HP EliteBook, ProBook Notebooks Boast Rugged Engineering

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HP unveils a slew of business notebooks with enhanced security features and toughened casings.

Technology giant HP announced the launch of 11 notebooks designed for business users, ranging from the Elitebook series with an aerospace-inspired casing design and ProBook S-series, aimed at small to medium-size businesses (SMBs). Precision aluminum-alloy hinges, cast titanium-alloy display latches and the HP DisplaySafe frame are a few of the design highlights behind the company’s "Forge" design philosophy.

The EliteBook 8460p and 8560p notebook feature an aerospace-inspired HP DuraCase that meets the MIL-STD 810G military-standard testing specifications; the 8460p also provides battery life of up to 32 hours. Starting at only 4.56 pounds and 6.10 pounds, respectively, the 8460p and 8560p offer 14- and 15.6-inch diagonal high-definition (HD) LED-backlit displays, second-generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processors and Core i7, i5 and i3 dual-core processors.

The ProBook 6360b, 6460b and 6560b notebooks offer configuration flexibility in areas such as processor, graphics and battery technology. Boasting an all-new 13.3-inch diagonal display option, the ProBook b-series also features a new smudge-resistant and wear-resistant tungsten-colored design.

The notebooks sport bead-blast aluminum display enclosures, a magnesium-reinforced ABS chassis and a bottom-case drain that helps protect against accidental minor spills on the keyboard. Other new features include an HP DisplaySafe frame for added panel protection, precision display latches for a more secure fit and a spill-resistant keyboard set in a full aluminum deck

Available with 13.3-inch (6360b), 14-inch (6460b) and 15.6-inch (6560b) diagonal HD LED backlit displays, the ProBook b-series offers a range of processing options, including second-generation Intel Core i7, i5 and i3 dual-core processors or an Intel Celeron processor. For businesses looking for multimedia functionality, the ProBook b-series offers an optional HD Web cam and features a standard Media Card Reader, SRS Premium Sound, discrete launch buttons and a touchpad on/off button.

The  ProBook s-series 4230s, 4330s, 4430s, 4530s and 4730s notebook PCs are available in an array of sizes – from ultra-light to desktop replacement, and are aimed at SMBs. The notebooks offer a spill-resistant keyboard set in a full aluminum deck, touchpad with gestures supported, integrated HD Web cam with optional dual-array microphones and SRS Premium Sound. The series also includes a choice between Power Express Switchable Graphics and Integrated Graphics, and offers a productivity suite including USB 3.0, standard media card reader and a fingerprint reader.

The EliteBook 8460p and 8560p start at $999 and $1,099, respectively; the ProBook b-series starts at $799 and the ProBook s-series starts at $579. The company said all are expected to be available in the U.S. on March 15.