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HP Refreshes Business, Consumer Laptops

Hewlett-Packard has introduced more than 20 notebooks with new designs and faster processors from AMD or Intel to refresh it's business and consumer laptop lines.

HP's business laptops have starting prices as low as $549 for the HP 425, which is available with a choice of several AMD chips, including the Phenom II, Turion II, Athlon II or V-Series. On the highest end, prices start at $859 for the ProBook 6450b, which is available with Intel's latest Core i7, i5 or i3 processor.

On the consumer side, HP has refreshed its Envy, Pavilion and Mini lines, adding new design elements, as well as new processors for faster performance. Prices start as low as $280 for the Mini 110 netbook, which sports a 10-inch display. At the highest end, prices start at $1,000 for HP's Envy line.

AMD-powered business laptops include the ProBook 6455b and 6555b, while the Intel laptops include the ProBook 6450b and 6550b. The latter come with a choice of Intel HD Graphics or AMD's ATI Mobility Radeon graphics processor. The AMD notebooks start at $779 and the Intel systems begin at $859. The laptops are scheduled to be available in June

The 6-series offers a choice of a 14-inch or 15.6-inch high-definition, LED-backlit display and several options for wireless connectivity. HP also offers multiple battery options, including a 12-cell ultra-capacity battery.

HP also refreshed its ProBook 4-series with the AMD-powered 4325s, 4425s and 4525s. The new laptops feature brushed-aluminum metal cases and have displays ranging from 13.3 inches to 15.6 inches. The ProBook 4425s is scheduled to be available this month at a starting price of $619. Pricing and availability of the other systems were not disclosed.

Finally, the HP 425 and 625 business computers are available with 14- and 15.6-inch displays, respectively. The AMD-based systems come with optional 2-megapixel cameras and an integrated microphone for video conferencing. The HP 425 is scheduled to be available in June. Pricing and availability on the 625 was not disclosed.

HP also introduced several Compaq business laptops powered by AMD chips including the CQ42, G42, CQ62 and G62. The Compaq systems are available with the option of a Phenom II, Turion II, Athlon or V-Series processor. Pricing was not disclosed.

Among the new consumer laptops, the Envy line is the most expensive. The Envy 14 has a 14.5-inch display and starts at $1,000, and the Envy 17 has a 17-inch screen and starts at $1,400. The smaller system is scheduled to ship June 27 in the United States, and the larger system on May 19.

The Envy line is available with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5830 discrete graphics. The laptops include an audio system developed jointly by HP and Beats, founded by rapper Dr. Dre; a Webcam and wireless connectivity options. The Envy 14 has an HD display that's up to 59% brighter than a standard laptop screen, according to HP. The Envy 17 is available with up to 2 terabytes of storage, the ATI Eyefinity technology for support of multiple external screens and a subwoofer for better bass when listening to music.

The new Pavilions are more mainstream and include the dm4, dv5, dv6 and dv7. With the exception of the Intel-based dm4, AMD processors power the systems. The laptops are scheduled to be available May 19 and starting prices are $730, $650, $700 and $850, respectively.

The new Pavilions come in optional colors and finishes to appeal to customers' own personal tastes. The systems also include HP's QuickWeb technology, which enables users to access the Web faster by avoiding the need to boot up the whole system.

Finally, HP introduced the Mini 110 and Mini 210 netbooks, which are scheduled to be available June 15 in the United States for a starting price of $280 and $355, respectively. The 210 is available in a couple of new designs that offer a 3D effect, and the Mini 110 is now available with an integrated six-cell battery that offers up to eight hours of battery life.

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