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HP ProBook S and B Business Notebooks Gain AMD A Series APU Options

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HP is adding Dual and Quad Core AMD Fusion A Series processor options to several business notebooks including the affordable HP ProBook S notebooks and the HP Probook B series notebooks.

These new processor options allow HP to deliver a low-cost notebook that delivers a very capable processor, GPU and many of the durability and security features that businesses require.

HP ProBook B Hands On Video

HP ProBook S and B Quick Specs

The new HP ProBook models biggest difference from the previously announced ProBook s and ProBook b business notebooks is the use of the new AMD Fusion A series processors. The various ProBook models will include options for dual core and Quad Core AMD Fusion A series processors to deliver a range of price and power combinations.

The HP ProBook B series will come with the option of a 2.1GHz Dual Core AMD A4 processor, a 1.6GHZ Quad Core A6 processor or the 1.8GHz Quad Core A8 AMD Fusion processor. The HP ProBook S series will have these same processor options as well as one more lower end option, the 1.9GHz Dual Core AMD A4 processor which is in line with the budget focus of the ProBook s series. All of these new AMD Llano A series processors feature the ability to Turbo up to 2.3GHz to 2.5GHz when you need extra speed to finish a demanding work task.

Along with the new processor comes a decently powerful AMD Radeon HD 6000 series GPU which should deliver better 3D Graphics and a top-notch multimedia experience. These integrated graphics beat out some discrete graphics solutions when it comes to power and performance.

HP ProBook S Hands On Video

HP ProBook S and ProBook B Models with AMD Fusion

  • HP ProBook 4435s
  • HP ProBook 4436s
  • HP ProBook 4535s
  • HP ProBook 6465b
  • HP ProBook 6565b

HP ProBook S and ProBook B Features

The HP ProBook b series includes an array of usability and security features including HP Power Assistant to ensure longer battery life, SRS Premium Audio for better sound while presenting and the ability to dock so that you don’t need to plug and unplug all the time.

The HP ProBook s series include security minded features like a fingerprint reader and facial recognition as well as a speedy USB 3.0 port to allow for faster file transfers. The ProBook S series is a more affordable business notebook, but these notebooks do come with an anodized aluminum finish to prevent wear, which is especially important on machines that may be in the field for 3 to 5 years.

HP ProBook S and ProBook B Pricing and Availability

The HP ProBook b series starts at $679 and is expected to be available on June 27. The HP ProBook s series starts at $519, but no release date has been given.

HP ProBook S and ProBook B Gallery

Josh Smith is a longtime mobile tech user, currently using a Droid as his primary smartphone. Josh is also an editor at Notebooks.com where he reviews notebooks and other mobile tech. Follow Josh on Twitter @Josh_Smith or email him Josh@Notebooks.com.

1 Comment

  1. Nils

    June 18, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    The ProBook S comes with a “great software package, just like you’d expect from HP”? Give me a break, it’s freaking crapware!

    I don’t want Evernote, WildTangent fakery (a bunch of links to games in your Startmenu, all leading to an onlinestore), trial version of Antivirus, a worthless wireless manager… the list goes on!

    All I want is a plain vanilla installation of Windows7. Oh great, I can’t have that even if I own a Windows7-DVD because drivers are broken and won’t work if you download all 200MB+ of them and install them yourself.

    We all get that you’re being paid by the people who made that software to preload it and everybody is annoyed by it. So don’t try and present it like it’s a good thing that it with comes with a bunch of annoying nonsense.

    Apart from that, great device.

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