With Microsoft giving Media Centre a big push, PCs lacking the entertainment-focused operating system suddenly seem about as popular as ice-skating in Trinidad.
Not wanting to buck the trend, HP has unveiled a new high spec Pavilion desktop, the m7385uk. Described as a ‘total home entertainment system’, it will come with a beefy Intel Viiv processor, Radeon X1300 250mb graphics card and LCD monitor to really do justice to movies and games, as well as 7.1 surround sound, a TV tuner and 250GB of storage.
The feature that sets this apart from the rest of the bunch however, is the ability to print directly from the PC onto a CD or DVD disc. Instead of scrawling on the face with a permanent marker – the usual Stuff approach - you can use HP’s LightScribe drive to burn a silk-screen quality design of your making onto your discs.
Intel’s latest Viiv – rhymes with five - technology is essentially a badge that promises the PC’ll be able to hande multi-tasking without lag, run quieter than most processors and play hi-def vids without falling over. There’ll be no more waiting around for HP’s media master to boot, either - it claims instant start-up and shutdown, just like a regular DVD player.
The Pavilion m7385 is available now priced at a very reasonable £1057 via www.hp.com.
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