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February 28, 2010

HP unveils new tablet, ProBook s-series notebooks

EliteBook 2740p tablet PC weighs around 3.8 pounds and features 12.1-inch diagonal LED or optional outdoor-view display

By CBR Staff Writer

HP has unveiled a new multitouch-enabled tablet for business users as well as notebook PCs for both enterprise and small and midsize businesses (SMBs).

The new additions to the HP portfolio include, an ultra-thin, multitouch-enabled convertible tablet EliteBook 2740p; EliteBook 2540p, which weighs around 3.3 pounds and suitable for global and large corporate enterprises, the public sector and other businesses in need of a rugged, high-performance notebook; and HP ProBook standard series (s-series) notebook PCs.

According to HP, the EliteBook 2740p weighs around 3.8 pounds and includes 12.1-inch diagonal LED display or optional outdoor-view display with less reflection and a higher contrast for easier viewing in natural light. Multitouch gestures, finger taps and swipes across the screen allow users to navigate through applications and menus.

In addition, the EliteBook 2740p includes a six-cell li-ion prismatic battery that provides up to 5 hours of uptime, and an optional HP 2700 ultra-slim battery that provides up to 11 hours when combined with the standard battery. The expansion base also has an eSATA port that allows for connection to an external RAID array, HDD and optical drives for storage.

The HP EliteBook 2540p offers business users a choice of Intel Core processors in either standard voltage for maximum performance or low voltage for increased flexibility with the convenience of an optical drive or secondary hard drive. It has a 12.1-inch diagonal LED display, optional 2-megapixel webcam with business card reader software and Fingerprint Sensor and an integrated mobile broadband powered by Gobi.

The EliteBook 2540p includes multiple battery options for lightweight configurations or longer battery life, including a three-cell battery that provides up to 4 hours, a six-cell battery that provides up to 8 hours, and a nine-cell battery that provides up to 10.5 hours.

In addition, the EliteBook 2740p and 2540p come preloaded with a trial version of HP SkyRoom, a high-definition (HD) videoconferencing software that offers live, real-time collaboration for face-to-face meetings.

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The HP ProBook s-series is available in four HD LED-backlit display choices, ProBook 4320s (13.3-inch diagonal), ProBook 4420s (14-inch diagonal), ProBook 4520s (15.6-inch diagonal) and ProBook 4720s (17.3-inch diagonal).

According to HP, the ProBook s-series includes new 2010 Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, a choice of Intel HD Graphics or discrete graphics for multimedia support featuring the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4350 and multiple wireless technologies. The suite includes features such as MediaImpression, TotalMedia LabelMaker, TotalMedia ShowBiz, TotalMedia Studio, TotalMedia Theater and WebCam Companion.

The HP EliteBook 2540p starts at $1,099, the EliteBook 2740p starts at $1,599 and the ProBook s-series starts at $719.

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