Desktops and Notebooks: HP Sleekbooks, Ultrabooks, Elitebooks Offer PC Power for Different Users

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2012-05-10 Print this article Print
High-Flying Notebooks

High-Flying Notebooks

With its new line of Envy Sleekbooks and Ultrabooks, HP hopes to appeal to both consumers and business users wanting thin, light, speedy and, of course, attractive notebooks with plenty of features for nonworking hours.
Hewlett-Packard, which is still ranked as the global leader in PC shipments, introduced a truly overwhelming number of devices May 9, from a Shanghai event coinciding with the CTIA Wireless event in New Orleans. Showing off something between might, muscle and indecisiveness, it's tough to think of a niche that HP didn't address, introducing hardcore business notebooks running the latest Intel processors, colorful notebooks with tactile finishes for consumers, workstations in various form factors for aggressive jobs like manipulating engineering files, consumer-facing monitors for deployments such as in shopping malls, single- and double-display solutions for retail and hospitality environments, monitors for offices, and displays for the home or home office. Perhaps most notably, HP also introduced new Ultrabooks, as well as "Sleekbooks"—a marketing term for notebooks that basically look like Ultrabooks and share their 19.8mm-thin chassis, but don't meet Intel's reference design criteria for the Ultrabook term. What all these machines have in common, says HP, is an emphasis on smart design and keeping footprints and prices to a minimum. Here, eWEEK offers a sampling of what HP will begin shipping in June and into the fall.
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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