Desktops and Notebooks: First Look at HP's Low-Cost ProBook Laptop Lineup

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2009-04-28 Print this article Print
First Look at HPs Low-Cost ProBook Laptop Lineup

First Look at HPs Low-Cost ProBook Laptop Lineup

by Michelle Maisto
ProBook, Hewlett-Packard's new lineup of professional notebooks, presents cost-conscious buyers with a number of options. These include processor choices from Intel or AMD and operating system choices of Microsoft Windows Vista, FreeDOS or Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11. On the 14- and 15.6-inch models, HP also lets users choose between Glossy Noir and Merlot for laptop colors. HP Mobile Broadband and a 2-megapixel Web cam are also options. In addition to focusing on features for business users and prices that will appeal to SMBs, HP kept an eye on design. "It's got a very streamlined, clean look and feel. You don't see a lot of buttons," says an HP representative. This ProBook lineup is called the s-series; a line of Compaq notebooks, once they need refreshing, will join the ProBook family as their own series.
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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