HP Slims Down EliteBooks, ProBooks, Updates With Intel Haswell
Finally, a 400 Series ProBook, with a starting weight of 3.3 pounds and a 13.3-inch display, has the option of fourth-generation Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors; an optional touch display that HP says is smudge-, shatter, reflection- and scratch-proof; and a hybrid hard drive that has the "responsiveness of an SSD [solid-state drive] with the capacity of a traditional hard drive," per HP. The 400 Series was treated to a "meteorite gray" chassis with soft-touch finishes and an all-metal keyboard, and includes LTE and Evolved High-Speed Packet Access [HSPA+] WWAN connectivity, plus Skype and DTS Sound+ audio. Finally, for its ElitePad tap, HP introduced a Security Jacket—a black frame of sorts that's clicked around the tablet, adding a USB port, a Smart Card Reader that supports FIPS 140-2 encryption solutions and the possibility of a fingerprint reader. The jacket is also compatible with the ElitePad dock, for dual-display support. The EliteBook 800 series is available now in the United States, starting at $799. The ProBook 400 series, also available now, starts at $499.The HP Security Jack for the ElitePad is available now, starting at $249 with the integrated smart card reader and $439 with the optional fingerprint reader. Follow Michelle Maisto on Twitter.
The HP ProBook 640, 645 and 650 will be available starting Nov. 18, followed by the ProBook 655 Nov. 25; all will start at $699.