In need of inspiration for an EliteBook design update, HP looked to the sky, ultimately finding it in the sleek and resilient look of a gunmetal aircraft, which they then incorporated into their new mobile workstation EliteBooks. HP announced the newly redesigned notebooks at CES, unveiling four new EliteBooks in all: the 14-inch EliteBook 8440p and 8440w (HP’s first 14-inch notebook), and the 15-inch 8540 p and 8540w.
HP claims these EliteBooks are both powerful and durable, engineered to meet MILSTD 810G military standards for vibration, dust, humidity, altitude, and high and low temperatures.
HP accomplishes this by casing the EliteBook w series mobile workstations in an anodized-aluminum finish with metal alloy hinges. The p series notebooks retain the platinum anodized-aluminum finish and the full magnesium-alloy chassis. HP claims the EliteBooks are six-time more scratch resistant than other notebooks.
How Do You Like Your EliteBook?
The EliteBook models are highly configurable, including the choice of UMA or NVIDIA discrete graphics, Intel Core i7 processors or future Intel Core or Core vPro processors (depending on the model), and an LED backlit HD or HD Plus display. Being that the EliteBook is geared toward the professional user on the go, all models feature HD videoconferencing software, HP SkyRoom.
The w series is especially designed for photographers and in-the-field designers using graphic intensive software, as such it supports up to 16 GB of memory.
Though tough on the outside, the EliteBook w series models are BFR/PVC free. Also both the p and w models are Energy Star 5.0 qualified and EPEAT Gold registered.
Pricing and Availability
The EliteBooks start at $1,299 and will be available in the US in February.