HP Preps for Windows 7 with a Slew of New Laptops, Desktops
Hewlett-Packard has introduced new devices for every category, including its fastest notebook ever, a notebook it calls the "thinnest full-performance notebook in the world" and a netbook dreamed up by Dutch designer Tord Boontje.Hewlett-Packard introduced more than a dozen new products on Sept. 15, offering something for enterprises, as well as on-the-go consumers and device-heavy households.
On the enterprise front, HP introduced the ProBook 5310m, which it calls the world's thinnest standard-voltage full-performance notebook. (The Apple MacBook Air, which is 0.76 inches at its thickest point, HP points out uses a low-voltage or ultra-low voltage processor.)
Against the ruler, the ProBook 5310m is 0.9 inches at its thickest point. It weighs 3.7 pounds and features a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB of Level 2 cache or a 1.2GHz Celeron SU2300 with 1MB of L2 cache. It has a 13.3-inch screen (diagonally) and includes QuickWeb as well as QuickLook-which not only offers an instant-on 10-second peek at e-mail, contacts and calendar information, but now allows users to also type and respond.
With Microsoft Windows 7, it will arrive on Oct. 22 for the starting price of $699 with the Celeron dual-core processor or $899 with the Intel Core 2 Duo.
Like the ProBook 5310m, the new Pavilion dm3 falls into the category HP established earlier this year with the Pavilion dv2. It's less than an inch thick, weighs 4.2 pounds, offers up to 10 hours of battery life and a choice of Intel or Advanced Micro Devices processors, and starts at $549.
- The HP Compaq 6000 Pro and 6005 Pro desktops for markets including corporate, government and education. One is a vertical microtower, the other a horizontal form factor, and both are EPEAT Gold registered and offer an optional 89 percent efficient power supply-the highest of HP's desktop PCs. These PCs offer different processor choices. Users can choose from an Intel processor with the Intel Q43 Express chip set or AMD's 785G chip set that uses either a dual-core Athlon II chip or a dual-, triple or quad-core Phenom II processor. The 6000 (the Intel version) has a starting price of $605, and the 6005 (the AMD version) starts at $563.
- Several HP and Compaq displays, ranging from 17 to 24 inches and starting at $190, are also among the new offerings. The HP Compaq LA1905wg, LA2205wg and LA2405wg widescreen LCD displays (19-, 22- and 24-inch models) offer "advanced comfort and environmental design," according to HP, while the LA1751g and LA1951g LCD displays also emphasize energy efficiency. The latter feature, along with low power consumption, additionally applies to the HP LE1851w and LE2001w displays.