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Wednesday, May 05, 2010
HP Refreshes PC and Notebook Lines, Adds AMD Chips


HP today unveiled a redesigned portfolio of consumer notebook PCs including models featuring processors from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

The company updated its HP ENVY, HP Pavilion and HP Mini lines.

HP ENVY 14 and 17

The new HP ENVY 14 and 17 notebooks offer a balance of design and technology.

Both ENVY notebooks feature Intel processors and ATI Mobility Radeon high-definition (HD) 5830 discrete graphics for gaming, videos and 3-D images. They come with a backlit keyboard, slot-loading optical drive, HP TrueVision HD webcam, a mini DisplayPort Connector and the latest in wireless and connectivity options.

The notebooks also include Beats Audio, a technology developed by HP and Beats by Dr. Dre to provide better sound when playing music or audio through headphones or external speakers.

The slim and light ENVY 14 features a a 14.5-inch diagonal HD Radiance display that offers picture quality up to 59 percent brighter than any notebook with a standard display, HP claims. With up to six hours of battery life, the ENVY 14 is one of the thinnest and lightest quad-core notebooks available in the world. The ENVY 14 also offers optional WWAN/3G.

The ENVY 17 offers up to 2 terabytes (TB) of storage capacity, supports the ATI Eyefinity Technology for multiple external display support and an HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer for high-quality sound.

The HP ENVY 14 is expected to be available in the United States on June 27 with a starting price of $999.99. The HP ENVY 17 is expected to be available in the United States on May 19 with a starting price of $1,399.99.

HP Pavilion PCs

The new HP Pavilion notebook PCs, including the dm4, dv5, dv6 and dv7, meet a wide variety of power, performance and mobility needs at prices that fit most budgets.

Thin and light, the HP Pavilion dm4 offers mobility paired with a metal finish and cool etched patterns. At just 1 inch thin and weighing only 4.4 pounds, the dm4 features a full-metal chassis with an elegant etched pattern on its brushed aluminum finish. Powered by an Intel Core processor, it includes a 14-inch diagonal BrightView HD LED display, internal optical drive, fingerprint reader and up to 6.5 hours of battery life.

The dv5, available in black cherry, champagne and Sonoma red Imprint finishes, features a 14.5-inch diagonal HD display, ideal for work and play.

Available in the same Imprint finishes, plus a brushed-aluminum finish etched with a stream design, the dv6 is the first HP Pavilion notebook PC available with an optional touch screen in the United States. Dolby Advanced Audio and Altec Lansing speakers are available on the dv5, dv6 and dv7 Imprint finishes.

The HP Pavilion dv7 offers a balance of power and performance for entertainment. With an HD display, Altec Lansing speakers, an HP Triple Bass Subwoofer and the qoption of Beats Audio, the dv7 provides high-quality audio and virtual surround sound. The notebook also comes with Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 and Corel VideoStudio Pro X3.

The HP Pavilion dm4, dv6 and the dv7 with metal finish also come with HP SimplePass, providing consumers enhanced security access to all their passwords with a simple swipe of a finger.

All of these new HP Pavilion notebook PCs include exclusive technology such as HP TrueVision WebCam, which optimizes video for any light setting, and HP QuickWeb, which gives users access to the web without booting up the notebook by simply pushing a button.

The HP Pavilion dm4, dv5, dv6 and the dv7 Select Edition are expected to be available in the United States on May 19 with starting prices of $729.99, $649.99, $699.99 and $849.99, respectively.

HP Mini netbooks

HP also has expanded the HP Mini 210 line with two new designs, preppy pink and white crystal. The HP Mini 210 features HP Imprint 3-D, the first 3-D PC surface technology, which debuted on the HP Mini 110 by Studio Tord Boontje. Multiple layers on the top and bottom covers make the design appear to float on the surface while casting shadows onto lower layers. The HP ClickPad also features the preppy pink finish and tiny cupcake Imprint at the bottom of the unit.

The updated HP Mini 110, HP?s entry-level Mini, now offers an integrated six-cell battery that provides up to eight hours of battery life.

The HP Mini 210 in preppy pink and white crystal and the Mini 110 are expected to be available in the United States on June 15 with starting prices of $354.99 and $279.99, respectively.

New affordable notebook PCs

HP also today introduced nine affordable business notebook PCs tailored for corporate and small to midsize business customers.

Additions to the HP notebook portfolio include:

- The HP ProBook 6455b/6555b series offers the latest VISION Pro technology from AMD.The HP ProBook 6455b and 6555b notebook PCs are expected to be available in the United States in June and start at $779.

- The HP ProBook 6450b/6550b series features Intel vPro technology to help businesses cut costs and increase efficiency, as well as flexible docking and battery options and a range of wireless connectivity choices. The HP ProBook 6450b and HP ProBook 6550b notebooks offer the latest Intel Core i7, i5 and i3 processors. The Core i7 and Core i5 include optional Intel vPro technology to deliver intelligent performance, flexible graphics options, and hardware-assisted security and manageability features.

A choice of Intel HD Graphics or ATI Mobility Radeon HD 540v graphics processor delivers high visual performance.

Users can choose a 14-inch (6450b/6455b) or 15.6-inch (6550b/6555b) diagonal high-definition (HD) LED-backlit display and extensive wireless connectivity options, including HP Mobile Broadband and optional dual-pointing devices that offer greater ease of use.

Other features include multiple battery options, including the HP Long Life Battery, compatibility with the HP 12-cell ultra-capacity battery, an eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port and optional dual hard drive support.

All of the new HP ProBook b-series feature a spill-resistant keyboard with drains. This helps protect sensitive electronics and key components from minor spills by combining a thin layer of Mylar film under the keyboard with a drain system that funnels the fluid through a hole in the bottom of the notebook.

The HP ProBook 6450b and 6550b notebook PCs are expected to be available in the United States in June and start at $859.

- The HP ProBook 4325s/4425s/4525s series sports brushed-aluminum metal cases in caviar or bordeaux. The notebooks offer a range of configurable options, including new AMD Phenom II, AMD Turion II, AMD Athlon II or AMD V-series processors that deliver different levels of performance at varying prices.

The new HP ProBook 4325s (13.3-inch diagonal), HP ProBook 4425s (14-inch diagonal) and HP ProBook 4525s (15.6-inch diagonal) notebook PCs offer a choice of processor technology from AMD and a choice of UMA or discrete graphics options depending on the model. Users also can choose multiple wireless connectivity options, including HP Mobile Broadband, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The HP ProBook s-series features new multimedia controls for video and comes loaded with the new ArcSoft TotalMedia Suite to allow users to play, edit and create video and audio files. They also feature ClickPad Gestures.

The HP ProBook 4425s Notebook PC is expected to be available in the United States later this month and starts at $619.

- The HP 425 and HP 625 are the company?s most affordable notebook offerings. Features such as optional wireless technologies, a 2-megapixel webcam, an integrated microphone and a spill-resistant keyboard keep users connected and protected while on the go.

The notebooks feature VISION Pro Technology from AMD with AMD Phenom II, AMD Turion II, AMD Athlon II and AMD V-Series processors.

The HP 425 and HP 625 business notebooks are available in two display sizes ? 14-inch or 15.6-inch diagonal respectively, in a choice of HD LED-backlit or LED-backlit BrightView HD displays.

An optional integrated 2-megapixel webcam and integrated microphone allow for video conferencing as well as video and still-image capture. The HDMI port provides connectivity to HD displays with one convenient HDMI cable.

The HP 425 Notebook PC is expected to be available in the United States in June and starts at $549.


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