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HP Boosts Digital Media Experience for Consumers with New Notebook PCs


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PALO ALTO, CA, Sept. 16, 2005

HP today announced two newly updated consumer notebook PCs that deliver both breathtaking performance and power management to PC users seeking true mobility.

The HP Pavilion dv4000 and Compaq Presario V4000 series Notebook PCs are planned to feature ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON® X700 mobile discrete graphics later this month. The ATI graphics brings characters and scenery to life with 3Dc™ image enhancement technology. Its POWERPLAY™ 5.0 technology lowers memory usage and extends battery life to deliver cutting-edge performance longer.

The new graphics option complements additional features designed to deliver an exceptional digital entertainment experience:

* HP QuickPlay(1) lets consumers watch DVDs or listen to music in seconds without starting Microsoft Windows®.

* HP’s 15.4-inch widescreen display with optional BrightView technology(2) provides an 18 percent larger picture when viewing the same DVD movie as a standard 15.0-inch screen - plus it enables high-definition content playback.

* HP’s LightScribe technology - available with HP’s optional DVD±R/RW drive with Double Layer support - lets consumers create silkscreen-quality, laser-etched labels on CDs and DVDs.(3)

The award-winning HP Pavilion dv4000 provides even more built-in features such as four USB 2.0 ports and a 6-in-1 media card reader that make it easier for consumers to quickly share photos and other digital media.

The expansion port supports the HP xb2000 Expansion Base,(2) which provides consumers a single connection for other digital devices and the Internet as well as the ability to adjust the screen height for desktop comfort.

To provide a more secure computing experience, all HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario consumer desktop and notebook PCs starting this fall will feature a 60-day introductory subscription to Symantec’s Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition, which is pre-installed on the machines.

With this comprehensive security solution, customers can use email, share digital photos, download music, and let their kids go online(4) without worry. It includes powerful new Norton Spyware Protection, which automatically detects and removes both spyware and adware from the user’s PC.

Availability, pricing, service and support

Configure-to-order models of the HP Pavilion dv4000 and Compaq Presario V4000 are expected to be available Sept. 28 from HP via http://www.hpshopping.com, participating retail kiosks or by calling +1 888 999 4747. The HP Pavilion dv4000 and Compaq Presario V4000 series Notebook PCs have an estimated U.S. street price of $799, depending on configuration ordered.(5)

Pre-configured retail models of the notebooks are expected to be available later this month from retail outlets nationwide. Estimated U.S. retail pricing for the HP Pavilion dv4000 starts at $799, while configurations including the ATI X700 graphics solution start at $949.(5) Estimated U.S. retail pricing for the Compaq Presario V4000 starts at $749 with V4000T configurations that include the ATI X700 graphics solution start at $899.(5)

Unlike some competitors’ 90-day offerings, HP offers a one-year limited warranty for notebooks that includes technical support, parts and labor as part of its HP Total Care portfolio of services. HP Total Care delivers live online chat with support agents, email response within one hour and toll-free 24x7 technical support.

HP also offers optional extended service plans for notebooks.(3) This option includes three additional years of technical assistance from trained HP support specialists and can include accidental damage protection or express repair. Support information is available at http://www.hp.com/support and http://www.compaq.com/consumersupport.

About HP

HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company’s offerings span IT infrastructure, global services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended July 31, 2005, HP revenue totaled $85.2 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.

(1) QuickPlay is not available on the Presario V4000. Approximately 240MB of hard drive is dedicated for HP QuickPlay and will not be user accessible.

(2) Sold separately.

(3) LightScribe creates a grayscale image similar to black and white photography. LightScribe-enabled media required and sold separately.

(4) Internet access required and sold separately.

(5) Estimated U.S. street prices. Actual prices may vary. Pricing effective Oct. 2, 2005; pricing from Sept. 28 through Oct. 1 will differ.

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This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they ever materialize or prove incorrect, could cause the results of HP and its consolidated subsidiaries to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including the expected development, performance or rankings of products or services; statements of expectation or belief; and any statement of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the development, performance and market acceptance of products and services and other risks that are described from time to time in HP’s Securities and Exchange Commission reports, including but not limited to HP’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2005, and other reports filed after HP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Oct. 31, 2004. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.



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