HP Unveils New Ultra-thin PCs, Notebooks

HP logoHP today unveiled new PC designs that inlcude the HP Mini 110 companion PC, the HP ENVY series of premium notebooks, the HP Pavilion dm3 entertainment notebook as well as ultra-thin HP ProBook 5310m full-performance notebook.

The HP Mini 110 by Studio Tord Boontje, the first companion PC from the Dutch designer, features the industry's first three-dimensional PC surface technology.

The HP ENVY series is a new line of hand-crafted premium notebooks.

The HP Pavilion dm3 entertainment notebook provides a the balance of mobility and performance in a "thin and light" notebook PC.

The HP ProBook 5310m, the world's thinnest full-performance notebook according to HP, combines durable, black-anodized aluminum with a magnesium frame, wrapped in soft-touch paint that offers its sophisticated design at an affordable price.

HP Mini 110 by Studio Tord Boontje

Starting at only 2.68 pounds and measuring just over an inch thin, the HP Mini 110 by Studio Tord Boontje features a 10.1-inch, mercury-free LED display and a 92 percent of full-size keyboard.

The HP Mini 110 features the debut of HP Imprint 3-D, the industry's first 3-D PC surface technology. Multiple layers on the top cover are used to make the art appear to float on the surface while casting shadows onto lower layers. This new technology brings a depth to Boontje?s intricate pattern of plants and animals.

Built-in tools including Windows Live Writer desktop icon for blogging enable quick access to popular social networking sites.

The Mini 110 by Studio Tord Boontje with Windows 7 Starter can be personalized with 15 wallpapers, a screen saver and a Stardock MyColors desktop theme.

HP Mini 311

The HP Mini 311 delivers a richer Internet and media experience than most netbooks with an 11.6-inch, high-definition widescreen display, NVIDIA ION graphics and a 92-percent of full-size keyboard.

The Mini 110 and Mini 311 feature HP QuickSync software that automatically synchronizes files created or edited on the road with a home PC over a wireless connection when connected to the same network.

The HP Mini 110 by Studio Tord Boontje with Windows 7 Starter is priced at $399 and is expected to be available Oct. 18.

The HP Mini 311 starts at $399 and is expected to be available with Windows XP on Sept. 23 and with Windows 7 Premium on Oct. 18.

HP ENVY series

The thin, light HP ENVY 13 boasts designs such as an aluminum-magnesium casing and the HP Radiance LED widescreen display with edge-to-edge glass for high brightness, color gamut and viewing angle.

The HP Radiance display is twice as bright as other notebook displays in its class - 410 nit (a measurement of display brightness). With 82 percent color gamut (versus standard 45-60 percent), photos appear richer. The display's characteristics also include a 8-millisecond response time.

The ENVY 13 is less than an inch thin and its weight is 3.74 pounds.

With the optional Slim Fit Extended-Life Notebook Battery, the ENVY 13 gives users up to 18 hours of battery life.

ATI Switchable Graphics technology dynamically switches between ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 discrete graphics and the Intel integrated graphics processor for either high-powered graphics processing or low power consumption for long battery life without booting the notebook. The Intel Core 2 Duo processor provides the power of dual processor cores while delivering extended battery life when the notebook is unplugged.



The second member of HP's ENVY series, the ENVY 15, is the company's fastest consumer notebook.

Featuring a magnesium alloy casing, the ENVY 15 rovides lightweight durability in a 1-inch thin, 5.18-pound package.

It comes equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor and up to 16 gigabytes (GB) of DDR3 1,066-MHz system memory in four SODIMM memory slots. Storage options include the ability to add two solid-state drives in a RAID-0 configuration. Creative users will appreciate the ENVY 15 notebook's performance and full versions of Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 and Corel VideoStudio Pro X2 for creating photo and video content.

Power users and gamers can take advantage of premium graphics performance via ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830 graphics with 1 GB of dedicated video memory.

Users can chose between two 15.6-inch HP Brightview high-resolution LED backlit displays, including the Full High Definition LED HP Ultra BrightView Widescreen Display with up to 300-nits brightness. A Nightvision VGA webcam that is optimized for low-light or zero-light conditions is standard on the HP ENVY 15, incorporating an infrared LED that assists the webcam by providing the necessary illumination in dark environments.

The ENVY 15 has also an optional Slim Fit Extended-Life Notebook Battery, giving users up to seven hours of battery life.

Both ENVY notebooks feature HP exclusives, including the HP Slim Fit Extended-Life Battery, an optional, ultra-thin battery that increases battery life and snaps seamlessly into the bottom casing; the HP Clickpad that integrates the buttons into the glass touchpad for quick, fluid control; and HP QuickWeb, which allows users to rapidly access key multimedia and communication applications without the need to boot the Microsoft Windows operating system.

The HP ENVY 13 and ENVY 15 are expected to be available in the United States on Oct. 18 with a starting price of $1,699 and $1,799, respectively.

HP ProBook 5310m

Designed for professionals, the HP ProBook 5310m is powered by the Intel Core 2 Duo SP9300 processor that provides all the power a user would expect with a full-performance PC, while still delivering up to seven hours of battery life with the standard lithium-polymer battery. An optional six-cell battery, expected to be available later this year, will further increase battery run time.

HP claims that the HP ProBook 5310m is "the world?s thinnest full-performance notebook," as it is just 0.9-inch thin and its weight is 3.7 pounds.

The notebook is also sporting a 13.3-inch diagonal LED high-definition (HD) display.

The HP ProBook 5310m is also flexible enough to scale down to meet the needs of all those who don't require a full-performance standard voltage notebook. When equipped with an Intel Celeron dual-core, ultra-low-voltage processor, the HP ProBook 5310m is an affordable step up from companion or netbook devices.

HP QuickWeb allows users to access the web in seconds when the notebook is shut down. The application resides outside the notebook's operating system, so there is no need to wait for the computer to boot up, users can simply push the dedicated button. In less than 20 seconds, users have a secure connection to the Internet and can access websites and content normally obtained through a standard browser. Additionally, HP QuickLook3 allows users to look up and respond to email, calendar and contacts without having to boot the notebook.

Integrated HP Mobile Broadband powered by Gobi allows users to access the Internet, company intranet, email, and mission-critical information in more places than ever before. The new HP Connection Manager 3.0 simplifies and automates connecting users with their preferred network.

The HP ProBook 5310m starts at $699 with an Intel Celeron dual core and $899 with Intel Core 2 Duo and is available immediately in the Asia-Pacific region with the Microsoft Vista operating system. The notebook is expected to be available for delivery in North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region on Oct. 22 with the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.

HP Pavilion dm3

Designed to provide maximum flexibility to mobile users, the HP Pavilion dm3 comes with a choice of processors, including the latest Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Neo Dual Core processors. It also offers consumers a choice of Intel shared, ATI or NVIDIA discrete graphics.

When configured with the AMD Neo and ATI combination, the HP Pavilion dm3 offers PowerXpress, which provides performance graphics when plugged in and switches to shared graphics when unplugged for superb battery life.

The notebook can operate for 10 hours powered by the the standard six-cell battery. It boasts an HD BrightView 13.3-inch diagonal LED screen.

Preloaded with HP MediaSmart software, the dm3 makes managing and enjoying digital music, Internet TV, videos, photos and other content fast and easy. New dedicated function keys allow for quick access to media controls, while high-speed hard drive options up to 500 gigabytes (GB) provide ample room for media and documents.

At less than one-inch thin and weighing only 4.2 pounds, the Pavilion dm3 features a lightweight, brushed aluminum chassis in sophisticated Modern Argento gray that makes it easy for consumers to carry virtually anywhere.

In addition, the HP Pavilion dm3 supports optional built-in WWAN for wireless connectivity anywhere a cell phone works and includes a low-light VGA HP Webcam and microphone. Lightweight external optical disc drives, including a Blu-ray option, are available.

The HP Pavilion dm3 starts at $549 with an AMD processor and $649 with an Intel processor and is expected to be available for delivery worldwide starting Oct. 22 with the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.


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