HP updates its EliteBook and ProBook business notebooks with FORGE

first_imgHot on the heels of Lenovo’s 2011 ThinkPad update, HP has announced their own new models. The EliteBooks and ProBooks were both covered, meaning new systems for the enterprise-level p-series, the mainstream business b-series, and SMB-focused s-series. Ten models were announced in total.The big news is a new design language that HP is calling FORGE (Form Optimized Richness Green Endurance). The EliteBook, being the flagship line, was the most affected. These systems look more attractive and less business-like thanks to recessed I/O slots, cleaner bottoms with hidden labels, tiny pin-like precision LED indicators, larger trackpads, and a new barrel hinge design. On the functional side, the new EliteBooks received larger drainage channels, filtered intake vents to keep gunk out, and a bottom panel that can be opened tool-lessly. There is also a rubber frame around the display to add a layer of protection when the computer is shut.AdChoices广告Overall FORGE makes for a notebook that is a lot like the previous EliteBook but with a more distinctive design. HP isn’t taking any major chance here, but the p-series computers definitely don’t look like the competition. The squared-off design didn’t do much to slim down the p-series and the new computers are actually a bit heavier than the old ones, but there are still a lot of nice changes.The b- and s-series computers got more metal on their exteriors and some other minor upgrades. Most of the cool stuff was trickled down from the line above it (p to b and b to s) so you’ll recognize these features.The new EliteBooks are the 14-inch 8460p and the 14.5-inch 8560p. These will run second-gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors, have 3G/4G support, and either use Intel HD or AMD Radeon HD 6470M graphics. Aside from the design stuff the coolest new perk seems to be HP’s ProtectTools which now has facial recognition and can look for a paired Bluetooth cell phone as a secondary security token.Battery life was bumped up seriously as well–HP says the 8460p running an SSD with a 9-cell battery and an additional slice battery will run for 32 hours! Under what we would call real-life use they say it will beat 20 hours.The ProBook b-series will arrive in the form of the all-new 13-inch 6360b, and then the 14-inch 6460b and 15.6-inch 6560b. These are the mainstream business computers and as such won’t offer a quad-core option. They did get more metal on the outside, an optional HD webcam, and a tougher chassis with more magnesium built-in.The s-series, meant for small businesses with unmanaged IT, picks up the new 4230s, 4330s, 4430s, 4530s and 4730s ranging from 13.3- up to 17.3-inches. These systems get Core i3/i5/i7 processors (with a quad-core option), switchable graphics on some, SRS sound, HP ProtectTools, anodized aluminum around the display and on the palm rest, and a larger trackpad that supports gestures.The EliteBooks will start at $999, ProBook b-series will start at $799, and the ProBook s-series will start at $579. Everything will be available March 15th.HP ProBook s-series_right metallic grayHP ProBook s-series_right metallic grayHP ProBook s-series_left metallic grayHP ProBook s-series_front metallic grayHP ProBook s-series_down facing metallic grayHP ProBook s-series_closed metallic grayHP ProBook b-series_right tentHP ProBook b-series_front right view with dockHP ProBook b-series_front openHP ProBook b-series_angle rearHP EliteBook p-series_right tentHP EliteBook p-series_front right view with dockHP EliteBook p-series_angle rearlast_img

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