HP Gets Personal with its Latest Notebooks

HP Introduces Five New Business Notebook Series

HP Introduces Five New Business Notebook Series

Two weeks ago, HP flew Hardware Zone to Seoul to attend a pre-launch preview of their latest business notebooks. Journalists from the Asia Pacific region were the first in the world to catch a glimpse of what HP will bring to the market by the end of May. Launched under the theme "The Computer is Personal Again", HP's new campaign aims to focus on the highly personal and individual relationship people have with their computers. In addition to that, HP will realign their approach to selling PCs - by making it more personal and with emphasis on empowering users and enterprises while putting less focus on the 'feeds & speeds' and technicalities.

Covering a broad range of notebooks from the ultra-light HP Compaq 2400 series all the way to the high performance HP Compaq 8400 mobile workstation, enterprises are assured of the widest range of choices available for all types of applications. These new notebooks will all feature the latest Intel Core Duo processor, giving them a lot more computing performance with the same power efficiency of yesterday's Pentium M processors. Besides that, all of the five new models will be Microsoft Vista-capable and will also feature HP's Professional Innovations, which is a set of hardware and software solutions designed to enhance security, improve ease of use and better reliability.

Although the HP Professional Innovations have been around for a while, there is no letup in the company's commitments to take it a step further. 10 new innovations have been devised and these can all be found in their new 2006 notebook lineup. Among the more notable features include :-

  • HP ProtectTools Device Access Manager - This feature allows administrators to control devices such as optical drives and USB storage drives. Administrators can also selectively disable USB devices and other writable storage devices, thus preventing sensitive corporate data from being copied out.
  • HP Disk Sanitizer - This easy-to-use OS-independent mechanism allows administrators to erase hard drive data and ensures that sensitive corporate data is permanently and safely deleted. This makes it easy for administrators to recycle their equipments without having to worry about exploitation of residual data that weren't properly erased.
  • HP Privacy Filter - A security filter that narrows the display viewing angle, making it only visible to the user without any blurring or image distortion. An ideal feature for constrained or limited spaces such as in-flight environment. This security filter is only available on the HP Compaq nc6400 notebook only.
  • HP OpenView Management Suite with Radia - An automated feature that manages the notebook software (OS, software, software updates, content and configuration settings) to ensure that each computer is always maintained in the correct configuration.
  • HP Mobile Data Protection System 3D - The hard drive is mounted directly to the notebook frame, which helps to reduce the transmission of shock to the drive. On top of that, there is a three-axis digital accelerometer embedded within the notebook that acts as a motion detector to notify the system software of any sudden motion. Upon detection of sudden motion, it immediately sends a command to the hard disk to temporarily stop the hard drive and have the drive head parked to effectively protect the data in the event of an impact.
  • HP Backup and Recovery Manager - This feature offers a simpler solution for data backup and recovery. It's designed to offer either an automatic or a manual backup for ease and convenience.
  • All Day Computing - HP's new Ultra Capacity Travel Battery is a new business accessory solution that triples battery life by up to 10 additional hours for selected HP notebooks.
  • LightScribe - Certain models with DVD writers would feature the LightScribe technology that enables professional labeling of DVDs using the optical drive's laser.
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