HP has lifted the lid on a portfolio of products for small to medium business (SMB) customers, comprising laptop, desktop and all-in-one PCs based on Intel's Skylake processor family, along with new Laserjet printers and multi-function devices.
HP said that it had designed the new products with the needs of SMB customers in mind, as these companies often have little or no in-house IT staff, yet are just as much at risk of security breaches as large firms and also need to keep up with workplace trends such as mobile technology.
On the PC side, HP's updated SMB line-up offers new ProBook laptops, ProDesk desktops, and ProOne all-in-one systems, the latter where the hardware is integrated with the display.
All offer the benefits of Intel's newly launched Skylake 6th generation Core processor family, while the laptops are optionally available with AMD's latest Carrizo A-Series APU chips.
The laptops, set to be available by the end of September, are officially known as the HP ProBook 400 G3 Series, and are available with screen sizes of 13in, 14in, 15in and 17in. They are claimed to be up to 17 percent thinner and 12 percent lighter than the preceding generation of devices.
Specifications include up to 16GB of memory, with storage options including up to a 1TB hard drive or up to 256GB solid state drives. The ProBook 400 family is also said to offer a wide choice of configurable options, including optional full HD displays, touch support for Windows 10 and six-cell batteries that are claimed to last for over 11 hours.
On the desk-bound side, HP's new ProOne 400 G2 all-in-one boasts a 20in screen with an optional edge-to-edge 10-point capacitive touch panel, making it suitable for Windows 10, along with HP Noise Reduction software to make voice input for Cortana more reliable.
The ProOne 400 G2 has several mounting options, such as an articulating reclining stand which can go completely flat, or a stand with horizontal and vertical height adjustment. It also features Intel's Skylake 6th generation Core processors and is set to be available from October starting at $649 (£425).
Meanwhile, HP's more traditional ProDesk 400 Series offers a range of form factors, from micro-tower to small form factor to the ultra-small Desktop Mini, all optimised for affordability and performance, according to HP.
These are likewise based on Intel's 6th generation Core chips, and set to be available from October starting at $479 (£315). The exception is the HP ProDesk 400 small form factor, which is coming later and is priced from $549 (£359).
All the PC models come with protection against Bios attacks thanks to HP Biosphere tools, plus protection of data against unauthorised access via HP's Client Security Suite.
On the printer side, HP's legendary Laserjet family has been given an overhaul with new toner technology that is optimised for better print quality. The new models are due in October.
"We came out with toner that has a hard outer shell and a soft inner core, much like an M&M or a golf ball. This is important because, if we can lower the melt temperature, we can use less energy and print much faster, which everyone likes, while the hard outer shell keeps the durability for great print quality," explained Brian Schmitz, HP director of product management for Laserjet.
The new models are the LaserJet Pro M402, a mono laser billed as the smallest and most energy efficient printer in its class; the Color LaserJet Pro M452, which offers high performance colour printing; the LaserJet Pro MFP M426, a mono MFP boasting fast, dual-side scanning and support for document workflows, such as scan to email; and the Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477, which adds the ability to print in colour.
The printers also have security features, with secure boot-up and security policy management through a tool called JetAdvantage Security Manager. Secure print is supported via on-device storage of print jobs, with the user supplying a PIN to output their prints. JetAdvantage Private Print extends this to the cloud so that print jobs can be accessed via any connected HP printer.
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