HP Bidness Notebooks

Which notebook will work for all your business?

What is with the current trend of putting the trackpad off-center on laptops? I realize it’s centered below the spacebar, but it still looks awkward for a right-handed user. Maybe it’s just me. Does anyone else think it’s odd?

As a right handed user, I feel your pain. Where would it go though?

The 8760w says core i7-2630qm in the title but 2430qm in the description.

I’m about 99.9% certain that the 13.3" ultrabook is the HP Folio 13, which I can say is a good laptop. I got one back in February for $750 after rebate, and it has served me admirably since then. It’s not going to play crysis on high details, but it can play Diablo 3 on low details without any problems (probably around 40 FPS or so). More than enough power for anything I’d want to be doing on a laptop. There are newer ultrabooks out, I believe, that have the Intel HD4000 integrated graphics chip which is better, but the 3000 that is in this is such a leap forward from all the previous integrated graphics chips that you’re not really held back that much unless you really want something like this to be a dedicated gaming machine. For anything else, it’s more than enough.

Form factor and weight are great, and the battery life is fantastic (5-6 hours if I’m doing taxing stuff on it, around 7-8 if I’m not).

In other words, I would recommend it to anyone looking for an ultrabook.

I think it’s probably more annoying for left-handed users actually; it doesn’t make a difference to me when I’m using my index finger or anything, but occasionally I’ll use my thumb, and having it set off to the left actually helps me do that without moving my right hand too much.

I actually prefer that quite a bit. It places the trackpad between your hands when you’re typing, which makes it much easier to avoid hitting the pad with your palm.

Using laptops with the pad centered on the laptop body I’ve often been frustrated when my right palm brushes against the pad and causes unintentional clicks or mouse movements.

HP’s laptops really don’t cut it IMO when you compare them to other business-grade machines - namely, Lenovo’s ThinkPad series and Dell’s Latitude series.

I have an HP EliteBook 8440 for work, and we also have some of the new 8460s that we’re piloting. I have a Dell Latitude E6410 as my main personal laptop.

The HPs are just not built well. The keyboard feels cheap, the bottom plastics feel cheap (especially when compared against the Latitude, which has an all-metal bottom), and it just doesn’t feel as sturdy as Lenovo or Dell’s offerings.

This is probably a good price for the specs, especially considering that less than $700 gets you a machine with discrete graphics. I’d still recommend holding out for a good Dell or Lenovo deal.

Just my three or so cents…

I’ve had HP laptops since I was 16 y/o and have bought them again and again. They last a good 3-4 years or more. Anyone needing a laptop, buy an HP. I use mine non-stop and the only repair that I’ve ever needed is to replaced the battery which is very cheap to do on Amazon or other sites.

HP 13.3" Folio 13-1029wm Ultrabook 2nd gen i3, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM is $498 at Walmart. Main difference I see is the processor. There is still the same crappy resolution on both machines. I’m still not in for one though, even at that price. Must have a better resolution. This is 2012, not 2002.


Thanks for your input, guys and/or gals!

I guess the reason it seems so weird to me is I’ve never had a laptop with a number pad. So on my laptop, the spacebar and trackpad are both centered. I guess it makes sense that it should be aligned under the spacebar to avoid accidental clicks.


I’ve seen other laptops advertised elsewhere that say the Win7 machine can be upgraded to Win8 for something like $15. Does that apply here? Is that a MSFT thing? Or a machine mfr thing?

It’s a MSFT thing, and from what I’ve heard they’re not really even checking to verify it’s a recently purchased PC either. Contact them and you should be good to go.

I disagree with your comparison somewhat, and have found the EliteBooks to be very well built (though the ProBooks, a little less so), but even if it’s valid, you’re likely comparing the wrong things for a Woot! audience. It’s likely that many of the people coming by here may be comparing these to run-of-the-mill consumer class laptops from Dell, HP, etc. Compared to those, these are vastly superior in build quality. The difference between other busisness models will tend to be smaller than the big jump from consumer class.

I borrowed a family member’s 8560w for a while last month and it was very solid with zero play in the hinges, etc, and the (backlit) keyboard was fine; perhaps even above average actually. The bottom cover was also metal and could be taken off to access the 3rd and 4th DIMM slots, SSD, and so forth without needing tools.

On a side note, I still have an old nc6000 around that must be going on 9 years old by now and still works, but it has an IDE hard drive and came with XP so eventually it’s not going to be very useful anymore.

I have one of these HP 8560p notebook computers… this is a great laptop…and a LOT less than I paid new… fast and surprisingly good battery life…

I disagree, I have this HP 8560p laptop for work. While I’m sure this is less than my company paid for it, it is not a great laptop. it’s ridiculously heavy I fly a lot and I bought a hard case so I could check this thing because I didn’t want to carry it around. The display resolution is a paltry 1440x900… while few could make the case for a high resolution display in a work laptop the fact that they put a screen in this that is the same as the one in the $700 laptop I purchased in 2007 is just sad.

Beyond that it’s just average… sure is has an i7… woohoo (said slowly with a frown) the battery is what I expected, which I guess counts as good since they usually aren’t as good as they claim… I get a solid 3 hours out of the stock battery and depending on what I’m doing can get over 4 hours. It has a modem and serial… :expressionless: (I actually use the serial port for work, oddly enough there are still things things around that need good old dos!)

It comes with Win7 Pro, which means you can download and run a free virtual machine of WinXP (it’s call “windows xp mode”), so that’s a bonus if you still have a lot of old software you don’t want to get rid of or can’t afford to upgrade.

That’s pretty much all I have to say about it.

I’d rather buy a desktop than ever buy an HP product. They break easily, have bad customer service, and are just overall terrible products!

The point isn’t that it’s centered under the spacebar - it’s centered under the alpha keyboard. It appears to be pushed to the left because of the numeric keypad on the right. But if you put your hands in touch typing position then you should find both your left and right thumbs wind up in the center of the trackpad.

Not trying to pick a fight but I think you have made a mistake, I have worked with several of these and they are great laptops. You have made the same mistake many non-business buyers have with the HP business line. You need to read more than the model number to know what you have. The model number just tells you the class of device, and HP releases a range of laptops with varying specs/prices within each model. In this case the model number just tells you HP’s idea for intended use and general build quality; you need to read the number after the model number to know the specs. For instance with the HP EliteBook 8560p XU063UT you can mostly ignore the 8560p and search for XU063UT to really know what you are getting. The 8560p came with 3 or 4 different resolution displays including a very usable 1920 x 1080. Personally for most people 1440x900 is good enough for a 15inch display which is probably what you company was thinking when the saved a few bucks buying your laptop. As far as weight, if you read directly from HP’s web site the “HP EliteBook 8560p Notebook PC is designed to meet tough military standards.” Which means it’s not going to be terribly light. And as far as battery life, many of the EliteBook line have desktop class processors not the weaker mobile CPUs, they are intended as desktop replacements; which means only 3 or so hours of battery life. Reading between the lines your company may have had issues with damaged laptops while in transit in the past, complaints about performance, and wanted something durable yet affordable. Really your complaints should be with your company, the laptop model you got is exactly what it was designed and advertised to be.