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 user 2013-06-22 at 9:08:42 am Views: 85
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    HP Set to Launch Latest Push Into Consumer Markets

    SAN FRANCISCO - Hewlett-Packard Co. On Friday Will unveil a range of products including its version of the iPod digital music player that raises the stakes in a war between PC and electronics makers for a spot in increasingly digitized living rooms.

    HP, the largest computer printer maker and the No. 2 computer maker, will roll out a 42-inch high-definition plasma television, a DVD home theater projector, new Photosmart printers and an entertainment notebook PC at a news conference hosted by Chief Executive Carly Fiorina in Miami.

    This year's unveiling is Palo Alto, California-based HP's third consumer electronics showcase since it launched the "Big Bang" three years ago, and it reflects PC makers' efforts to move into new markets as the overall PC industry matures.

    "HP is certainly a major contender in this race to get into the living room," said Mike McGuire, an analyst at Gartner G2. "They already have a substantial installed base with printers, PCs and handhelds."

    Earlier this month, HP executives showed the new products to reporters. They included a Digital Entertainment Center, which works as a personal video recorder and ties together movies, digital music and a stereo, among other functions.

    HP's version of Apple Computer Inc.'s wildly popular iPod digital music player has unofficially been dubbed the hPod, analysts said.

    The two companies earlier this year struck an agreement for HP to resell the iPod under the HP name, which will boost both companies' exposure to consumer electronics markets.

    "The expectation on the iPod is that HP's version will probably outsell Apple's version relatively quickly," Enderle said, due to HP's broad distribution at electronics retailers.

    HP is also rolling out a new branded line of printer ink and cartridges aimed at photo printing, called Vivera. HP claimed that photos printed with six and eight ink cartridges that use Vivera ink can last 100 years, compared with about the 60 or so years possible today.

    * Post was edited: 2004-08-29 09:51:00