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HP z500 Series Digital Entertainment Center PC

Slap me in the face and call me silly, but I think HP is going to take over the living room PC market. After looking over their latest A/V set-top sized Media Center Edition 2005 PC, the DS-Z540 & DS-Z545 Digital Entertainment Center, I've got to say I'm impressed. The PC comes in starting at under $1,000 with all the power you'll ever really need in a living room PC, and in a form-factor to die for (see Figure 4). HP even expects to launch a Digital Entertainment Center in the first half of 2005 that will support ATSC high-definition recording.

Figure 4Figure 4

Feature highlights:

  • Windows Media Center Edition 2005

  • Intel 3.0 GHz P4 w/ hyperthreading

  • 512MB RAM (expandable to 2GB)

  • 200GB 7200 RPM serial ATA hard drive

  • Multiformat DVD burner with dual-layer burning capability

  • 128MB ATI Radeon X300 SE PCI Express graphics card

  • Two NTSC TV tuners

  • 802.11b/g wireless receiver (removable antenna included)

  • 9-in-1 card reader (located under the front panel)

  • Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound support

  • FM tuner

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