HP EliteBook, ProBook Notebooks Boast Rugged Engineering

By Nathan Eddy

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.

This article was originally published on 2011-02-24