Given the 15.6" display size of the EliteBook 8560p, it’s obviously not going to qualify as an ultraportable, nor is it a dedicated desktop replacement. Normally, that would make it ideal for the mid-range consumer market, but that wasn’t HP’s goal here. This is a mid-size laptop for people who need a unique combination of portability, functionality and power. As a result, the 8560p is built with an exquisite eye for detail.
Most surfaces are gray metallic; dull enough not to show fingerprints readily, but not so dull as to be entirely unfashionable. The big, robust chassis is all hard corners and abrupt edges, providing an industrial feel. Like Lenovo’s ThinkPads, very little about the laptop is just-for-show, but the lighter color choices make this EliteBook look more modern.
Functionally, the news only gets better. A tough hinge design keeps the display where you put it through anything less than Armageddon, and there’s even a latch to keep it secure when fully closed. Around the sides you’ll find two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port, Ethernet, VGA, DisplayPort, and individual headphone/mic jacks. The only thing you might miss is HDMI, which HP considers a more consumer-oriented display port and thus not as suitable to the enterprise environment.