HP EliteBook 8460w Details, Specs, Pricing and Hands On Video

HP has announced the new EliteBook 8460w, the company’s smallest and lightest mobile workstation, which replaces the HP EliteBook 8440w. The new HP EliteBook 8460w is a 14″ notebook which comes with the latest 2nd Generation Intel Core i family of processors and a new “FORGE” design which brings a new look, new enhancements and increased durability. HP also released two larger EliteBook mobile workstations today, the 15.6″ EliteBook  8560w and the 17.3″ HP EliteBook 8760w.

The EliteBook notebooks are mobile workstations, which means they have more power than your typical business notebook and are typically designed to withstand harsher environments. In most cases, these mobile workstations will be used by creative professionals and high demand users running applications that require the horsepower of a high end desktop in a portable form factor.

HP EliteBook 8460w Processor Options

The HP Elitebook 8460w adds the latest 2nd Generation processor options from Intel with Intel Core i7 and Intel Core i5 Sandy Bridge processors. These mobile processors are designed to deliver peak performance, with the ability to speed up when needed with TurboBoost 2.0, yet are mobile processors which are also designed to be battery friendly — well as battery friendly as a Core i7 processor can be.

The EliteBook 8460w supports up to 16GB RAM in two slots to provide supporting power to the system.

HP EliteBook 8460w Graphics Options

When it comes to graphics, the 8460w is no slouch. This 14″ workhorse is ready to tackle demanding graphical tasks with the included AMD FirePro M3900 GPU with 1GB of video RAM.

The EliteBook 8460w graphics support full Open GL and Direct X 11 as well as full ISV Certification to ensure reliability and support for working with 3D textures and demanding applications.

EliteBook 8460w EyeFinity

These notebooks also support AMD Eyefinity technology to provide an enhanced experience when connecting up to five additional monitors.

HP EliteBook 8460w Hands On Video

HP EliteBook 8460w Design

EliteBook 8460w Design

The EliteBook 8460w is a part of the new HP “FORGE” design concept which focuses on delivering a, “workstation specific industrial design language.”

This translates into a new look that includes a radial brushed gunmetal finish and a HP DisplaySafe frame which adds to the durability of the 8460w.

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The Elitebook notebooks also gain orange accents and a backlit jewel logo on the display.

The hinges are all metal, and the 8460w retains a cast titanium alloy latch to keep the notebook securely closed while not in use.

HP EliteBook 8460w Features

The EliteBook 8640w has a collection of usability features which make it easier for users to get work done. First is the backlit keyboard which allows users to work in dim environments. Second is the new chemically strengthened glass trackpad provides a smooth mousing surface.

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The 8460w also comes with SRS premium sound, a recent addition to business notebooks, that is complemented by stereo speakers.

If you need to gain access to your email, contacts or the web, you can boot into HP Quickweb in less time than it would take to boot into Windows for fast access to your important information.

HP EliteBook 8460w Display Options

The HP EliteBook 8460w comes with a 14″ anti-glare display with a 1366 x 768 resolution standard. There is a higher resolution upgrade available, which will bring a 1600 x 900 resolution to the same 14″ sized display.

EliteBook 8460w Display

HP EliteBook 8460w Durability

The EliteBook 8460w, and the rest of the new EliteBook w series, comes with numerous durability features including the MIL-STD 810G rated HP DuraCase which is designed to withstand drop, vibration, dust, altitude and high temps.

EliteBook 8460w Durability

Additionally, the notebook has a durable magnesium alloy chassis, aircraft inspired construction and an anodized aluminum surface. The Display also has a latch, to keep the screen closed and protected during transit.

HP EliteBook 8460w Security

The EliteBook 8460w comes with numerous security features included an integrated fingerprint reader, Smartcard reader and a collection of security tools such as HP ProtectTools, HP Disk Sanatizer, Computrace Pro (with subscription) and HP Sparekey.

HP EliteBook 8460w Battery

The EliteBook 8460w has numerous battery options including a 9-cell 100WHr battery, 6-cell 62WHr battery, 6-cell 55WHr battery HP Long Life Battery, optional HP Long Life 73WHr battery and the optional Ultra Extended Life 100WHr notebook battery.

EliteBook 8460w Rear

HP has not released the final battery run times for these numerous battery options.

HP EliteBook 8460w Size and Weight

The EliteBook 8460w is the lightest mobile workstation from HP, with a weight of 4.9 pounds without the optical drive and 5.22 pounds with the DVD ROM.

EliteBook 8460w Profile

The 8460w is 1.25″ at the front x 13.31″ x 9.11″ in size.

While not as slim or light as some ultraportables, this is still a very portable package considering the power that is inside.

HP EliteBook 8460w Price and Availability

The HP EliteBook 8460w will be available in May, with a starting price of $1,299 from HP.

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HP EliteBook 8460w Price and Availability

Operating system Preinstalled: 

  • Genuine Windows® 7 Professional
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Basic (select countries)
  • Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic
  • FreeDOS


  • Genuine Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Genuine Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Genuine Windows Vista Business
  • Genuine Windows XP Professional


  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
Processor 2ndgenerationIntel® Core™ i7 mobile processors3with Turbo Boost Technology; 2ndgenerationIntel® Core™ i5 mobile processors with Turbo Boost Technology
Chipset Mobile Intel QM67 Express Chipset (vPro support)
Memory DDR3 SDRAM, 1333 MHz,two slots supporting dual-channel memory,2/4/8GB SODIMMs, up to 16 GB total
Internal Storage7 250/320/500/750GB 7200 rpm SMART SATA II HDD, 320 GB 7200 rpm SED (Self Encrypting Drive),or 128/160GB SSD; HP 3D DriveGuard8
Upgrade Bay 12.7 mm SATA optical drive or secondary hard drive: Blu-ray R/RE DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL Drive,9, 24 Blu-ray ROM DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL Drive,9, 24 DVD+/–RW SuperMulti DL Drive,9, 24DVD-ROM Drive,9500 GB 7200 rpm HDD;7,9or Weight saver
Display 14.0-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD anti-glare (1366 x 768), 14.0-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD+ anti-glare (1600 x 900)
Graphics AMDFireProTMM3900, with 1GBdedicated gDDR3 video memory with AMD Eyefinity Technology for advanced multi-monitor support
Audio/Visual High Definition Audio(SRS Premium Sound), stereo speakers, stereo headphone/line out, stereo microphone in, optional HD11Webcam,9integrated dual-microphone array
Wireless Support Optional HP hs2340 HSPA+ Mobile Broadband; Optional HP un2430 EV-DO/HSPA Mobile Broadband12;ntel Centrino 802.11 a/b/g/n, Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/n; Atheros 802.11a/b/g/n; HP Integrated Module with Bluetooth® v2.1+ EDR Wireless Technology; HP Connection Manager 4.0
Communications Integrated Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (vPro5), 56K v.92 modem
Ports and Connectors (2) USB 3.0, (1) USB 2.0 charging, (1) eSATA/USB 2.0 combo, (1) VGA, (1) DisplayPort, (1) stereo microphone in, (1) stereo headphone/line out, (1) 1394a, (1) power connector, (1) RJ-11/modem,(1) RJ-45/Ethernet, (1) docking connector, (1) secondary battery connector
Expansion Slots 1 ExpressCard/54, SD/MMC slot
Input Device Full-sized spill-resistant keyboard with drains, touchpad with scroll zoneand gestures support, point stick, launch buttons (wireless on/off, HP QuickWeb, volume mute)
Software(Windows OS only) HP Power Assistant, HP Recovery Manager, HP Support Assistant, HP QuickWeb,  Microsoft® Office 2010 Preloaded -Purchase Key, IntervideoWinDVD (select models), Roxio Secure Burn27(select models), Roxio MyDVDE  SE (select models), Norton Internet Security 2011,  Skype, HP Client Manager Software, HP Client Configuration Management Agent, HP OpenView PC Configuration Management Solutions, HP Performance Advisor
Security Standard: HP ProtectTools, Central Management capable,TPM Embedded Security Chip 1.2, HP Fingerprint Sensor, Enhanced Pre-Boot Security, HP Spare Key (requires initial user setup),HP Disk Sanitizer, Drive Encryption for HP ProtectTools, Credential Manager for HP ProtectTools, Face Recognition for HP ProtectTools, File Sanitizer for HP ProtectTools, Intel AT (requires a Computrace subscription), security lock slot, Smart Card Reader, Computrace Pro for HP ProtectTools

(h x w x d)

1.25in (at front) x 13.31in x 9.11in / 3.4cm (at front) x 33.8cm x 23.1cm
Weight Starting at 4.90lb (2.22kg) without optical drive; 5.22lb (2.37kg) with DVD-ROM drive (weight will vary by configuration)
Power21 9-cell (100WHr) Lithium-Ion battery, 6-cell (62WHr) Lithium-Ion battery, 6-cell (55WHr) HP Long Life Battery (3-year), optional HP ST09 Extended Life Notebook Battery (73WHr),21optional HP BB09 UltraExtended Life NotebookBattery (100WHr),2190W HP Smart AC Adapter, HP Fast Charge
Expansion Solutions9 HP 90W Docking Station, HP 120W Advanced Docking Station, HP USB 2.0 Docking Station, HP Essential USB 2.0 Port Replicator,HP Dual Hinge Notebook Stand, HP Display & Notebook Stand, HP Adjustable Display Stand, HP Adjustable Dual Display Stand
Warranty Limited 3-year, 1-year and 90-day warranty options available, depending on country, 1-year limited warranty on primary battery. Optional HP Care Pack Services are extended service contracts which go beyond your standard warranties.

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