HP is rolling out a new line of notebooks for enterprise customers, including the new EliteBook 800 series notebooks with screen sizes ranging from 12.5 inches to 15.6 inches. The new HP EliteBook 800 Series notebooks are thinner and lighter than earlier models, but they get long battery life thanks to their energy efficient Intel Haswell processors.
According to HP, each model gets up to 12 hours of run time, and you can get up to 33 hours of battery life if you add an optional battery slice to some models. Interestingly all models are available with Windows 7 Pro through Microsoft’s Windows 8 downgrade program.
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The smallest member of the family is the HP EliteBook 820, which measures 0.83 inches thick, weighs less than 3 pounds, and has a 12.5 inch display.
The EliteBook 820 features 4GB to 8GB of RAM, a choice of an Intel Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 processor, and a choice of a hard drive or solid state drive. Prices start at $859.
HP’s 14 inch EliteBook 840 and 15.6 inch EliteBook 850 are both available with a choice of hard drive or solid state drive, and both measure less than 0.9 inches thick, which fits them comfortably into ultrabook territory.
The EliteBook 840 is available with up to 8GB of RAM and a Core i5 processor with Intel HD 4400 graphics. It weighs 3.48 pounds without a touchscreen. If you want a touch panel, the weight goes up to 3.92 pounds.
This is the model designed to work with an optional battery slice to offer up to 33 hours of run time. Prices for the EliteBook 840 start at $799.
HP offers the EliteBook 850 with up to 16GB of RAM, a chocie of a Core i5 or Core i7 processor, and Intel HD 4400 graphics or AMD Radeon HD 8750M graphics. The 15.6 inch laptop has a starting weight of 4.15 pounds, which isn’t bad at all for a laptop of this size.
The laptop costs $939 and up.