HP has announced the release of a re-vamped range of its notebooks, and shown that there is some life left in the netbook too with the release of the HP Mini 210.
The line includes the one inch thick ProBook 5330m ultraportable aimed at the business user, with 13.3 inch screen powered by i5 and i3 dual cores, and is the first business notebook to use the Dr Dre backed Beats Audio for the marketing execs who want to listen to Fuck Tha Police on the way to a sales meeting.
A couple of lightweight EliteBooks will be hitting shelves soon too, with the 2569p coming with an optical drive and 12.5 inch screen and high end features such as Sandy Bridge i7 or i5 dual core processors.
The 2760p aims to provide some tablet style benefits by allowing “pen use or finger touch”, and solid state drives for longer battery time to create a tablet/notebook hybrid.
However the netbook is not totally confined to the annals of history just yet as many predict, with a redesigned Mini210 allowing quick boot uptimes and 9.5 hour battery, measuring less than one inch thick, or one inch thin as HPs marketing would tell you.
A Pavilion dv4 is also being released with the main added features appearing to be a new interface for the CoolSense cooling technology to avoid scorched laps.
The ENVY 14 is also revamped with some Sandy Bridge and USB 3.0.
HP has also announced the start of a pre pay 3G mobile broadband service available in the US that allows the user to avoid contract or activation fees, with pricing starting at $5 for 75 megabytes for a duration of five hours.
Prices are for the ProBook 5330m are expected to start at $799 and for the EliteBook 2760p at $1,499 with both expected to be released on May 23 in the US.
The EliteBook 2560p is expected to start at $1,099 and will be released on May 9 in the States.
The dv4 will begin at $599 and will be available in the US on May 18.
The Pavilion dv4 and ENVY 14 are expected to start at $999 respectively and will be released on June 15 across the pond.
HP has yet to tell us when the products will be on sale in the UK.