HP EliteBook 8560w Details, Specs and Pricing (Video)

The HP EliteBook 8560w is a new 15.6″ mobile workstation from HP which marries portability and power into a package that has the durability to go anywhere, the power to handle almost any task and a price that won’t make your accountant scream. HP Also announced the 17.3″ EliteBook 8760w and the 14″ EliteBook 8460w today.

EliteBook 8560w Mobile Workstation

The EliteBook 8560w replaces the HP EliteBook 8440w, adding new Sandy Bridge Intel processors, new graphics options and bringing the HP FORGE industrial design language to HP’s 15.6″ mobile workstation. Creative professionals will also love the ability to add an optional HP Dreamcolor display with up to 1 billion colors to the notebook for accurate color representation on the go.

The HP EliteBook notebooks are mobile workstations, which have more power than your typical business notebooks. These machines are often found in demanding environments where durability is key and cater to users who need to run demanding software while on the go. Despite the portable package, the EliteBook notebooks are designed to handle the tasks typically regulated to a high end desktop.

HP EliteBook 8560w Processor Options

For power, the EliteBook 8560w relies on the new Intel 2nd Generation Core i family of processors. The EliteBook 8560w has dual and quad core processor options including Sandy Bridge Core i5 and Core i7 processors. These new processors can speed up to meet demands thanks to TurboBoost 2.0. The processors are of the mobile variety, which means that while they deliver a lot of power, you can still get decent battery life.

The EliteBook 8560w supports up to 32GB RAM in four slots to provide supporting power to the system.

HP EliteBook 8560w Graphics Options

The HP EliteBook 8560w has several graphics options designed to meet the needs of demanding users. The base model comes with the AMD FirePro M5950 GPU with 1GB video RAM and support for Eyefinity and advanced multiple monitor connectivity.

EliteBook 8560w Eyfinity

There are also options for NVIDIA Quadro graphics, with NVIDIA QUADRO 1000M and QUADRO 200OM GPU options complete with 2GB RAM to round out the offerings.

The HP EliteBook graphics are tested and certified to run numerous business and creative applications so that you don’t need to waste time wondering if a software tool will work and troubleshooting compatibility issues.

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HP EliteBook 8560w Display Options

The HP EliteBook 8560w has a 15.6″ anti-glare display with a base 1600 x 900 resolution. Users can also opt for an upgrade to a 1920 x 1080 resolution on the standard anti-glare display.

EliteBook 8560w Display

Additionally, if color accuracy is important, the EliteBook 8560w can be configured with a 15.6″ 1920 x 1080 DreamColor display. The DreamColor display can deliver 1 billion colors and offers an addition to these mobile workstations that are a must have for creative professionals.

EliteBook 8560w DreamColor Mobile

HP EliteBook 8560w Design

The EliteBook 8560w 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, orange accents and a backlit jewel logo on the display. The hinges are all metal, and the 8560w retains a cast titanium alloy latch to keep the notebook securely closed while not in use.

HP EliteBook 8560w Features

The EliteBook 8560w comes with an array of features designed to offer a more usable mobile workstation. One of the most noticeable improvements is the chemically strengthened glass trackpad which should provide a much smoother mousing surface.

Additionally, there is a backlit keyboard which makes working in a dim environment much easier. If sound matters, you’ll find above average sound, for a business notebook, thanks to the SRS Premium sound and stereo speakers. The EliteBook also has HP Quickweb which will allow you faster access to your email, contacts, calendar and the web.

HP EliteBook 8560w Durability

The EliteBook 8560w, 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 8560w Durability

Additionally, the notebook has a durable magnesium alloy chassis, aircraft inspired construction and an anodized aluminum surface. In all, this is one of the most durable notebooks you can purchase from HP.

The keyboard is also spill resistant to deal with office accidents and other rigors.

HP EliteBook 8560w Security

The EliteBook 8560w 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 8560w Battery

The EliteBook 8560w has numerous battery options including a 8-cell 83WHr battery, 8-cell Long Life (3 year) 75WHr battery, optional HP Extended Life 73WHr battery and the optional Ultra Extended Life 100WHr notebook battery.

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

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HP EliteBook 8560w Size and Weight

The HP EliteBook 8560w has a starting weight of 6.69 pounds without the optical drive and jumps to 6.94 pounds with a DVD ROM.

EliteBook 8560w Profile

The EliteBook 8560w is 1.36″ at the front x 15″ x 10.1″ for the standard model and is slightly thicker at 1.44″ at the front when configured with the DreamColor display.

HP EliteBook 8560w Price and Availability

The HP EliteBook 8560w will be available in May, with a starting price of $1,349 from HP.

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HP EliteBook 8560w Specs

Operating system Preinstalled: 

  • Genuine Windows® 7 Professional 1
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 1
  • Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic2
  • FreeDOS


  • Genuine Windows 7 Enterprise 1
  • Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 1
  • Genuine Windows Vista Enterprise 2
  • Genuine Windows Vista Business 2Genuine
  • Windows XP Professional


  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0
Processor 2ndgenerationIntel® Core™ i7 and i5 mobile processors3with Turbo Boost Technology
Chipset Mobile Intel QM67 Express Chipset (vPro support5)
Memory DDR3 SDRAM, 1333 MHz,dual-core processors support 2 memory slots and quad-core processors support 4 memory slots,2/4/8GB6SODIMMs, up to 32 GBtotal27
Internal Storage7 320/500/750GB 7200 rpm SMART SATA II HDD, 320 GB 7200 rpm SED (Self Encrypting Drive),or 128/256GB 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,9DVD-ROM Drive,9500 GB 7200 rpm HDD;7, 9or Weight saver
Display 15.6-inch diagonal LED-backlit WVA anti-glare, HD+11(1600 x 900); 15.6-inch diagonal LED-backlit WVAanti-glare, FHD11(1920 x 1080); 15.6-inch diagonal LED-backlitUWVAanti-glare, FHD11DreamColor (1920 x 1080)
Graphics AMDFireProTMM5950, with 1GBdedicated GDDR5video memory(AMD Eyefinity Technology for advanced multi-monitor support)10 

NVIDIA Quadro 1000M, with 2GBdedicated DDR3 video memory

NVIDIA Quadro 2000M, with 2 GBdedicated DDR3 video memory

Audio/Visual High Definition Audio(SRS Premier Sound), stereo speakers, stereo headphone/line out, stereo microphone in, optional HD11Webcam,9integrated dual-microphone array
Wireless Support12, 13 Optional HP hs2340 HSPA+Mobile Broadband;12 Optional HP un2430 EV-DO/HSPA Mobile Broadband12; 

Intel Centrino 802.11a/b/g/n;13Atheros 802.11a/b/g/n;13HP Integrated Module with Bluetooth® v2.1+ EDR Wireless Technology; HPConnection Manager

Communications Integrated Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (vPro5), 56K v.92 modem
Ports and Connectors (2) USB 3.0 ports, (2) USB 2.0 ports (1 charging), (1) eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port, (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 slot, 1 SD/MMCslot
Input Device Full-sized spill-resistant keyboard with numeric keypad, drains, backlit keyboard (optional), touchpad with scroll zone and gestures support, point stick, discrete launch buttons (wireless on/off, HP QuickWeb,14 volume mute, calculator)
Software(Windows OS only) HP Power Assistant,15 HP Recovery Manager, HP Support Assistant, HP QuickWeb,14 Microsoft® Office 2010 Preloaded -Purchase Key,16 Intervideo WinDVD (select models), Roxio SecureBurn28(select models), Roxio MyDVDE 10 SE (select models), Norton Internet Security 2011,17 Skype18, HP Client Manager Software,HP Client Configuration Management Agent, HP OpenView PC Configuration Management Solutions, HP Performance Advisor
Security Standard: HP ProtectTools,8Central Management capable,TPM Embedded Security Chip 1.2, HP Fingerprint Sensor,Enhanced Pre-BootSecurity, HP Spare Key (requires initial user setup), HP Disk Sanitizer,19Drive Encryption for HP ProtectTools, Credential Manager for HP ProtectTools, Face Recognition for HP ProtectTools,29File Sanitizer for HP ProtectTools19, Intel AT (requires a Computrace subscription),26security lock slot, Smart Card Reader; Computrace Pro for HP ProtectTools20

(h x w x d)

Standard panel: 1.36in (at front) x 15.0in x 10.1in / 3.5cm (at front) x 38.2cm x 25.8cm 

DreamColor panel: 1.44in (at front) x 15.0in x 10.1in / 3.7cm (at front) x 38.2cm x 25.8cm

Weight Starting at 6.69lb (3.0kg) without optical drive; 6.94lb (3.1kg) with DVD-ROM drive (weight will vary by configuration) 


Power 8-cell (83WHr) Lithium-Ion battery,8-cell (75WHr) HP Long Life Battery (3-year),21 optional HP ST09 Extended Life Notebook Battery (73WHr), optional HP BB09 UltraExtended Life NotebookBattery (100WHr), 120W HP Smart AC Adapter, 150W HP Smart AC Adapter, 200W HP Smart AC Adapter, HP Fast Charge23
Expansion Solutions9 HP 230WDocking Station, HP 230W Advanced 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-yearand1-year 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.25 

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