The Elitebook laptop is HP’s top of the line business notebook, and the 8560p is near the top of that series. The Elitebook 8560p includes several upgrade from last years model, including a faster processor, better screen, and a better video card.
- Outstanding Workstation-class features
Maximize onscreen performance with industry-leading, workstation-caliber graphics. Choose from the NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M or 1800M with 1 GB of video memory. HP’s extensive ISV certification program ensures highly reliable performance across the most demanding workstations-specific applications.
- Maximize your performance
Enjoy new performance levels with the new 2010 Intel® Core™ i5 and i7 processor family, capable of working in a true 64-bit environment and 16 GB of memory capacity. Share information with fast transfer speeds using two USB 3.0 ports.Connect to external displays and get sharper, deeper images with DisplayPort.
- Industrial design
Starting at 6.4 lb. (2.89 kg) with a 1.28-inch height in front, this Mobile Workstation combines premier design with business rugged construction. With a gunmetal finish, the HP EliteBook 8560p is designed to meet tough military standards (MIL-STD810G) for vibration, dust, humidity, altitude, and high temperature.
- HP Professional Innovations help you focus on your business
Built to simplify. HP SkyRoom provides convenient video conferencing directly from your notebook with the ability to conference up to 4 locations at a time.Optional integrated HP Mobile Broadband allows convenient access to the internet, corporate intranet, and e-mail in more places than ever. With the WWAN card installed, you also gain a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to determine your position. Couple this with available applications to turn your notebook into a GPS device.HP QuickLook 3 provides quick access to email, calendar, contacts and tasks at the touch of a button without long boot-up time. HP QuickWeb grants access to the web in seconds… even if your notebook is turned off.Built to conserve. HP Power Assistant measures and logs reported platform energy usage and delivers comprehensive reporting (time, watts, energy cost and carbon footprint). The EliteBook 8560p is a BFR/PVC-free notebook.
At 15″ the HP EliteBook 8560p is just the right size for a laptop. It’s not so small that it is hard to be productive, and it’s not too big that it cannot be carried about.
Because the 8560p is designed for the traveling business person it is important that is has a usable, yet rugged design.
The right side of the 8560p has a Microphone and Headphone jack, 2 USB ports, a DVD drive, an Ethernet port, and a Kensington Security Slot.
On the left side are a couple more USB slots, eSATA, Firewire, and a VGA port. Under the two USB port is a very well hidden SD card slot.
On the back is display port, serial port (does anyone still use these?), power plug, and a telephone jack (again does anyone still use these?).
I really like how the keyboard goes from edge to edge, but what is even more impressive is that HP managed to fit a separate number keypad in this space. This shows that HP is really trying to maximize the available space and make typing as comfortable as possible. They keys also have a very nice feel, and they provide good feedback when pressed.
HP also includes both a pointing stick and a touchpad. The pointing stick does its job well by providing accurate navigation, but personally I don’t like them because they are not as precise as the touchpad, so I didn’t use it much.
The touchpad is much bigger than pervious versions. It is much easier to movie around the screen with the bigger touchpad.
To the right of the touchpad is the fingerprint reader. This can be used for logging into the computer.
The screen on the 8560p is a 15.6-inch HP DreamColor display. The Dreamcolor display is capable of displaying over 1 billion colors on its 30-bit LED balcklit, IPS, LCD panel. I know that is a lot of acronyms, but what it all means is that you are going to get very accurate colors in all your applications. I was also very excited to see that the screen has a matte finish. I really dislike the glossy screens that seem to have taken over consumer laptops.
One bit of trouble I noticed about the screen is that it seems to be a bit discolored near the hinges. It is almost like the screen is being pinched by the hinges. It really only shows up when looking at a really dark pictures, but it is there and so I wanted to mention it.
Above the screen is the usual webcam, and the HP exclusive keyboard light. The webcam is a fairly standard 720p HD webcam. HP includes some facial recognition software that allows you to log into the PC without having to type a password or swipe your finger.
The sound is adequate, but not great. The speakers are located at the front of the laptop on either side of the SD card slot. The speakers are small and because they are front facing they are aimed at your stomach. Having them face up would have been a much better choice. I could hear movies, but not clearly, and when I was in a noisy room the sounds were definitely harder to understand.
To test the performance of this machine I am going to run several tests. These tests include a battery, graphics, and full system test. However, before I get to that lets take a quick look at the specs of the EliteBook 8560p.
|Processor||2.7GHz Intel Core i7-2620M|
|Memory||4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon HD 6470M with 1 GB dedicated DDR3 video memory|
|Hard Drives||500GB 7,200rpm|
The first test is 3DMark Vantage. This test focuses on testing the graphics system. The EliteBook 8560p got a score of 5072. While this is not the highest score I have seen, it is also not the slowest.
Next I ran another graphics test. This time the test is Cinebench. As you can see from the scores the laptop did a fairly good job.
The next test is PCMark Vantage. This test is an overall system test and does not focus on any particular system. The EliteBook 8560p got a score of 8380. This is a much better score than what we got with 3DMark.
The last test is the battery test. To test the battery I use MobileMark 2007, with WiFi off and the screen brightness set to 50%. As you can see from the image below the laptop came in at 305 minutes (5 hours 5 minutes) of run time. This is a really good run time for a laptop.
As I ran these tests I paid attention to the noise level and the heat that was produced. I never felt like there was an excessive amount of either.
Support and Warranty
HP backs the 8560p with a three-year standard parts and labor warranty. This includes pick-up or carry-in, and toll-free 7 x 24 hardware technical phone support. On-site service and warranty upgrades are also available.
I have never had to directly communicate with HP customer support, so I don’t know how they are, but I have also never heard of any major problems. Also given the fact that this is a workstation you are going to get a better level of support than a consumer level laptop will get. HP knows how to treat their business customer really good.
In the end I am impressed with the strength and quality of the of this laptop. It is put together with some top quality parts. My main concern is the battery life. A 15″ laptop is a good travel size and is going to be taken on the road, and with just 5 hours of battery it is going to last a long time. If you are a traveler I think this laptop will work great.
If your in the market for a mobile workstation that has lots of power, but is easy to carry around then I don’t think you will be disappointed with the EliteBook 8560p.
|JusTech'n editors' rating|