HP Business Ultrabooks Get Slimmer, Lighter Design

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-10-02 Email Print this article Print

Hewlett-Packard updated its portfolio of EliteBook and ProBook business Ultrabooks Oct. 1, slimming them down, shaving off weight, adding fourth-generation Intel processors to some and Advanced Micro Devices graphics to others, and tweaking design cues to make the notebooks more appealing to users. HP acknowledged that IT decision makers face no small task in meeting the demands of a "savvy work force" that wants devices to meet both their productivity needs and their personal styles. With its EliteBook 800 series, for example, HP rose to the challenge by thinning them by up to 40 percent and decreasing the weight by up to 28 percent. Keyboards across the line are now backlit, corners are more rounded and new materials were introduced. HP also introduced Sure Start, a new security solution for its 800 series EliteBooks, that can detect and repair a malware attack, with no threat to the machine's BIOS information—or the need to call IT. Also new is a Smart Jacket for HP's ElitePad tablet. Ideal for health care, government and other information-sensitive markets, it offers the option of fingerprint and smartcard readers.  Take a look at the new Ultrabooks' key features.

  • HP Business Ultrabooks Get Slimmer, Lighter Design

    By Michelle Maisto
    0-HP Business Ultrabooks Get Slimmer, Lighter Design
  • HP EliteBook 820: Business-User Delight

    The EliteBook 820 is arguably HP's most successful attempt at balancing business features with consumer aesthetics. It features a choice of 12.5-inch HD displays, runs up to an Intel Core i7 processor and starts at 2.94 pounds.
    1-HP EliteBook 820: Business-User Delight
  • HP EliteBook 820 G1

    The EliteBook 820 also offers multiple connectivity options, is compatible with the UltraSlim Docking Station, supports multiple displays and includes storage options like an additional mini-card solid-state device (SSD). It can behave as a hotspot for up to five devices, includes HP's new Sure Start security software and is now available at a starting price of $799.
    2-HP EliteBook 820 G1
  • Easy to Repair

    The new EliteBooks are less boxy than their predecessors, now featuring rounded edges, and were also given backlit keyboards and magnesium covers with a four-coat finish for a better appearance over the course of a deployment. Additionally, the bottoms of the notebooks pop off easily to reveal a design that makes parts easily accessible for repairs or updates.
    3-Easy to Repair
  • HP's New ProBook Line

    With the ProBooks, users have the option of an optical drive and Advanced Micro Devices processor options up to the AMD Elite Quad-Core. HP calls the ProBook 650 its "thinner, tougher, taskmaster." It features a 14-inch display, multiple connectivity and docking options, and weighs 4.4 pounds.
    4-HP's New ProBook Line
  • HP ProBook 655 G1

    The ProBook 655 is 19 percent thinner than its predecessor. It features a 15.6-inch display with a full-HD option and AMD Radeon HD 8000G Series graphics. The 600 series starts at $699. The 640, 645 and 650 are expected to arrive in the United States Nov. 18, and the 655 will follow Nov. 25.
    5-HP ProBook 655 G1
  • Travel-Friendly

    On the ProBooks, little nubs on either side of the trackpad, as well as ever-so-slightly rounded lids, help prevent damage to the displays, should pressure be applied to the notebook when it's closed—such as might happen, for example, during a flight.
  • Intel Haswell Processors

    HP's ProBook 400 series notebooks feature the latest fourth-generation Intel Core processors. The 450 G1, pictured here, can come with a shatter-, smudge- and scratch-resistant touch interface. The display is 15.6 inches and the notebook weighs 5.22 pounds.
    7-Intel Haswell Processors
  • HP ProBook 450

    The 400 series is also distinct from the other ProBooks in appearance. The chassis is "meteorite gray" with a soft-touch finish and an all-metal keyboard deck. The 400 series starts at $499.
    8-HP ProBook 450
  • HP Sure Start

    Exclusively for its EliteBook 800 line, HP has introduced Sure Start, a self-healing BIOS technology. HP says that its Sure Start Crisis Recovery mode can "immedately and automatically" detect the effect of an attack or corruption and replace the corrupted BIOS Boot Block with a clean copy in just 30 seconds. In short, it can turn a nightmare scenario into a non-event.
    9-HP Sure Start
  • HP Security Jacket

    HP has also introduced a Security Jacket for its ElitePad. The jacket, which surrounds the tablet like a frame, includes integrated smartcard and fingerprint readers, making multiple-log-in procedures possible in sensitive environments. The jacket starts at $249, or at $439 with the optional optical fingerprint reader.
    10-HP Security Jacket

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