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HP EliteBook 8460p Notebook Review

By on April 14, 2012

Today, we have a look at one of another notebooks from HP – the EliteBook 8460p. This business-class notebook is a step ahead and above than the standard “b” series ProBook from HP that was introduced sometime ago.

The EliteBook costs around $300 more than the earlier-introduced HP ProBook. Let us see if the notebook lives up to its expectations and cost higher than that of HP’s ProBook. Let us have a look at some of the features of HP EliteBook 8460p notebook.

HP EliteBook 8460p Notebook Review

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Features of HP EliteBook 8460p Notebook

Design and Measurements

Upon first look, the EliteBook somewhat looks like the ProBook. But, obviously, there are few differences between the two. Same as the ProBook, the 8460p also features the HP DuraFinish scratch-resistant coating to protect it from smudges, scratches, and wear & tear.

As opposed to the ProBook’s tungsten tint, the EliteBook comes with a paint scheme in platinum along with a similar stylized logo from the manufacturer on the machine’s lid. The notebook comes in HP DuraCase that has been especially designed to meet the military standards. Inside HP DuraCase, the is protected for vibration, dust, drop, shock, temperature, altitude, and even high temperature (MIL-STD 810G standard).

The bottom of EliteBook is somewhat similar to that of ProBook. Multiple rubber feet provide stability and lift. Also present are secondary battery connector and a docking port. As in ProBook, this notebook also utilizes the quick-release access panel which makes it easier for the users to maintain and/or upgrade it.

HP EliteBook 8460p Notebook

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Towards its right is space for microphone and a headphone along with eSATA/USB combo port. Also present on the right are powered USB port, Kensington lock slot, cooling vents, and a DisplayPort Connector. At its rear side is the modem jack, network jacm, and a VGA-out point. Towards its left are two USB 3.0 ports, the power connector, an SD/MMC card reader, an optical drive, and a 54-mm ExpressCard slot.

Below the access panel can be seen an extra RAM-expansion bay, seems like it can be easily accessed by just removing one screw to take out the optical drive. We believe the speakers have been placed to give a better all-round sound effect.

The EliteBook features the same kind of keyboard that is used in ProBook. However, the keyboard is not backlit. Touchpad is typical to that of HP and is nearly 0.5 inches wider than that featuring in ProBook.

Coming to its measurements, it is 13.31 inches wide, has a depth of 9.11 inches, and a height of 1.25 inches. The system weighs nearly half a pound heavier than the 6360b at 4.56 pounds. Comparing it with other systems in its category, it is not as slim as others available in the market.

Screen and Display

HP EliteBook 8460p notebook features a 14-inch LED-backlit high-definition anti-glare display. The display is surrounded by a bezel that is black in color and is absolutely fitting. Also fitted is an integrated webcam at the top bezel, right in the center, along with two microphones on either sides.

HP EliteBook 8460p Notebook

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The screen is absolutely clear and profound, with nearly all the colors equally bright. Corners, however, seemed just a little dull. View from side angles is not as good as we expected from HP, but quite okay. Largely, screen doesn’t show any blackening or dark effect at all.

The screen has a native resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.

Processor and Power

The unit under review today runs on Intel Core i5-2520M processor that operates at 2.5 gigahertz (and 3.2 gigahertz with Turbo Boost). Also, it has 4 GB of 1,333 megahertz DDR3 RAM. The system is pretty quick for its processor and RAM and performs multi-tasking better than the its cousin 6360b.

Graphics in this notebook are processed using the AMD Radeon HD 6470M processor along with 1gigabytes of dedicated DDR3 memory.

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Other Features of HP EliteBook 8460p Notebook

Other features of this notebook include a 320 gigabytes hard drive (7,200 RPM), an Intel Centrino 802.11 a/b/g/n, a removable six-cell Li-Ion battery, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, and a DVD +/-RW SuperMulti DL optical drive with LightScribe technology.

Conclusion

All in all, the EliteBook 8460p is a slightly thinner, faster, and classier version of the ProBook 6360b. With its thickness at 1.25 inches, it does not adhere to ultra-portable standards. Positive points for its thickness are that the users get a 54mm ExpressCard slot along with an optical drive. Furthermore, two USB 3.0 ports prove to be really handy for quick data transfers; it is something that we haven’t seen on other notebooks of this category.

All in all, the system gives out a completely professional look. The display will not seem dull or dark even in the brightest of environments. However, it is not as vibrant as the IPS display, but is definitely adequate. With wi-fi enabled and maximum brightness, the system lasts nearly 4 and a half hours, which is pretty good for a 14-inch notebook.

Concluding it all and in comparison to its predecessor, for $300 more, this notebook offers you a faster processor along with discrete graphics.

Price of HP EliteBook 8560p Notebook

However, the price of this notebook largely depends on its configuration, the one we tested had a price of around $1,070. We anticipate the devices’ price to go up to $1,300, or even more.

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