HP’s Elite lineup is targeted towards business and professional users, and today HP is announcing a big refresh of the lineup. One interesting twist is that HP has partnered with AMD on these devices, and will be utilizing AMD PRO A-Series processors in both their desktops and notebooks. In addition to the other features of Carrizo such as HEVC decoding, the PRO lineup is AMD’s take on Intel’s vPro technology and should fit in well with HP’s goals with these machines.

There are three new notebook models with 12.5-inch, 14-inch, and 15-inch display sizes. The MIL-Spec tested notebooks will be offered with a wide range of options, but will be powered by the AMD A12, A10, or A8 APU models and 16 GB of memory. HP will be offering accessories like fingerprint readers and LTE as well. They also offer HP’s Sure Start BIOS which will automatically correct the BIOS if it finds there is an issue – whether malicious or not. HP will also be offering a choice of operating system from Windows 10 to Windows 7, and FreeDOS 2.0 as well. The displays are all SVA panels, with (unfortunately) 1366x768 as the base option on all three laptops, with 1920x1080 optional, or the 14-inch model can also be had with 2560x1440. On the networking side, HP has gone with Broadcom for Wi-Fi, and Qualcomm’s X5 LTE model is optional.

HP EliteBook
  EliteBook 725 G3 EliteBook 745 G3 EliteBook 755 G3
APU AMD PRO A12-8800B 2.1-3.4 GHz quad-core R7 GPU
AMD PRO A10-8700B 1.8-3.2 GHz quad-core R6 GPU
AMD PRO A8-8600B 1.6-3.0 GHz quad-core R6 GPU
Memory 16GB DDR3L
Display 12.5" 1366-768 SVA
1920x1080 optional
Touch optional on 1080p
14.0" 1366-768 SVA
1920x1080 and 2560x1440 optional
Touch optional on 1080p
15.6" 1366-768 SVA
1920x1080 optional
Touch optional on 1080p
Storage 180-240 GB M.2 SSD
500GB-1TB SATA HDD
128-512 GB M.2 SSD
up to 256 GB M.2 PCIe SSD
500GB-1TB SATA HDD
128-512 GB M.2 SSD
up to 256 GB M.2 PCIe SSD
500GB-1TB SATA HDD
I/O 1 x USB Type-C
1 x DisplayPort
1 x VGA
2 x USB 3.0
SDXC
RJ-45
Docking Connector
Dimensions (mm) : 311 x 219 x 18.9
(inches) : 12.2 x 8.6 x 0.74
(mm) : 338 x 237 x 18.9
(inches) : 13.3 x 9.3 x 0.74
(mm) : 383 x 258 x 19.4
(inches) : 15.1 x 10.1 x 0.76
Weight 1.26 kg / 2.78 lbs 1.54 kg / 3.41 lbs 1.88 kg / 4.15 lbs
Battery 44 Wh 46 Wh 46 Wh
Price $749+

The notebooks have a nice magnesium chassis with a bit more flash than your traditional business PC. HP also includes spill-resistant keyboards, docking connectors, and RJ-45 on all models, and yes, even a VGA port which seems like it can’t ever go away.

The new models should be available in September starting at $749.

Source: HP

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  • Oxford Guy - Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - link

    Office workers are rarely bound by CPU performance. Reply
  • lilmoe - Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - link

    +1

    That's even more so with Windows 10 and Office 2016, where a balanced "good" performing processor is more desirable.
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  • jaydee - Thursday, October 1, 2015 - link

    Office workers are usually I/O bound, as most of them are still on spinning hard drives Reply
  • Samus - Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - link

    The Elitebook 8xx and 10xx lines have what you are looking for. And if they don't the zBook 15 and 17 are monsters and basically in Elitebook shells. Reply
  • coder111 - Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - link

    Why oh why does HP keep that stupid arrow key arrangement? It's impossible to work on big blocks of text or software code using these keys... Reply
  • asdacap - Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - link

    As much as I'm glad that AMD APUs actually goes into a notebook, I keep wondering what is it with the focus on professional section? What advantage does AMD have in this regards? Intel vPro too expensive? For business expensive? I mean, why must it be just business class? Intel's mass discount does not include business class? Reply
  • Manch - Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - link

    For general office productivity like word/excel/outlook on the go, these will be just fine. I don't like the low res screen. Have the older version here at work but those Carrizo chips should help get nice battery life out of them. And it helps lower the price. While per notebook its not much, when you're trying to arm a fleet of people with laptops it adds up. I am curious to see the cost diff though. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - link

    I see a lot of sensible choices made here. I'm surprised to say that about an HP machine, and especially an AMD powered one. Reply
  • zypo - Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - link

    I'm guessing none of them are 35W... be careful and do your research! Reply
  • Chriz - Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - link

    Don't understand why some laptops have DisplayPort while others have HDMI. HDMI would make a lot more sense in a business laptop IMO for hooking up to HDMI projectors or TV's. This reminds me of how some monitors come with HDMI and others DisplayPort. I mean, choose a standard already or include both. Reply

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