January 6, 2010


HP’s TouchSmart software includes Hulu, Twitter and HP Music Store powered by Rhapsody.

HP’s new ProBook 6440b and 6540b notebook PCs are equipped with 14- and 15.6-inch HD LED LED-backlit widescreen displays, respectively. The notebooks feature magnesium and alloy construction for durability, and include a 2MP webcam, a spill-resistant keyboard, and HP’s QuickWeb and QuickLook3 applications. AMD versions of the notebooks were made available first, with Intel-based units also scheduled. The 6440b weighs 5lbs. and the 6540 weighs 5.5lbs.

On the higher end, HP has introduced the EliteBook 8440w and 8540w mobile workstations, both incorporating an anodized aluminum finish and a magnesium-alloy chassis. “Platinum” finishes are also available in the 8440p and 8450p models. The EliteBooks meet military standards durability tests for drops, dust, heat and cold. Users can select between a choice of Intel UMA or Nvidia graphics, Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, or future Intel Core vPro processors, as well as HD or HD Plus resolution displays. HP’s SkyRoom video conferencing software is standard on the “w” series and is available for trial on the “p” series. The 15-inch 8540w features USB 3.0 and support for up to three DIMM slots.

For presentations, HP is now offering the Notebook Projection Companion, a three-inch by four-inch projector that weighs less than one pound. Images can be projected at sizes up to 60 inches from a distance of 8.5 feet. The mini projector uses an LED light source that offers up to 10,000 hours of usage life. It’s priced at $499.

The HP Z200 is a new, entry-level workstation that’s priced at $769. It features future Intel Core dual-core processors and quad-core options based on the Intel Xeon 3400 series with integrated memory controller. The Z200 can be configured with up to 16GB of memory.

And on the display front, HP has introduced two new ZR performance displays featuring brushed aluminum trim. The 21.5-inch ZR22w is priced at $289 and replaces the company’s 19- and 20-inch models. It offers 1920x1080 HD resolution, a 16x9 aspect ratio and a contrast ratio of up to 3000:1. The ZR24w is a 24-inch display with a 16x10 aspect ratio. The unit can display 1080p content and offers a 178 degree viewing angle. It also has a contrast ratio of 3000:1. Pricing is $425. Both models include a quick connect base for adjusting viewing angles, and will ship in February.