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Samsung's biz-friendly P460, P560 laptops

Samsung's laptops for business are designed to take abuse and offer extra security features.

As part of its launch into the U.S. laptop market, Samsung announced two models designed for small business, the 14.1-inch P460 and 15.4-inch P560. Both laptops are built to take a little extra abuse: the matte-black lids are scratch-resistant and incorporate an internal metal plate that helps protect the screen. A sturdy brushed-aluminum keyboard deck surrounds a spill-resistant keyboard. And the keys themselves incorporate silver nanotechnolgy to fight off bacteria and viruses.

Samsung P460

Samsung will offer two fixed configurations of the 5.3-pound P460: one with a previous-generation 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 processor and a 320GB, 5,400rpm hard drive for $1,199, and one with a latest-generation 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 processor and a 320GB, 7,200rpm hard drive for $1,399. Otherwise both configurations are the same, with integrated Intel X4500 graphics, 4GB of 1,066MHz RAM, and a built-in optical drive (though the more expensive version adds LightScribe labeling). When it comes to ports and connections, the P460 offers everything you'd expect from a 14.1-inch business system, including Bluetooth, a PC Card slot, and a 1.3-megapixel Webcam. There's also a fingerprint reader that works with the laptop's Trusted Platform Module.

The 5.8-pound P560 also comes in two fixed configurations with discrete graphics. The $1,299 P560 incorporates a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 processor, a 320GB, 5,400rpm hard drive, and 256MB Nvidia GeForce 9600M GS graphics; the $1,499 version has a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 processor, a 320GB, 7,200rpm hard drive, and 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9600M GS graphics. Both models include a LightScribe DVD burner and a fingerprint reader with Trusted Platform Module.

Both the P460 and P560 will be available by mid-November at such online retailers as NewEgg,, CDW, and Amazon.