Summary: Amazing machine! I purchased three of those for my client. It is more suitable for professionals. With a slick metal case and a waterproof keyboard, it is ragged and great for travels (except for its weight of course). I installed it with Linux (Fedora). Installation was hell. Many missing drivers and had lots of problems and hacking to do in order to get the wireless working. This is the main reason for my giving it 4 stars instead of the 5 it deserves.
Summary: hp has had issues with their build quality / quality control as of late. Just take a look at my experience with the HP Pavilion dv6-6140us Entertainment Notebook PC (Silver) . When my employer informed me that I was getting a new PC, I was hoping it would not be an hp. When the package arrived, and I saw the hp logo, my heart sunk. I got one of these hp EliteBooks. My model is the 8560p, with an i7 Quad Core (2.7GHz), 500GB HD, & 8GB of RAM.
Summary: Very good computer-recommended! Installation work flawlessly- HP set these things properly- driver update procedure. You might pay a little bit more, but you get the things- you enter and start to use good system. What is a bit disappointing is the graphic card or drivers available for this graphic card. It handle the resolution promised> 1600 x 900, but when you try to connect external, higher resolution IPS you are not able to get 1920 x 1200.