OmniBook
OmniBook 6100 (2001)
Developer
TypeLaptop
Release date1993 (original);
2024 (revival)
Lifespan
  • 1993–2002 (original)
  • 2024–present (revival)
Discontinued2002 (original)
Marketing target
Predecessor1993 (original):
HP Vectra LS
2024 (revival):

OmniBook is a line of laptops originally made by Hewlett-Packard and currently sold by HP Inc., the 2015 successor to the original Hewlett-Packard. It was first introduced in 1993 as a line of business-oriented laptops and subnotebooks and was originally discontinued in 2002 following the acquisition of Compaq by Hewlett-Packard, with the Compaq Presario, HP Compaq, and HP Pavilion laptops succeeding the OmniBook line.

Nearly 22 years later in May 2024, HP Inc. announced the revival of the OmniBook brand as part of a rebranding of its PC product lines. The new "Omni" brand would be used for all consumer PCs (aside from Omen), with OmniBook for laptops, OmniDesk for desktop computers, and OmniStudio for all-in-one PCs. This new branding would replace the long-running Pavilion brand in use since 1995, among other brands.[1][2]

Models

Comparison table

HP OmniBook 800 (1996)
Pop-up mouse of the OmniBook 800CT
HP OmniBook 2100 (1998)
HP OmniBook XE3 (2000)
Model
name
Processor Clock speed
(MHz)
Max. memory LCD technology LCD size and resolution Release date Ref(s).
300 AMD 386SX-LV 20 10 MB Monochrome STN (reflective) 9 in, VGA June 1993 [3][4]
425 TI 486SLC/e 25 10 MB Monochrome STN (reflective) 9 in, VGA November 1993 [5][6]
430 TI 486SLC/e 25 10 MB Monochrome STN (reflective) 9 in, VGA February 1994 [7][8]
530 Intel 486SX 33 12 MB Monochrome STN (reflective) 9 in, VGA June 1994 [9][10]: 240 
600C Intel i486DX4 75 16 MB Color STN 8.5, VGA November 1994 [11][12]
4000 Intel i486DX2 50 32 MB
  • 10.3, VGA (STN) or
  • 10.4, VGA (TFT)
November 1994 [11][13][14]
600CT Intel i486DX4 75 16 MB Color TFT 9.5, VGA July 1995 [15]
5500CT Intel Pentium 100 or 120 64 MB Color STN 12.1, SVGA May 1996 [16]
5500CS Intel Pentium 120 or 133 64 MB Color TFT
May 1996 [16]
800CT Intel Pentium 133 48 MB Color TFT 10.4, SVGA September 1996 [17][18]
800CS Intel Pentium 100 48 MB Color TFT 10.4, SVGA September 1996 [17][18]
5000CT Intel Pentium 133 48 MB Color TFT 12.1, SVGA September 1996 [17]
5700 Intel Pentium MMX 150 or 166 160 MB Color TFT 12.1, SVGA April 1997 [19]
2000CT Intel Pentium MMX 133 64 MB Color TFT 12.1, SVGA June 1997 [20]
2000CS Intel Pentium MMX 150 64 MB Color STN 12.1, SVGA October 1997 [21]
3000 Intel Pentium MMX 233 or 266 144 MB Color TFT 13.3, XGA November 1997 [22][23][24]
2100 Intel Pentium MMX 200 or 233 160 MB
12.1, SVGA April 1998 [25][26]
3100 Intel Pentium MMX 266 160 MB Color TFT 13.3, XGA April 1998 [25]
4100 Intel Mobile Pentium II 233 or 266 160 MB Color TFT
April 1998 [25][27]
7100 Intel Mobile Pentium II 266 288 MB Color TFT 14.1, XGA April 1998 [25][28][29]
Sojourn Intel Mobile Pentium II 233 64 MB Color TFT 12.1, SVGA April 1998 [a][30][31][32]
7150 Intel Mobile Pentium II 300 320 MB Color TFT 14.1, XGA September 1998 [33][29]
  • 4150
  • 4150B
Intel Mobile Pentium II 300 256 MB Color TFT
October 1998 [34][27]
900
  • 300, 360 or 400 (Pentium II)
  • 450 or 500 (Pentium III)
160 MB Color TFT
January 1999 [35][36]
900B
  • 300, 360 or 400 (Pentium II)
  • 450 or 500 (Pentium III)
192 MB Color TFT
1999 [36]
XE
  • 266 or 300 (Pentium II)
  • 333 (Celeron)
256 MB
  • 12.1, SVGA (SFN and TFT)
  • 13.3, XGA (TFT)
February 1999 [37][38]
XE2
  • 300 (Pentium II)
  • 333 (Celeron)
256 MB
  • 12.1, SVGA (SFN and TFT)
  • 13.3, XGA (TFT)
May 1999 [39][38]
6000
  • 700 (Pentium III)
  • 550 (Celeron)
128 MB Color TFT
May 2000 [40]
XE3
  • 933–1133 (Pentium III)
  • 933–1066 (Celeron)
1 GB Color TFT
September 2000 [41][42]
500
  • 700 or 750 (Pentium III)
  • 600 (Celeron)
512 MB Color TFT 12.1, XGA November 2000 [43][44]
6100 Intel Mobile Pentium III 1133 512 MB Color TFT
August 2001 [45]
xt6200 Intel Pentium 4 M 1700 1 GB Color TFT
March 2002 [46]
vt6200 Intel Pentium 4 M 1700 1 GB Color TFT
March 2002 [46]
X Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite 3400 (12 cores) 32 GB Color OLED (touchscreen) 14, 2.2K (2240 × 1400 pixels) May 2024 [47]

Notable models

OmniBook 300

HP OmniBook 300 (1993)

The HP OmniBook 300 (OB300) is a subnotebook released in 1993 as one of the first models in the OmniBook line. It weighed only 2.9 pounds and measured 1.4 × 6.4 × 11.1 inches. It is powered by an AMD 386SX-LV processor, featured a full-size keyboard, a pop-up computer mouse (The same pop-up mouse was also used in OmniBook 800CT; see the image above), and a 9-inch VGA screen.[48][49][50] Due to storage limitations, the OmniBook 300 included both Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word pre-installed in ROM, which was and still remains unusual to this day.[51] It had two PCMCIA slots for additional memory, modem, network cards or other peripherals. One of its outstanding features was a technology known as "Instant On". It was sold in three storage configurations: no mass storage (F1030A at US$1,515), 10 MB flash memory disk (F1031A at US$2,375), or 40 MB hard drive (F1032A at US$1,950). Compared to the hard drive, the flash memory disk reduced the weight and storage capacity but increased battery life. It came with slimmed-down copies of MS-DOS 5.0 and Windows 3.1. The "International English" version of the OmniBook 300 used code page 850 (rather than the more common code page 437) as hardware code page.

Notes

  1. ^ Badge-engineered Mitsubishi Pedion

See also

References

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