August 11, 2008

HP Brings DreamColor to Mobile Users

At SIGGRAPH 2008, HP expands its DreamColor technology portfolio with the introduction of a powerful mobile workstation, the HP EliteBook 8730w Mobile Workstation with DreamColor Display, for professionals who desire exceptional color accuracy. Designed for the most sophisticated graphic-intensive applications, the new HP EliteBook 8730w offers a 17-inch diagonal HP DreamColor Display with more than 16 million colors, a significant improvement to the 260,000 available colors on traditional notebook PCs. The notebook also offers an Intel quad-core processor, 8GB of memory, and Nvidia’s next generation of Quadro FX cards with up to 1GB of dedicated video memory.

Incorporating the latest mobile technologies and engineered to meet multiple durability tests, the EliteBook series features the HP DuraCase, a brushed anodized aluminum exterior combined with a magnesium-alloy chassis designed for maximum protection to keep the PC looking good, longer.

The HP DreamColor LP2480zx Display, the world’s first affordable, color-critical display, was developed through a first-of-its-kind technology collaboration between HP and DreamWorks Animation SKG. The 24-inch diagonal HP DreamColor liquid crystal display (LCD) provides a range of more than 1 billion colors in a 30-bit, LED-backlit widescreen display.

The new HP DreamColor Advanced Profiling Solution, now shipping as an option, allows users of the HP DreamColor LP2480zx Display to custom-calibrate color settings beyond the built-in factory pre-sets. The solution includes a customized DreamColor colorimeter and calibration software.

The DreamColor Display becomes even more powerful when combined with the new generation of 30-bit graphics accelerator cards, such as the ATI FireGL V7700. The ATI FireGL V7700 delivers true 30-bit color, enabling expansive color palette ranges. When the display is combined with a 30-bit card, the user can both generate and display content using the full pallet of more than 1 billion colors, providing impressive color accuracy and smooth color transitions. 

The new HP LP2475w 24-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor and the HP LP2275w 22-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor are designed for workstation users who appreciate an expansive presentation for graphics, video, and data projects. With high-resolution on-screen presentation, the monitors offer a 1000:1 contrast ratio and extra-bright screens. The LP2475w holds a sharp resolution at 1920x1200 and has a 102 percent color gamut; the LP2275w has a resolution of 1680x1050 with a 92 percent color range.

The HP EliteBook 8730w Mobile Workstation is expected to be available later this month at the starting price of $1699. The HP LP 2275w 22-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor is available today and the HP LP2475w 24-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor is expected to be available in North America in September for estimated starting prices of $459 to $649, respectively. The HP DreamColor Advanced Profiling Solution is now available for Microsoft Windows users for a price of $349. It is expected to be available for Macintosh users in September.