HP’s new ProBook Laptop with SuSE

I feel ashamed that I missed out on this news when it first hit the wire since I am a HUGE HP fan but such is life. Apparently on April 28th HP announced its new series ProBook laptops which come in 14″, 15.6″, and 17.3″ screen sizes which are supposed to be stylish, business oriented and most importantly, lowcost.

The “s-series” (I believe the “s” stands for standard) of the ProBook line has a mercury-free design and a HD LED backlit  display. HP says this series was inspired by minimalism and comes in “merlot” or glossy “noir” finishes. The keyboard also seems to be similar to the style of Apple and Sony laptops.

What I found to be pretty exciting was the fact that the s-series models offer Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 preinstalled alongside Windows. This is a HUGE step forward in terms of getting Linux the recognition it really needs. I think ever since Asus launced the EeePC with Xandros installed that many other retailers recognized that there is a market for computers preinstalled with a Linux distro and have started to jump on the bandwagon. Hopefully, soon every major retailers will follow in these footsteps and have two versions of machines out on the market, one installed with Windows, and its doppleganger with Linux preinstalled.

Some cool features of these little badboys are HP QuickLook2 software which provides access to email, calendar, task and contact information easily; HP SpareKey, which allows a user to gain immediate entry into their system should they forget their password by asking them three predetermined personal ID questions; and File Sanitizer which permanently deletes files, folders, and personally identifiable info from the notebook.

In an attempt to follow in Apple’s enviro-friendly manufacturing steps, the s-series “has been engineered for reduced impact on the environment …” The ProBook line holds a silver rating on the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool.

The ProBook 4410s and Probook 4415s feature a 14″ 16:9 HD widescreen LED backlight display, integrated optical drive with an optional Blu-ray and a choice of either  the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 or the Intel GMA X4500 HD graphics controller. It also comes with the standared Wi-Fi certified WLAN and an optional intergrated Bluetooth. Also included is an HDMI port so you can connect to HD displays, and include either an Intel processor (for the 4410s) or an AMD processor (for the 4415s).

Merlot 4515s

The 4515s in “merlot”

The Probook 4510s and  ProBook 4515s feature a 15.6″ 16:9 HD widescreen LED backlight display. They also have optional HP Mobile Broadband connectivity with built-in Gobi tech, in addition to the standared Wi-Fi certified WLAN and optional Bluetooth. Another good feature of the 4510s and 4515s is that they come with an intergrated numeric keypad. The 4510s comes with an Intel processor and the 4515s comes with an AMD proccessor. The buyer has the choice between discrete or UMA graphics.


The 4710s

The big daddy of the line, the ProBook 4710s features a 17.3″ HD widescreen display and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 graphics with up to 512mb of GDDR2 video memory. The 4710s packs an Intel Core 2 Duo, and includes standard Wi-Fi certified WLAN and optional Bluetooth, as well as an HDMI port to connect to those HD isplays. The 4710s also has an integrated numeric keypad like the 4510s and 4515s.

Pricing begins at $529 for the lineup according to HP but they never gave a cap as to just how expensive the series could go. The “merlot” color is only available on 14″ and 15.6″ models. This series hits the shelves in June.



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  1. […] did HP choose SuSE for its ProBooks? Posted on May 7, 2009 by hacktalk After writing “ HP’s new ProBook Laptop with SuSE “ I decided to email HP and find out just why they chose SuSE as their optional OS choice and what I […]

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