HP have begun selling three new EliteBook mobile workstation notebooks in 14, 15 and 17-inch editions. The 14-inch version known as the 8460w is of much note given it’s relatively small size and substantial power under the hood. It offers a choice of Sandy Bridge CPUs ranging from the i5-2520M 2.50 GHz to the i7-2820QM 2.30 GHz. The Maximum RAM available is 16GB. Storage options start from 250GB to 750GB with solid state drives (128GB and 160GB) available also. GPU power is supplied by the AMD FirePro M3900 with 1GB of DDR3 memory. Theres also optional Blu-ray, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2 port, 1 eSATA/USB combo, VGA out, display port and Firewire. Of course you’ll find a host of other workstation-type features like a docking connector and secondary battery connector, Spill-resistant keyboard and drain, HP Fingerprint Sensor, Integrated Smart Card Reader and Enhanced Pre-Boot Security.

The 8460w also provides a 9-cell battery, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, express card slot, SD/MMC, HD webcam, Touchpad with on/off button, two-way scroll, gestures, two pick buttons; Pointstick with two additional pointstick buttons. It also comes preinstalled with your choice of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium or Professional in 32 and 64-bit versions. Overall the HP EliteBook 8460w is a fully equipped business powerhouse at the competitive starting price of $1,299.

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