HP Lightens Up with New Notebooks

By Lauren Simonds | Posted March 06, 2006

HP's focus on mobility keeps getting sharper as the company today announced two notebook series and an extended-power battery designed to keep small business workers connected and productive.

The HP Compaq 9400 Notebook PC Series fits into the desktop replacement category, and HP intends it for workers who require both high performance and portability. Carol Hess-Nickels, HP's director of business notebook marketing, said that while the 7.5-pound notebook is the heaviest in the company's business notebook line, the 9400 series is 35 percent thinner and 17 percent lighter than its predecessor, the nx9600 series, while providing up to four hours of battery life.


The HP Compaq 6300 Notebook PC Series
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The notebooks in this series feature dual-core processors, 17-inch widescreen displays, full-sized keyboards, Wi-Fi capability and an integrated combo DVD/CDRW drive. Hess-Nickles also noted built-in security features such as a fingerprint reader and a TPM chip. The embedded chip is designed prevent unauthorized access to the notebook.

The first notebook in this series, the HP Compaq nx9420, will be available later this month. Pricing starts at $1,499 with the following base configuration:

  • 17-inch WXGA + display
  • Intel T2300 (1.66GHZ) processor
  • 512MB DDR SDRAM
  • 256MB video memory
  • 80GB 5,400 rpm hard drive
  • Combo DVD/CDRW drive
  • 56K Modem
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • Intel 802.11a/b/g
  • Li-Ion Battery
  • TPM chip and Fingerprint reader
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • One-year limited warranty

The HP Compaq 6300 Notebook PC Series features two notebooks that fit into the company's thin-and-light line. "These are our middle ground notebooks, the mainstay of our product line," said Hess-Nickels. "They're designed for people who need the freedom and flexibility to work wherever the job takes them. We expect them to be very popular with small businesses."

The 6300 series notebooks include dual-core processors, 15-inch displays, Wi-Fi capability and integrated mobile broadband through Verizon's Wireless Broadband networks. This feature lets you access the Internet with cellular, not Wi-Fi service, but it is limited to Verizon's Broadband network, which is primarily available only in major urban areas.

HP said the first two notebooks in this series — the nx6310 and the nc6320 — will be available in early April. Pricing starts at $1,049 and $1,199, respectively, in the following base configurations:

HP Compaq nx6310

  • 15.0-inch XGA Brightview display
  • Intel Core Solo processor T1300 (1.66-GHz)
  • 512MB DDR2 SDRAM
  • 60GB 5,400 rpm SATA hard drive
  • 24x DVD/CD-RW combo
  • 56K Modem
  • Broadcom 10/100 Ethernet Controller
  • Li-Ion Battery
  • Intel Pro/Wireless 802.11 a/b/g
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition
  • One-year limited warranty

HP Compaq nc6320 Notebook PC

  • 15.0-inch XGA display
  • Intel Core Solo processor T1300 (1.66-GHz)
  • 512MB DDR2 SDRAM
  • 40GB 5,400 rpm SATA hard drive
  • 24x DVD/CD-RW combo
  • 56K Modem
  • NetLink Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000)
  • Li-Ion Battery
  • Intel Pro/Wireless 802.11 a/b/g
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition
  • Three-year limited warranty

Along with the new notebooks, HP also announced the Ultra-Capacity Battery, a 12-cell lithium-ion battery that Hess-Nickels said adds up to an additional 10 hours of run time. The battery is designed to work with any laptop within HP's line of business notebooks. The battery weighs 1.7 pounds, will sell for $199 and be available in mid-April.

Lauren Simonds is the managing editor of SmallBusinessComputing.com

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