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HP unveils the Pavilion dv4, Envy 14 with Sandy Bridge, and a redesigned Mini 210

HP unveils the Pavilion dv4, Envy 14 with Sandy Bridge, and a redesigned Mini 210
Dana Wollman
Dana Wollman|@danawollman|May 9, 2011 12:01 AM
With a Sandy Bridge refresh, a new 14-inch mainstream laptop, and a redesigned netbook, HP's latest crop of consumer systems offers a little something for everyone. First up, there's the 14-inch Pavilion dv4 (not to be confused with the metal-clad dm4), which bears the same Imprint finish and CoolSense technology as its siblings and ushers in a striking cobalt blue color option, as you can see in the photo above. Look for it on May 18 with a starting price of $600.

Then there's the revamped Mini 210, which swaps last year's not-too-glossy plastic lid for candy-colored lids, and adds a seamless touchpad, edge-to-edge 10.1-inch display, and a flush six-cell battery promising up to 8.8 hours of battery life -- an upgrade over last year's standard four-cell. Spec-wise, nothing has changed from the current 210, except for the addition of Beats Audio, something you'll find across HP's notebook lineup. It'll be available on June 15 and cost $300 for the charcoal version -- alas, you'll have to pony up $330 for one of the punchier colors. For now, be sure to check out our video hands-on.

Lastly, HP did the predictable and refreshed the high-end Envy 14 with Sandy Bridge CPU options and USB 3.0. It also promises an improved touch experience -- something we bemoaned in our review last year -- with a trackpad that uses optical sensors to analyze your multitouch gestures. That will go on sale June 15 for $1,000 and up.

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HP Brings Style, Performance and Portability to Notebook PCs
PALO ALTO, Calif., May 9, 2011 – HP today expanded its notebook PC line with products and services that provide an optimal combination of sleek style, ultra-portability and high performance to deliver an outstanding mobile experience.
The company also launched HP DataPass, a pre-paid 3G mobile broadband service available in the U.S. across HP's business notebook lineup and expanded HP Beats Audio technology to a business notebook and consumer Mini PC.
HP furthered its FORGE business notebook design framework with the HP ProBook m-series and EliteBook p-series models and built upon its MUSE consumer notebook design philosophy with the HP Mini 210, Pavilion dv4 and ENVY 14.

New products and services include:
- Less than 1-inch thin, the HP ProBook 5330m features a dual-tone color scheme, brushed aluminum chassis and backlit keyboard and is HP's first business notebook to offer BeatsTM Audio, which allows listeners to hear music the way the artist intended.
- HP's smallest and lightest EliteBook at only 3.68 pounds, the newly designed HP EliteBook 2560p includes a 12.5-inch diagonal high- definition (HD) display, high-performance Intel® processor, and is the only notebook in the industry with an integrated optical drive in this form factor.
- The redesigned HP Mini 210 sports vibrant new colors, HP Beats Audio and HP QuickWeb 3.0, creating an ideal mobile companion for on-the-go consumers.
- HP DataPass is a pre-paid 3G mobile broadband service that allows users to purchase wireless broadband data using major mobile carriers in the U.S. without being tied down by contracts, hotspots and set-up fees.

HP ProBook 5330m – thin, stylish and affordable
Designed for savvy business professionals who value style, performance and affordability, the HP ProBook 5330m measures less than 1-inch thick, weighs 3.9 pounds and sports a 13.3-inch diagonal HD screen for exceptional portability. It also includes a backlit keyboard, making it easier to type in low-light environments.

The new ProBook is powered by the latest second-generation Intel Core i5 and i3 dual-core processors and includes the HP Fingerprint Sensor and TPM for enhanced hardware-based data security. Optional Intel vPro technology helps deliver cost savings and improves security and remote manageability.

HP EliteBook 2560p and 2760p – light, powerful and travel-ready
Available in a stylish platinum color, the ultraportable HP EliteBook 2560p Notebook PC and EliteBook 2760p Tablet PCs blend modern design and precision engineering.
The HP EliteBook 2560p sports a thin, clamshell design with a lightweight 12.5-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD, 16-inch x 9-inch display, and an integrated optical drive for added on-the-go convenience. Offering the same functionality as a conventional business notebook along with the flexibility of a writing tablet, the 12.1-inch HP EliteBook 2760p allows for pen use or finger touch.

Both EliteBook models offer second-generation Intel Core i7 or i5 dual- core processors, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and vPro technology. They also feature full-size 7,200 RPM hard disk drives and solid-state drives (SSDs) for longer battery run time, increased durability and quieter, cooler operation.

HP Mini 210 – stylish, on-the-go computing
With the addition of Beats Audio, the redesigned HP Mini 210 is the ultimate companion PC, offering high-quality entertainment plus productivity while on the go. Weighing under 3 pounds and measuring less than 1-inch thin, the stylish HP Mini 210 delivers up to 9.5 hours of computing.

The new Mini 210 design provides a modern, streamlined aesthetic with a sleek upswept back and is available in five colors – sweet purple, charcoal, crimson red, luminous rose and ocean drive.

The Mini 210 also features HP QuickWeb 3.0, allowing users to be more productive by connecting to the web within seconds of powering the mini. QuickWeb 3.0 includes a customizable widget dashboard and syncs to Windows® bookmarks. Users can chat with friends on Skype, update Facebook posts or tweets, and view their social calendars all in one place.

Innovative technologies for enhanced consumer experiences
The sleek, full-performance HP Pavilion dv4 features improved HP CoolSense technology that includes a simplified user interface of on, off and auto. CoolSense uses advanced hardware and intelligent software for a notebook that feels noticeably cooler. Weighing under 5 pounds, the dv4 boasts a 14-inch diagonal HD LED BrightView screen and comes in two HP Imprint colors – espresso black and pacific blue.

Also featuring HP CoolSense technology is the award-winning HP ENVY 14 notebook PC. Combining power, mobility and aesthetics, the ENVY 14 includes new second-generation Intel Core processors, USB 3.0 and a new HP imagepad that uses image sensor technology for advanced gesture support and more fluid control. The premium machine boasts a precision-etched metal alloy case with a 14.5-inch diagonal, HD BrightView Infinity LED display for an eye-popping viewing experience and Beats Audio for fuller, more detailed sound.

Protecting personal information and simplifying password management is easy with HP SimplePass with One Time Password, now available on the Pavilion dm4, dv6 metal and dv7 metal notebook PCs. HP SimplePass helps prevent phishing fraud by providing unique ―one-time‖ passwords that are linked to each individual user's fingerprint. These one-time passwords, generated every 60 seconds, grant more secure access to websites that store financial information.

Docking and display solutions for a customized workspace
The new HP 2560p Docking Station makes it easy for business professionals to maintain the connectivity and comfort of their notebook while working from a fixed station. The docking station offers four USB ports and eSATA, DisplayPort and VGA ports for added connectivity to peripherals and compatibility with an array of video devices.

HP's slimmest business display to date, the HP Elite L2201x display easily connects to a notebook with a single DisplayPort connector. Its sleek easel stand design and external power supply free up limited desk space in smaller office cubicles and the brushed-metal finish matches HP's EliteBook business notebooks. The HP Elite L2201x features a wafer-thin display panel measuring less than 0.4 inches thick and a 21.5-inch diagonal, LED backlit panel that eliminates the use of mercury and provides solid state reliability.

Pricing and availability
All products will be available in the United States.
- The HP ProBook 5330m starts at $799; the HP EliteBook 2560p starts at $1,099; and the HP EliteBook 2760p starts at $1,499. The HP EliteBook 2760p and 5330m are expected to be available on May 9 and the HP EliteBook 2560p will be available on May 23.
- The HP Mini 210 starts at $299.99 and is expected to be available on June 15.
- The HP Pavilion dv4 starts at $599.99 and is expected to be available on May 18.
- The HP ENVY 14 starts at $999.99 and is expected to be available on June 15.
- HP DataPass pricing starts at $5, for an amount of 75MB, for a duration of 5 hours.
- The HP 2560p Docking Station starts at $149 and is expected to be available on May 23.
- The HP Elite L2201x starts at $249 and is expected to be available on June 1.
More information about the products, including product specifications and images, is available at www.hp.com/personal.