HP has six new professional laptop models in the mix, with Core i7 processor options across the board and plenty of other high-end accouterments. The ProBook models, the 6440b (14-inch) and 6540b (15.6-inch), have a starting price of $949, while the gunmetal aluminum-clad EliteBook 8440w and 8540w start at $1,299 and $1,499, respectively. Finally the more traditional platinum aluminum 8440p and 8540p start at $1,099 and $1,249. The differences between the six models might seem minimal to the untrained eye, but high marks like the spill-resistant drains in the EliteBook models, 24 hour battery option on the 8440p / 8540p might help make sense of the endless configurations that will be available among these models. Everything should hit virtual shelves in February, and there's PR after the break.

Update: PCWorld claims that HP will also be offering up to 3x USB 3.0 ports on its EliteBook 8540p and EliteBook 8540w laptops.
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HP Helps Businesses Reduce Environmental Impact, Increase Efficiency with Reliable, Faster Performing PCs

HP today introduced a new range of powerful desktop and notebook PCs and displays designed to meet the performance and reliability demands of business users while helping businesses increase efficiency and reduce their impact on the environment.

Among the new products being announced are:

The HP Compaq 8000f Elite Ultra Slim Desktop PC, the industry's first Microsoft Windows® based desktop PC to be free of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from the wall to the mouse.(1)
The HP EliteBook 8440 p/w and 8540 p/w series notebooks incorporate the latest mobile technologies, are engineered to meet the tough MIL-STD 810G military-standard tests(2) for vibration, dust, humidity, altitude, and high and low temperatures, and also are BFR/PVC-free.(1)
The HP Notebook Projection Companion, a compact projector using a mercury-free LED light source that measures only 4 inches by 3 inches and weighs less than 1 pound.
Engineered to meet the performance, reliability and expandability needs of users with certified application testing, collaboration and optimization tools built in, the HP Z200 Workstation adds a new and extremely affordable entry-level workhorse to HP's award-winning Z series of workstations.
"HP continues to exceed customer expectations with a range of business products designed with both the environment and productivity in mind," said Stephen DeWitt, senior vice president and general manager, Personal Systems Group, Americas, HP. "With great designs, energy-saving features and efficient, faster-performing products, customers can feel confident choosing HP products to better position themselves in the ever-competitive business world."

The product introductions are part of a series of launches that will continue over the next few months, providing businesses the broadest mix of products to refresh their aging desktops, workstations and notebooks.

Business-class PCs and monitors designed with the environment in mind

The size of a ream of paper, the HP Compaq 8000f Elite Ultra Slim Desktop PC is 30 percent more energy efficient compared to previous models, engineered with reduced substances of concern – including the mouse, keyboard and power cord – and packaged in 100 percent paper-based recycled molded pulp cushions to help protect it in transit.(3)

The HP Compaq 8000f Elite is ENERGY STAR® qualified regardless of the configuration, registered EPEAT® Gold and includes the user-friendly HP Power Assistant, which helps business users maximize the system's energy efficiency while reducing energy-related operating costs.(4)

HP Compaq 8100 Elite Desktop PC Series features 89 percent energy-efficient power supplies, supports energy-saving technologies such as solid state drives (SSDs) and offers HP power-management solutions that help support lower energy usage and costs. The series is EPEAT Gold registered and ENERGY STAR qualified, and the power supplies are rated 80 PLUS Gold.(5) Utilizing Microsoft operating systems, such as Windows 7(6) and future Intel® CoreTM or Core vPro processors, the HP Compaq 8100 Elite Series offers faster, multicore technology enabling intelligently maximized performance that can match most businesses' workloads.

HP also introduced two displays, the HP Compaq LE19f and the HP Compaq LA22f Widescreen LCD Monitors. Available in 19- and 22-inch diagonal sizes, these displays are BFR/PVC-free(7) and contain no mercury. The displays are HP's first to feature WLED low-power-consumption backlit panels. The HP Compaq LA22f is registered EPEAT Gold; the HP Compaq LE19f is registered EPEAT Silver; and both are ENERGY STAR 5.0 qualified and TCO 5.0 certified.

Durable notebooks designed for savvy mobile professionals

Drawing inspiration from aircraft design, HP has updated the look of its award-winning HP EliteBook lineup.

The HP EliteBook 8440w and HP EliteBook 8540w mobile workstations feature a gunmetal anodized-aluminum finish with a full magnesium-alloy chassis to create an incredibly strong case that protects the top and bottom of the notebook against rigorous usage. The HP EliteBook 8440w represents the company's first 14-inch diagonal mobile workstation, answering customers' requests for a smaller notebook.
The HP EliteBook 8440p and HP EliteBook 8540p retain the classic platinum anodized-aluminum finish and the full magnesium-alloy chassis.
Depending on the model, HP EliteBooks offer a wide variety of configurable options such as choice of Intel Unified Mobile Access (UMA) or NVIDIA discrete graphics; choice of Intel Core i7 processors(8) or future Intel Core or Core vPro processors; and either high-definition (HD) or HD Plus resolution displays.(9) All new HP EliteBooks also come preloaded with HP SkyRoom,(10) an affordable, HD videoconferencing software(9) that offers live, real-time collaboration for face-to-face meetings.

The company also announced two new additions to the HP ProBook b-series. The HP ProBook 6440b and HP ProBook 6540b are aimed at corporate customers who want an affordable combination of business-critical and innovative features in a full-function notebook PC. Featuring future Intel Core processors, and available with 14-inch or 15.6-inch diagonal HD(9) LED-backlit widescreen displays, the new HP ProBook b-series PCs are ideal for users who need powerful, reliable performance.

The new HP EliteBook and HP ProBook notebook series include HP QuickWeb, which allows users to access the web in seconds when the notebook is shut down; HP QuickLook3, which allows users to look up and edit email, calendar and contacts without having to boot the notebook;(11) HP Power Assistant;(4) and spill-resistant keyboards with a drain.

Additionally, the HP Long Life Battery, which provides up to a three-year life span(12) – up to twice as long as most li-ion notebook batteries – will be a configurable option on the new HP EliteBook and HP ProBook b-series notebooks. This new technology reduces overall battery waste by requiring fewer batteries to be used over the life of the notebook.

The HP Notebook Projection Companion is an ideal notebook accessory for mobile users who want to make a big impression. Just 4 inches by 3 inches and weighing less than 1 pound, it can project an image up to 60 inches from a distance of 8.5 feet. Because the projector features an LED light source with up to 10,000 hours of usage life (up to five years of typical use) there are seldom any bulbs to buy or parts to replace, which helps reduce its total cost of ownership.

Performance made affordable in a new HP Z workstation

Extending the powerful line of HP Z Workstations to reach new affordable levels of performance, the HP Z200 Workstation is ideal for engineers and designers using Autodesk AutoCAD, photographers using Adobe Photoshop® and power office users.

Based on workstation-class architecture, design and software application certification, the HP Z200 taps the power of Intel's newest technologies, offering dual-core processor options based on future Intel processors as well as quad-core processor options based on the enterprise-class Intel Xeon® 3400 family. As with all HP Z Workstations, the HP Z200 provides a flexible workstation platform with a range of options in Windows and Linux operating systems and a full range of independent software vendor (ISV) certifications.

HP also unveiled the HP Performance Advisor software tool, which acts as a personal system engineer to update a user's workstation settings and drivers, ensure optimal performance, maximize stability and increase overall productivity. Exclusive to HP workstations and unique to the category, HP Performance Advisor is preinstalled on the HP Z200 and ships on all HP workstations at no additional cost. Additionally, all new HP Z Workstations come preloaded with HP SkyRoom.(10)

HP also introduced the HP ZR22w and HP ZR24w Performance Displays, which offer exceptional visual performance for demanding visual computing. Ideal for use with HP Z Workstations, these Performance Series displays are available in 21.5-inch diagonal and 24-inch diagonal sizes and offer IPS Panel technology, with 96 percent coverage of the sRGB gamut and 16.7 million colors at affordable prices. The HP ZR22w is ENERGY STAR 5.0 qualified and both displays feature an eight-way comfort-adjust stand.

Pricing and availability(13)

The HP EliteBooks and the HP ProBook b-series start at $1,299 and $1,099, respectively, and are expected to be available in the United States in February.
The HP Compaq 8000f Elite and HP Compaq 8100 Elite start at $849 and are expected to be available in the United States on Feb. 1.
The HP Z200 Workstation starts at $769 and is expected to be available in the United States in February.
The HP LA19f and HP LA22f Widescreen Monitors start at $179 and are expected to be available in the United States in February.
The HP ZR22w and HP ZR24w Performance Displays start at $289 and are expected to be available in the United States in February.
The HP Notebook Projection Companion starts at $499 and is expected to be available in the United States on Jan. 15.
More information about the products, including product specifications and images, is available at www.hp.com/personal.

HP and the environment

For decades HP has been an environmental leader, driving company stewardship through its HP Eco Solutions program, which spans product design, reuse and recycling as well as energy and resource efficiency. HP influences industry action by setting high environmental standards in its operations and supply chain, by providing practical solutions to make it easier for customers to reduce their climate impact and through its research on sustainability solutions that support a low-carbon economy. More information is available at www.hp.com/ecosolutions.

About HP

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world's largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com/.

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HP refreshes ProBook and EliteBook lines with Core i7 processors and just about everything else (update: USB 3.0!)