All you need to know about the EliteBook 8460p and EliteBook 8560p

HP EliteBook 8460p vs HP EliteBook 8560p: A summary

Hey, remember those new EliteBooks released yesterday? Sure you do! I think it’s interesting that the EliteBook 8460p and EliteBook 8560p are even closer together than the previous pair (EliteBook 8440p and EliteBook 8540p), with the only differences being:

  • Larger screen (obviously) on the EliteBook 8560p
  • EliteBook 8560p’s 15.6 inch display has three resolution options, which top out at 1920 x 1080 (Full HD), while the EliteBook 8460p’s 14 inch screen size gives you a choice between 1366 x 768 and 1600 x 900 panels only.
    From what I’m told, these are the same LED backlit, matte displays used on their respective predecessors. Also, do note the lack of a DreamColor screen for the EliteBook 8560p; I’m also told DreamColor is still reserved for HP’s Mobile Workstation notebooks, so expect to see it make a comeback on the EliteBook 8560w
  • EliteBook 8560p has a serial port (8460p doesn’t have one) and an additional USB port over the Elitebook 8460p

I think many are going to be hard-pressed trying to justify the bigger EliteBook 8560p over the EliteBook 8460p, seeing they now are so similar. While the old 8540p had an upper hand in the graphics department over the 8440p, the two descendants launched last night now share the same AMD Radeon 6470M graphics card.

Also, I’ve got some even BIGGER news: The EliteBook 8560p now shares the same battery type as the EliteBook 8460p (which is the same battery used by HP’s 14 inch business notebooks for the past several years). Big-time HP fans (me, for instance) will know that HP’s 15 inch business notebooks have always used the same battery type as the larger 17 inch models; so you got an 8-cell battery that was flush with the notebook. Now that there’s been a change, you’ll only get a flush battery on the EliteBook 8560p if you go with the 6-cell option; a 9-cell battery is available, but it sticks out the back quite a bit.

Here’s a run down of what’s available for the EliteBook 8460p and EliteBook 8560p:

  • Intel’s 2nd generation “Sandy Bridge” Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 mobile processors (choices range from the really basic 2.1 GHz dual core Core i3-2310M, to the beefy 2.3 GHz quad core Core i7-2820QM processors)
  • Two DDR3 RAM slots for up to 16 GB of memory (using two 8 GB sticks)
  • Choice of discrete graphics (1 GB DDR3 AMD Radeon 6470M graphics card) or integrated graphics (Intel HD 3000 built-in graphics)
    The discrete graphics card supports AMD Eyefinity, which allows you to connect up to 4 (yes, four) external displays to the notebook. Neither EliteBook has switchable graphics: You either go with discrete graphics or you don’t, so pick wisely when purchasing your notebook!
  • 5 USB ports (two of which are USB 3.0) on the EliteBook 8560p, 4 USB ports (two of which are USB 3.0) EliteBook 8460p
  • VGA and Display Port built-in, so you can connect two external displays. To connect the maximum number of screens possible (4), you’ll need to have AMD graphics mentioned above, and HP’s optional docking station
  • As expected, the usual connectivity options: WiFi, mobile broadband and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
  • SD/SDHC/MMC card reader, no word about SDXC card support so far, and my contacts are mum about this too
  • 2.5 inch built-in hard disk bay (HP will officially be offering hard disks from 250 GB to 750 GB sizes, 7200 RPM standard, and 128 GB/160 GB solid state drives)
    Optical drive bay takes conventional DVD drives, Blu-ray drives, a secondary 2.5 inch drive or HP’s “weight saver” (a blank filler which slots in the bay)
  • Stereo microphones and stereo speakers; speakers have “SRS Premium Sound” branding
  • Choose between having no webcam, a ‘standard’ webcam or a HD webcam. The latter is a new option, where the HD webcam can do 720p video at up to 30 frames per second and promises improved low-light image quality and dynamic range
  • HP QuickWeb and Day Starter ‘instant boot’ modes for quick access to internet browser and your email client respectively
  • Fingerprint sensor

I’m finding it weird that HP is offering a “3 cell battery” for both notebooks, seeing the 6 cell battery already sits flush in the notebook… would a 3 cell battery be undersized and sit recessed in the battery bay?

If you’re into diagrams, labels and full blown technical details, HP has published a data sheet on the EliteBook 8460p and EliteBook 8560p. I think HP is indirectly acknowledging the similarity and closeness of both these notebooks, since they share a single data sheet PDF.

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  1. setttler February 23, 2011 Reply

    Gr8 news…just one question about HP hs2340 HSPA+ Mobile Broadband Module…since I can’t find anything about the speeds, it would be great if you could find out if it is 14.4 or 28.8Mbit/5.7 or 11 Mbit module


  2. Tim February 23, 2011 Reply

    Any feedback on the glass touchpads?

  3. wes@hpnotebooks February 24, 2011 Reply

    Hey Brad. Nice blog. I’ll do my best to answer setttlers question.

    From what I understand, this is a 21Mbps module but right now that is only on the T-Mobile HSPA+(LTE) network and in real life you would probably only see half of that.
    So on other networks you are limited by the providers network. This PDF about the Ericsson HSPA+5521 provides 3rd party info about the module.

    *Although I am an HP employee, I am speaking for myself and not for HP.*

  4. Andrew February 24, 2011 Reply

    Will the display port support audio out so you can output to HDTVs (via hdmi converter)?

  5. wes@hpnotebooks March 1, 2011 Reply


    Sorry for the late reply. With no adapter, you get native DP out (video & audio).

    With a DP-to-HDMI adapter (passive adapter), you would get full native HDMI (video & audio).

    If there is a DP-to-HDMI ACTIVE adapter, it depends on what the adapter supports (it might not support audio).

    *Although I am an HP employee, I am speaking for myself and not for HP.*

  6. David May 5, 2011 Reply

    The Touchpad is rubbish. We have just received three of them, every one of them has random issues with the touchpad, where *sometimes* after a reboot the touchpad fails to work correctly. In this state any contact with the touchpad results in the mouse pointer moving to the hard right…

  7. altex June 14, 2011 Reply

    You’re so right about the touchpad David. These machines are rubbish. Just don’t get me started about the sudden crushes, stalls and reboots all day long. What’s even worse though it’s HP’s customer support folks. What a buch of incompetent, undertrained, antagonistic bozos.

  8. pappito October 31, 2011 Reply

    8560p is, erm, nince try from HP.

    To copy something instead of creating original is always lame, now HP is crawling after apple in design (grey metallic enclosure, glass touchpad, etc.), that is a shame for sure, this company could create something.

    I personally more like edges than curves (in laptops), hence the unboxing new HPs was a joy, but my smile turned off quickly after opening the lid. I admit the finish and the overall quality, compares to the plastic machines, it is okay, but still, the huge ventgrills are still so lame.

    Seriously dude,, what are those two rubber thingy in the middle of the stuff??? Keeping the lid touching the base, or what? I hope the lead designer is now somewhere in a basement and cleaning the floor.

    Pro: matte screen, HD capability
    Con: the whole design especially the rubber idunnowhats

    The tech spec looks fine, I hope the 8560p will be okay for years (corporate env.).

  9. Reigo November 22, 2011 Reply

    I have 8460p and quite happy so far. One thing that i am trying to get is some sort of digital compressed or uncompressed audio out of the displayport. I have DP to HDMI cable which works fine for getting picture. Also i get audio but its only 2 channels. Would like to connect to tv and get multichannel audio when watching movies.
    I have 64bit Win7 and latest drivers from hp site, hope someone can help.

  10. Akky December 18, 2011 Reply

    Am using HP Elite kook 8460p can any tell me how can i install my integrated webcam?

  11. Tucker September 6, 2012 Reply

    What would be the best DP to HDMI cable for the 8560p

  12. cel April 6, 2013 Reply

    whats the best way to connect two vga displays so the desk top is extended to all three screens without using a docking station?

    • Cliff July 15, 2013 Reply

      You can’t do 3x displays (2 external + 1 internal) unless you have a docking station. It’s a bit of a pity but that is the way it is.

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