HP announced a 2011 refresh to their HP ProBook B Series including the HP ProBook 6360B, a 13.3″ notebooks with a new bead-blasted aluminum cover in tungsten, a magnesium-reinforced ABS chassis and a bottom that has helps protect against liquid for when you knock over your coffee as you type away.
The CPU is the 2nd generation Sandy Bridge Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 depending on the configuration purchased. These will offer a nice performance bump over the previous models. The new notebooks will also be available with Celeron processors for budget minded buyers.
The memory configurations will include up to 16GB of DDR3 SDRAM with 2, 4, or 8GB SODIMMs. There are a lot of storage options with fast 7200 rpm optical drives in 250, 320, 500 or 750 GB SATA II drives or an option 320GB 7200 rpm self encrypting drive in the event that extra security is needed. For those wanting something faster at a premium HP is offering either a 128GB or 160GB solid state drive.
The computer has an “Upgrade Bay” which can include a Blu-ray drive that also burns DVDs, an ordinary DVD burner, a simple DVD reader, or even a secondary 500GB hard drive. If the buyer doesn’t need any of these, it can come empty.
The 13.3″ display will be powered by Intel HD Graphics 3000 chips. The resolution is only 1366×768 which is average.
The keyboard on the computer is full-sized with a large touchpad and optional pointing stick. There are also special launch buttons which can be used to launch popular apps and power the QuickWeb as well as volume. The included images are actually of the larger HP ProBook 6460B and 6560B which have a dedicated number pad. The 6360B does not.
These come with HP’s ProtectTools for enhanced security and data protection, HP Power Assistant which should provider better battery life, and HP QuickWeb which allows user to get online quickly without having to do a full boot into Windows.
Above is the optional docking station for the HP ProBook 6360B connected to the computer.
Other specs include HD Audio with SRS Premium sound, jacks for stereo in/out, a stereo mic jack and an option HD webcam with integrated mic.
Networking support includes an options HSDPA mobile broadband modem or an EVDO modem (not available till 2Q 2011). The first will run on networks from AT&T and T-Mobile while the later is geared for Verizon and Sprint networks. Other wireless connectivity includes Intel 802.11 a/b/g/n or just b/g/n. Alternatively there is also available Broadcom a/b/g/n or just b/g/n wireless networking. Bluetooth 2.1+EDR is also available.
For wired connections there is Gigabit LAN port and a legacy 56K modem port. Other ports include 3 USB 2.0, 1 eSATA/USB 2.o combo port, VGA, DisplayPort, firewire, and a docking connector and secondary battery connector. There is also an ExpressCard slot and an SD/MMC flash card reader.
Below is a video demoing the new ProBook B series notebooks:
Genuine Windows® 7 Professional 9
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 9
Genuine Windows 7 Home Basic 9(select countries)
Genuine Windows 7 Starter, 26 (select countries and configurations)
Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic
SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
|Processor||2ndgenerationIntel® Core™ i7 mobile processors with Turbo Boost Technology; 2ndgenerationIntel® Core™ i5 mobile processors with Turbo Boost Technology; 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i3 mobile processors, Intel® Celeron® processor|
|Chipset||Mobile Intel QM67 Express Chipset (vPro13 configurations)
Mobile Intel HM65Express Chipset (non vPro13 configurations)
|Memory||DDR3 SDRAM, 1333 MHz, two slots supporting dual-channel memory,142/4/8GB SODIMMs, up to 16 GB total|
|Internal Storage||250/320/500/750GB 7200 rpm SMART SATA II HDD, 320 GB 7200 rpm SED (Self Encrypting Drive); or 128/160GB SSD,HP 3D DriveGuard|
|Upgrade Bay||12.7-mm SATA optical drive; Blu-ray ROM DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL LightScribe Drive, 16, DVD+/–RW SuperMulti DL LightScribe Drive, 16, DVD-ROM Drive; 500 GB 7200 rpm secondary HDD; or Weight saver|
|Display||13.3-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD anti-glare (1366 x 768)|
|Graphics||Integrated: Intel® HD4Graphics3000; Intel® HD4 Graphics|
|Audio/Visual||High Definition Audio(SRSPremium Sound), stereo speakers, stereo headphone/line out, stereo microphone in, optional HDWebcam, 17, integrated microphone (integrated dual-microphone array with optional webcam)|
|Wireless Support18, 19||Optional HP hs2340 HSPA+ Mobile Broadband; Optional HP un2430 EV-DO/HSPA Mobile Broadband(available 2Q 2011);
Intel 802.11a/b/g/n or b/g/n, Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/n or b/g/n; HP Integrated Module with Bluetooth ® v2.1 + EDR Wireless Technology; HP Connection Manager 4.0
|Communications||Integrated Intel 82579 LM Gigabit Network Connection (vPro13), Integrated Intel 82579V Gigabit Network Connection (non vPro13), 56K v.92 modem|
|Ports and Connectors||(3) USB 2.0 ports, (1) eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port, (1) VGA, (1) DisplayPort, (1) stereo microphone in, (1) stereo headphone/lineout, (1) 1394a, (1) power connector, (1) RJ-11/modem, (1) RJ-45/Ethernet, (1) docking connector, (1) secondary battery connector|
|Expansion Slots||(1)ExpressCard/54 slot, (1)SD/MMC slot|
|Input Device||Full-sized spill-resistant keyboard with drains, touchpad with scroll zone and gestures support, optional point stick, launch buttons (wireless on/off, HP QuickWeb, volume mute)|
|Software(Windows OS only)||HP Power Assistant,7HP Recovery Manager, HP Support Assistant, HP QuickWeb,8 Microsoft® Office 2010 Preloaded -Purchase Key,20IntervideoWinDVD(select models), Roxio Burn Secure (select models), Roxio MyDVDE 10 SE (select models), Norton Internet Security 2011,22Skype17|
|Security||Standard: HP ProtectTools, Central Management capable, TPM Embedded Security Chip 1.2, Enhanced Pre-Boot Security, HP Spare Key (requires initial user setup), HP Disk Sanitizer,24Drive Encryption for HP ProtectTools, Credential Manager for HP ProtectTools, File Sanitizer for HP ProtectTools24, Intel AT (requires a Computrace subscription),27 security lock slot
Optional: Computrace Pro for HP ProtectTools,23HP Fingerprint Sensor, Smart Card Reader (replaces ExpressCard), HP Privacy Filter
(h x w x d)
|1.32in (at front) x 12.68in x 8.66in / 3.4cm (at front) x 32.2cm x 22.0cm|
|Weight||Starting at 4.19lb (1.90kg) (weight will vary by configuration)|
|Power||9-cell (100WHr) Lithium-Ion battery,56-cell (55 WHr) Lithium-Ion battery,53-cell (31WHr) Lithium-Ion battery,56-cell (55WHr) HP Long Life Battery (3-year),5, 246-cell (55WHr) HP Long Life Battery (1-year), optional HP Extended Life Battery (9-cell/73WHr),5optional HP Ultra-Extended Life Notebook Battery (9-cell/100WHr), 65W HP Smart AC Adapter,HP Fast Charge|
|Expansion Solutions1||HP 90W Docking Station, HP 120W Advanced Docking Station, HP USB 2.0 Docking Station, HP Essential USB 2.0 Port Replicator, HP Dual Hinge Notebook Stand, HP Display & Notebook Stand, HP Adjustable Display Stand, HP Adjustable Dual Display Stand|
|Warranty||Limited 3-year, 1-year and 90-day warranty options available, depending on country, 1-year limited warranty on primary battery. Optional HP Care Pack Services are extended service contracts which go beyond your standard warranties.