Quick, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when hearing the words “enterprise computing machines?” Professionalism? Productivity? How about boring designs? That last one sounds about right, huh?
Well, HP will apparently have no more of that, as the new EliteBook 800 business-focused laptops are anything but tedious-looking. Granted, their looks are still not innovative in any meaningful way, but at least their profiles are thin and the weight bar has been lowered. Plus, there’s aluminum everywhere.
Like on the EliteBook 820, the smallest but not necessarily weakest member of the family. Despite sporting a 12.5-inch display that basically puts it in netbook mini-laptop territory, the thing starts at $859 and offers Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 Haswell configurations, up to 8 gigs of RAM and even SSD storage options.
Meanwhile, the 14-inch EliteBook 840 actually costs a lower $799 in its entry-level config while packing only i3 and i5 CPUs and Intel HD 4400 graphics. Finally, the 15.6-inch EliteBook 850 is by far the mightiest stead in this stable, albeit its lowest-end variant is not too pricey, at $939.
Top-notch models however will definitely cost you an arm and a leg, since they come with fourth-gen Core i7 processors, 16 GB RAM, dedicated AMD Radeon graphics and up to 12 hours of continuous battery life. Touchscreens, too. No words yet on shipping dates for any of the three, but since they come in Windows 7 Pro and 8 versions (not 8.1), they could go on sale any day now.