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August 19, 2008

HP Debuts Portable Notebook PCs

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributing Editor

HP announced the introduction of three ultra-portable notebook computers including the three pound EliteBook, a small and light HP notebook with a built-in optical drive. These notebooks are aimed at mobile professionals.
“HP continues to distinguish the EliteBook brand with sophisticated, innovative designs that combine military-standard durability with easy-to-use features and the right levels of performance,” said Keith LeFebvre, vice president and general manager, Business Notebooks, Personal Systems Group – Americas, HP.

“These great-looking notebooks can withstand the rigors of the road, meet the most demanding tasks and keep up with the ever-changing mobile lifestyle,” added LeFebvre.
The HP EliteBook series incorporate the latest Intel (News - Alert) processors, solid-state hard drives and wireless technologies suitable for traveling business users. The Intel technology supports extended battery life and better system performance. The notebooks also support Intel Core 2 Duo ultra-low-voltage (ULV) or low-voltage (LV) processors for optimizing performance and reducing power consumption.
The EliteBook models feature an optional integrated 2 megapixel Webcam with business card software and an integrated HP NightLight which lights up the keyboard for better visibility in low light. A shock-resistant hard drive and spill-resistant keyboard protect data in the HP EliteBook from bumps, drops and spills.
The HP EliteBook 2530p Notebook PC weighs only 3.19 pound with a 12.1 inch diagonal widescreen HP Illumi-Lite LED display.
The HP EliteBook 2530p features a durable HP DuraCase, which is a brushed anodized aluminum casing combined with magnesium alloy chassis capable of withstanding extremes of temperatures, dust and humidity. In addition, the inner magnesium shell of the notebook’s HP DuraCase has a honeycomb pattern that is thermally bonded to anodized aluminum for a solid construction.
The HP EliteBook 2730p Notebook PC is an ultra thin high-performing convertible tablet weighing only 3.7 pounds. Its screen can be twisted so as to convert it into a pen-based tablet. An integrated touch-pad, tablet buttons and a jog dial are new features of the PC. The ultra slim battery accessory offers 12 combined hours of battery life. It has a docking solution with an integrated DVD+/-RW drive.
The HP Compaq 2230s Notebook PC has a 12.1 inch diagonal widescreen display and reflective black surface. The Wi-Fi certified wireless LAN (WLAN) and integrated Bluetooth wireless technology enables users to access the Internet anywhere with a connection.
The EliteBook notebooks incorporate energy efficient features and are made of materials which can be easily recycled. The PCs have an Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Gold rating and feature a mercury-free Illumi-Lite LED display, which is lighter and more energy-efficient than standard notebook display technologies.
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Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

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