Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The HP Compaq dx2200 Microtower is HP’s most affordable entry level business PC yet

In line with HP’s commitment to empowering South Africans through its Advanced Local Configuration (ALC), the company has launched its newest addition to the 2000 Series in the business desktop lineup, the dx2200. Made possible through its partnership with BEE company, Matomo Technologies, the locally assembled PC gives customers access to the reliability and international quality of a tier one brand coupled with the high-standards of local manufacturing that highlights the abundance of solid local skills.

According to Stefan Minihold, ALC Programme Manager, HP, 70% of the company’s desktop build is through their BEE partner. “To accommodate increasing production demands, Matomo has recently moved to new premises,” says Minihold. “The larger premises have provided more opportunities for more South Africans to offer their skills. Of course, the local support that HP is able to offer its customers is a key factor in the success of the ALC,” says Minihold. “The fact that Matomo assembles the PC enables HP to react faster to customer needs. So, South African customers ordering the dx2200 can select from one of several pre-determined configurations, or build their own customised version, and have it delivered within a 72 hour turn around time!”

The HP Compaq dx2200 microtower delivers a workhorse of a PC comprising great technology, outstanding performance and versatility to the commercial PC market. “The dx2200 raises the benchmark for entry-level computers and, because it’s assembled locally, goes above and beyond what is typically offered by PC vendors in this price range,” says Minihold.

Ideal for small and medium sized businesses with tight budgets and real-world demands the dx2200 packs in a full menu of benefits in power, reliability, and task-oriented components:

  • Intel Pentium 4 processors with Hyper-Threading Technology, 65 nano-metre architecture, and a full 2MBs of level 2 cache can speed through daily office tasks. This next generation PC can also be configured with Intel’s Celeron line of value-oriented processors.
  • Microsoft Windows XP operating systems help ensure the system stays up and running 24/7 and offers the application programs necessary to handle the most demanding business needs.
  • A full range of the latest optical drives, including a DVD writer featuring the HP Lightscribe technology, is all a part of the dx2200 arsenal.
  • The dx2200 includes integrated graphics from ATI. For graphic requirements that go beyond the basics, the dx2200’s PCI Express x16 slot can accept a variety of the latest single- and dual-head graphic cards.
  • An optional 16-in-1 media reader offers quick access to digital files from a variety of media types.
  • In a tasteful industrial design and carbonite colour, this compact microtower fits easily into any workspace or office setting, while conveniently located access ports keep wires and cables in place.

In addition, the dx2200 takes the mystery out of PC set-up, since the desktop is optimised to be unpacked, plugged in, and turned on. “The operating system sets itself up automatically; all the user has to do is answer a couple of questions to be up and running in just a few minutes,” says Minihold.

“Considering the caliber of technology and features found in this plug and play PC, coupled with the really affordable price points this ALC hits, we’re very excited about the HP Compaq dx2200 Business Desktop,” concludes Minihold. “With its combination of price, performance, quality, and focus on the needs of business users, the dx2200 will enable our South African customers to not only outfit their businesses with updated computers, but rely on them for years to come.”

Pricing and availability
The dx2200 starts at R3999 and is available immediately.

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