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HCL Infosystems, India’s premier information enabling and integration company, today announced the launch of the HCL Beanstalk Media Center PC, which makes it the first Indian brand to do so. The PC has been specially developed by HCL, coupling with newly designed interface of Microsoft Windows XP Media Center edition, to completely revolutionize digital entertainment in India. This latest PC is available across the country through HCL’s channel network.


The HCL Beanstalk Media Center PC is all set to move from the study to the living room and emerge as the command centre for an exploding array of home entertainment options. It will provide users ultimate convenience of productivity, connectivity and digital entertainment. The advent of the Beanstalk Media Centre PC range in the market marks a coming of age for the Indian Home PC.


The HCL Beanstalk Media Center PC, comes with a remote which can be used for viewing TV, DVDs, listening to music, viewing photos, even checking your mail, and switching between media at the touch of a button. Thus giving the user a fantastic, new entertainment experience. The HCL Beanstalk Media Center PC range starts at Rs. 60,990, inclusive of one-year comprehensive on-site warranty. The HCL Beanstalk Media Center PC offers multiple models; on the offer is a new breed of living room PC with sleek, compact, futuristic cube design as well as stunning black PCs with contemporary design.


Announcing the launch of the Media Center, Mr. Ajai Chowdhry, Chairman & CEO, HCL Infosystems Ltd., said, “We have always asserted that our aim is to keep the Indian customer in-step with the latest technological innovations worldwide. The Beanstalk Media Center PC that we have launched will, without any exaggeration, completely transform the digital entertainment. Today, users are demanding more from their home PCs and entertainment is all set to become mainstream consumer activity. The Beanstalk has, as always, risen to the occasion.” The Beanstalk, India’s first home computer, was launched in 1995 with a view to addressing the fast emerging home market, and since then it has always been the first to embrace the latest cutting edge technology.


Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Rajiv Kaul, Managing Director, Microsoft Corporation Pvt Ltd, “With every release of Windows, we’ve aimed to address immediate and emerging customer needs, while pushing the barrier on innovation. The Windows XP Media Center leverages cutting edge innovation to provide rich, integrated entertainment experiences to a host of users, and we are confident of the success of this offering in India.” HCL Infosystems is the first in the country to launch the Media Center.


The industry has made great progress toward developing interoperability guidelines as well as innovative products and services that are helping make the digital home a reality for consumers. The latest HCL Beanstalk Media Center PC with Intel(R) Pentium (R) 4 Processors with hyper-threading Technology can handle the most demanding computer user’s day,” said Ketan Sampat, President Intel India. “These individuals can start their day with a multitasking work environment, move on to encoding home movies to DVD while playing music files, and end their day with the latest multiplayer Internet games. With high-performance PCs, consumers can dramatically reduce the time it takes to encode digital media such as music, pictures, and movies.


One of the biggest advantages that HCL Beanstalk enjoys over the competition is that it comes with the world’s best sound and display system. The product comes with the Bose FreeStyle speaker system, first time ever to be integrated with a PC. The Bose FreeStyle system delivers surround sound effect with just two speakers and a sub woofer to provide most of the performance benefits of a 5-speaker surround sound system. This would give the user a richer digital experience.


The HCL Beanstalk Media Center PC comes with a Dyna flat colour, high-resolution, anti-glare monitor range, with a unique space saving design available in size 17” and above. Among the features that make it ideal for living room usage are a wireless keyboard and mouse, built-in TV tuner, DVD and CD player/recorder, MP3 capability, FM radio enabled; and ready for editing, storing and viewing digital home movies and photos. The HCL Beanstalk Media Center PC is equipped with an Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 HT and 3 GHz processor and the Windows XP Media Center Edition operating software, the most advanced OS for PCs in the Home segment. In addition to its multi-media features, this HCL Beanstalk is packed with a variety of rich & user-friendly bundles such as the Microsoft Encarta encyclopedia, and very rich School education software.


About HCL Infosystems

HCL Infosystems, India’s premier information enabling and integration company offers its customers technology solutions across multiple platforms. It has partnerships with some leading global player like Intel, Toshiba, Ericsson, Microsoft, Nokia and Sun Microsystems among others.


HCL Infosystems has direct customer services center across 160 locations and two ISO 9001 certified state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. With a mission to provide world-class information technology solutions and services to enable its customers to serve their customers better, HCL Infosystems is forever setting new standards of IT in the country.

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