HP Slims Down EliteBooks, ProBooks, Updates With Intel Haswell

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-10-01 Print this article Print

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 ProBook 640, 645 and 650 will be available starting Nov. 18, followed by the ProBook 655 Nov. 25; all will start at $699.

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.

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