HP Announces Netbook-Sized Business EliteBook Laptops

HP has released two notebooks, the EliteBook 2170p & 2570p, which are not bigger than pint-sized netbooks and come with a 11.6in and a 12.5in screen respectively with a 1,366 x 768 pixels resolution.

Both are powered by an Intel Ivy Bridge processor (not listed in the hardware but the fact that it has an Intel HD Graphics 4000 is a give away) and can support up to 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM.

They can accommodate normal SATA II hard disk drives (up to 750GB), self encrypting drives (up to 500GB) or solid state drives (up to 256GB) with the bigger model having a DVD writer. The 2170p is a mere 2.65cm thick and weighs 1.31Kg while the 2570p is just as thick but a tad heavier at 1.63Kg.

Connectivitywise, the 2570p offers more expansion capabilities. One USB 3.0, One USB 2.0 (charging) port, one eSATA/USB 2.0 port, Firewire, VGA, DisplayPort (but no HDMI), Ethernet, SD card and Express Card as well as optional HD webcam. The 2170p offers two USB 3.0 ports, GbE, VGA, a SD card slot but no express card.

And to keep business users content, HP has included its ProtectTools, a TPM Embedded Security Chip, Drive Encryption for HP ProtectTools, a security lock slot and a few other security features.