HP rounded out its new EliteBook line with the announcement today of three new models. The EliteBook 8730w, a 17-inch mobile workstation, is HP's first laptop with its DreamColor displays. The EliteBook 8530w Mobile Workstation and HP EliteBook 8530p are 15.4-inch models.
The 8730w's DreamColor LED-backlit display has a resolution of 1920x1200, and displays up to 16 million colors. Though HP hasn't announced specific configurations or pricing, the 8730w will offer Intel Core 2 Duo or Core 2 quad-core processors; up to 8GB of memory; and the NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M with 1GB, Quadro FX 2700M with 512MB, or ATI Mobility FireGL V5725 with 256MB. (The Nvidia Quadro is required with the DreamColor display.) The 8730w will be available later this month starting at $1,700.
The HP EliteBook 8530w and HP EliteBook 8530p share the same design, and have similar options, but the mobile workstation offers Intel quad-core processors and a choice of the Nvidia Quadro FX 770M with 512MB or ATI Mobility FireGL V5700 with 256MB. The 8530p's ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 with 256MB is no slouch, but it's not a workstation-class GPU. Both models will be available in September starting at $1,500.
All HP EliteBooks also have a magnesium-alloy chassis and brushed anodized aluminum case, which the company says makes them more durable than typical laptops.
In June, HP announced its first EliteBook, the 6930p with a 14.1-inch display. At the time, HP also announced its first DreamColor display, a $3,500 24-inch model which the company said is capable of displaying up to 1 billion colors. (The DreamColor brand, first used on some HP printers, derives from the company's marketing relationship with the DreamWorks Animation SKG.) HP also announced two new wide-screen displays, the 22-inch LP 2275w, which is available now for $460, and the 24-inch LP2475w, available in September for $650.