Review HP EliteBook 8560w-LG660EA Notebook

Florian Glaser (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 12/27/2011

Elegant, more elegant, EliteBook. Are you looking for a robust, well-equipped and strong workstation? If you are, you might like the EliteBook 8560w. HP builds a top rate workhorse that can live up to almost all challenges at a premium price.

HP EliteBook 8560w-LG660EA

Mobile workstations are aimed at a specific group of consumers. Those are customers who don't explicitly use a notebook for Internet, games or music, but work with professional, performance demanding programs every day. The requirements are accordingly high: Besides the performance, the input devices, the screen and the features have to be just right.

HP tries to meet exactly these criteria with the EliteBook 8560w. We checked whether the workstation really belongs to the absolute top devices with the LG660EA. The buyer gets a fast Intel dual core CPU (Core i5-2540M) and a powerful professional GPU from AMD (FirePro M5950) for just under €1450 (RRP: €1650). A four GB DDR3 RAM and a 500 GB HDD isn't anything special in comparison. The display is all the more interesting: The 15 inch non-glare screen has a generous resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Is it worth its money?

Our test version sooner belongs to the low-priced alternatives among the currently available models. Alternatively, even stronger versions equipped with a quad core CPU, 8 GB of RAM and an Nvidia Quadro 2000M graphics card are available for over €2000.

Case

Stable case
Stable case (Picture: HP)

At first glance, the 15 inch case looks fairly bulky. With a height of almost four centimeters and a weight of roughly 3.3 kilograms (compare W520: 2.7kg, M4600: 3.16 kg), the workstation is neither slim nor light - quite the opposite. The thick build however also has its advantages: The EliteBook can score with an excellent stability. The base unit particularly stands out since the top and bottom don't yield noticeably even under stronger pressure. 

The business device even looks good. HP uses an elegant and high quality mix of silver-gray plastic and metal surfaces (lid and keyboard area are made of aluminum). The design is basic and timeless, whereby the angular shape won't appeal to everyone. The hinges also convince us. After pressing the opening button (unlocks the hooks of the lid), the notebook can be opened easily with one hand. The base unit doesn't lift; the screen is held in place sufficiently during surface vibrations.

When taking a closer look, there are a few minor flaws in details. For one thing, the workmanship of our test device wasn't quite perfect (protruding keyboard corner, partly irregular gaps). For another, many users will likely be annoyed by the three rubber protectors that HP has placed below the keyboard. All in all, the keyboard makes a good lasting impression.

Connectivity

USB 3.0 performance
Transcend StoreJet TS500GSJ25D3 USB 3.0 HDD (500 GB)

Interfaces

Except for (rather unusual in the professional field) HDMI, all important interfaces are available. In addition to two video outputs (VGA & display port), two audio jacks (headphone & microphone) and five USB ports (2 are USB 3.0), the workstation accommodates a card reader, an ExpressCard slot and an eSATA, respectively FireWire port. Beyond that, a docking station and a secondary battery can be connected to the bottom (available as accessories). 

The interface distribution is certainly a matter of taste - in the author's opinion the lateral ports have been placed too far front. Users who connect many external devices will frequently have to cope with cables when using a mouse. In this case, the use of a docking solution would be recommended.

Communication

Not only a wireless Internet connection via WLAN b/g/n (Intel Advanced N 6205) or Bluetooth 3.0, but a cabled connection via RJ-45 Gigabit LAN is possible. A few users will also be pleased about the RJ-11 port (modem).

Security

Security is a major issue in the EliteBook 8560w. Various software and hardware based solutions are to protect the 15 inch device from third-party access. Among other things, there is a fingerprint scanner, a Kensington Lock, a smart card reader, a TPM chip and a HD webcam with face recognition.

Front: Card reader
Front: Card reader
Left: Kensington Lock, RJ-45 Gigabit LAN, display port, eSATA / USB 2.0 combo, 2 USB 2.0, FireWire, 54 mm ExpressCard
Left: Kensington Lock, RJ-45 Gigabit LAN, display port, eSATA / USB 2.0 combo, 2 USB 2.0, FireWire, 54 mm ExpressCard
Right: Headphone, microphone, 2 USB 3.0 ports, smart card, optical drive, VGA
Right: Headphone, microphone, 2 USB 3.0 ports, smart card, optical drive, VGA
Rear: RJ-11 modem, power socket
Rear: RJ-11 modem, power socket
Installed software
Installed software

Software

The EliteBook also comes with plenty of software. We limit ourselves to the "HP Power Assistant" and the "HP ProtectTools Security Manager" in this article. While the former program is used for monitoring the power consumption, various security features can be managed with the latter tool (HDD encryption, passwords, biometrics, etc.). 

However HP again overdoes it: The notebook is so stuffed with programs in its state of delivery that the operating system boots rather slowly and can only really pick up speed after a few minutes. A slimmer installation or a faster mass memory (keyword: SSD) might help here.

Scope of Delivery

There's no reason for complaint in view of the scope of delivery. Apart from the compulsory additions, such as power adapter (120 watts) and battery (8 cells with 75 Wh), the buyer will discover several info brochures, a driver DVD and a recovery DVD for recovering the operating system (Windows 7 Professional 64 bit).

Warranty

Commendable: HP grants a three year warranty on the laptop. In some countries, the device is picked up in cases of damage. Naturally, HP also offers upgrades within the framework of its "eCare Packs", for example an onsite service for the next business day (approx. €130).

HP Power Assistent
HP Power Assistent
HP ProtectTools Security Manager
HP ProtectTools Security Manager
HP Connection Manager
HP Connection Manager

Input Devices

Keyboard

The input devices are definitely worthy of a business machine. The chiclet design keyboard (freestanding keys) stands out with a perfect layout and a well-defined typing feel (adequate sound). That and the good key size (15 x 15 millimeters) result in high work suitability.

We only have to criticize the small, center arrow keys and the rather narrow enter key. The dedicated numpad and the four handy special keys (WLAN, volume, web & calc) compensate for this though.

Touchpad

The manufacturer has also done a good job with the touchpad. The touchpad proves to be well designed thanks to the generous size (110x50 millimeters) and the fairly smooth surface - despite the rubber coat. The slight lowering, the switchable scroll bars and multi-touch support (various gestures) are further bonus points. There is at most room for improvement in the accuracy: The touchpad sometimes responded a bit spongy. In the meantime, the three mouse keys convince with a pleasantly soft pressure feel

When desired, the touchpad can also be completely disabled. There is an orange "PointStick" in the keyboard's center, which can be used as a touchpad replacement together with the three additional keys. Of course, inputting still works best with an external mouse.

Keyboard
Keyboard
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

Caution is called for with the screen since there are three different versions used depending on the model. The cheaper devices only have a HD+ screen with a resolution of 1600x900 pixels. The top models can boast with especially true color fidelity (DreamColor) and viewing angle stable (UWVA) Full HD screen. The EliteBook 8560w-LG660EA that we reviewed also has 1920x1080 pixels, but no DreamColor technology. All models have a non-glare surface, an LED backlight and a 16:9 aspect ratio in common.

227
cd/m²
232
cd/m²
226
cd/m²
228
cd/m²
252
cd/m²
241
cd/m²
227
cd/m²
255
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 255 cd/m²
Average: 235.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 198 cd/m²
Black: 0.47 cd/m²
Contrast: 536:1

Professional users naturally will want a high image quality. HP knows this: The built-in LG Philips screen (LP156WF1-TLF3) should satisfy most buyers. 

The brightness is more than good with around 236 cd/m2. The black value is also satisfactory: 0.47 cd/m2 don't let dark elements look too grayish. An above average contrast of 536:1 is also part of the screen's specs. The colors are relatively strong and the sRGB spectrum is fairly well covered. On the other hand, it's not enough for the Adobe RGB color spectrum (see screenshot).

HP EliteBook 8560w-LG660EA vs. sRGB (grid)
HP EliteBook 8560w-LG660EA vs. sRGB (grid)
HP EliteBook 8560w-LG660EA vs. AdobeRGB (grid)
HP EliteBook 8560w-LG660EA vs. AdobeRGB (grid)
HP EliteBook 8560w-LG660EA vs. Schenker W710 (grid)
HP EliteBook 8560w-LG660EA vs. Schenker Xirios W710 (grid)

The matt surface and the good brightness ensure a comfortable outdoor use. In contrast to the glossy counterparts, reflections are hardly an issue and the eyes aren't unduly strained. HP has even remembered to install an ambient light sensor, which adapts the brightness automatically at a push of a button.

Outdoors
Outdoors
HP EliteBook 8560w-LG660EA in outdoor use

The viewing angles are better than in most laptops. Even larger deviations from the sides and from above at an angle don't lead to a change in the picture. There's only a bit of room for improvement from an oblique perspective.

Viewing angles: HP EliteBook 8560w-LG660EA
Viewing angles: HP EliteBook 8560w-LG660EA

Performance

Turbo Boost
Turbo Boost

Processor: Intel Core i5-2540M

The EliteBook 8560w is equipped with one of the latest Sandy Bridge processors from Intel. While a few models have a future-proof quad core, the reviewed LG660EA has to be content with a dual core. Nevertheless, the notebook doesn't lack power: The Core i5-2540M belongs to the strongest mobile models

Thus, the CPU manufactured in 32 nm lithography can serve with 624 million transistors and a 3 MB L3 cache. In comparison: Intel's own quad core contains 995 million transistors and an L3 cache of up to eight MB. A default clock of 2.6 GHz and a maximum clock of 3.3 GHz (automatic overclocking via Turbo Boost) are also impressive. 

Additionally, the Hyper Threading technology simulates two virtual cores in the system. Thus, four parallel threads are possible together with the two physical cores. However, not every program benefits from that. The developers still have to optimize their software accordingly. More highlights are support for VT-x, respectively VT-d (hardware visualization) and Intel's vPro technologyvPro stands for extensive security and management functions.

In view of the given performance and the numerous features, a TDP of 35 watts (Core i7 range: max. 55 watts) is acceptable. Since HP has omitted GPU switching, the integrated graphics chip HD Graphics 3000 remains disabled. Too bad for the battery life.

System info CPUZ CPU
System info HDTune
System info CrystalDiskMark
System info HWiNFO
System info GPUZ
System info CPUZ RAM SPD
System info CPUZ RAM
System info CPUZ Mainboard
System info CPUZ Cache
DPC Latency: Partly high rates when FN functions are used
System information: HP EliteBook 8560w-LG660EA

Turbo Boost

Now we'll take a quick look at the automatic overclocking. While the Core i5-2540M clocks with 3.2 - 3.3 GHz when one core is loaded (according to Intel Monitor), it was an average of 3.1 GHz when all were loaded. The CPU ran with at least 2.9 GHz even in the demanding stress test (Furmark & Prime).

3.2-3.3 GHz @single core rendering
3.2-3.3 GHz @single core rendering (Cinebench R10)
3.1 GHz @multi core rendering
3.1 GHz @multi core rendering (Cinebench R10)
2.9 GHz @stress test
2.9 GHz @stress test (Furmark & Prime)

CPU Performance

The Core i5-2540M has to prove its abilities in Cinebench R10 among other benchmarks. The performance in single core rendering particularly earns respect: With 5174 points, the CPU places itself almost 6% in front of the entry quad core i7-2670QM (~4900 points). When multiple cores are loaded, the Core i5 2540M falls back strongly: 11242 against 18000 points speak a clear language (multi core rendering). 

The dual core doesn't stand a chance in Cinebench R11.5 either. The quad core calculates approximately 70% faster (2.93 vs. 5.1 points). Ergo: If the notebook is to last for as long as possible and/or programs are used that are heavily multi-threaded, a model with a Core i7 quad core should be preferred.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4177
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
9192
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7975
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
5174 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
11242 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
8833 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
50.1 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.93 Points
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GPU info
GPU info
AMD Eyefinity
AMD Eyefinity

Graphics Card: AMD FirePro M5950

HP either installs Nvidia's Quadro 1000M or the 2000M, or AMD's FirePro M5950. These aren't the classic consumer models, but alternatives for professional users.

The FirePro M5950 is a DirectX 11 capable graphics accelerator of the upper midrange and its specifications are very similar to the Radeon HD 6770M: 716 million transistors, 480 Unified Shaders and a 1024 MB GDDR5 video memory (128 bit interface) are only a few of its features. The clock rates are 725 MHz (core) and 900 MHz (memory). 

HD videos are accelerated via the UVD 3 decoder and the graphics card can transmit a surround signal via HDMI. The FirePro M5950 is made in a 40 nm process. Since HP didn't have an updated drive available at the time of the review, we used the installed version 8.821.1.7000 that is a few months old. By the way, the graphics card can feed up to five monitors with video material when the docking station is used (Eyefinity).

5.9
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
7.1
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
7.2
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
6.7
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.7
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9

GPU Performance

The FirePro M5950 gives a good show in SPECviewperf 11 (tests several CAD programs). Although the AMD graphics card can't quite reach Nvidia's Quadro 2000M (advantage of 21%), the Quadro 1000M is slightly surpassed by 11%. In the meantime, the FirePro M5950 looks like an old hat compared with the wickedly expensive high end models, Quadro 4000M (+51%) and Quadro 5010M (+63%).

HP EliteBook 8560w-LG660EA
Intel Core i5-2540M, AMD FirePro M5950, Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 HTS725050A9A364
Fujitsu Celsius H710 WXP11DE
Intel Core i7-2820QM, NVIDIA Quadro 1000M, Toshiba THNSFC256GBSJ
Lenovo ThinkPad W520
Intel Core i7-2820QM, NVIDIA Quadro 2000M, Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500420AS
Dell Precision M6600
Intel Core i7-2920XM, NVIDIA Quadro 4000M, Samsung SSD 810 Series
SPECviewperf 11
-11%
21%
51%
1920x1080 Catia AA:0x AF:0x16.8415.04
-11%
27.08
61%
36.53
117%
1920x1080 Ensight AA:0x AF:0x15.4511.19
-28%
17.84
15%
24.89
61%
1920x1080 Lightwave AA:0x AF:0x48.5635.99
-26%
40.8
-16%
42.12
-13%
1920x1080 Maya AA:0x AF:0x49.2833.48
-32%
45.28
-8%
51.38
4%
1920x1080 Pro/ENGINEER AA:0x AF:0x4.678.32
78%
9.45
102%
10.59
127%
1920x1080 SolidWorks AA:0x AF:0x38.9225
-36%
32.8
-16%
39.13
1%
1920x1080 Tcvis AA:0x AF:0x16.5416.17
-2%
22.13
34%
29.22
77%
1920x1080 Siemens NX AA:0x AF:0x19.5913.3
-32%
19.28
-2%
26.38
35%

The DirectX 11 performance is approximately on a par with the Radeon HD 6770M: 1350 points in 3DMark 11 (1280x720, Performance setting,  GPU score) and 18.1 fps in the Unigine Heaven 2.1 benchmark (1280x1024, high, default tessellation) are above average.  Weaker midrange graphics cards, like the GeForce GT 540M, only achieve about 900 points, respectively 14 fps.

3D Mark
3DMark 0331792 points
3DMark 0519971 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
10592 points
3DMark Vantage6257 points
3DMark 111500 points
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HDD Performance

A 2.5 inch HDD from Hitachi is installed in our test device. The HTS725050A9A has a capacity of 500 GB and bids a good performance thanks to 7200 rpm. 93 MB/s in sequential read and 92 MB/s in sequential write aren't possible with most HDDs (CrystalDiskMark). The access speed of 16.8 ms is also impressive (HDTune). 

Nevertheless, it's advisable to upgrade to a solid state drive if possible. Cutting edge SSDs speed up Windows routines noticeably; load times, installations and data transfer benefit besides the boot process. Heavy multitasking tends to force HDDs to their knees.

Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 HTS725050A9A364
Transfer Rate Minimum: 51.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 111.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 85.8 MB/s
Access Time: 16.8 ms
Burst Rate: 108.6 MB/s

System Performance

The venerable PCMark Vantage confirms the 15 inch device's very good performance. 7768 points are typical for a device of the upper midrange. However, a lot more would have been possible with a solid state drive as a look at the Fujitsu Celsius H710 reveals: Despite a weaker graphics card (Quadro 1000M), the business notebook manages more than twice as many 16268 points.

PC Mark
PCMark Vantage7768 points
PCMark 72199 points
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Gaming Performance

Although the FirePro M5950 is designed for the professional field, the graphics card is great for gaming. Older and less processor-intensive tracks, such as Fifa 12, StarCraft 2 or Call of Duty: Black Ops can very well be enjoyed in the native 1920x1080 pixels with high graphic settings and antialiasing. On the other hand, current blockbusters, like Battlefield 3, Anno 2070 or Skyrim only run smoothly with a lowered resolution and reduced details.

Tip: 1600x900 pixels represent a good compromise of image definition and resource consumption. Graphical errors or unusual performance drops didn't turn up in any of the twelve tested games. The performance roughly corresponds to the Radeon HD 6770M with slight advantages in favor of the FirePro M5950. In contrast to SPECviewperf 11, the Quadro 2000M doesn't have the lead here.

low med.high ultra
Metro 2033 (2010) 45.724.28.7fps
StarCraft 2 (2010) 67.447.229.7fps
Mafia 2 (2010) 55.346.828.9fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010) 75.763.243.8fps
Crysis 2 (2011) 64.948.316fps
Dirt 3 (2011) 82.456.118.2fps
Deus Ex Human Revolution (2011) 48.421.6fps
F1 2011 (2011) 655520fps
Fifa 12 (2011) 167104.264.3fps
Battlefield 3 (2011) 29.523.1fps
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 43.530.916fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 45.129.215fps

Performance on Battery Power

The performance doesn't cave-in excessively on battery power. As can be seen on the following chart, the graphics card only processes marginally slower. The processor is sooner afflicted - the Cinebench R10 result decreased by almost 20%.

Benchmark AC Mode Battery Mode Deviation
Cinebench R10 Single CPU 5174 4095 -21 %
Cinebench R10 Multi CPU 11242 8909 -21 %
Cinebench R10 OpenGL 8833 7703 -13 %
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 50.10 47.64 -5 %
Cinebench R11.5 CPU 2.93 2.5 -15 %
3DMark 11 Total 1500 1482 -1 %
Unigine Heaven 2.1 18.1 17.9 -1 %

Emissions

System Noise

The fairly high noise development is one of the few weaknesses of the EliteBook 8560w. In 3D operation, the case fan rotates at a very audible level and is only drowned out by louder ambient noises (stereo system, television, etc.). Moreover, the fan occasionally emits an annoying whistle during higher load. The laptop first gets disturbingly loud during unrealistic full load. We measured almost 50 dB (A) at a distance of 15 centimeters.

The notebook naturally works a lot quieter in idle mode, whereby the fan never stops work completely. The noise level is quite constant, apart from the fan's odd speed increase. As long as data isn't accessed, the DVD burner's noise is also acceptable. The majority of buyers will likely find the emissions acceptable.

Noise Level

Idle 33.3 / 33.3 / 38.8 dB(A)
HDD 33.7 dB(A)
DVD 35.2 / dB(A)
Load 38.9 / 48.7 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft SL-320 (15 cm distance)
Stress test
Stress test (Furmark & Prime)

Temperature

The case's temperatures don't give reason for complaint. The base unit stays fairly cool in idle mode - approx. 30°C are an acceptable rate. As usual, the fan's region heats up particularly during 3D operation; we could measure a maximum of 37°C on the top and a maximum of 44°C on the bottom. Great: The wrist rest doesn't get disagreeably warm even during higher load.

We ran the tools Furmark and Prime in order to record the component's temperature development. While the GPU heated up to 70°C, the CPU almost exceeded the critical 100°C mark according to HWMonitor. However, throttling was not observed. The performance was always perfect (the components are a lot cooler under normal circumstances).

Max. Load
 36.8 °C33.8 °C27.8 °C 
 34.4 °C34.1 °C26.2 °C 
 26.3 °C27.1 °C26.6 °C 
Maximum: 36.8 °C
Average: 30.3 °C
30.2 °C38.0 °C43.5 °C
31.1 °C37.2 °C41.1 °C
29.9 °C36.5 °C37.0 °C
Maximum: 43.5 °C
Average: 36.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  29.4 °C | Room Temperature 19.2 °C | Voltcraft IR-360
SRS Premium Sound
SRS Premium Sound

Speakers

Both speakers, hidden on the case's front, supply a feasible sound - at least with enabled SRS technology. The sound loses volume and gets noticeably dull without the audio enhancement (see picture). The speakers can be turned up surprisingly high, but tend to fray gradually. Although the sound quality isn't at all bad, headphones or an external system should be used when possible. Notebooks with good speakers are a scarce thing.

Battery Life

The lack of graphics switching is especially noticed in idle mode: With a power consumption of 18-24 watts, HP's EliteBook uses almost twice as much power as the Lenovo ThinkPad W520 equipped with Nvidia's Optimus-technology (8-17 watts). That is completely different during load: Instead of 150 watts (ThinkPad), the EliteBook consumes a maximum of 105 watts. Note: The ThinkPad W520 used for the comparison was equipped with a quad core CPU.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.5 Watt
Idle 18.1 / 22.8 / 24.0 Watt
Load 68.7 / 104.6 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC-940
Reader's Test
Maximum battery life (Reader's Test)
Classic Test
Minimum battery life (Classic Test)

As already indicated, the battery runtimes aren't overwhelming. The notebook turns black after a runtime of only one hour when the laptop is put under heavy load. There's a bit more time for playing a movie: Our test DVD ran for roughly 1.75 hours (maximum brightness). We could surf on the Internet for nearly 2.75 hours (medium brightness). More than three hours can only be accomplished with the lowest brightness level. Other workstations offer a much higher mobility (see the Dell Precision M4600).

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
3h 39min
WiFi Surfing
2h 44min
DVD
1h 46min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 04min

Verdict

HP EliteBook 8560w
HP EliteBook 8560w-LG660EA (Picture: HP)

The strengths of the EliteBook 8560w-LG660EA clearly prevail. The combination of Intel's dual core processor and AMD's professional graphics card speeds up most applications perfectly. The FirePro M5950 is also impressive even aside from CAD programs. Like our benchmarks prove, the 15 inch laptop is even suitable for the latest games.

Beyond that, we have the robust and connectivity-eager case that can score with great input devices and a high-end screen on the pro side. (Users with image or video editing ambitions should take a model with DreamColor technology). Security is also an important issue. HP has installed a number of software and hardware solutions. Small details such as the long warranty period (three years) and the included recovery DVD add sympathy points.

Nevertheless, the EliteBook 8560w doesn't accomplish the rating "Very Good". In addition to its high weight (~3.3 kilograms), we have to criticize the poor battery life and the noise development - the notebook isn't exactly quiet. The battery life could be improved with a graphics switching in the meantime. HP should also work on the cooling: The Core i5-2540M climbed to almost 100°C in the stress test.

Overall we can give the EliteBook 8560w a purchase recommendation anyway. HP has put visible effort into the development. 15 inch alternatives would for example be the Fujitsu Celsius H710, the Lenovo ThinkPad W520 or the Dell Precision M4600.

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In Review: HP EliteBook 8560w-LG660EA (Picture: HP)

Specifications

HP EliteBook 8560w-LG660EA

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel QM67
:: Memory
4096 MB, SO-DIMM DDR3-SDRAM (1333 MHz), two slots / one empty
:: Graphics adapter
AMD FirePro M5950 - 1024 MB, Core: 725 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, GDDR5-VRAM, 8.821.1.7000
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, LG Philips LP156WF1-TLF3, Full HD, WVA, LED backlight, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 HTS725050A9A364, 500 GB 7200 rpm
:: Soundcard
IDT 92HD81B1X @ Intel Cougar Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
1 Express Card 54mm, 3 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 Firewire, 1 VGA, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Modem, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: headphone/line out, microphone/line in, Card Reader: SD,MMC, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, connector for secondary battery
:: Networking
Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (a b g n ), 3.0 Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
HP CDDVDW TS-L633R
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 40 x 382 x 258
:: Weight
3.28 kg Power Supply: 0.51 kg
:: Battery
75 Wh Lithium-Ion, 8 cell, 0.43 kg
:: Price
1649 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: HD, power adapter: 120 watt, driver DVD, recovery DVD, info leaflets, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, Roxio MyDVD Business 2010, 36 Months Warranty

 

The design is elegant yet plain.
The design is elegant yet plain.
The battery has a fairly high capacity.
The battery has a fairly high capacity.
HP has done an overall good job with the input devices.
HP has done an overall good job with the input devices.
Handy hotkeys for WLAN, volume, web browser and calculator.
Handy hotkeys for WLAN, volume, web browser and calculator.
The hinges keep the lid in place sufficiently.
The hinges keep the lid in place sufficiently.
Pointsticks are becoming more popular in business devices.
Pointsticks are becoming more popular in business devices.
HP installs a fast Intel dual core.
HP installs a fast Intel dual core.
The lightly rubber coated touchpad has an agreeable width.
The lightly rubber coated touchpad has an agreeable width.
The front has a small card reader.
The front has a small card reader.
The right scores with two USB 3.0 ports.
The right scores with two USB 3.0 ports.
External monitors can be controlled analog or digital.
External monitors can be controlled analog or digital.
Modem ports are becoming scarce.
Modem ports are becoming scarce.
HP has placed the power socket at the rear.
HP has placed the power socket at the rear.
Internet is possible both wireless and cabled.
Internet is possible both wireless and cabled.
A total of five USB ports are waiting for the buyer.
A total of five USB ports are waiting for the buyer.
The RAM can be upgraded easily.
The RAM can be upgraded easily.
A docking station and secondary battery can be connected to the bottom.
A docking station and secondary battery can be connected to the bottom.
The notebook has a brightness sensor and two microphones.
The notebook has a brightness sensor and two microphones.
The lid and keyboard area are made of aluminum.
The lid and keyboard area are made of aluminum.
HP has opted for a silver-gray color.
HP has opted for a silver-gray color.
All surfaces are matt and thus resistant.
All surfaces are matt and thus resistant.
The EliteBook is fairly bulky and heavy for a 15 inch device.
The EliteBook is fairly bulky and heavy for a 15 inch device.
The notebook can be opened to 180°.
The notebook can be opened to 180°.
Not many notebooks have such a high stability.
Not many notebooks have such a high stability.
The positioning of the screen protectors (wrist rest) could annoy the one or other user.
The positioning of the screen protectors (wrist rest) could annoy the one or other user.
The rear has a few sharp edges.
The rear has a few sharp edges.
The mouse buttons are available in duplicate.
The mouse buttons are available in duplicate.
The 15 inch laptop looks good on every desk.
The 15 inch laptop looks good on every desk.
HP has distributed the interfaces well.
HP has distributed the interfaces well.
Apart from the lack of a HDMI port, we were very satisfied with the connectivity.
Apart from the lack of a HDMI port, we were very satisfied with the connectivity.
The maintenance cover can optionally be secured with a screw.
The maintenance cover can optionally be secured with a screw.
Fan, graphics card and processor are regrettably not directly accessible.
Fan, graphics card and processor are regrettably not directly accessible.
The included power adapter is surprisingly slim.
The included power adapter is surprisingly slim.

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Pro

+Matt display with good rates
+Numerous security features
+High connectivity
+Great input devices
+Robust case
+Good performance
+Recovery DVD
 

Cons

-Noise development in load
-No graphics switching
-Fairly high weight
-Poor battery life

Shortcut

What we like

Above all, the stable case, the good input devices and the high-end screen.

What we'd like to see

A longer battery life and lower noise development.

What surprises us

HP treats the EliteBook to a vast amount of security features.

The competition

Powerful workstations, such as the Dell Precision M4600 & M6600, the Fujitsu Celsius H710 or the Lenovo ThinkPad W520.

Rating

HP EliteBook 8560w-LG660EA
12/26/2011 v2
Florian Glaser

Chassis
92%
Keyboard
90%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
88%
Weight
67%
Battery
71%
Display
89%
Games Performance
90%
Application Performance
90%
Temperature
84%
Noise
72%
Add Points
86%
Average
84%
86%
Workstation *
Weighted Average

> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Archive of our own reviews > Review HP EliteBook 8560w-LG660EA Notebook
Author: Florian Glaser, 2011-12-27 (Update: 2013-06- 6)