HP unleashes new ProBook, EliteBook business laptops; starts at $799

HP unleashes new ProBook, EliteBook business laptops; starts at $799

Summary: Hewlett-Packard has been on a mission to revamp its business computers this year. Today the computer maker is introducing two new EliteBook models (including one that doubles as a tablet) and the ProBook 5330m.

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Hewlett-Packard has been on a mission to revamp its business computers this year. Today the computer maker is introducing two new EliteBook models (including one that doubles as a tablet) and the ProBook 5330m.

Starting with the smallest of the bunch, the 3.68-pound EliteBook 2560p (pictured below) is the most travel-friendly for professionals on-the-go with its 12.5-inch diagonal HD display. HP boasts that this computer is the "only notebook in the industry with an integrated optical drive in this form factor."

Like some of the other redesigned HP business laptops released earlier this year, the 2560p has a sophisticated brushed aluminum exterior and a rubber grip around the inside bezel to protect the monitor.

This EliteBook and the EliteBook 2760p tablet PC (pictured above) share several customizable features including second-generation Intel Core i7 or i5 dual-core processors with vPro and Turbo Boost 2.0 technologies. Buyers can opt for full-size 7,200 RPM hard disk drives or solid state drives for longer battery times.

But the EliteBook 2760p stands out on its own as it doubles as a business notebook or as a writing tablet with either a stylus pen or finger touch. As the screen rotates, the picture toggles between landscape and portrait views with the built-in accelerometer.  It will also roll out first on May 9 with a starting price of $1,499. The 2560p will follow on May 23 for a bit less with a $1,099 starting price.

Finally, there is the new ProBook 5330m (pictured right), which is the touted as the "first business notebook to offer HP Beats Audio." HP is integrating Beats Audio on several of its new business and consumer laptops this season.

The ProBook 5330m isn't that much different from the EliteBook 2560p except that it's slightly bigger with a slightly smaller price tag. Starting at $799 (and available immediately), the 5330m sports a 13.3-inch diagonal HD screen and that same modern brushed aluminum finish. Processor options are a bit lower with second-generation Intel Core i5 and i3 dual-core CPUs with optional vPro technology. The 3.9-pound machine is also ready for secure traveling with a fingerprint sensor and TPM for enhanced hardware-based data security.

Topics: Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, Laptops, Mobility, Processors

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