HP ProBook Notebooks Get a Makeover; to Start Arriving for $499

May 7, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

HP is not willing to abandon what it started on the ProBook terrain. If you remember, during the last fall season, the company had attempted to rejuvenate its ProBook business notebooks with AMD Trinity chipsets.

It’s been almost a year now – eight months to be precise – and HP wants to bring them on again. The latest makeover would make the ProBook notebooks look thinner and lighter.

So the new ProBook 430, 440, 455 and 470 devices will sport dimensions between 13.3 inches to 17.3 inches. The shell is of aluminium and it is a sleek design.

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The makeover has also brought in spill-resistant keyboards and a soft-touch paint job.  All the devices in the line, except the ProBook 430, will hide under the hood a mix of Ivy Bridge CPUs and AMD Richland chips. Meanwhile, the 430 would sport Haswell chips and will ship in July this year.

According to guys at Engadget, the 14- and 15-inch models will be offered with AMD. All the devices in the range will boast non-touch 1,366 x 768 matte displays. The 17-inch baby, in the meantime, will keep it at 1,600 x 900.

We also hear that the devices, save for 430, will enable an optional optical drive. In case you do not want that option, a weighted placeholder will be provided in the space where the DVD burner would sit.

All the variants would have a hybrid hard drive as standard. Here too, the 430 is different as it sports an SSD option too.

As we mentioned the 430 will start arriving in June, but then the others will begin coming to retail shelves this month itself for a starting price of $499. We are also told that a six or nine cell user replaceable battery will be another feature in the 440, 450 and 470 variants.

Which one do you think will be the ones that will be worth the wait and price?

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