HP Rolls Out New Notebooks and Pre-Paid 3G Service

Paul Lilly

Don't accuse Hewlett Packard of having a case of the Mondays. The OEM woke up this morning and hit the ground running by announcing a handful of new products and services, including an ultra-thin notebook, a light and powerful laptop, a convertible tablet, a redesigned netbook, and even a pre-paid 3G mobile broadband service.

First up is HP's new ProBook 5330m. Sporting a dual-tone color scheme and brushed aluminum chassis, the ProBook 5330m is a 13.3-inch laptop built around Intel's Sandy Bridge platform with Core i3 and i5 processor options. It also features a backlit keyboard, TPM circuitry, and Beats Audio, which has never before been included on HP's business line. Pricing starts at $800.

Next up is the EliteBook 2560p notebook and 2760p convertible notebook/tablet. The 2560p is a 12.5-inch laptop aimed at enterprise customers and comes with second generation Core i5 or i7 CPU options with vPro and Turbo Boost technology. Business heads can choose from a 2.5-inch hard drive or SSD. Other features include an integrated optical drive and HP's new FORGE design. As for the 2760p, it's essentially the same product, but in hybrid notebook/tablet form with support for the included stylus and finger tapping. Pricing for the 2560p and 2760p starts at $1,100 and $1,500 respectively and will be available this month.

Moving along, HP's redesigned Mini 210 netbook sports a streamlined look and is now available in five colors, including "sweet purple, charcoal, crimson red, luminous rose, and ocean drive." It's also been upgraded with Beats Audio and HP's QuickWeb 3.0 pre-boot environment. Pricing starts at $300 with availability beginning June 15.

The other big announcement coming from team HP is its new DataPass pre-paid 3G mobile broadband service. Users are able to purchase wireless broadband data using major mobile carriers in the U.S. without worrying about contract obligations, hotspots, or setup fees. Pricing starts at $5 for 75MB for a duration of 5 hours.

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