HP has just announced their new business notebooks, refreshed for 2011. There’s 6 new ProBook models, with their screen sizes spanning from 13.3 to 17.3 inches, in your choice of two flavors; the more feature-packed ProBook 6000-b line or the more affordable ProBook 4000-s series. What’s in the spotlight in today’s range of announcements are the two new models in HP’s uppity-up Elitebook high-end business notebook range. The new 14 inch Elitebook 8460p and 15.6 inch Elitebook 8560p models succeed last year’s EliteBook 8440p and EliteBook 8540p notebooks respectively. For most part, the guts and port selection on these two are the same as their predecessors… what’s changed includes the new 2011 Intel Sandy Bridge (Second generation Intel Core i-series) mobile processors in them, Intel HD3000-series integrated graphics (or AMD Radeon 6470M if you go the discrete graphics route) and USB 3.0 port availability (though just one of four ports, the other three will be USB 2.0).
Perhaps the most controversial of them all, in my opinion, is HP’s new take on the design of their business notebooks. The new Elitebooks are supposedly slightly more rugged and more accessible (there’s a single panel covering the entire bottom of the notebook that pops off with the tug of a switch) than previous models, but they don’t look… how does one put it… they don’t quite look as sleek as the old design (example). I know it’s been a loooong time, too long, since I last posted and I apologize for that (and I’ve got a surprise for all you readers, coming this week), that won’t happen again… but now, I wanna hear YOUR take on HP’s new design for their business notebook line. Personally, well, I’m praying hard with fingers crossed that the new EliteBook 2560p ultra-portable and EliteBook 8460w, EliteBook 8560w and EliteBook 8760w mobile workstation notebooks will, at least, not look like the result of a bunch of HP design engineers going all “retro, eccentric and Lady Gaga” at the drawing board… as was probably the case when they made today’s eight new ProBook and EliteBook models!