The HP EliteBook 8560p is the latest generation of 15-inch premium business notebooks from Hewlett-Packard. This aluminum-clad workhorse is designed to serve as a mobile desktop replacement for business professionals who need cutting-edge technology wrapped inside a durable shell. Keep reading to find out if the new EliteBook is as "elite" as it looks.
HP EliteBook 8560p Specifications:
Build and Design
In recent years the HP EliteBooks have distinguished themselves in the business world thanks to an exterior design featuring brushed-metal cladding and an interior chassis made of durable magnesium alloy. In short, the EliteBooks look cool and are built tough. The latest generation of HP EliteBooks takes that heritage a few steps further with what HP calls its "FORGE" design philosophy. FORGE is actually an acronym for the words, "Form, Optimization, Richness, Green and Enduring." If you want to overlook that marketing fluff for a moment, what HP is trying to say is that these notebooks are stylish, offer excellent performance, deliver a premium feel, provide efficient power management for long battery life, and are very well built to survive the rigors of business use.
Those might sound like bold claims but, based on what we've seen from the previous generation of EliteBooks, those marketing claims have a very real basis in fact.
Six pounds might sound heavy for a 15-inch notebook when there are many 17-inch consumer laptops that tip the scales at about the same weight. That said, I challenge anyone to build a metal-encased business notebook with high-end CPU, a discrete graphics card, and a built-in optical drive that weighs less than five pounds. The extra pound or so of weight comes from all that metal armor covering the notebook.
The EliteBook p-series is available with second-generation (Sandy Bridge) Intel Core i7 quad-core processors and Core i7, i5 and i3 dual-core processors, with your choice of integrated graphics or AMD Radeon HD 6470M discrete graphics. The notebook also feature USB 3.0 ports and a USB 2.0 charging port, in addition to a variety of wireless options and either hard disk drive or solid-state disk drives for storage.
Ports and Features
While we're on the topic of ports, the team at HP packed the EliteBook 8560p with two "Super Speed" USB 3.0 ports, one standard USB 2.0 port, and a "charging" USB 2.0 port (which lets you change a device like a smartphone or an iPod even when the notebook is just on battery power). If that's not enough, you also get a standard VGA port, DisplayPort connector, FireWire, separate microphone in and headphone out audio jacks, Ethernet, modem, serial port (yes, I said "serial port") as well as an ExpressCard/54 slot, a Smart Card reader and a SDHC/SD/MMC card reader.
The bottom line is that the 8560p has an amazing number of built-in ports ... and if that isn't enough you can alway use the optional docking station to add additional DisplayPort, DVI or USB ports.
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