HP EliteBook Mobile Workstation 8560w


A new 15 inch notebook

The HP EliteBook Mobile Workstation 8560w was finally introduced, together with 8760w and 8460w professional laptops. It is a laptop ideal for programming, engineering and not only. It features a diagonal HD display of 15.6 inches, and supports NVIDIA Quadro graphics for 2GB of video memory, or AMD FirePro graphics for 1GB of video memory. it also allows more than 1 billion active color possibilities, with the optional HP DreamColor display. And if this did not get your attention, there is more to come to see in the test performed for this review.

Very solid design

Judging by the durability of this model, we could say it has been designed for high risk environment or for disordered behavior personalities. It has increased durability according to the military standards MIL STD810G, with precision aluminum – alloy hinges and titanium- alloy display latches. It was tasted to face dropping, dust, vibrations and altitudes, so we guess that if you have active children, there is no danger in letting them play a bit with the challenging HP EliteBook 8560w model. it has a sturdy and futuristic appearance, but in the same time elegant, thanks to the radial- brushed display cover in the gunmetal color. hp-elitebook-mobile-workstation-8560w

Intel Core i7 processor

The keyboard is too special to some extent, but not unique. As we can find with Sony Vaio F series, HP EliteBook Workstation 8560w features a backlit keyboard, ideal for low-light display usage, excellent in the time of using for this review.
The notebook also featured a second generation Intel Core i7 and i5 dual and quad-core processor, offering great performance at high-speed, as well as responsiveness with vPro compatibility. It can support up to 32GB DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM. The hard drive is also very well protected, and your data is safely guarded by the 3D DriveGuard, which uses a three axis digital accelerometer.

Medium battery life

It is prone to desired adjustability, through a wide variety of configuration settings. We were nicely impressed that we could make it function according to our own needs and desires.
The EliteBook 8560w model comes with two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0 and SATA/USB 2.0 combo ports. The VGA and Display Port are standard, but what is interesting is that you can hook up two external monitors.
We were somewhat disappointed by the battery life in our test. To some extent, we would have expected a more powerful battery, but this will do also. And in order to mediate this issue, HP has the PowerAssistant that will come in your help to make some power adjustments in order to be able to finish your work before the battery is wasted.

Good private security

Regarding security and data management, HP is always a good choice. With HP ProtectTools, you can be sure that all your secrets are safe. This tool has functions as shredding files and data, as well as data encryption in HP EliteBook 8560w. There is also a solution in case you forget your password. With the SpareKey feature, you must answer some personal questions and therefore identify yourself.
Yet another great feature that HP has, is the Computrace LoJack Pro, which can help you locate your laptop in case it gets stolen or lost someplace.

Review conclusion

We quite enjoyed testing this new HP EliteBook Mobile Workstation 8560w for this review, although we must admit it is not as fun as other laptops, mostly because it is not meant to be. It is very user friendly, starting from they island- like keyboard with silver buttons on top and a numerical pad, to the all kinds of internal settings that you can do. It is perfect for serious work and intense use.

Technical specifications

Operating systemGenuine Windows® 7 Professional 64
ProcessorIntel® Core i5-2540M (2.60 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Memory, standard4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Memory slots2 or 4 SODIMM
Hard drive500 GB 7200 rpm SATA II
Optical driveDVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL
ChipsetMobile Intel® QM67 Express
GraphicsAMD FirePro M5950 with 1 GB dedicated GDDR5 video memory
Display39,6 cm (15.6″) diagonal LED-backlit FHD WVA anti-glare (1920 x 1080)
Connectivity1 USB 2.0
1 stereo microphone in
1 stereo headphone/line-out
1 USB 2.0 charging
1 eSATA/USB combo
1 1394a
1 external VGA monitor
1 RJ-45
1 docking connector
1 RJ-11
1 secondary battery connector
1 DisplayPort
1 AC power
Slots1 Express Card/54
AudioSRS Premium Sound; Integrated stereo speakers; Dual-microphone array; Button for volume mute; function keys for volume up and down; Stereo headphone/line out; Stereo microphone/line in
WirelessIntel Centrino 802.11a/b/g/n
Network interfaceIntegrated Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (10/100/1000 NIC)
WebcamHD webcam
Power120W Smart AC adapter
Energy efficiency complianceENERGY STAR®
Battery typeHP Long Life 8-cell (75 WHr) Li-Ion battery
Management featuresHP 3D DriveGuard (Windows only)
Security managementHP ProtectTools Security Manager