Excerpt: Our review unit is armed with an Intel Core i5-2520M operating at 2.50GHz (3.2GHz Turbo Boost), 4GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 memory, a 320GB 7200RPM hard drive, Intel Centrino 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, a removable 6-cell (62WHr) Li-Ion battery, a DVD +/-RW SuperMulti DL optical drive with LightScribe and a 14.0" LED-backlit HD anti-glare display with a native resolution of 1366 x 768.
Summary: Boxy Business Notebook. A vivid, high-quality display? The Elitebooks constitute the best that HP has to offer in terms of business laptops. Can the 2011 series maintain this good reputation or even improve it?
Pros: Sturdy, High-Quality Case, Matte, High-Res Display, Variety of Ports, Administration Options (BIOS), Long Battery Life, Excellent Application Performance, Quiet under Normal Conditions, Case Temps Low, Low Power Consumption, Docking Port and Battery Slice, Position of Ports, Hard as steel! Such a sturdy case is a rarity outside of the specially "toughened-up" class of laptops. The ample options in terms of connectivity including the docking port and battery slice dock.
Cons: Few Viewing Angles, Low Screen Contrast, Loud When GPU Under Stress, CPU Downsampling When GPU Under Stress, Poor Gaming Performance, More viewing angles, a brighter screen and the colors of an IPS screen.
Summary: HP's new EliteBook line looks much like models in the older EliteBook line. Yes, the external skin offers a more pleasing brushed aluminum aesthetic, but it's still a little clunky looking. You could call it the gray flannel suit of laptop computing.
Excerpt: HP's new EliteBook line looks much like models in the older EliteBook line, such as the EliteBook 8440w we reviewed 15 months ago. Yes, the external skin offers a more pleasing brushed aluminum aesthetic, but it's still a little clunky looking. You could call it the gray flannel suit of laptop computing.
Two laptops mean business: HP EliteBook 8460p vs. Lenovo ThinkPad L420
12 May 2011
Summary: After working and living with both these business notebooks, pushing them to the limit with benchmarks, using them for typical business tasks and several days of road work, I'm convinced that they have the right stuff to make it in the corporate world. Both have excellent manageability and security options, should be more than reliable enough for the business world, and do a reasonable job of dealing with the competing interests of performance and battery life.
Conclusion: The title of the article really says it all. While we're a little underwhelmed with the AMD Radeon HD 6470M beating at the heart of the HP EliteBook 8460p, the notebook is largely aces. HP's massive overhaul of their professional lines has yielded incredible dividends. The notebooks all offer tremendous connectivity and flexibility along with a sense of style that we could stand to see adopted by consumer-grade notebooks from vendors other than Apple.
Summary: HP has created an excellent business partner in the EliteBook 8460p. The redesign is sleek and durable, it performs well, and lasts a long time on a charge. We also like the above-average sound quality, comfy keyboard, and smooth and accurate glass touchpad, as well as the helpful security tools.
Conclusion: As a business notebook, we loved the EliteBook’s solid build, its comfortable keyboard and its responsive trackpad and trackpoint. For most users, the Core i7 processor, 280 GB hard drive and 4 GB of RAM should be more than sufficient, while commendable battery life meant that we wouldn’t stress too much if we forgot our charger at home or the office.
Pros: Solid build, Commendable specs, Excellent performance across the board, Potential for superlative battery life (with slice battery)
Cons: Chunky, Unremarkable screen, No backlighting on keyboard.
Conclusion: The HP EliteBook 8460p proves that serious business notebooks can look good and perform well as well. The screen and the super-smooth touchpad are stand-outs, as is the sound quality (for a business machine). It is hefty though, both in bulk and price, but an excellent specification means the only feature you could wish to add would be HDMI. Battery life is average, but if this machine is to serve as a desktop replacement then that's unlikely to be a problem.
Pros: Powerful, packed with ports and features for the business users, good screen, better-than-average sound
Cons: Big and pricey, you may be paying for features you won't use, standard battery life could be better