October 15, 2009
HP’s new ProBook Windows 7 business laptops have drain in keyboard that saves PC, not pants, from spills
Andrew Nusca writes about HP’s newly announced ProBook notebooks, complete with spill-resistant keyboards.
“The HP ProBook 6445b and ProBook 6545b are targeted at corporate customers ‘who want an affordable combination of business-critical and innovative features in a full-function notebook PC.’ That translates to up to eight hours and 15 minutes of battery life, as well as a wealth of wireless connectivity options. But the coolest darn feature of these laptops is a spill-resistant keyboard with a drain underneath the laptop. The ProBooks will be available in mid-November and start at $799.”
“The big news here is definitely the touch-screen models: The Satellite U505 (due out November 1) is a 13.3-inch, 5 lb device with an MSRP of $1,049.99, while the Satellite M505 (street date October 22) has 14.4-inches of real estate and an MSRP of $949.99. Both come with the touch-ready LifeSpace software package that includes Bulletin Board (some sort of organizer with to-do lists, calendars and the like), and ReelTime, which apparently ‘helps you find files based on when they were opened using a visual history.’”
Donald Melanson writes about HP’s new Pavilion dv8 entertainment PC notebook.
“The new Pavilion dv8 ‘entertainment laptop’ … starts with a big 18.4-inch, full 1,920 x 1,080 screen, and continues along the high-end track with a Core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM (expandable to 8GB), dual 320GB hard drives, NVIDIA GeForce GT230 graphics with 1GB of RAM, a built-in TV tuner, and a Blu-ray drive. Of particular note, the laptop also comes standard with HP’s Long Life battery, which makes use of Boston Power’s Sonata cells and promises a lifespan three to five times better than traditional lithium-ion batteries.”