HP today revamped its line of business notebooks with improvements to the EliteBook p-series, the ProBook b-series and ProBook s-series. Frankly, the ProBook changes are unexciting – usual upgrades in Intel Core processors, screens and battery life, matching price to performance. Just what you’d expect.
However, the EliteBook p-series is something different altogether. HP have created precision-engineered notebooks (8460p and 8560p) featuring an aerospace-inspired DuraCase that meets the MIL-STD 810G military-standard testing specifications. This lets the notebooks withstand the wear and tear of travel while still looking attractive in a professional-looking platinum colour finish. The EliteBook 8460p can also provide an amazing battery life of up to 32 hours when equipped with an extended battery.
Apparently a result of HP’s new “FORGE” design framework, the p-series notebooks are designed for maximum reliability with quality engineering, magnesium-aluminium chassis, precision aluminium-alloy hinges, cast titanium-alloy display latches and the HP DisplaySafe frame, which holds the screen in a rubber shock-absorbing mount.
Under the skin, it’s second generation Intel Core processors, AMD Radeon HD 6470M graphics, USB 3, Windows 7 and a plethora of disk drive and SSD options. Screen-wise, the 8460p and 8560p offer 14″ and 15.6″ diagonal high-definition (HD) LED-backlit displays.
All the new notebooks go on sale in the US from March 15. The HP EliteBook 8460p and 8560p will start at $999 and $1099
respectively, though it’ll cost you a few dollars more for the quad-core processors and SSDs. But you’re worth it.