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HP rolls out economical personal workstations

The xw4550 workstation is powered by a Opteron 1000 processor and has a starting price of $599

HP has launched a low-cost personal workstation, powered by a quad-core Opteron server processor, with a starting price of just $599.

Ideal for government and education sectors, the xw4550 can handle entry workstation applications like digital content creation and power office work.

The xw4550 is also registered as an Electronic Environmental Assessment Tool Gold product, which is the highest workstation environmental standard.

Specifications of the workstation include eight USB 2.0 ports with two in the front and six in the rear, and one 3.5-inch external bay for optional diskette drive. There are three 5.25-inch external bays and two 3.5-inch internal bays. The xw4550 also has two USB 2.0 internal ports, two PCI slots and two PCI Express slots.

"The HP xw4550 makes it easier for anyone wishing to tap the power of a workstation to afford to have one under their desk," Jeff Wood, director of product marketing for HP workstations, said in a statement.