While HP has been catering to the generic consumer demographic with the Pavilian range of laptops, its Elitebook and Probook range of laptops have been targets towards the business class. This range of laptop incorporates more business friendly design to help productivity. HP has just refreshed the Elitebook and Probook range with updated 2011 Sandy Bridge processors, HD webcams and USB 3.0 support to name a few.
The Probook range has models in the 13-inch (Probook 6360b), 14inch (Probook 6460b) and 15-inch (Probook 6560b) sizes. The laptops are designed rugged with a spill resistant keyboard and a reinforced HD displays dubbed DisplaySafe. The chasis is made from magnesium reinforced ABS and the cover is bead blasted aluminium that's resistant to fingerprints and smudges. They come in a choice of either the Sandy Bridge line of processors or the cheaper Celeron alternative.
The Probook s-series includes 12.1-inch HP Probook 4230s, 13.3-inch 4330s, 14-inch 4430s, 15.6-inch 4530s, and the 17.3-inch 4730s, in Intel's second gen Sandy Bridge processors. They are a step up from the Pavilion laptops and bridge the gap between that and the p-series Probooks. They include spill resistant keyboards, better microphones and SRS surround sound audio setups, HD webcams and an optional Power Express Switchable Graphics. They add another layer of security with a fingerprint reader.
The Elitebook are sold in 14-inch EliteBook 8460p and 15.6-inch EliteBook 8560p variants. They incorporate USB 3.0, SRS Premium Surround speakers, and high capacity battery with a promised 32 hours of battery life, but it's optional. This range is also updated with the Sandy Bridge processors. The HP EliteBook 8460p is priced at $999 (Rs. 45,000 approx.), HP EliteBook 8560p costs $1,099 (Rs. 49,500 approx.), HP ProBook b-series at $799 (Rs. 36,000 approx.), and HP ProBook s-series comes for $579 (Rs. 26,000 approx.)