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HP EliteBook laptops get sleek, Apple-like redesign

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Today, Hewlett Packard revealed a redesigned line of EliteBook laptops that use the “Forge” design framework it introduced on its business notebooks in February. The new designs are meant to be simpler looking, more durable, more reliable, and are built in a more environmentally friendly way. The new EliteBooks feature a gunmetal brushed finish, backlit HP logo, and “orange-colored accents.”

Replacing the EliteBook 8440w, 8540w, and 8740w, will be the EliteBook 8460w, 8560w, and 8760w, which range from 14 inches to 17.3 inches in size.

All of the new models have full HD screens and a choice between AMD FirePro or Nvidia Quadro graphics cards. The two larger laptops also feature HP’s new DreamColor display that can “allow for more than 1 billion active color combinations–64 times the capabilities of a traditional display–and uses a 30-bit notebook LCD panel” for brighter, better color. We have yet not seen the EliteBooks or DreamColor display in action.

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“As the fastest growing segment of the workstation market, mobile workstations continue to provide value to our most demanding design, animation and engineering customers,” said Efrain Rovira, director, Mobile Workstations, Notebook Business Unit, HP. “The new EliteBook mobile workstations announced today combine innovative design with trusted, workstation-class technology to fuel creativity.”

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The smallest of the three EliteBooks starts at $1,299, while the 17.3-inch model (8760w) begins at $1,899. HP also announced a new entry level desktop today, the Z210 Workstation, which starts at $569.

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