HP announces a gazillion new notebooks

— 11:12 AM on June 10, 2008

New laptop launches from major PC makers typically involve a handful of laptops, but HP has decided to announce no fewer than 17 notebooks simultaneously. The company's new notebook lineup ranges from $499 entry-level offerings to a new, Vooodoo-branded MacBook Air-killer, with fancy business offerings thrown in the mix. The lineup also prominently features both Intel's new Centrino 2 platform and AMD's Turion 64 X2 Ultra processors.

Let's start with the fanciest, the Voodoo Envy 133. With a 13.3" LED-backlit display, 1.6-1.8GHz Core 2 Duo CPUs, a choice of 64GB solid-state or 80GB mechanical storage, a thickness of just 0.7" (17.9 mm), and a weight of only 3.37 lbs (1.53 kg), this notebook is right up there with the Apple MacBook Air and Lenovo ThinkPad X300 in the ultra-light notebook arena. The Voodoo Envy 133 also has Intel GMA X3100 graphics, 802.11n Wi-Fi, a 34mm ExpressCard slot, HDMI output, a removable battery, a backlit keyboard, and an external, slot-loading eSATA DVD burner.

HP plans to price the Envy 133 at $2,099 when it comes out this summer. To go with it, HP has announced a bunch of cheaper consumer notebooks (PDF) spanning the Pavilion and Presario brand names. The machines will have display sizes of 14.1" to 17", starting prices of $499 to $1,299, and options including Blu-ray drives and TV tuners on several models. Interestingly, all the new consumer laptops will be available with AMD or Intel processors.

On the business front, HP has even more notebooks (PDF) up its sleeve, although it doesn't quote any prices or release dates. The most interesting is perhaps the 14.1" HP EliteBook 6930p, which will have a LED-backlit display, a weight of just 4.7 lbs (2.1 kg), up to 15 hours of battery life (with an optional Ultra Capacity battery), RAID support, AMD Mobility Radeon HD 3450 graphics, and a DuraCase magnesium shell designed to withstand high temperatures and rough treatment. The 6930p model name suggests this system will have only Intel CPUs, but HP doesn't specify its processor choice there.

Other new HP business notebooks will include HP Compaq "b" and "s" models. The "b" laptops will have magnesium alloy support structures, 14.1"-15.4" display sizes, and 5.3-5.9-lb (2.41-2.69-kg) weights. As for the "s" models, they'll have a reflective black finish and display sizes ranging up to 17". All "b" and "s" models except for the 17-incher will be available with AMD and Intel CPUs.

Oh, and HP has also taken the wraps off the TouchSmart IQ500 All-in-One, a "new generation of touch-enabled PC that brings digital entertainment to life through a natural user interface"—basically an iMac-like system with a touch screen.

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