HP Chooses USB 3.0 Over Intel Thunderbolt For New Desktop PCs

Posted May 17, 2011

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) had initially considered using Intel Thunderbolt ports in new desktop PCs instead of USB 3.0. But they decided to stick with USB 3.0 because of wider support.

Thunderbolt can transfer data between computers and external displays at speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second. It can be used as an USB 3.0 alternative. HP announced a new series of desktop PCs today that can include USB 3.0 ports as part of the Pavilion HPE H8 Series. The HPE H8 Series starts at $599. HP also announced the Pavilion P7 series of budget desktops that start at $299. The Slimline S5 series are about half the size of regular tower PCs with a price that starts at $329.

“We did look at [Thunderbolt]. We’re still looking into it. Haven’t found a value proposition yet,” stated HP worldwide marketing manager for desktops Xavier Lauwaert.

The P7 and H8 has a new feature called LinkUp. LinkUp is virtualization software that allows users to access files on a remote computer through WiFi.