HP Reveals Two New EliteBook, Four New ProBook Laptops

We're now in the second full month after CES, which means that PC companies are finally free to start really introducing bang-up products once again. As the Spring swings in and consumer dollars begin to flow, Hewlett-Packard is hoping to take advantage of the yearning for a new notebook. We assume as much, otherwise we have not a clue why they would introduce three new additions to the mobile portfolio.

Starting first is the HP EliteBook 2740p, described as an ultra-thin, multitouch-enabled convertible tablet that provides an interactive experience for businesses in health care, education, sales and more. HP designed this unit to have the reliability of an HP business notebook PC with the flexibility of a tablet, and considering that no one really knows how well tablets will take off this year, we suspect this is a pretty smart move. It starts at 3.8lbs. and has a 12.1" LCD display, but those who know they'll be using it outside a lot can opt for an outdoor-view panel with "less reflection and a higher contrast for easier viewing in natural light." As you might expect, the screen is a touch panel, and multi-touch gestures are supported. HP also gives you the choice of a six-cell li-ion prismatic battery, which provides up to 5 hours of uptime, and an optional HP 2700 Ultra-Slim Battery that provides up to 11 hours when combined with the standard battery.

Another new member of the group is the EliteBook 2540p, which is said to be the lineup's lightest member. Boasting a 12.1" LED display, a 2MP webcam, a business card reader, fingerprint sensor and an integrated WWAN (mobile broadband) card by Gobi, this on-the-go machine can last up to 10.5 hours with the extended nine-cell battery.

Finally, there's the ProBook series, which is seeing four new options unveiled today: HP ProBook 4320s (13.3-inch diagonal), HP ProBook 4420s (14-inch diagonal), HP ProBook 4520s (15.6-inch diagonal) and HP ProBook 4720s (17.3-inch diagonal). All of the machines have LED-backlit panels, with the lowest-end one starting at $719 and the whole group giving users the choice of Intel's Core i3, i5 or i7 processors. Users can also select integrated graphics or more powerful options from ATI's Mobility Radeon line. There's also "multiple wireless technologies" built in, and the ArcSoft TotalMedia Suite gives users lots of multimedia tweaking abilities from the beginning.
  • The HP EliteBook 2540p starts at $1,099 and is expected to be available in the United States next month.
  • The HP EliteBook 2740p starts at $1,599 and is expected to be available in the United States next month.
  • The HP ProBook s-series starts at $719 and are expected to be available in the United States this month.
  • The HP 2740 Ultra-Slim Expansion Base starts at $299 and is expected to be available in the United States next month.