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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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