Ready to project the image of a successful entrepreneur, but your wallet didnt get the memo yet? HardwareCentral.com takes a close look at HPs latest ultraportable notebook its got a price you cant help but love.
Looks aren't everything. There's also money.
That sounds pretty shallow of us, but appearance and price are the twin issues for IT managers and shoppers in the 13.3-inch ultraportable notebook segment. There are plenty of sleek, sub-four-pound status symbols available, but most sexy slimlines wear designer price tags starting at $1,499 for the Dell Adamo or Apple MacBook Air, for instance, or $1,889 for the Lenovo ThinkPad X301.
The 3.8-pound HP ProBook 5310m changes the math. This skinny black slab boasts an anodized aluminum lid and palm rest and magnesium-alloy base; a sunny LED-backlit screen; a comfortable, MacBook-style chiclet keyboard; ingenious instant-on browser and contact manager software; and ample performance thanks to an Intel Core 2 Duo processor (HP calls it the thinnest notebook with a standard rather than low-voltage CPU).
It costs $899 low enough to be not just an executive perk but to deploy or distribute to staffers. To happy, style-conscious staffers, that is.
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