As per usual, we’re spoilt for choice at this year’s CES for computing and technology goodness, and HP’s getting in on the fun with the release of desktops, laptops, netbooks and a new TouchSmart to follow! The newly released desktops are Pavilion Elite desktops, imaginatively named the 110f, 120f, 130f and 170f…
HP Pavilion Elite 110f
Starting from the bottom, the 110f comes packed full of goodness with an AMD Phenom 925 Quad-Core Processor clocked at 2.80GHz and 8GB DDR3 RAM. Couple this with a 1TB hard drive, a DVD burner with LightScribe capability and ATI Radeon HD 4350 graphics giving you 512MB graphics memory and you’ve got one hell of a machine!
Considering that the 110f is the base model in these four new desktops, it looks like we’ve got a lot to look forward to. Pricing hasn’t yet been announced, but here’s to hoping it’s reasonable… The machine will also come with Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) out of the box.
HP Pavilion Elite 120f
Next on the list is the 120f, which looks awfully similar to the 110f. Instead of AMD’s Phenom processor, it comes with Intel’s Core 2 Quad Processor (Q9300) which is clocked at 2.50GHz 8GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB of storage space, a DVD burner with LightScribe capability and the same 15 in 1 memory card reader that’s found on the 110f.
The graphics card on the 120f is also capable of outputting to DVI, HDMI and VGA so it will be compatible with whatever monitor you happen to have.
HP Pavilion Elite 130f
If you go for the 130f, the difference is more noticeable than the previous comparison. The AMD Phenom 925 is replaced with a 955, which is clocked at 3.2GHz. As well as this, you receive a graphics boost too, with the addition of an NVIDIA GeForce GT220 graphics card with 1GB graphics memory, compared to the 512MB found in the Radeon HD 4350 in the previous models.
If you want to use your desktop as a TV viewer, you can with the 130f, as it comes with a built in TV Tuner which will allow you to watch, pause, rewind and record live TV. The machines also come with HP’s MediaSmart software for a better media experience if you dislike Microsoft’s Media Center offerings.
HP Pavilion Elite 170f
The 170f model differs quite a bit more from the others. Instead of an AMD Phenom processor, you’ll be able to utilise Intel’s Core i7, which will give you more power over AMD’s processor of choice. Memory is expandable up to a massive 24GB – you never know, someone might need it…
Again, there’s a 1TB hard drive on offer as well as a DVD burner. I was surprised to see that there wasn’t a Blu-Ray drive as standard in the top of the line offering, but you can purchase a Blu-Ray drive as an extra from HP.
Overall, there are some interesting specs on offer, especially the expandable memory up to 24GB which would make room for a lot of multi-tasking! If you’re in the market for a new desktop machine, HP said in their press release that the models are “expected to be available at the Hewlett Packard website and at select retail stores in early January”, so you won’t have to wait long!