Are the New ProBooks from HP the Death Knell for Netbooks?

HP's new ProBook series of notebook computers pile on the features, without piling on the costs.

Those selling Netbook computers may want to reconsider their sales strategy, thanks to HP. The company rolled out a new line of notebook computers aimed at cost conscious business users, which combine features, performance and low prices together in an attractive package.

Netbook buyers will be most interested in the HP ProBook 4415, which has a list price of $599, but will probably cost significantly less when discounts are applied. The 4415 will come with a 14" display, optical drive, webcam and an AMD processor. Along with Windows Vista and Windows XP, HP will offer ProBooks with Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 pre-installed, perhaps lowering costs even further.

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