HP laptops receive Sandy Bridge refresh

HP has gone laptop launch crazy over in the States. There's new fun notebooks, new business notebooks, notebooks with spinny screens and even ones that double up as teasmades.

Okay, so one of those might not actually exist but the others do. There are new models in the Envy line, the Pavilion range, the ProBook and EliteBook business choices and the netbook-tastic Mini setup.

Starting with the Envy (because we want to, okay?) HP has come forth with the Envy 14 which has had a Sandy Bridge refresh and packs HP CoolSense technology along with "a new HP imagepad that uses image sensor technology for advanced gesture support". Nice.

Moving on to the Pavilion dv4, this also has CoolSense on board, and weighs less than 2.3kg.

If you wanna keep it diddy, then the HP Mini 210 could be what you're after. Weighing around 1.3kg and measuring around an inch in thickness, the 210 is a 10.1-inch netbook boasting 9.5 hours of battery life. The spec looks to be the same as last year's 210 - albeit with Beats Audio on board now.

Sadly, there's no webOS in sight on any of these consumer machines.

In the business range, we now have the HP ProBook 5330m, HP EliteBook 2760p and HP EliteBook 2560p - all boasting the latest generation Intel i chips.

These are 13.3-inch, 12.1-inch and 12.5-inch machines respectively and come in various i3, i5 and i7 Sandy Bridge flavours. The 2760p is the spinny screen tablet hybrid as mentioned in the into.

There's no UK release details yet, just the official US info as listed below:

- The HP ProBook 5330m starts at $799; the HP EliteBook 2560p starts at $1,099; and the HP EliteBook 2760p starts at $1,499. The HP EliteBook 2760p and 5330m are expected to be available on May 9 and the HP EliteBook 2560p will be available on May 23.
- The HP Mini 210 starts at $299.99 and is expected to be available on June 15.
- The HP Pavilion dv4 starts at $599.99 and is expected to be available on May 18.
- The HP Envy 14 starts at $999.99 and is expected to be available on June 15.

HP also announced a move into the 3G data market with its DataPass service.