HP Elitebook 8460p is a business notebook that features HP Duracase (chassis made from aluminum and magnesium) to make sure that it easily resists an errant drop. This new Elitebook (also known as HP Probook 4530s) features a brushed aluminum lid to give it a more sleek, polished look. Powered by the Core i7 2630QM processor, it comes with 4GB RAM, 320GB hard disk and runs Windows 7 Professional (64 bit) operating system. So, does this notebook gets a thumbs up from us? Read on to find out:
Choosing a notebook from Elitebook range does ensures you amazing build quality and protection. The display has a rubber frame around the entirety that protects it from usual bumps and drops. Heck, it even meets the MIL-STD 810G standards for drops, vibration, dust, shock and temperature.
The chiclet keyboard is spill resistant and offers excellent tactile feedback. It has nice texture and is pleasure to type on. The only complaint I have with it is the fact that it is not backlit. HP has gone the cheap way including a small LED that pops out to illuminate the keyboard area. Lame. That said, I was impressed with the touchpad. The glass touchpad looks so much like the Macbook Pro notebooks now and is bigger than previous generations of Elitebooks. Just like MBP, it supports typical gestures like pinch to zoom, two finger scroll and even three finger swipe to move to next image. It also comes with a pointing stick which works fine. I just wish it was not that slippery.
Display – The Elitebook 8460p comes with a 14 inch matte display which offers excellent readability under all lighting conditions. However, I found the viewing angles a bit too narrow for my liking.
Ports – There are tons of ports on this machine. You get 4x USB ports (2x 3.0, 2x 2.0), Express card slot, SD card slot, DVD combo drive, Firewire and powerjack.
Performance – The test unit came with Core i7-2630QM and ATi Radeon HD 6470M GPU. The CPU scored a massive 12,700 in the PCmark vantage test. Here is its comparison with AMD E240, AMD C50, AMD E350 (being used in the HP 3105M) and Core i7-720QM.
Here is how its GPU (6470M) with other GPUs in the market.
Battery life is truly amazing on the 8540p. I was able to get 5 hours 30 minutes on a single charge (balanced mode) while doing web browsing over Wi-Fi. This is pretty good for a notebook packing this much power under the hood.
Upgradability – HP 8460p is easily upgradable. Bottom panel easily pops out that allows you to upgrade hard disk (to SSD or bigger HDD) and RAM. You can get up to 16GB DDR3 RAM in it.
Verdict – The HP 8460p is clearly the king of all business laptops. Get it. You would not regret one bit.