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HP updates ProBook and EliteBook lines with Core i7 and USB 3.0

HP has announced that they'll be adding six new professional laptops to their ProBook and EliteBook lines. They'll also all be getting some nice upgrades from previous models!
Written by Rachel King, Contributor on

The HP releases just keep coming. Continuing on, HP has announced that they'll be adding six new professional laptops to their ProBook and EliteBook lines. They'll also all be getting some nice upgrades from previous models!

There are two new additions to the HP ProBook b-series, both geared towards corporate customers. Starting at $949, the HP ProBook 6440b and HP ProBook 6540b come with 14-inch or 15.6-inch, respectively, high-definition LED-backlit widescreen displays. Both will be powered on future Intel Core processors.

Then there's the six new EliteBooks. Prices start at $1,099 for these aluminum-finish laptops. The HP EliteBook 8440w and HP EliteBook 8540w are encased in full magnesium-alloy chassis protection from top and bottom.

The HP EliteBook 8440p and HP EliteBook 8540p go for a more classic platinum look, but come in magnesium-alloy chassis cases.

Most of the specs in all the laptops are configurable, with options for Intel Core i7, Core vPro or future Core processors. Then there's the choice between Intel Unified Mobile Access (UMA) or NVIDIA discrete graphics as well as either HD or HD Plus resolution displays. But most notably, HP is giving users the option for USB 3.0 ports in the EliteBook 8540p and EliteBook 8540w.

For universal specs, all of the EliteBooks also come with HP SkyRoom (HD videoconferencing software) pre-installed as well as spill-resistant keyboards with a drain.

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