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HP's logo. Click here to visit the HP website! PRESS RELEASE: HP Showcases Holiday Gifts for Every Lifestyle and Budget

Shoppers can give percentage of sale to charity through company’s Create Change program

PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 18, 2009 - With an estimated 46 percent of consumers planning to purchase electronics and computers this holiday season,(1) HP has the perfect solution for every lifestyle and budget.

This year’s major tech trends include touch-enabled products, easy-to-use mobile devices and affordable, do-it-yourself publishing solutions.

HP is making it easy for shoppers to choose the best gifts with an online HP Holiday Gift Guide that features PCs, printers, supplies, accessories and more. The guide is divided into three categories: Stocking Stuffers, PCs under $599 and Ultimate Gifts.

Additionally, through Jan. 31, 2010, consumers who purchase HP products through the HP Direct Store can donate 4 percent of their total purchase to an HP non-profit charity partner of their choosing through the company’s new Create Change program.

Customers also can take advantage of rebates and special offers when purchasing products from HP. Now through Jan. 2, 2010, with the HP Trade In and Save Now program, customers can trade in any printer from any brand and in any condition for responsible recycling and will receive a $50 instant or mail-in rebate with the purchase of a qualifying HP Photosmart, HP Officejet Pro or HP LaserJet printer.

For the tech trendsetter
HP offers sleek multitouch PCs and printers designed to offer the most intuitive user experience:

  • HP TouchSmart PCs combine the latest touch innovations and advanced features with a sleek, award-winning design that integrates a stunning high-definition (HD)-capable(2) or HD widescreen display with a multitouch-enabled screen. HP TouchSmart PCs offer exclusive built-for-touch applications(3) including Hulu Desktop, Netflix, Rhapsody and Twitter. Plus, the HP TouchSmart 600 easily connects to gaming consoles. Starts at $899.(4)

  • The HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web printer is the world’s first web-connected home printer with one-touch, wireless, on-demand access to popular web content.(5) The growing number of HP Print Apps on the HP App Studio includes Disney, CNET.com, Google Maps, Coupons.com, Fandango, Snapfish and DreamWorks Animation. Additionally, the printer reduces packaging waste by shipping in a reusable bag. Starts at $399.(4)

  • The HP Photosmart Premium All-in-One printer is simple and intuitive to use thanks to its convenient HP TouchSmart control panel. With the sweep of a finger, users can view, edit and print lab-quality photos directly from their online albums at Snapfish.com without connecting to a PC.(5) Starts at $199.(4)

For the budget conscious
For those seeking gifts that won’t break the bank, HP offers a variety of cost-efficient photo publishing solutions – part of the HP Eco Solutions program – and high-quality personalized and do-it-yourself options:

  • The HP Deskjet D1600 Printer is HP’s most affordable printer. Easy to use and reliable, it delivers laser-quality prints using Original HP inks for everyday documents such as web pages, online maps and homework assignments. The printer is made from 25 percent recycled plastic and ships in packaging that is 100 percent recyclable.(6) Starts at $39.(4)

  • The HP Officejet 6000 Printer is HP’s most affordable business inkjet printer, offering enhanced productivity options for multitaskers in small businesses or home offices. The printer offers features including embedded wireless networking(7) and automatic two-sided printing,(8) and uses 40 percent less energy than laser printers.(9) Starts at $89; $119 for wireless.(4)

  • Snapfish by HP offers high-quality, personalized gifts, including new desktop calendars that capture favorite photos from the year and holiday photo cards with recordable greetings. Photo cards start at $0.29.(4)

For the mobile lifestyle
HP offers a full lineup of slim and stylish notebooks for the ultra-mobile consumer:

  • The HP ENVY series redefines the premium notebook PC experience with precision-crafted, high-performance notebooks designed to satisfy the most demanding customers. The thin and light ENVY 13 is less than one-inch thin and boasts the brightest display in its class.(10) The ENVY 15 is HP’s fastest consumer notebook ever. Both offer the optional Slim Fit Extended-Life Notebook Battery, a “slice” that provides extended battery life. Starts at $1,699.(4)

  • The HP Mini 110 by Studio Tord Boontje is the first companion PC from the critically acclaimed Dutch designer. It features the industry’s first 3-D PC surface technology, which brings depth to an intricate pattern of plants and animals. Its 10.1-inch diagonal, mercury-free, LED display and 92 percent of full-size keyboard make it an ideal travel companion.(11) Starts at $399.(4)

  • The HP Pavilion dm3 notebook PC provides consumers the ultimate balance of mobility and performance in a thin and light design. With up to 10 hours of battery life, the notebook provides rich entertainment capabilities without sacrificing performance.(12) Starts at $649.(4)

  • The HP Photosmart A640 Compact Printer features a large 3.45-inch HP TouchSmart control panel that allows consumers to view, edit, create and personalize photos on the go. This portable printing powerhouse also includes more than 300 features for printing colorful photos and 30 photo editing and enhancing options to make personalizing and printing home photos easy and fun. The printer is made from 32 percent recycled plastic and reduces packaging waste by using an innovative, reusable tote made from recycled plastic bottles. Starts at $149.(4)

  • The HP SimpleSave Hard Drive offers simple and automatic backup for photos, video, music and other irreplaceable files. Users can protect precious memories by simply plugging the drive into a USB connection. Starts at $119.(4)

  • The HP Wireless Comfort Mouse lets consumers make a statement. These special-edition mice feature Water Lily, Jasmine and Orchid designs. Starts at $39.99.(4)

For the entertainment enthusiast
The HP DreamScreen, a connected screen and companion to the PC, connects easily to a wireless or wired network to bring photos, music and video into any area of the home. Consumers can stay current with Facebook friends and photos, listen to Pandora Internet radio, share Snapfish personal photos and enjoy their music and pictures from networked PCs. Starts at $249.(4)

HP service and support
On Nov. 19, HP will host a day-long Windows® 7 Expert Day (from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. ET) on the HP Consumer Support Forum. More than 75 experts from HP, Microsoft and Symantec and key forum contributors will answer questions and give tips to help people get the most out of Microsoft’s latest operating system and their HP printers, desktops and notebooks.

The HP Windows 7 Expert Day will cover topics such as:

  • An introduction to Windows 7;

  • Upgrading existing systems to Windows 7; and

  • Connecting a wireless printer to a Windows 7 PC.

HP products are backed by HP Total Care, the company’s award-winning service, solutions and support, both in and out of warranty. HP’s online support options include consumer support forums,online classes offered at no charge, a dedicated support video channel, the PC Tune-up Center and the newly designed HP Customer Care site, recently named one of the “Ten Best Web Support Sites of 2009” by the Association of Support Professionals. HP support professionals also are available 24/7 by phone.

Windows 7 PCs come with built-in support through HP Support Assistant,(12) a simple software application that allows PCs to run smoothly right from the start. The software maintains PC performance and resolves problems with automated updates and tune-ups, onboard diagnostics and guided assistance. Customers also can access HP printer diagnostics and software driver updates with HP Printer Check. More information is available at www.hp.com/go/totalcare.

Original HP supplies
Original HP printing supplies for the home or office help ensure holiday memories are printed out right the first time, every time. From creating precious family photos to greeting cards to everyday documents, Original HP printing supplies consistently deliver high-quality prints that are made to last.

HP and the environment
For decades HP has been an environmental leader, driving company stewardship through its HP Eco Solutions program, which spans product design, reuse and recycling as well as energy and resource efficiency. HP influences industry action by setting high environmental standards in its operations and supply chain, by providing practical solutions to make it easier for customers to reduce their climate impact and through its research on sustainability solutions that support a low-carbon economy. More information is available at www.hp.com/ecosolutions.

About HP
HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com/.

  1. 2009 Workplace Holiday Shopping survey, WorkPlace Media.

  2. High-definition content required to view high-definition images

  3. Internet access required and not included.

  4. Estimated U.S. street prices. Actual prices may vary.

  5. Requires a Snapfish.com account and an Internet connection to the printer.

  6. U.S. only; outside U.S., only box and protective end caps are 100 percent recyclable.

  7. Wireless networking not available on base model. Wireless performance is dependent upon physical environment and distance from access point.

  8. Automatic two-sided printing available on the HP Officejet 6000 Wireless All-in-One printer.

  9. Energy use based on HP testing using the ENERGY STAR® program’s TEC test method criteria.

  10. Weight will vary by configuration.

  11. Battery life will vary depending on the product’s model, configuration, loaded applications, features and power management settings. The maximum capacity of the battery will decrease with time and usage.

  12. HP Support Assistant also is preinstalled on select PCs with Microsoft Windows Vista®.

Microsoft, Windows, Windows 7 and Windows Vista are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corp. ENERGY STAR is a registered mark owned by the U.S. government.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements concerning expected development, performance or market share relating to products and services; any statements regarding anticipated operational and financial results; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include macroeconomic and geopolitical trends and events; the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its customers, suppliers and partners; the achievement of expected operational and financial results; and other risks that are described in HP’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2009 and HP’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to HP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2008. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

© 2009 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

(First posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 23:14 EST)

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