HP ProBook mixes business, style, affordability

29 Apr 2009

Following the high-performance EliteBook range of notebook PCs, Hewlett-Packard has unveiled a new range of business machines that are also designed for business, but with lightweight and good looks in mind: the ProBook series.

The HP ProBook notebook series is aiming for affordability mixed with good business performance for SMEs. While the machines themselves are lightweight (5.7–6.7lbs), there is no compromise with a cramped keyboard, as a full-size with a separate numeric keypad and touchpad with scroll zone is provided.

Running on Windows Vista Business or Home Basic, the ProBook series has the choice of Intel Core2 Duo or Celeron Dual-Core processors, as well as a decent screen size at 15.6 or 17.3-inches.

The 14, 15.6 and 17.3-inch models have an LED-backlit HD (high-definition) display, with the 17.3-inch version also sporting a widescreen display with 16:9 aspect ratio.

Added to this, select ProBook models have the latest in wireless connectivity with HP Mobile Broadband – the built-in Qualcomm Gobi technology allows the notebook to use a single module (HP un2400) to support multiple mobile broadband network technologies and mobile operators.

On the design side, HP appears to have gone for all-out minimalism, combining ever so slightly old-school blockiness with a thin body that mixes matt and shine for a retro-futuristic feel.

“But it’s not just about good looks or low cost, the HP ProBooks deliver the right blend of features and professional innovations to provide a great user experience,” said Ted Clark, senior vice-president and general manager, Notebook Global Business Unit, Personal Systems Group, HP.

By Marie Boran