HP Introduces the Smallest Ever ProBook Model — A 12 Inch Netbook Named HP ProBook 5220M

Looks like HP [NYSE:HPQ] really wanted to sell their ProBook series to those businessmen who were abandoning the business laptop ship for something more portable  — i.e. a netbook. Of course, it is not like they did not have something that looked like a ProBook and was of netbook size. They still have the HP MINI 5102 netbook that really looks like a ProBook in a 10″ form factor. In even had some special extras like a premium build, options for SSD, spill resistant keyboard, HDD shock protection, etc. But now we have a 12 inch ProBook carrying the name ProBook 5220M.

The HP ProBook 5220m has  12.1 inch display with a native resolution of 1280×800 pixels. You can choose from a range of powerful but low voltage Intel processors as the CPU. There’s the Intel Celeron U3400, the Intel Core i3-350UM and the Intel Core i5-450UM to choose from. Of course, the last one will cost more than the first one and is the most powerful of the lot.

The netbook can support up to 4Gb of RAM, so you can choose your RAM size before buying. Purely business work shouldn’t need anything more than 2GB. For storage you can choose between a 250GB/500GB 7200RPM or choose a 80GB SSD to go with it. And since it is a ProBook, you get to choose your OS. You can have Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 — depending on how updated (or not) your company’s IT infrastructure is. As for battery, you get to choose between a 4-cell or a 6-cell battery.

The whole thing weighs 3.5 pounds with the battery and should be enough for all your business needs. It has Bluetooth, Webcam, WiFi (b/g/n), USB, HDMI, eSATA, VGA, Card reader and Gigabit ethernet. Prices start at $764.

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