HP Unveils Pro Series of PCs Aimed at Small Businesses

The management tool HP Touchpoint Manager adds user-friendly manageability, and all devices are available with Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system.

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Technology giant Hewlett-Packard launched its Pro Series of desktops, notebooks and an all-in-one (AIO) PC, along with printers and multifunction printers, all aimed at small and midsize businesses.

The Pro Series of PCs offer built-in security and manageability features such as BIOSphere, which offers BIOS-level protection of device firmware during system startup and BIOS updates, and Client Security, which provides multifactor authentication and hard drive encryption to keep sensitive data secure.

In addition, the IT cloud-based management tool Touchpoint Manager adds user-friendly manageability, and all devices are available with Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system.

"Reliability and affordability are critical elements that go into the overall design of these products," Joanne Bugos, director of product management for commercial notebooks at HP, told eWEEK. "We've heard from our SMB customers that managing IT costs is a key concern for businesses with limited IT resources, so these products start at $499. A full offering of leasing and financial services through HP subscription is also available."

The ProBook 400 G3 series of notebooks is available in 13, 14 and 15-inch display sizes and feature optional fingerprint security, 6th Generation Intel Core processors, or the latest AMD 6th Generation A-series APU8.

Expected to be available in September, the ProBook 400 also sports a soft-touch finish, aluminum reinforced keyboard deck, and the company’s spill-resistant Premium Keyboard.

"Workspaces and work styles continue to evolve with employees—and even businesses—becoming more mobile, so we are excited to bring thinner and lighter notebooks to our ProBook 400 series without compromising on performance," Bugos said. "For example, the new ProBook 440 is 17 percent thinner and 12 percent lighter than the previous generation."

Starting at $679, both the ProOne 400 G2 AiO and the ProDesk 400 series use 6th Generation Intel Core processors, built-in cable management, and a number of new deployment options such as an articulating reclining stand.

The 20-inch diagonal ProOne 400 also optimizes features in Windows 10 such as Cortana, the digital concierge, and offers noise-reduction software, an integrated 1MP HD Webcam and an optional edge-to-edge 10-point capacitive touch panel.

The ProDesk 400 series comes in a wide range of sizes, including an ultrasmall form factor, small form factor or micro tower options—the G2 Desktop Mini can fit under a desk or behind a monitor and includes a new standard serial port, VGA and DisplayPort, as well as double data rate 4 (DDR4) RAM.

The ProDesk 400 series is expected to be available in October, starting at $479, and the ProDesk 400 Small Form Factor is expected to be available later in 2015, starting at $549.

The devices underwent the company’s Total Test processing, including more than 120,000 hours of testing to help ensure that the design can hold up to the rigors of work.

On the printer side, HP unveiled the LaserJet Pro M402 series monochrome printer, Color LaserJet Pro M452 series, monochrome LaserJet Pro multifunction printer M426 series, and Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477 series.