HP Expands Its Business Solutions Portfolio

The vendor rolls out a new, green desktop line and a POS solution that are both aimed at the channel’s all-important SMB business space.

Taking aim at increasing the computing options for the SMB market segment that is a central element of the channel’s business, Hewlett-Packard Co. has introduced a new line of desktop computers.

The HP Compaq dc7900 Business PC Series is more green and stresses security more than it predecessors.

 At the same time, the company announced its latest POS system, the HP rp3000, which it designed based on input received from small and medium retail business. HP will rely on channel partners to provide much of the application software for the rp3000.

“HP continues to deliver the innovative computing solutions needed to drive a successful business, providing reliable products and stronger security, along with support services and custom solutions that help our customers stay focused on their business instead of the technology that runs it,” said Jeri Callaway, senior vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP.

Available in three footprint sizes, ultra slim desktop, small form factor and convertible minitower, to fit a range of spaces or expansion needs, the dc7900 series is designed for dependability, security and energy conservation.

The three systems are available in a range of configurations that include Intel Core 2 Quad and Core 2 Duo, Pentium dual-core and Celeron single and dual core processors and 250- and 500- GB SATA hard drives. The systems also come with a host of display ports such as VGA, DVI and, most notably, DisplayPort, the new digital display standard used primarily to connect a computer to its monitor.

The systems also support dual-monitor display right out of the box without having to purchase a third-party graphics card. "The dual-monitor display capability saves you about $100," said Greg Morris, an HP product manager. "The dc7900 series offers a lot of graphics capability and flexibility."

HP claims the dc7900's power-saving features can also lower operating costs. Those features include energy-efficient processors; power supplies that are up to 87 percent efficient (up from the typical 65 percent), Energy Star and EPEAT Gold ratings and the HP Power Manager, a utility that lets individuals customize their computer's power settings.

As part of its enhanced security offerings, HP's dc7900 series comes with the new HP Firefox Virtual Browser. Morris said the virtual browser "corrals all your Internet browsing into a virtual layer, or sandbox, separate from your system files and data." HP said that if the computer is attacked by malicious software, the browser can remove unwanted programs from the sandbox with one click of the mouse.

Other security measures in the dc7900 series include two new features within the HP ProtectTools security suite. The Privacy Manager, HP said, lets you exchange e-mails with a secure digital signature, while File Sanitizer is designed to permanently remove data from your PC before you dispose of it.

Emily Dart, HP senior product manager, said the rp3000 retail POS system was “built from the ground up” using input from small and medium retailers. "The rp3000 has a very small footprint, which makes it easier for retailers to save counter space," said Dart. "It's been designed with color-coded ports in the back to simplify setup." The system also uses only industry-standard technology, which HP claims makes it easier and less expensive to manage and run than other proprietary POS systems.

The POS terminal can be purchased alone or as a turnkey system with  peripherals. These include flat-panel, touch-screen display, a heavy-duty cash drawer, keyboard with an integrated magnetic stripe reader, a free-standing credit card reader, a USB thermal receipt printer, USB bar code scanner and a customer display pole.

The rp3000 comes with a three-year warranty and pricing starts at $699 (for the base system). The full turn-key solution starts at $1,600.

(Lauren Simonds is the managing editor of SmallBusinessComputing.com, where this article first appeared.)

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