Up to this point, any laptop that could break ten or eleven hours of functional battery life has seemed pretty impressive. But HP just shook things up. Their EliteBook 8460p is the new word in longevity. This business laptop has a Sandy Bridge processor and a full LED-backlit 14" or 15.6" display. Despite these features, it can last up to thirty-two freaking hours on a single charge.
In order to see that sort of staying power, you'll need to add a 160 GB SSD and ultra-extended life battery to the $99 base price. All p-series notebooks meet military specs, and they are built with tough aluminum alloy hinges and cast titanium-alloy latches. The chassis is a magnesium, aluminum alloy, plus a "double-shot" rubber frame for shock-absorption.
These new EliteBooks are built to be extremely moddable. The back plate has a switch that allows you to swap out hard drives or memory. There are also quick-access buttons on the keyboard for functions like WiFi and mute.
At 4.56 or 6.1 pounds, the p-series EliteBooks are basically the business traveller's perfect companion. Tired of running dry on long flights or airport terminals with a severe lack of plugs? Thirty two hours of battery life is enough to get you from Iowa to Shenzhen, China without so much as a top-off. And the mil-spec durability is just icing on the cake.