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New machines join HP's Elite line, 700 series laptop, desktop options

updated 12:10 am EDT, Wed June 4, 2014

Laptops, three desktop configurations and an all-in-one PC all included in range

HP is adding a number of new machines to its HP Elite series of business computers. The new 700 series computers bring six new laptops models, a desktop PC available in three form factors and an all-in-one PC. By expanding the line the company brings a number of options to small and medium sized businesses, in configurations that offer a range of prices depending on hardware needs.

The Elitebooks in the series add the largest number of machine configurations within the Elite 700 line. Three laptops are offered for both AMD and Intel based units, with varying screen sizes and components within them to give business customers the best fit for their dollar. Each of the laptops in the series are 0.82-inches thick and have been subjected to 115,000 hours of testing in order to pass military standard 810G tests. The HP machines are available with either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

AMD configurations of the HP Elitebooks range the 12.5-inch 725 model, the 745 Ultrabook with a 14-inch display and the 15.6-inch 755 model. All of the units contain HD and FHD options that consumers can choose from. Processor options for the laptops include the A10 Pro-7350B 3.3 GHz APU, A8 Pro-7150B 3.2 GHz APU or A8 Pro-7050B 3.0 GHz APU, all utilizing integrated Radeon graphics. RAM in the Elitebooks come in 4 GB and 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3L options, which will be expandable up to 16 GB.

A number of storage options are available for each. SATA hard drives in 320 GB, 500 GB and 1 TB in 5400 and 7200 RPM options are there for consumers that need only basic options. For those looking for something a little faster, 128 GB to 256 GB solid state drives (SSD) can be selected, including some that are self encrypting drives. Pricing for the AMD machines, which are available starting in June, begins at $749.

Intel specs for the 720, 740 and 750 models have not yet been provided by the company. However, it is expected that the processors will be of equivalent speed to the AMDs, and use Intel HD graphics. Ports, RAM, storage and ports should prove to be the similar, if not the same as well. Pricing hasn't been announced either, but the units are expected to come out in August.

Desktop options for the HP Elite series include the Eliteone and the Elitedesk. The Eliteone 705 is a all-in-one desktop solution that uses AMD hardware to drive a 23-inch IPS widescreen monitor. Processor options for the Eliteone 705 are all AMD APUs that will use integrated Radeon graphics. Configurations include the A4 Pro 7350B 3.4 GHz, A6 7400B 3.5 GHz, A8 Pro 7600B 3.1 GHz and A10 Pro 7800B 3.5 GHz units. The unit allows up to 16 GB of DDR3 RAM to be installed.

Like the Elitebooks, a number of storage options are available from 120 GB up to 1 TB in hard drives, SSDs, or solid state hybrid drives. Pricing for the HP Eliteone will be determined at a later date, most likely closer to its September release.

The dedicated desktop model, the Elitedesk 705, can be picked up in desktop mini, small form factor and microtower sizes for customers that don't want to take up a lot of space. Elitedesk machines will be available in both AMD and Intel configurations, giving consumers the option to pick the type of power that they need. Options so far have only been detailed for AMD builds by HP.

Processors match up to many of the same models that will be found in the Eliteone, with HP looking to utilize AMD APUs to power the machines. However, the company has added a few more options in each of the A-series selections, allowing processor speeds up to 4.1 GHz. Form factor of the device will play a large role in which processor options that are available. This also extends to the graphics, as the desktop mini will have to use integrated Radeon HD graphics, while the larger options can use discrete options from AMD or Nvidia.

Storage options also offers the same range as the Eliteone 705 machine, going from 120 GB to 1 TB of storage space across hard drives, SSDs and hybrid drives. Memory gets a boost in the small form factor and microtower options, expanding the maximum memory up to 32 GB of DDR3. Pricing for the Elitedesk 705 units will be announced closer to their expected July release date.

by MacNN Staff



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