Today, HP has unveiled several new Windows 7 PCs targeted specifically at business customers ranging from small and medium businesses to the enterprise.
First up is their brand new multitouch enabled Tablet PC – the HP EliteBook 2740p Tablet PC.
The 2740p Tablet comes with a 12.1 LED display (at 1280x800 screen resolution) and weighs in at 3.8 pounds. It will ship with Intel Core i5 or i7 processors and support up to 8GB of total memory (DDR3). It will support standard hard drives as well as either an 80GB or 160GB SSD. Its keyboard is designed to be spill resistant with drains. The 2740p also ships with integrated HP Mobile Broadband supporting EV-DO and HSPA (a mobile carrier service will be needed of course) and also includes GPS. TPM 1.2 is also included – perfect for BitLocker user in keeping data safe and secure which is super important to businesses. HP went all out with this Tablet PC by supporting the MIL-STD 810G military standard for vibration, dust, humidity, altitude, and high temperatures. The HP EliteBook 2740p will start at $1,599 (USD) and is expected to be available next month in the U.S. For more on the specs for the 2740p, click here to read the Data Sheet (PDF) from HP.
Next up is the HP EliteBook 2540p.
The 2540p also comes with a 12.1 LED display (at 1280x800 screen resolution), Intel’s Core i5 and i7 processors, supports up to 8GB of memory (DDR3), and also supports the MIL-STD 810G military standard. It also comes with integrated HP Mobile Broadband (including GPS) just like the 2740p Tablet PC. The 2540p includes a fingerprint reader – perfect for the Windows Biometric Framework in Windows 7 – and TPM 1.2 for keeping data secure with BitLocker. In an effort to help protect natural resources – the 2540p has post-consumer recycled plastic resin in at least 12% of total plastic content on the PC. The HP EliteBook 2540p will start at $1,099 (USD) and is expected to also be available next month in the U.S. For more on the specs for the 2540p, click here to read the Data Sheet (PDF) from HP.
HP is also introducing brand new designs for their HP ProBook s-series PCs. The new design features a brushed-aluminum metal case and a matte surface which will be available in either available in “caviar” or “Bordeaux”.
The HP ProBook s-series will offer HD LED-backlit displays in the following screen sizes:
HP will ship their ProBook s-series PCs with Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors and include a choice of Intel HD Graphics or discrete graphics option featuring AMD’s ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4350. The HP ProBook s-series will start at $719 (USD) and also should be available in the U.S. next month.
For business customers always on the go – these new Windows 7 PCs are worth looking at.
I have a 2740p. On the whole it is a great machine. Solid construction. The array of sockets is the Swiss Army knife of business, everything from a smartcard to a PCI Express socket - only a DisplayPort is missing (you get it on the base station). The keyboard is comfortable - I type full speed on it and the touchpad is properly placed (unlike almost all HP's cheaper machines) not to be accidentally brushed when typing. The screen is bright despite the touch overlay and the 1280 x 800 shape is a bit more useful than 1368x768 IMO. The stylus works well. It balances well cradled in one arm. The Intel graphics is not stellar but is adequate to give a fluid web experience with IE8 and the gestures ("flicks") add up to a good tablet experience, mostly.
The downside is finger touch. Amazingly, the capacitor system which works smoothly (you can do handwriting reco with finger-writing), nevertheless needs calibration and does not seem capable of reaching all the way to the edge or into all corners. Since the glass cover is broader than the LCD is it bizarre that HP did not ensure the capacitive sensing covered a bit of extra glass, and what's up with calibrating it anyway? Most capacitor systems use a geometric grid which is unambiguously accurate, but whatever HP is using is not like that.
This probably would not matter except that Windows 7 still is not finger friendly and both the OS and many apps place (tiny!) controls like the exit button or sliders (or, ironically, the finger-slide mode toggle) right on the edge or in the corner.
HP got this 99% right. Unfortunately, that last 1% is a devilishly frustrating detail at times. Come on guys, tablets have only been around for 15 years or so. Get it right. Oh, and ban the stylus except for handwriting. We have fingers, and so do you.