hewlett-Packard pushes its new holiday lineup of Pavilion desktops and notebooks, offering CD or DVD burners across the board.

Hewlett-Packard is offering CD or DVD burners across the board with its new holiday lineup of Pavilion desktops and notebooks.

The company, which is working to establish the Pavilion as its premium PC brand, introduced two new desktop lines, the Pavilion 500 and Pavilion 700, and five new notebooks on Friday.

HP's new Pavilion 763n desktop offers a DVD burner for a lower price than the company's previous desktops.

The machine will sell for $1,249, without a monitor. It includes a 2.53GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor with 512MB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive and HP's DVD+RW dvd200i drive. The new 763n also includes IEEE 1394 ports and Nvidia's GeForce4 MX420 graphics board. It will hit stores Oct. 13, HP said.

Meanwhile, HP's new Pavilion 753n offers the same 2.53GHz, 512MB of RAM and 80GB hard drive, but with a dual DVD-ROM and a 40X CD-rewritable drive, for $999. Whereas the 763n uses an Nvidia graphics board, the 753n relies on the graphics inside Intel's 845G chipset. The new desktop will arrive at retail on Oct. 6, the company said.

HP's new entry-level Pavilion, the 503n, offers a 1.7GHz Intel Celeron chip, 128MB of RAM and a 40GB hard drive, along with a 32X CD-RW drive. Priced at $499, it will arrive in stores Oct. 13.

Meanwhile, HP's new Compaq Presario holiday lineup aims for lower prices, with desktops starting at $399, $100 less than the entry-level Pavilion after rebates.

Its new entry-level Compaq Presario 6300US desktop includes a 1.4GHz Celeron processor, 128MB of RAM, a 40GB hard drive and a CD-ROM drive. It will sell for $449 and drop to the $399 price after a mail-in rebate. The price does not include a monitor.

Notebook mania
HP also announced on Friday five new Pavilion notebooks, all equipped with CD-RW drives. The notebooks will be available in the next two weeks, the company said.

HP's new Pavilion ze4115 notebook pairs a 14-inch display with Advanced Micro Devices' mobile Athlon XP 1500+ processor, 256MB of RAM, a 30GB hard drive and a combination CD-RW/DVD drive. It will sell for $1,199, the company said.

HP's Pavilion ze4100, is thinner and lighter, but also offers a larger screen. It combines a 15-inch display with a mobile Athlon XP 1600+ processor, 256MB of RAM, 40GB hard drive and CD-RW/DVD combo drive. It will sell for $1,349.

An HP Pavilion ze4145 model adds a mobile Athlon XP 1800+ processor and 512MB of RAM for $1,499.

Meanwhile, HP also beefed up its Pavilion ze5100 notebook line for consumers who desire high performance but are willing to live with more weight. One of two new ze5100 models for the holidays, the Pavilion ze5185, offers a 2.4GHz Pentium 4 desktop chip with a 15-inch display and a combination CD-RW/DVD drive. It will sell for $1,999.