HP Preps for Windows 7 with a Slew of New Laptops, Desktops

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2009-09-15

HP Preps for Windows 7 with a Slew of New Laptops, Desktops

Hewlett-Packard introduced more than a dozen new products on Sept. 15, offering something for enterprises, as well as on-the-go consumers and device-heavy households.
On the enterprise front, HP introduced the ProBook 5310m, which it calls the world's thinnest standard-voltage full-performance notebook. (The Apple MacBook Air, which is 0.76 inches at its thickest point, HP points out uses a low-voltage or ultra-low voltage processor.)
Against the ruler, the ProBook 5310m is 0.9 inches at its thickest point. It weighs 3.7 pounds and features a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB of Level 2 cache or a 1.2GHz Celeron SU2300 with 1MB of L2 cache. It has a 13.3-inch screen (diagonally) and includes QuickWeb as well as QuickLook-which not only offers an instant-on 10-second peek at e-mail, contacts and calendar information, but now allows users to also type and respond.
With Microsoft Windows 7, it will arrive on Oct. 22 for the starting price of $699 with the Celeron dual-core processor or $899 with the Intel Core 2 Duo.

Like the ProBook 5310m, the new Pavilion dm3 falls into the category HP established earlier this year with the Pavilion dv2. It's less than an inch thick, weighs 4.2 pounds, offers up to 10 hours of battery life and a choice of Intel or Advanced Micro Devices processors, and starts at $549.

For images of HP's new PC line, please click here. 

Other new HP enterprise offerings include:
- The HP Compaq 6000 Pro and 6005 Pro desktops for markets including corporate, government and education. One is a vertical microtower, the other a horizontal form factor, and both are EPEAT Gold registered and offer an optional 89 percent efficient power supply-the highest of HP's desktop PCs. These PCs offer different processor choices. Users can choose from an Intel processor with the Intel Q43 Express chip set or AMD's 785G chip set that uses either a dual-core Athlon II chip or a dual-, triple or quad-core Phenom II processor. The 6000 (the Intel version) has a starting price of $605, and the 6005 (the AMD version) starts at $563.
- Several HP and Compaq displays, ranging from 17 to 24 inches and starting at $190, are also among the new offerings. The HP Compaq LA1905wg, LA2205wg and LA2405wg widescreen LCD displays (19-, 22- and 24-inch models) offer "advanced comfort and environmental design," according to HP, while the LA1751g and LA1951g LCD displays also emphasize energy efficiency. The latter feature, along with low power consumption, additionally applies to the HP LE1851w and LE2001w displays.

HPs New Consumer Offerings


On the consumer side, HP is introducing:
- The Envy 13 and Envy 15 notebooks. The Envy 13 offers the brightest display in its class and features an etched-metal case and palm rest, a weight of 3.74 pounds, an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, and ATI Switchable Graphics, which allows it to switch between ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 discrete graphics and an Intel integrated graphics processor.
The Envy 15 offers a choice of two super-bright 15.6-inch displays, weighs 5.18 pounds and, according to HP, is the fastest consumer notebook it has ever made. It includes the future Intel Core i7 processor and up to 16GB of DDR3 (double data rate 3) 1,066MHz memory in four memory slots. Both devices will arrive on Oct. 18, the Envy 13 at a starting price of $1,699 and the Envy 15 at $1,799.
- There are two netbooks in the group, the first of which, in black, is the Mini 311, which can play back 1080p high-definition video, in addition to surfing the Web and offering easy access to music, photos and e-mails. It features an 11.6-inch screen and starts at $399.
The Mini 110 is a comparable netbook but was designed in cooperation with Dutch designer Tord Boontje and features a three-dimensional surface technology that's called HP Imprint 3D. The result is a layered polycarbonate finish that has the delicate look of cut paper or lace.  
It also starts at $399, and like the Mini 311 and the Envy notebooks, it comes in a sleek, environmentally friendly box that includes a microSD card instead of a lot of paper instructions and packing materials that are entirely recyclable.
- The HP MediaSmart EX490 and EX495 servers are for the at-home management of PCs and Macs. They come with HP software for managing devices and streaming music, photos and videos to PCs, Mac, televisions and gaming consoles. The 1TB EX490 retails for $549, and the 1.5TB EX495 will sell for $699.
- And finally, the HP MS2000 All-In-One PC features an 18.5-inch diagonal display and 16:9 widescreen display. It will feature Windows 7 and a 1.5GHz AMD Athlon X2 3250e dual-core processor, plus 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM). It has a minimal footprint, has integrated Wi-Fi, and HP hopes you'll make it your family room or kitchen PC. Starting price is $599.

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