Desktops and Notebooks: HP EliteBook, Business Laptops Aim for Power, Ruggedness
Hewlett-Packard's refreshed line of business notebooks wants to be all things to all users. Take the EliteBook p-series, for instance: The stamped-aluminum shells are meant to serve double-duty, appealing to younger users while remaining rugged (and fingerprint-resistant) enough for road warriors. The choice of Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors can serve multiple functions, from basic word processing to heavy-duty number crunching, and the security optionsincluding a fingerprint reader and HP's Face Recognition softwarecould ease the more paranoid IT administrators' minds.However, the EliteBook p-series represents just a fraction of HP's latest business offerings. In addition, the manufacturer is rolling out a series of refreshed laptops in its s-series and b-series. The brushed-aluminum s-series is targeted at small and midsize businesses, and features Intel Core processors along with extended battery life and the HP ProtectTools security suite. The b-series, intended as an enterprise workhorse, includes HP Power Assistant (for longer battery run-time), HP Connection Manager, Intel Core processors and upgraded features such as SRS Premium Sound. Clearly, HP wants employees to see these devices as something more than just another set of dull, business-centric tools.