HP ProBook 6560B Gets Refresh with Sandy Bridge and Better Graphics

HP announced a 2011 refresh to their HP ProBook B Series including the HP ProBook 6560B, a 15.6″ notebook with a new bead-blasted aluminum cover in tungsten, a magnesium reinforced ABS chassis and a bottom that helps protect against liquid spills that might potentially damage the system as the user is working. Also included in this refresh is the smaller HP ProBook 6360B which is similar but only has a 13.3″ screen and the 14″ ProBook 6460B.

The CPU is the 2nd generation Sandy Bridge Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 depending on the configuration purchased. The Core i3 and i5 come with dual-core processors and the i7 is a powerful quad-core processor. Thanks to these high specs, this should be a powerful system, able to handle processor intensive tasks.

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 15.6″ display will be powered by Intel HD Graphics 3000 chips. The resolution is only 1366×768 which is average. If the user wishes, they may choose the more powerful AMD HD 6470M graphics processor with 512MB of DDR video memory. Games and multimedia will work nicely on this machine with that option included.

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 smaller 6360B does not the number pad.

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 ExptressCard slot and an SD/MMC flash card reader.

Below is a video demoing the new ProBook B series notebooks:

Operating system Preinstalled: 

Genuine Windows® 7 Professional 9

Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 9

Genuine Windows 7 Home Basic 9 (select countries)

Genuine Windows 7 Starter9, 25 (select countries/configurations)

Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic10

SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop


Processor 2ndgenerationIntel® Core™ i7 mobile processors2with Turbo Boost Technology12; 2ndgenerationIntel® Core™ i5 mobile processors2withTurbo Boost Technology12; 2ndgenerationIntel® Core™ i3 mobile processors2, Intel® Celeron® processor
Chipset Mobile Intel QM67 Express Chipset (vPro13 configurations) 

Mobile Intel HM65Express Chipset (non vPro13configurations)

Memory DDR3 SDRAM, 1333 MHz, twoslots supporting dual-channel memory,112/4/8GB SODIMMs, up to 16 GBtotal11
Internal Storage15 250/320/500/750GB 7200 rpm SMART SATA II HDD, 320 GB 7200 rpm SED (Self Encrypting Drive),or 128/160GB SSD; HP 3D DriveGuard6
Upgrade Bay 12.7 mm SATA optical drive or secondary hard drive: Blu-ray ROM DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL LightScribe Drive1, 26, DVD+/–RW SuperMulti DL LightScribe Drive1, 16, DVD-ROM Drive; 500 GB 7200 rpm HDD15; or Weight saver
Display 15.6-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD7anti-glare (1366 x 768), 15.6-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD+7WVA anti-glare (1600 x 900)
Graphics Integrated: Intel® HD4Graphics3000; Intel® HD4 (Celeron configurations)Discrete: AMDRadeonTMHD 6470M, with 512 MB dedicated DDR3 video memory
Audio/Visual High Definition Audio(SRS Premium Sound),, stereo speakers, stereo headphone/line out, stereo microphone in, optional HD Webcam,1, 17 integrated microphone (integrated dual-microphone array with optional webcam)
Wireless Support18, 19 Optional HP hs2340 HSPA+ Mobile Broadband;18Intel 802.11a/b/g/n or b/g/n, Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/norb/g/n;19HP Integrated Module with Bluetooth ® v2.1 + EDR Wireless Technology; HP Connection Manager 4.0
Communications Integrated Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (vPro13), Integrated Intel82579V Gigabit Network Connection (non vPro), 56K v.92 modem
Ports and Connectors (4) USB 2.0 ports, (1) eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port, (1) VGA, (1) DisplayPort, (1) stereo microphone in, (1) stereo headphone/line out, (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,separate numeric keypadtouchpad with scroll zoneand gestures support, optional point stick, launch buttons (wireless on/off, HP QuickWeb,8volume mute, and calculator button)
Software(Windows OS only) HP Power Assistant,7HP Recovery Manager, HP Support Assistant, HP QuickWeb,8 Microsoft® Office 2010 Preloaded -Purchase Key,20 Intervideo WinDVD(select models), Roxio Burn Secure (select models), Roxio MyDV theDE 10 SE (select models), Norton Internet Security 2011,22Skype17
Security Standard: HP ProtectTools,6Central Management capable, TPM Embedded Security Chip 1.2, Enhanced Pre-Boot Security, HP Spare Key (requires initial user setup), HP Disk Sanitizer,21Enhanced Drive Lock, Drive Encryption for HP ProtectTools, Credential Manager for HP ProtectTools, File Sanitizer for HP ProtectTools21, 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 xd)

1.35in (at front) x 14.72in x 9.86in / 3.4cm (at front) x 37.4cm x 25.1cm
Weight Starting at 5.5lb (2.5kg) without optical drive; 5.76lb (2.62kg) with DVD-ROM drive (weight will vary by configuration)
Power 9-cell (100WHr) Lithium-Ion battery,56-cell (55 WHr) Lithium-Ion battery5, 3-cell (31WHr Lithium-Ion battery,56-cell (55WHr) HP Long Life Battery (3-year),5,24 6-cell (55WHr) HP Long Life Battery (1-year),5, 24optional HP Extended Life Notebook Battery (9-cell/73WHr),5optional HP Ultra-Extended Life Notebook Battery (9-cell /100WHr),590W HP Smart AC Adapter (discrete graphics) or 65W HP Smart AC Adapter (integrated graphics), HP Fast Charge24
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.14 

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