Enterprise Mobility: HP Rolls Out 11 New, Cool-Running AMD-Powered Notebooks

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-06-17 Print this article Print
ProBook 4436s

ProBook 4436s

The s-series notebooks are built of highly anodized aluminum and feature HP's DuraFinish for a smudge- and dirt-resistant shell. They are available with 14.0-inch or 15.6-inch displays.
Hewlett-Packard is expanding its consumer and business notebook catalogs with 11 new laptops utilizing the latest version of Advanced Micro Devices' Vision chipset. All of the new machines are powered by AMD's A-series APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) with CPU cores and discrete graphics baked into a single silicon die. There are several new features, but the main one to take away from this launch is that all of these notebooks are so power-efficient and cool-running that no heat is apparent coming from the device. "Check this out," Mike Hockey, HP's personal-systems marketing manager, told eWEEK during a demonstration in San Francisco. "This [HP ProBook] has been on for hours. And it's cold." He was right; it was cold. No heat was emanating from the laptop. "It's because the processors are so efficient now, they don't waste any energy. Heat is just wasted energy." These new ProBook and Pavilion notebooks range in price from $400 to $750, depending upon options. All of these models will be released by the end of July. Check out the details in this slide show.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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