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New notebooks have big batteries and Sandy Bridge power

HP has pulled the wraps off some new EliteBook notebooks for business users. The new notebooks include the HP EliteBook 8460W, 8560W, and 8760W. These three machines are the successors to the EliteBook 8440w, 8540w, and 8740w models that landed last year.

The new machines share some common hardware and features between the three versions. All of them use the new Sandy Bridge processors from Intel with dual-core Core i5 offerings along with dual- and quad-core Core i7 parts. The 8760W can be fitted with the Core i7-2920XM processor while the other new notebooks can't use that part.

The machines will use DDR3 1333 MHz RAM with dual RAM slots on the 8460W, while the two higher-end machines will get four RAM slots. The 8460W can be fitted with up to 16GB with the 8560W and 8760W models getting up to 32GB. Storage is up to 750GB with 2.5-inch 7,200rpm HDDs. SSD options are available with 128GB or 256GB SSDs. The high-end 8760W can support two internal HDDs and a third if you replace the optical drive.

The three new machines will also support multiple external monitors. All three machines get USB 3.0/USB 2.0 ports and all of them have 16:9 aspect ratio displays. The main difference in the machines is the screen size. The 8560W has a 15-inch screen, the 8760W gets a 17-inch screen and both of those machines can be fitted with 30-bit DreamColor displays for the most accurate color representation possible

The trio of new notebooks also gets VGA and DisplayPort outputs and they need the optional docking station to support more than two external displays. The 8460w uses a 6-cell or 9-cell battery. The 8560W and 8760W both come with 8-cell batteries and have a 12-cell battery optional. That 12-cell is optional for the 8460W notebook as well.

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Wheres the love?
By ApfDaMan on 4/13/2011 12:24:53 PM , Rating: 2
Not in the same league as the notebooks mentioned in the article but they are business notebooks - Toshiba's new Portege lineup is very impressive. just ordered myself the Toshiba R835 - the consumer version of the Portege R830 - no docking abilities, 1 year warranty (reduced to zero because im australian and imported from USA), and comes with W7HP instead of 7. otherwise the same (may be some minor things) I expect to see some good reviews.

RE: Wheres the love?
By dgingeri on 4/13/2011 1:19:15 PM , Rating: 2
After working contracted repair support (the contracted companies in various cities that actually do the on-site repairs) for Toshiba, Gateway, Dell, and HP, I've firmly established a preference for HP corporate level machines. Their support is much faster and easier to work with, and the machines are much better designed and more reliable. Considering the HP corporate machines made by Lenovo, I have a fairly good opinion of the Thinkpads as well.

If I had to go with a different company than HP or Lenovo, I'd go with Dell, but only in a pinch. they're machines are more reliable than Toshiba or Gateway, but their support is annoying tow work with. I wouldn't buy Toshiba or Gateway ever. Their support is much more annoying to work with, and the machines are difficult to repair and far less reliable. It takes me 30-45 minutes to swap the system board on an HP or a Dell, but >2 hours for Gateway or Toshiba. The Toshibas don't even have one common board like the others. They put together several little boards nested in all different directions. I presume this allows them to keep repair costs down with bad quality production.

What's worse is that all these companies pay by the repair instead of by the hour, which makes it painful to repair Gateways or Toshibas because they take so much longer. If I'm on an all day repair run for Toshiba, (about 5 repairs) I get about $5 per hour, after all the costs are taken out. Repairs for Dell or HP are closer to $12 per hour.

Of course, this was all >5 years ago. Maybe things have changed recently, but I doubt it. You get what you pay for.

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