HP ruggedizes ultraportable laptops

HP offers tough ultraportable laptops that can read business cards and easily switch between 3G broadband networks.

HP EliteBook 2730p notebook PC

HP EliteBook 2730p notebook PC

Hewlett-Packard on Monday introduced ultraportable laptops that can easily switch between wireless 3G broadband networks and withstand harsh environmental conditions.

HP's EliteBook 2530p ultraportable and EliteBook 2730p tablet PC have been tested to meet the U.S. military's standards to withstand harsh elements like high altitude and temperatures, the company said.

The laptops, targeted at business users, have also been designed for sensitive parts like hard drive or displays to withstand impact on falls, said Keith LeFebvre, vice president and general manager at HP.

Gobi wireless technology from Qualcomm allows the laptops to seamlessly switch between 3G networks, LeFebvre said. With the technology, users can decide to change 3G networks without changing the hardware. 3G is a type of mobile broadband technology offered by cellular providers that allows people to access the Internet wirelessly.

All users have to do is change firmware, which changes the 3G radio. The chip supports EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) and HSUPA (High-Speed Uplink Packet Access) 3G technologies. Depending on the wireless technology, users will be able to switch between other 3G networks worldwide.

The new laptops also have a unique feature to read business cards and convert them to text. Users can place a business card into a slot carved into the front of a notebook, after which the Webcam shoots its picture. Software extracts important contents from the business card -- including names, addresses and phone numbers -- and converts it to text. The data is then transferred to a file.

The EliteBook 2530p comes with a 12.1-inch screen and weighs 3.19 pounds (1.45 kilograms), with prices starting at US$1,499.

The EliteBook 2730p tablet PC comes with a 13.1-inch screen, weighs 3.7 pounds and is priced starting at US$1,670.

The laptops run on Intel Core 2 Duo low-voltage or ultra-low voltage processors, support up to 8G bytes of RAM and support for additional wireless networking including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Storage options include hard drives or 80G-byte solid-state drives. The laptops come with Intel's integrated graphics technology.

Running Microsoft's Windows Vista OS, users will have the option to downgrade to Windows XP. The laptops will be available worldwide, according to the company.

HP is the world's top PC vendor, followed by Dell, which is closing in on the top spot. During the second quarter of 2008, HP shipped 13.32 million units worldwide for an 18.9 percent market share, followed by Dell, which held a 16.4 percent market share, according to IDC.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Agam Shah

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?