updated 12:00 am EDT, Wed June 24, 2009
HP business notebooks
HP on Wednesday introduced several devices geared for businesses, the Mini 5101 netbook and ProBook 4310s notebook, along with new accessories. The Mini 5101 features a 10.1-inch LED-backlit display, with options for 1024x600 resolution or a 16:9 aspect ratio with 1366x768 resolution. The device is powered by Intel's 1.66GHz Atom N280 CPU and 945GSE chipset, with 1GB of DDR2 RAM which can be expanded to 2GB.
The 5101 provides an all-metal case with a magnesium base, bringing the weight down to 2.64 lb while increasing structural rigidity. The company's 3D DriveGuard technology integrates a three-axis accelerometer to protect the hard drive against impacts, bumps or accidental drops, while the Disk Sanitizer feature can be used to wipe sensitive data.
Preinstalled operating system choices include Windows XP Home, SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 and FreeDOS. Customers can add an optional EV-DO/HSPA mobile broadband module, 802.11 a/b/g/n, or Bluetooth components. Hard drive choices include 160GB to 320GB 7,200rpm HDDs or an 80GB SSD.
The ProBook 4310s features an LED-backlit 13.3-inch display, with resolution choices including 1366x768, 1366x768 BrightView or 1280x720 BrightView. Customers can choose between Intel Core 2 Duo processors up to 2.8GHz, or Celeron components up to 2.2GHz for lower energy consumption. Graphics choices include integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD GPU or the discrete ATI Radeon HD 4330 with 512MB of dedicated VRAM.
A full range of Windows Vista 32-bit operating systems can be pre-installed, along with Vista Business downgraded to XP Professional. Up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM is supported on the GL40 chipset, while the PM45 and GM45 chipsets can handle configurations with 8GB of RAM. Storage options range from 160GB to 500GB, with 3D DriveGuard.
Businesses can also add a DVD burner, or a Blu-ray burner with the GM45-based models. The notebooks provide integrated 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth connectivity, along with an optional EV-DO/HSPA broadband module. Other configurations include a Webcam or fingerprint scanner.
Along with the new notebook and netbook, HP has also introduced several accessories for business users. The Essential USB 2.0 Port Replicator works as an expansion hub for devices lacking a traditional dock connector. The replicator provides two always-powered USB ports, three standard USB 2.0 ports, a 10/100 LAN port and a single USB cable for passing audio, USB and LAN connectivity.
The company also offers a USB 2.0 docking station for notebooks, a 6-cell primary battery for the Mini 5101, a Merlot optical mouse and a Merlot Slip Case. Users can add an external DVD burner or a variety of power adapters for AC or mobile use.
The company has yet to announce pricing information or launch dates for the notebook, netbook or accessories.
Merlot optical mouse
Merlot Slip Case