HP Unwraps Pair of Presario Notebooks

One notebook is 1.5 inches thick, weighing 6.7 pounds; the other is geared as a desktop replacement.

Hewlett Packard Co. on Wednesday introduced two new notebook PCs, the Compaq Presario 2100 and 2500 series.

The 2100 series PC is 1.5 inches thick and weighs as little as 6.7 pounds, depending on configuration. It can include a screen size up to 15 inches and offers several processor choices, including Intel Corp.s Celeron or Mobile Pentium 4-m processors as well as Advanced Micro Devices Inc.s Athlon XP processor. Pricing starts at $899 after a $100 rebate.

The 2500 series is more suited to be a desktop replacement. It includes the option of an Intel Pentium 4 processor that performs at up to 2.8GHz, an integrated 10/100 Ethernet LAN and a port replicator connector; some models include integrated 802.11b "Wi-Fi" wireless LAN support. Pricing starts at $1,399.

Customers who buy certain models of the Wi-Fi-enabled 2500 series notebooks will receive 2,000 free minutes of Wi-Fi HotSpot service from T-Mobile USA Inc.