New 2011 EliteBook design: I think I see why…

New back design for 2011 EliteBooks with a backlit HP logo and 'radial metal finish'

It just occurred to me how similar the back of the 2010 “gunmetal grey” EliteBook Mobile Workstation models look compared to some ProBook models. I was walking past some person at Starbucks today and from a distance, thought he was using an EliteBook 8740w, but upon closer inspection, it was just an older 17 inch ProBook model.

I figured this is perhaps one of the reasons that explains HP’s decision to give this year’s EliteBook Mobile Workstation models a new, distinct backside design… so one can never mistake an expensive EliteBook from a cheaper ProBook model ever again! Of course, the silver bar at the bottom and so-totally-color-mismatching orange font makes this new design a love-hate thing, and they could have just made do with the backlit HP logo. Then again, that might not be sufficient for one to tell an EliteBook from a ProBook when both laptops are turned off!

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  1. Bob Sentell May 2, 2011 Reply

    With them moving the development of the TouchPad to the laptop group, I’m hoping to see this gunmetel finish on the TouchPad 2.

    • Brad S | May 2, 2011 Reply

      Well, maybe. But don’t expect the durability of an EliteBook though, nobody wants a heavy tablet

  2. DanaG May 10, 2011 Reply

    Time to hang an “OVERSIZE LOAD” banner from it! =þ

  3. tom May 13, 2011 Reply

    I love the new desgin… especially 14inch model 8460w 🙂

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