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Hands-on: the EliteBook 820 G1, EliteBook 840 G1 and EliteBook 850 G1 by HP

HP recently presented a large number of new notebooks aimed at the business segment. They're all part of the existing ProBook and EliteBook series from HP. According to Herbert Koeck, managing director of HP EMEA, the company wants to continue investing in its traditional PC business of laptops and desktops, and also push new product categories such as the hybrid products that can be used both as tablet and laptop.

HP introduced the EliteBook 800, ProBook 600 and 400 series, in addition to a professional version of the HP Spectre X2 called the HP Spectre X2 Pro. This article will focus on the new EliteBook 800 series.

The EliteBook 800 series is a sturdy yet light laptop with a magnesium unibody chassis and aluminium accents. A backlit keyboard is optional. The screen is designed in such a way that it will not touch the keys or collect as much dust, due to the slightly curved edges. The top has a nice, soft touch finish. The laptop has an ethernet port that folds out, so you don't need an adapter. The new laptops adhere to the MIL-STD 810G quality standards, and HP emphasises that their new products also survived the tests. The notebooks can even handle spilled coffee, as tiny grooves underneath the keyboard channels out the liquid.

The HP SureStart feature detects whether a BIOS has been hacked and can return it to its original state. The HP Trust Circles software allows the user to manage exactly who can access which files.

The EliteBook 800 series will be available in three sizes: the 12-inch (HP EliteBook 820 G1), the 14-inch EliteBook 840 G1 ultrabook, and the 15.6-inch EliteBook 850 G1 ultrabook. They're all equipped with fourth generation Intel Core processors. The laptops are easy to access and manage, and have security features such as a smartcard and fingerprint reader. It's interesting that the touchscreen models are equipped with TN panels instead of the now more typical IPS screens. The viewing angles are a bit better than usual on some of the models. You can read rest of the Hands-on with the HP EliteBook 820 G1, EliteBook 840 G1 and EliteBook 850 G1 on