As well as the somewhat VAIO-esque Mini 5101 netbook they announced this morning, HP have also got a new ProBook full-sized notebook for you to consider. The HP ProBook 4310s has a 13.3-inch display and the same styling as the rest of the S-series the company announced back in April; there's also optional Gobi WWAN mobile broadband, DDR3 memory and a full-sized keyboard.
Under the hood, there's a choice of Intel Celeron CPUs up to 1.9GHz, or Core 2 Duo CPUs up to 2.8GHz. RAM is up to 8GB, while storage is either up to 500GB of 5,400rpm HDD or 500GB of 7,200rpm HDD; you also get a choice of DVD burner or Blu-ray optical drives.
In addition to the optional WWAN there's WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and gigabit ethernet, and you can also specify a standard modem if you're feeling retro. Ports include three USB 2.0, HDMI, audio in/out, an ExpressCard 34 slot and an SD/MMC card slot. There's a 2-megapixel webcam and microphone array.
Graphics are courtesy of either Intel's GMA 4500MHD chipset or ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 4330 with 512MB of its own memory. Other options include a fingerprint reader and a choice of XP, Vista or Linux OS. The HP ProBook 4310s is expected to arrive on July 20th, priced from $799.
HP Expands ProBook Family of Notebooks
PALO ALTO, Calif., June 24, 2009
Adding to its recently introduced HP ProBook s-series notebook family, HP today announced a new model that offers enhanced functionality, while keeping with the line’s stylish design and affordability for small and midsize businesses and mobile professionals.
At 4.34 pounds and 13.3-inches diagonally, the HP ProBook 4310s Notebook PC shares the same sophisticated design and business versatility as the current HP ProBook s-series. This includes a color choice of glossy noir or merlot finish and a spacious full-sized keyboard. It also features the latest professional innovations not previously available outside the HP EliteBook notebook portfolio, such as HP QuickLook 2(1) software, the HP SpareKey(2) feature and HP File Sanitizer.(3)
In addition, the HP ProBook 4310s offers an optional HP Fingerprint Sensor, which eliminates the need to remember login names and passwords as users can use fingerprint authentication to log in to their computers.
The HP ProBook 4310s offers enhanced features, such as a capacitive strip for improved usability, and additional wireless options, such as the HP Mobile Broadband powered by Gobi.(4) The dual-array microphone is an added benefit when conducting video conference calls. It also incorporates a secure digital/MultiMediaCard (SD/MMC) Memory Card Reader, a double-data rate three (DDR3) memory and a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) port to connect to high-definition (HD) displays.(5)
“The ProBook 4310s maintains a savvy style and refined simplicity in a small, light package that offers increased mobility,” said Carol Hess-Nickels, director, Marketing, Notebook Global Business Unit, Personal Systems Group, HP. “Its first-class business features, coupled with an array of wireless options, offer small business professionals the productivity and efficiency they require while in the office or on the go.”
Two new accessories(6) complement the merlot ProBooks: a merlot mouse and a three-in-one special edition mouse pad that also acts as a screen wipe and screen protector for users when they are on the go.
With the versatile HP Essential USB 2.0 Port Replicator, users of HP ProBook s-series, HP Mini PCs and Compaq notebooks have immediate audio and network connectivity and can improve productivity with access to up to five concurrently working USB-connected devices.
Owners of the HP ProBook 4310s can travel in style with the new HP Professional Series Cases, which use quality materials and design. Both Essential and Professional series cases include a top loader, backpack, messenger, designer tote, slip case and quick case.
The HP ProBooks can easily connect to the new HP LE1901w and HP LE2201w widescreen LCD business displays, offering enhanced productivity. These displays are ENERGY STAR® qualified, contain 50 percent less mercury and consume up to 40 percent less power than previous generations.(7)
As with the entire HP ProBook s-series portfolio, configurations of the HP ProBook 4310s are ENERGY STAR qualified and are identified as HP ProBook 4310s ENERGY STAR on HP websites and on www.energystar.gov. In addition, the HP ProBook 4310s is EPEAT Gold registered in the United States.(8) Energy-saving HP Smart AC Adapters allow the notebooks to automatically make power adjustments as needed.
Pricing and availability(9)
The HP ProBook 4310s is expected to be available in the United States on July 20 at a starting price of $799. The HP Essential USB 2.0 Port Replicator is expected to be available on July 20 at a starting price of $79. HP Professional Series Cases are expected to be available in August with a starting price of $39 for the Slip Cases and $69 for the Carrying Cases.
More information about the HP ProBook s-series product specifications and other HP mobility solutions, as well as images, is available in an online press kit at http://www.hp.com/go/mobility2009.
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