HP readies 12.5-inch business notebook

— 6:00 AM on May 9, 2011

I guess 12.5" displays on notebooks are a budding trend. Just four months ago, we had our eyebrows raised at Lenovo's ThinkPad Edge E220s for its unusual display size. Now, HP is about to serve up a system with the very same panel dimensions: the EliteBook 2560p.

Due out on May 23, the new EliteBook crams 1366x768 pixels onto its 12.5" screen, and it envelops the rest of the components in a slick, 1.08"-thick enclosure with a "stylish platinum color." HP quotes a weight of 3.84 lbs with the optional DVD burner and 3.68 lbs without, so this bad boy shouldn't weigh you down too much on your next business trip.

Other noteworthy specs include Sandy Bridge processors, a choice of 7,200-RPM hard drives or SSDs, Bluetooth and optional mobile broadband, and rather generous connectivity and expansion options, including DisplayPort, external Serial ATA, and ExpressCard/34. Unlike the ThinkPad E220S, the EliteBook 2560p is also available with a number of battery capacities, from a pedestrian 55 watt-hours to an eye-popping 100 Wh. The entry price is a little bit higher, though—$1,099 for the HP system, up from $749 for the Lenovo.

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