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!