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Announced at the vendor’s virtual Reinvent conference today, the new laptops, desktops, monitors, and printers reflect a changed IT landscape in which remote business users prize compact form factors, portability, and fewer cabled connections. By Rich Freeman

“Even when you need to take the desktop home from work, either permanently or temporarily, it’s really small and easy to move to really make the most of that limited desk space at home,” he says.

Set to ship in November, the system comes with a $939 starting price.

According to HP, the somewhat bigger EliteDesk 805 G6 small form factor PC, which goes on sale next month for $929 and up, is the first business-class device of its kind with AMD processors and dual M.2 drive capability. Powered by AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Series processors and optional NVIDIA Quadro P400 graphics, the system is engineered to support multi-tasking on as many as six monitors.  

Both 805 G6 products are set to reach market in November. A more modestly spec-ed ProBook 405 G6 desktop mini will ship that month too at a $649 starting price. An HP Desktop 405 G6 Small Form Factor PC is expected to be available in October.

In a further sign of the times, HP’s latest monitors include two models specifically meant for heavy users of video collaboration tools like Zoom and Microsoft Teams. The 23.8-inch E24d G4 and 27-inch E27d G4 Conferencing Monitors, which will ship next month, both come with an integrated pop-up webcam, mic, and speaker bar that reduce desktop cable clutter. They also feature a low blue light filter designed to prevent eye strain among users who spend long spans of time in front of a computer. 

“We’re actually finding that people are spending an extra two hours a day working during the lockdowns that we’re in,” Rhodes says.

Both monitors are made with up to 85% recycled plastic and come in 100% recycled packaging. Sustainability has been a core design element of many HP products released this year, including those introduced in January during the 2020 CES conference in Las Vegas.

The HP E24d G4 will sell for $369. The HP E27d G4 will list at $499.

The new printers HP discussed today reflect both changed priorities among printer buyers and the continued relevance of the print market. Some 84% of customers surveyed by HP say they still need a printer to be effective at their jobs, according to Anneliese Olson, global head of HP’s print category, who notes that parents with children studying at home instead of school rely on printers as well. “The physical role of documents is absolutely critical in learning,” she says.
Due in December, the new LaserJet Enterprise 400 Series includes HP’s smallest enterprise MFP. Single-function SKUs will be available too, as well as mono and color options.

Appropriate for home and office use, according to HP, printers in the new product family offer remote fleet management functionality and support for remote deployment of HP and third-party solutions. Security features include HP’s Sure Start automatic self-healing technologies and an embedded Trusted Platform Module chip. 

All of the home-friendly products HP showed off today reflect the company’s conviction that users will continue to spend at least some of their week outside the office for many months to come.

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