HP unveiled a new series of EliteBooks and ProBooks today, capitalizing on the lower power draw of Intel’s latest processors to make business-ready Ultrabooks that are thinner than ever. According to the company, their new EliteBook 800 series is, on average, 40% thinner and 28% lighter than earlier models.
EliteBook 800 Series
Like other recent entrants into HP’s commercial lineup, the new HP EliteBook 800 models continue the departure from EliteBooks of years past – gone are the silvery finishes covering every visible surface, and in its place are magnesium covers in “graphite black” with a few accents finished in “meteorite gray” (Apple isn’t the only company with a space grey, as it turns out).
The new EliteBook 820 G1 is for users concerned most with portability. It features a 12-inch display and weighs less than three pounds. Despite the small stature, the 820 G1, like all of the 800 Series EliteBooks, offers up an Ethernet port built into the notebook – so youwon’t need to worry about losing a dongle on the road.
The EliteBook 850 G1 is the real workhouse of the lineup, bringing in a 15.6-inch display to the party as well as high-end Haswell CPUs, a combination of SSD, HDD, and SSHD drives, and an optional Intel Ultrabook certification, depending on configuration.
Despite being in the middle of the pack, the EliteBook 840 G1 is the one that gets us excited. The new 840 is an Ultrabook out of the box, regardless of how you order it. It features an optional touchscreen for those of you who actually enjoy the new Windows 8 modern Start screen interface, but that’s not why we like it. While the 820 and 850 both offer 12 hours of battery life, HP will be producing an optional slice battery for their 14-inch model that delivers an astonishing 33 hours of battery life.
That’s nearly three 12-hour days of battery life where you won’t need to worry about getting to an outlet. On the road? No worries. Trans-continental non-stop flights? Psh.
All three feature vPro CPUs, letting your IT staff take advantage of some of Intel’s tracking and deployment technologies. Each offers VGA legacy ports as well as docking connectors, and you can find models with a SmartCard reader, too. You’ll also be able to snag LTE radios for your notebooks, letting you plop in your SIM card and go to town.
The new EliteBooks also incorporate HP’s new Sure Start protection, which automatically detects users trying to break into the laptop by modifying the BIOS. A ‘Crisis Recovery Mode’ “immediately” detects the attack or corrupted BIOS, and overwrites it with a new, stable copy from the onboard secure memory area in about half a minute.
Each new model is available starting today, with the 820 beginning at $859, the 840 at $799, and the 850 at $939. If you want a touchscreen for your 840, it’s an additional $150.
All are available today with pricing as follows: the 12-inch 820 starts at $859, the 840 goes from $799 ($949 with a touchscreen), and the 850 costs $939.
HP ProBook 600 Series
It wasn’t just fancy new EliteBooks shown off this week, but also the company’s more approachable ProBook lineup.
Now you can get the ProBooks with many of the same features found in EliteBooks, including 4G LTE radios, 1600×900 and 1920×1080 resolution displays, and more. USB 3.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 mean that these guys can handle themsleves in just about any niche.
There are two main versions of the new ProBooks – a 14-inch 64* and 15.6-inch 65* model, with both Intel and AMD versions of each. The ProBook 640 G1 runs Intel 4th gen, or Haswell CPUs, while the ProBook 645 G1 uses AMD dual- and quad-core CPUs.
Likewise, the ProBook 650 G1 offers Intel CPUs and DTS Sound+ speakers, while the ProBook 655 G1 uses AMD CPUs along with their Radeon HD 8000G graphics. Full HD options are available on both of the 15.6-inch models.
All of the new models, save for the 655, will be available in the US starting on November 18th (the 655 will be coming along a week) later. You’ll be able to pick up one of these guys starting at $699.
HP ProBook 400 Series
The new ProBook 400 models bring the functionality of the ProBook 600 Series and takes it down one more level, making these the most affordable options for HP’s new business lineup. The meteorite grey accents from earlier come back to cover the entire chassis, and bring HP’s nice soft touch finishes along for the ride.
While HP is only advertising Intel’s Haswell CPUs – you’ll be able to configure your laptop with Core i3, Core i5, or even Core i7 processors, HP will be making some models available in with AMD processors, as indicated on their website. Instead of offering SSDs, HP is offering solid state hybrid drives for these models, bringing some of the speed of an SSD down to a lower cost tier.
Like the ProBook 600 notebooks, you’ll be able to add in an LTE radio for data on the go.
HP says that the ProBook 400 models are available now, starting at $499, but we the cheapest available models on their website currently start at $559.
While HP didn’t release a new tablet, they did offer a new accessory: the HP Security Jacket. By building in a SmartCard authentication system with option fingerprint reader, the new Security Jacket ensures that only the relevant people can access data on the commercial tablet.
The jacket also includes extra USB 3.0 and HDMI ports, both of which can be locked down for use only with authorized accessories, and then only after a user is successfully authenticated. The company is targeting these new Security Jackets at the healthcare and security space, and scored TAA-compliance for the product.
If you’re worried about the security of your HP ElitePad, you can pick up the Security Jacket now, starting at $249. Don’t expect fingerprint access to come cheaply, however, as that model costs an additional $190, starting at $439.