HP Takes Aim at SMBs with New AMD-Powered HP ProBook

HP is making the move to the red team, releasing two new AMD-Powered HP ProBook models, the 445 G6 and the 455 G6.

Aimed towards small businesses and start-ups alike, both models will feature exclusively Ryzen and Ryzen Pro APUs. But, because the HP ProBook is a business-grade laptop, you’ll see multiple features that you normally wouldn’t see in conventional laptops. This includes improved security features, better durability, longer battery life, and an ultra-thin design that’s all complemented by relatively low asking price.

The New and Improved AMD-Powered HP ProBook

For all the flack that AMD has received over the past few years, they have slowly been delivering in the laptop side of things. HP’s latest decision to arm the HP ProBook should help serve as validation for the once-struggling Intel rival.

Built for the growing business owner, the HP ProBook 445 and 455 will sport a full-aluminum chassis as well as the latest in AMD technology. Both can come with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 2700 APU, which also comes with a Radeon RX Vega 10 GPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and plenty of storage with up to a 512GB SSD.

Being that these were made to stand a beating, the newest HP ProBooks passed MIL-STD 810G standard testing and comes equipped with a spill-resistant keyboard.

Finally, at just 0.71-0.75 inches thin, the neat and compact design, paired with its respectable specifications (especially for the price) and batteries rated to last for nearly 12 hours on a single charge, should easily make this business laptop a favorite. Albeit, not for anything remotely close to graphic design. With a screen that emits only over 220 nits of brightness and just over 67 percent of the sRGB spectrum, the display is subpar, to say the least. It also certainly doesn’t help that the bezels on the screen are a bit thicker.

Pricing and Availability

HP confirmed that they plan to launch the the sixth-generation of the HP ProBook sometime later in January at a starting price point of $549.

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