HP announces range of business laptops -

HP today unveiled a range of laptops aimed high quality business customers, with updates to its EliteBook, ProBook and ProBook s-series.

With barely enough time for the ink to dry on the press release for Lenovo’s range of high performance and productivity laptops, which boasted an impressive 30 hours better with high durability design, HP has announced an even more staggering 32 hour battery life in its EliteBook 8460p.

Furthermore, HP’s one-upmanship also means that in terms of durability its notebooks also surpass the Lenovo notebooks, with claims that the EliteBook range of notebooks all reach military standards, though whether they could withstand an attack from a trigger-happy Techeye news editor is another story.

“HP is the market leader in business notebooks and we have raised the bar with a completely revamped line of business-grade notebooks,” said Dan Forlenza, vice president, Business Notebooks, Personal Systems Group, HP.

“Our all-metal EliteBooks meet military standards and will surpass customer expectations in durability.”

The EliteBook 8460p and 8560p weigh 4.56 pounds and 6.10 pounds respectively, with 14 and 15.6-inch HD LED-backlit displays, and both house Sandy Bridge processors.

They also feature USB 3.0 ports and a USB 2.0 charging port, alongside a range of connectivity options, a choice of OS and either hard disk or solid state disk drives options.

The p-series also offers 3, 6, and 9 cell options for lightweight and extended battery run time, and an HP Long Life Battery option.  The notebooks are compatible with the HP Ultra-Capacity Notebook Battery, which allows the 8460p to reach 32 hours of battery life.

The ProBook meanwhile is suited towards configurability in business use, as well as featuring the same rugged design of the rest of the range, such as extra display panel protection and a spill resistant keyboard set in an aluminium case. 

The 6360b, 6460b and 6560b all feature HD LED-backlit displays sized 13.3, 14 and 15.6-inch respectively and also use Intel’s second generation range of processors.

Aimed at small to medium business, the more affordable ProBook s-series focuses on lower end laptops with a range that runs from ultra-light to desktop replacement.

The 4230s (12.1 inch display), 4330s (13.3-inch), 4430s (14-inch), 4530s (15.6-inch) and 4730s (17.3-inch) also features aluminium casing and the range of core processors on offer to the mid and high end ranges, as well as a Celeron processor.

The HP EliteBook 8460p and 8560p start at $999 and $1,099, respectively, while the ProBook b-series starts at $799 and the s-series at $579.

The notebooks are expected to hit shelves in the US on March 15.

The computer giant will be hoping that the news of this release will go some way to reviving its  share price after it was announced that it took a hit in its first financial quarter, with revenues plummeting 12 percent despite net profits rising four percent to $32.3 billion from $31.18 billion a year ago.  The PC division didn't do well.