HP ups its business game with new notebook lineup

In business these days, tech-savvy users demand the best of the best. Old and slow computers just won't cut it.

HP is looking to help IT departments stay ahead of the curve with a new line-up of business notebooks designed to keep company technology secure and reliable while appealing to users. The company on Tuesday morning announced the new HP EliteBook and ProBook series notebook PCs, most of which are available now, with starting prices ranging from $499 (£308) to $799 (£493).

"IT decision makers today are faced with history's most diverse and technically savvy workforce, and their demands for devices that reflect personal style and productivity preferences present a unique business challenge," Enrique Lores, senior vice president and general manager of commercial PCs at HP, said in a statement. "HP is leading the transformation of the workplace with innovative and mobile business PCs designed for style, but built for security and reliability."

The smallest and lightest of the lot is the EliteBook 820 G1, which features a 12-inch screen and weighs less than three pounds. The EliteBook 840 G1 measures in at 14 inches and has an optional touch screen while the EliteBook 850 G1 has a 15.6-inch screen.

Finally, the new ProBook 400 series notebooks (below) start at $499 (£308) and are "designed to fit the needs and budgets of smaller businesses." All three models — the Probook 440 G1, ProBook 450 G1, and ProBook 470 G1 — pack Intel's new 4th-generation Core processors (codenamed Haswell) and feature an all-metal keyboard deck and meteorite grey chassis with a soft-touch finish.