HP releases solid-state desktop

HP is claiming to have launched the first business desktop PC to feature a solid-state hard drive.

According to the company, the solid state drive (SSD) improves the reliability of the HP Compaq dc7800, while allowing the system to start more quickly, allowing nearly instant access to data.

The smaller size of the SSD has also helped the company produce a desktop 46% smaller than previous models and with a lower power consumption. Part of this can be attributed to the bundled Verdiem Surveyor power management software, which HP says can help cut energy costs for a PC to £5 a year per system.

The solid-state drive is 16GB and costs an additional $330, which given that the dc7800 begins at $729 with an 80GB hard disc, is quite a premium.

“HP’s ongoing efforts to design for the environment have spanned decades,” says Alan Reed, general manager of HP’s personal systems group.

“HP leverages this expertise to continually develop smart ideas for its PC product lines that not only help business customers be more productive, but also reduce operating costs and their effect on the environment.”

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