The HP EliteBook 850 sets the benchmark for business Ultrabooks; it manages to incorporate state-of-the-art technology in a well-designed chassis that has respectable battery life and performance. Continuing our long list of likes for this model are its good backlit keyboard, excellent touchpad and high-end business features such as a Smartcard reader, Intel vPro technology, dedicated docking station connector, built-in mobile broadband and exceptional access to internal components via its tool-less bottom panel. Our major gripe with the EliteBook 850 is its lackluster display; it needs a contrast and saturation boost.
The EliteBook 850 is expensive; our custom configured review model loaded with options topped $2,292, over double its starting price. HP’s custom configurations are noticeably more expensive than the pre-configured models; we recommend choosing one of the latter if possible. The EliteBook 850’s competitors are few and far between and unable to match its extensive feature set step-for-step. Is the EliteBook 850 worth its asking price? It’s fairly priced unless you can stomach a thicker notebook, in which case there are numerous options that carry a significantly smaller premium and deliver an equivalent feature set.
- Good build quality
- Good performance
- Long battery life
- Easy access to internals
- Excellent connectivity options
- Display could be more colorful