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.