HP goes green with new desktops, display

This is the Phoenix. See how it resembles the mythical creature?

As if being green were some passing fad, HP announced two new desktops and a display today. The HP Pavillion Verde Special Edition a6645f (really?) and Pavillion Phoenix SE a6655f have energy-efficient AMD procs and they’re Energy Star qualified. The SE desktops can handle up to 5GB of RAM, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition, 15-in-1 card reader placed up front, and a SuperMulti DVD burner with LightScribe. The Phoenix boasts an AMD Phenom X4 9150e Quad Core proc and 640GB HDD. The Verde has an AMD Athlon X2 4850e Dual Core proc and 500GB HDD. Riveting, we know.

The former will start at $659 and will be sold exclusively through Best Buy starting November 9. The Verde will be available starting November 9 exclusively at Circuit City starting $579.

The aforementioned display is a massive 25.5-inch widescreen with a built-in 15-in-1 card reader, 2-megapixel webcam, built-in speakers, “multiple” USB ports, HDMI inputs and a high contrast ratio. The HP w2558hc is also Energy Star qualified. It’s available now for $599.

Wait. This is what qualifies as being “green?” An energy-efficient proc, various power settings and a 100 percent recyclable packaging constitutes being green and leaving less of a carbon footprint? Wow.