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Hewlett-Packard's EliteBook 2730p convertible tablet PC.

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Hewlett Packard today unveiled three new ultraportable laptop PCs, including the 3.19-pound EliteBook 2530p, the lightest HP notebook with an optical drive, according to Keith LeFebvre, vice president and general manager for HP's business notebooks.

The 2530p was inspired by aircraft construction. It has a brushed anodized aluminum exterior casing combined with a magnesium alloy chassis that's six times more scratch-resistant than current laptops, according to LeFebvre.

The EliteBook 2530p also meets Mil-Std 810F military standards for vibration, dust, humidity and temperature extremes, LeFebvre said. 'But this is semi-rugged, not the kind of rugged that you can drive a truck over,' he added.

HP also announced the availability of the EliteBook 2730p, a convertible tablet that can function as a laptop PC or a stylus-based tablet.

Also debuting today is the HP Compaq 2230s laptop, a 4.07-pound PC that offers a 12.1-inch diagonal widescreen display. For hard disk drive protection, it also includes HP 3D DriveGuard, which uses a three-axis accelerometer to detect sudden movement, protecting the hard drive against bumps or drops, LeFebvre said.

The new notebooks also have reinforced alloy hinges that 'take a lot more punishment,' he said.

They also have several built-in security features, including HP ProtectTools Security Manager and Drive Encryption for HP ProtectTools, which encodes information on the hard drive to make sensitive information unreadable if a notebook is lost or stolen, the company said.

Both the EliteBook 2530p and the EliteBook 2730p are registered at the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Gold level and feature mercury-free Illumi-Lite LED displays. HP has a goal of removing all mercury from its notebooks by 2010.

The HP 2530p starts at $1499 and the HP 2730p starts at $1670. Both are expected to be available in early September. The HP Compaq 2230s is available today, and starts at $999.

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