HP Refreshes Elite Portfolio, Rolls Out Slimmest EliteBook Ever

Paul Lilly

New systems start at $359

Traditional PC sales might be on a decline, but c'mon, they're not evaporating. Therefore it's business as usual for Hewlett-Packard, the world's second largest PC maker, which just updated its Elite line with four new models . One of those new systems is an HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 , the thinnest and most durable EliteBook to date, the company says. It's 16.1 percent slimmer and 7.3 percent lighter than the previous generation, yet still is able to pass a dozen military-grade tests for reilability and durability.

It weighs 3.3 pounds, has a 14-inch display with a Full HD 1080p resolution, and dual-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processor options. There's also a new pressure-sensitive touchpad to help users speed through familiar touch gestures used with smartphones and tablets.

On the small computing side, HP introduced the EliteDesk 800 G1 Business Desktop Mini. The name pretty much says it all -- it's a mini desktop for business users, and the smallest system HP has offered to date.

HP also announced the EliteDisplay 530tm (its first Windows 8 touch monitor for businesses). It has a 23-inch IPS display, 178-degree viewing angle, VESA mounting support, Full HD 1080p resolution, built-in 720p webcam, dual microphones, and integrated speakers.

As for pricing and availability, the EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 is available now starting at $1,299; the EliteDesk 800 G1 and 600 G1 will be available in April for $669 and $449, respectively; and the EliteDisplay S230tm will be available on January 6 for $359.

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