The HP Elitebook is a new addition to the Compaq business notebook series.

First in the new line-up is the HP EliteBook 6930p, which weighs 2.1kg, features a 14.1-inch (diagonal) widescreen display.

It delivers 15 hours of battery life, an optional 2 megapixel webcam with business card reader software and a range of "integrated wireless and security solutions" dependant on what you want.

This will arrive by mid-August and will have a price tag of around 1219 euros plus VAT.

Next up is the HP Compaq 6530b, which is designed for travel, offering HP Mobile Broadband, certified WLAN and Bluetooth.

It has a 14.1-inch screen, weighs in at 2.41kg, and will arrive at the end of July for around 869 euros +VAT.

Then there's the Compaq 6730b (879 euros +VAT) and 6735b (639 euros +VAT) , which have a 15.4 inch screen, enhanced security features and "the latest Intel and AMD processors".

Add HP 3D DriveGuard, which uses a three-axis accelerometer to detect sudden movements and takes action to protect the machine, and you've got the Compaq 6730s and 6735s.

The 6730s is priced 499 euros +VAT while the 6735s will be 469 euros +VAT - both will arrive in August.

And the final launch is the Compaq 6830s, which offers a 17-inch screen - the biggest in this series - and also includes ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410 with 256MB of GDDR2 for video memory and 3D gaming, as well as ATI hypermemory.

It is built around Intel Core 2 Duo processors and has a 769 euro +VAT price tag.

Standard features include HP QuickLook 2 software, which provides access to emails, the calendar, task and contact information "within seconds at the touch of a button".

Another nifty feature is the File Sanitizer, which permanently deletes individual files and folders from the machine at your bidding, as well as offering encryption tools for if your laptop gets into the wrong hands.

Security wise - a new tool is the HP Spare key feature, which gives you three predetermined personal identification questions to get access to the system, instead of having to remember a password.

The emphasis for all of the new machines is on durability with a brushed anodlised aluminium exterior and a magnesium alloy chasis, and it also has a shock resistant hard drive and that all important spill-resistant keyboard. And the machine also uses HP Durafinish, which means that it is "six times as scratch resistant" than previous notebooks.

Should you ever have an urge to travel to the Arctic or the Amazon, the computer is tested to reach the MIL-STD 810F military standards, which, for all of us civvies, means it can go up to temperatures of 60 degrees celsius and down to -29 degrees celsius.

They start arriving next month.