BARCELONA: PC MAKER HP unveiled a raft of Intel Haswell chip-powered laptops for business users on Tuesday, including a business ultrabook that should be robust enough to withstand a good kicking around the office when you're stressed.
HP's Elitebook 800 series business ultrabook has a few new design features that we haven't seen before from HP. The first is a tough chassis, which HP claims has passed nine military grade durability tests, so it should be resistant against even the most clumsy office workers.
Speaking at a launch event in Barcalona today, HP SVP of business PC solutions Enrique Lores told attendees the Elitebook 800 is 40 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than the firm's last flagship business notebook that it replaces, the Elitebook 8000 series. One of the key innovations is its resistance against pressure, humidity, temperature, drop impacts, physical shock, dust and moisture, according to HP.
"The keyboard is spill resistant. This means that if you drop a glass of water or a glass of coffee, the keyboard will keep working, as we have engineered some special holes so the liquid will go inside and will come out of the side without any damage to the PC on the inside."
Lores added that the Elitebook 800 can also withstand the weight of "a 30kg person [who could] stand on top of it and it won't break". We can't say that we know many people that weigh just 30kg, however, unless he was referring to a young child.
Another interesting design feature is the Elitebook 800's slightly convex chassis, which means that the keyboard and the screen don't touch one another while the laptop is closed. This, Lores said, means "you will never see any dirt marks on the keyboard".
The Elitebook 800 will arrive in three editions, the 12in 820 G1, the 14in 840 G1 and the 15in 850 G1, each with a "leather feel" material covering its chassis. We can imagine that this could be taken in one of two ways - either just like leather, or really cheap. We'll be sure to let you know in our hands-on review.
On the inside, Lores said that HP has produced a special heatsink that is designed to take the heat away from a specific area of the device so it can be kept cool more efficiently. HP also said that Elitebook 800 series will run for a rather substantial 33 hours on one charge, though we find this comparatively high number somewhat hard to believe.
The Elitebook 800 series will support internal specifications of up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, Intel fourth generation Core CPUs and integrated HD 4400 graphics. Customers will have the choice of an SSD or HDD storage, depending on their preference and how much they are willing to splash out. It will also work alongside HP's Ultraslim Docking Station 10 for multiple display support and better desktop integration.
Along with the Elitebook 800 series, HP unveiled the Probook 400 and 600 series, which refer to its budget and mid-range arrays of business notebooks, respectively. They aren't ultrabooks, but both ranges are lighter and slimmer than their predecessors.
The Probook 600 series is made up of four notebooks. The Probook 640 G1 and the 645 G1 both feature 14in displays. The 640 will ship with an Intel Haswell CPU and the 645 can be configured with an AMD 35 Watt dual-core or quad-core APU.
The 15.6in 650 G1 and 655 G1 models will feature Intel Hasell and AMD APU processors, respectively.
The Probook 400 series features three notebooks, the ProBook 440 G1, 450 G1 and 470 G1, which all have soft-touch finishes and metal keyboard decks.
The notebooks also have a new hybrid hard drive option that combines an SSD with a traditional HDD. The Probook 400 series are configured with Intel Haswell CPUs only.
HP has yet to announce UK availability or pricing for these ultrabook and laptop ranges. µ
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