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