HP Adds HD DVD to PCs

Hewlett-Packard hasn't let its ongoing scandal over allegations of "pre-texting" in order to secure the private phone records of journalists hamper its techno-goody bag this quarter. HP recently introduced (opens in new tab) its latest bevy of computing products--including a few HD DVD-centric models.

The company said it's ramping up a 17-inch widescreen HD DVD laptop with a "piano-black" finish, an HD DVD Media Center TV PC with 7.1 surround sound, and an HD DVD external drive for PCs.

The desktop models will be compliant with Intel's Viiv technology and come with Intel Core 2 Duo processors, wireless home networking, 7.1 surround sound, built-in DTV tuners, and DVRs. (Only the high-end m7690n model will feature an HD DVD drive.)

The firm's Pavilion Media Center TV m7600n Series PC is scheduled to start shipping in North America later this month, according to published reports.