HP EliteBook 8460w, 8560w and 8760w Mobile Workstations now official!

New HP EliteBook Mobile Workstation models now official! (Click on images for larger photos)

Yup, they’re official! Introducing the new HP EliteBook 8460w, EliteBook 8560w and EliteBook 8760w Mobile Workstations! The new lineup of three Mobile Workstations we see today are successors to last year’s HP EliteBook Mobile Workstation models (the 8440w, 8540w and 8740w). And like the EliteBook 8460p and EliteBook 8560p ‘regular business’ models announced in February, the trio today don HP’s new design for their business laptop models… and as their names suggest, they come in 14 inch, 15 inch and 17 inch flavors. All three are still business-rugged (AKA very sturdy, here’s proof which you should not try at home), as expected.

Update: Find out more about the new AMD Firepro graphics cards on these new EliteBooks here.

Many of us have waited a long time for this refresh, so let’s dive into the details now! Here is a quick look at what’s up and what’s new on these new EliteBook models!

  • Intel 2011 “Sandy Bridge” processors: You get to pick from any one of dual core Core i5 processors or dual/quad core Core i7 processors in all three EliteBooks.
    So far, only the EliteBook 8760w will be getting the top-end quad core Core i7-2920XM Extreme Edition
  • DDR3 1333 MHz RAM comes standard; two RAM slots for the EliteBook 8460w and dual-core processors on the big boys; and four RAM slots for EliteBook 8560w and EliteBook 8760w models with quad core processors
    HP touts the ability to max out the EliteBook 8460w with 16 GB of memory, and a whopping 32 GB on the EliteBook 8560w and 8760w using 8 GB RAM sticks
  • 7200 RPM 2.5 inch hard disk drives come standard with capacity options ranging from 320 GB to 750 GB. Solid State Drive options also available (HP’s config options let you choose between 128 and 256 GB)
    Get ready for this… the HP EliteBook 8760w now supports TWO disk drives by default without sacrificing the optical drive bay (which means you can now have THREE storage drives if you swap out the optical drive for a third HDD/SSD!)

All three of today's new EliteBook models will support multiple external displays

  • New Nvidia Quadro and AMD FirePro workstation-class graphics options available; all graphics options support multi-display setups (in layman’s terms: the ability to hook up more than one external monitor!)
    EliteBook 8460w supports up to 4 external displays; EliteBook 8560w and 8760w both support up to 5 external displays
    All graphics options support Open GL and DirectX 11
  • All three EliteBook models come with at least two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0 “always-on” and eSATA/USB 2.0 combo ports standard
    EliteBook 8460w has 4 USB ports in total; EliteBook 8560w and EliteBook 8760w have 5 USB ports total
  • All three models will have 16:9 ratio displays (Yes, including the 17 inch EliteBook 8760w, welcome to reality!)
    1 billion color, 30-bit DreamColor displays (Nicknamed by us as “DreamColor 2”) available as options on the 15 inch EliteBook 8560w and 17 inch EliteBook 8760w
  • VGA and Display Port connection options come standard on all three models, allowing you to hook up two external monitors right out of the box (the optional HP docking station lets you connect even more displays!)
  • EliteBook 8460w have 6-cell and 9-cell battery options; EliteBook 8560w and 8760w come standard with 8 cell batteries
    Optional 8-cell and 12-cell secondary batteries available and compatible with all three models

Left to right: HP EliteBook 8460w, 8560w and 8760w

Some other changes to these three new EliteBook models include:

  • Improved hinge and latch designs
  • Full chiclet-style keyboard design (opposed to partial-chiclet on previous models)
    Backlit keyboard options on EliteBook 8560w and 8760w (It was previously an option only on the 8740w)
  • SRS Premium Sound branding for built-in stereo speakers
  • Orange-colored pointing stick and much larger multi-touch trackpad
  • New ‘radial design’ finish and backlit HP logo on the back of the notebook
  • Single easy access bottom panel gives quick and toolless (no screws to undo) access to the hard disk(s), RAM slots and fan via a switch

New lid design for today's EliteBook models with a backlit HP logo and 'radial metal finish'

HP-given a rough (unofficial) quote of battery life numbers:

  • EliteBook 8460w on 6 cell battery will last 6 to 7 hours
  • EliteBook 8560w on 8 cell battery will run about 5 hours
  • EliteBook 8760w on 8 cell battery will last around 4 hours

Check out more details on each of the three new EliteBook models from today here, which will be available for purchase in May 2011:

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  1. Indrek April 12, 2011 Reply

    “I think the EliteBook 8760w might be getting the quad core Core i7-2920XM Extreme Edition in the future”

    Yep, the quickspecs confirm that i7-2920XM is an option for the 8760w.

  2. Brad S | April 12, 2011 Reply

    Thanks =) noted.

  3. DanaG April 14, 2011 Reply

    Boy, that light metal hinge is ugly — in fact, the 8440w hinge is far nicer than the 8540w hinge.
    It’s not the boxy design that makes it look ugly; instead, it’s the lighter-than-everything-else color. In fact, it makes it look like the bumper of a semi truck — and I have this overwhelming urge to hang an “OVERSIZE LOAD” banner from it.

    The same is true of the light trim around all the ports — it’s ugly!

    Really, they should at least make those the same color as the rest of the body. It’s definitely too late to redesign the shape, but I can’t imagine it being all that hard to change the color.

  4. Brad April 15, 2011 Reply

    Yes, I agree that the silver bar looks ugly. And the new design is still questionable when looking from side/angled views – the recessed ‘underskirt’ of the new Elitebooks make them look very thick, despite being measurably similar to last generation. I think the ‘thin’ impression to last year’s Elitebooks was because of the chiseled ports/rounded edges. They’ve put too many sharp edges into this year’s design, just look at the front edge … looks like it might slice someone’s wrist (but hopefully not)

  5. Jeff January 18, 2014 Reply

    How are the 5 displays possible? Is it via active DP?

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