HP's New Line of Catchy Pro Notebooks

Perhaps in an effort to appeal to the budget-conscious times, HP today announced a new line of notebooks targeted at business users.

Named the ProBook line, which joins HP’s other business EliteBook offerings, the new laptops incorporate a mercury-free design, come in ‘merlot’ red and ‘noir’ black, and feature LED backlit displays in a choice of 14-inch, 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch diagonal widescreen sizes.

Somewhat puzzling are the 16:9 displays on all the ProBook models. While the 16:9 aspect ratio makes sense on HDTVs for watching widescreen TV and movies, most content and webpages are designed for vertical strolling. The move from 16:10 to 16:9 is yet another one that doesn’t seem to make sense for office application users.

That aside, the ProBooks come in both Intel and AMD processor flavorings, the option of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 or Intel GMA X4500 HD graphics, optional Blu-ray Disc drive (to make good use of that 16:9 screen). The notebooks also incorporate an HDMI port to connect to HD displays. Wireless connectivity includes standard Wi-Fi, optional integrated Bluetooth and mobile broadband using Qualcomm Gobi technology.

Estimated starting U.S. street pricing begins at $529.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • JMcEntegart
    Catchy? You mean like a song? :P
  • Marcus Yam
    JMcEntegartCatchy? You mean like a song?Hey, don't look at me. I wrote the story, but Tuan did the headline.
  • eddieroolz
    JMcEntegartCatchy? You mean like a song?Marcus YamHey, don't look at me. I wrote the story, but Tuan did the headline.

    GMA X4500: Offering subpar graphics performance since 2008!
  • gaevs
    Hehehehe... nice one..
  • cadder
    The one photo looks nice, looks almost like my red Dell E6500.

    I wonder how much quality they can put into the machine at that price point.
  • unlicensedhitman
    Those one look awesome compared to my HP Pavillion dv6000 series...
  • The article fails to mention this from the press release:

    "In addition to Microsoft® Windows® operating system offerings, select HP ProBook s-series models will offer Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 preinstalled."

    I can't find any with SLED installed so I guess they're 'coming soon'.
  • To me that sounds just like a regular notebook you can buy in K-mart or so...
  • michaelahess
    k-mart sells laptops? I thought it was just full of old ladies buying accent pillows and getting their prescriptions filled....
  • sublifer
    I hate trying to read the comments now.... its way too hard to glance and see who wrote what.