HP revamps ProBook laptops for small businesses; starts at $579

Summary:Hewlett-Packard is also introducing eight new, budget-friendly laptops under the ProBook umbrella, with display sizes ranging from 12- to 17-inches.

Hewlett-Packard is also introducing eight new, budget-friendly laptops under the ProBook umbrella, with display sizes ranging from 12- to 17-inches.

Starting with the B-Series, the 6360b, 6460b and 6560b sport 13.3-, 14- and 15.6-inch diagonal HD LED screens respectively. Each of these B-Series notebooks sport a magnesium-reinforced ABS chassis, a 360-degree rubber frame to protect the display, bead-blast aluminum display enclosures, and a spill-resistant keyboard with bottom-case drain ready to handle minor spills.

The B-Series is focused on productivity and "ultimate configurability," so here's a look at some of the specs ready for customization:

  • Second-generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 dual-core processors or an Intel Celeron CPU
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Up to 16GB of DDR3 memory
  • Up to 750GB of hard drive space or a 160GB SSD
  • Optional 3G
  • Wi-Fi
  • Optional HD webcam
  • SRS Premium Sound
  • Media card reader
  • Discrete launch buttons
  • Touchpad on/off button
  • Connectivity: Three USB 2.0 ports, eSATA/USB combo port, VGA, DisplayPort, Ethernet, RJ-11

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The S-Series consists of five display options: the 12.1-inch 4230s, 13.3-inch 4330s, 14-inch 4430s, 15.6-inch 4530s and 17.3-inch 4730s. Intended for small businesses or even in the home, the S-Series features many of the same protections as the B-Series and the EliteBooks, such as the spill-resistant keyboard, a fingerprint reader, face recognition login, and a durable chassis with a sleek brushed-aluminum finish.

Specs are focused more on multimedia purposes with the option of Power Express Switchable Graphics and HDMI connectivity. Other features include:

  • Second-generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors or an Intel Celeron CPU
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • AMD Radeon HD 6470M with up to 1GB of dedicated GDDR5 video memory
  • Up to 8GB of DDR3 memory
  • Up to 750GB of hard drive space
  • Optional 3G
  • Integrated HD webcam
  • SRS Premium Sound
  • USB 3.0 connectivity
  • Optional 6-cell and 9-cell batteries

Both ProBook collections are expected to ship on March 15. The S-Series and the B-Series start at $579 and $799.

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Topics: Hewlett-Packard

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