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HP unveils new mobile and desktop workstations at CES 2010

By DE staff   


EliteBook laptop models provide powerful mobile solutions while Z200 tower rounds out low-end of desktop workstation line.


At CES 2010, HP previewed two new mobile workstation models: the HP EliteBook 8540w and HP EliteBook 8440w. Engineered to meet the military-standard tests for vibration, dust, humidity, altitude, and high and low temperatures, the laptops’ feature an aluminum finish over a magnesium alloy chassis that protects the top and bottom of the notebook.

Both HP EliteBooks include an Intel Core i7 or i5 processor, a 15-inch or 14-inch LED-backlit display and a choice of NVIDIA’s Quadro graphics chips. The lower end 8440w comes with an NVIDIA Quadro FX 380M (512 VRAM) while the 8540w features either the Quadro FX 880M (1 gig VRAM) or the Quadro FX 1800M (1 gig VRAM). In addition, both laptops will support up to 16 gigs of RAM and come with up to a 500 GB 7200 RPM hard drive or a 160 or 256 GB solid state drive.



HP also tacked on an entry-level option to the low-end of its z-Series tower workstation line. The z200 will be available with dual-core Core i3 or i5 processor, or quad-core Xeon 3400 processor.

Like the it’s pricier siblings, the z200 will come with an 89-percent energy efficient power supply, and a tool-less component chassis. Internally, the model can hold up to three hard-drives (4.5TB maximum) or optional 64GB SSDs. Graphics options range from an integrated GPU up to either NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800 or the ATI FirePro V5700.

The z200 is projected to go on sale in February starting at US$769.


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