Since the folks at HP’s public relations representative firm cite a limited of review units for laptops (Hmm… and not enough to get even one to us apparently), there’s not much of a choice but to let you readers somehow know how those latest Pavilions and EliteBooks perform… by linking to user reviews. I choose to handpick user reviews because they provide a lot more concise and in-depth (as well as honest and knowledgeable) look at things than the usual “editor at the desk writing a laptop review for a big publication because it’s his desk job”.
In this case, one of our readers, Tomas Hlatky has managed to get his hands on an HP EliteBook 8560w Mobile Workstation with dual core Intel Core i5 processor and AMD FirePro M5950 workstation-class graphics from the kind folks of HP Europe. He’s posted his extremely in-depth review on hardware website PC.sk (they’re something like the DPReview of computer hardware in Slovakia), which spans a total of 14 pages and contains a ton of pictures and extensive testing! And if you aren’t keeping up in those Slovak language classes, at least Google does a very nice translated version so you can appreciate his well written review.
I’m not a fan of spoilers, so I’ll just mention a one line summary of how things turned out: the HP EliteBook 8560w looks to be a good all-rounder but is not without fault and has quite a bit of bulk and ‘bling’ factor for a business notebook. I encourage to check out Tomas’ review (or the aforementioned Google translated version) to read all about it.
Note: You might also want to note the lack of a CFast slot on the production model, though it is interesting that space has been made internally for one.