There are some products that we often believe aren’t appreciated enough. One of these products happens to be HP EliteBook 8470p. With its design and overall quality, EliteBook is perfect for the office and the workers on-the-go. While some people might choose to purchase the product that looks aesthetically good, the right choice would be the product that has a good lifespan, making you feel like you didn’t waste money on a technological device. EliteBook laptop fits this criterion. However, in our encounters with people with significant experience with laptops, we found that they’ve never heard about the EliteBook brand. That’s why we decided to write about this brand, specifically for the HP EliteBook 8470p. Mobile computing enthusiasts have highly anticipated it. But will it meet their expectations? Let’s see.
If you’re one of these people that prefer their laptops to be light in weight, well, this one might not be the right choice. Due to the 6-cell battery installed, magnesium alloy, and brushed metal used in the laptop, the weight of this unit came at 2.435 kg or 5.37 lbs.
EliteBook’s screen is a 14-inch LED-backlit LCD with 1366×768 resolution. Even though no innovative move was taken about the old resolution aspect, worry not as the screen won’t get damaged easily. Hopefully, on the future model, the screen with higher resolution will be available. Like any other laptop of the line EliteBook, this one has a matte finish monitor with no overt reflections in the brighter areas. At the top of the screen is put a light to illuminate the keyboard.
The design of 8470p is the same as the other recent laptop of the line EliteBook. If you would have them in front of you, certainly you would have trouble finding which one’s which.
The keyboard, too, didn’t have any changes. The island-style of the keyboard used in some of the older models of the EliteBook laptop is also present in this model. The only issue is the lack of the backlit keyboard. Even though all the EliteBook laptops have a popout LED light at the top of the screen, it doesn’t illuminate almost at all on the keyboard. The 8470p laptop has a small pointing stick at the center of the keyboard that is very similar to the red nub incorporated into many ThinkPad laptops.
Like all other laptops of the line EliteBook, 8470p’s touchpad is big enough to maneuver, have a smooth glide to it, and no friction can be felt at any time.
It’s pretty easy to upgrade the EliteBook 8470p. You just unlatch the two sliders and remove the complete underside plate of the machine. You have easy access to all other laptop elements, like memory, hard drive, CD, and DVD.
There are also no new changes to report to the battery. It’s the same as the ones that were available to older HP laptop models. Knowing this, you should expect to get four to five hours of battery life under normal usage.
The speakers of EliteBook 8470p are undoubtedly functional, and there isn’t a “beats audio.” Your neighbors are lucky, as you won’t disturb them with a loud noise.
If we can guarantee you one thing is the lack of issues with heat. The laptop never got warm during normal usage; neither did the fan make any noise. The laptop seems to run nice and cool, a convincing factor to know.
Ports and Connectivity
On the left side of the laptop, you can find two USB 3.0 ports tagged with the new SuperSpeed “SS” logo. Right below them is the card reader for SD, MMC, etc. The power input and a firewire port are also on the left side of the laptop. Whereas, on the right side, there is the input for headphones, the mic, an eSata port, another USB port which can be used to charge devices in times when the laptop is off, and a DisplayPort output. On the back, you’ll find a phone modem and an Ethernet jack, and a VGA output. As for the wireless realm, the laptop has the Bluetooth that was supplied by a Broadcom 2072 chip, wireless via the Centrino Ultimate N 6300AGN, and a standard 82579 LM Gbit that provides Ethernet capacity.
Drivers and Benchmarks
Initially, we had some trouble acquiring drivers, and Windows 7 didn’t recognize some of the laptop’s pivotal components. Fortunately, we found most of the Intel drivers on the website of HP, where they were posted under the driver section for several new HP laptops. We also found the video card driver for the HD 4000 around Google.
Key Specifics of the Unit
- Platform: Intel Ivy Bridge – BIOS version 4.C7 (08/11/2011)
- Processor: Unidentified Intel Core i7 Engineering Sample processor (idling at 1.7GHz, Turbo Boost to 2.6GHz)
- Graphics: Video: Intel HD 4000, 2GB memory
- System Memory: 8GB DDR3 RAM (2 x 4GB)
- Storage: Intel 320 80GB SSD
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 with all updates to the current date
- Display Drivers Used: 126.96.36.19996
Windows Experience Index (WEI)
Even though technically Window Experience Index isn’t a benchmark, users still use it to compare scores across machines. The Windows Experience Index, on a scale from 1.0 to 7.9, rated the HP EliteBook 8470p with 6.4. On the table below, you’ll find the comparisons made between HP EliteBook 8470p and HP Folio 13.
|Laptop||WEI Overall Score||WEI Graphics Score||WEI Gaming Graphics Score|
|HP EliteBook 8470p (Intel Core i7, Intel HD 4000, 4GB RAM)||6.4||6.4||6.4|
|HP Folio 13 (Intel Core i5, Intel HD 3000, 4GB RAM)||4.7||4.7||6.2|
PCMark 7 is a benchmark that is often used to measure overall system performance. Our 8470p laptop scored 4,520 PCMarks. We compared this score to other laptops, and we found that Ivy Bridge is hard to ignore. On the table below, you’ll find the comparisons between HP EliteBook 8470p and other laptops.
|Laptop||PCMark 7 Score|
|HP EliteBook 8470p (Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge 1.70GHz, Intel HD 4000, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD)||4,520 PCMarks|
|HP Envy 17 (Core i7-2670QM 2.20GHz, AMD 7690M, 6GB RAM, HD 7200RPM)||2,703 PCMarks|
|HP Folio 13 (Intel Core i5-2467M 1.60GHz, Intel HD3000, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD)||3,168 PCMarks|
|HP dv7t Quad (Intel Core i7 2670QM 2.20GHz, 2GB Radeon HD 6770M, 8GB RAM, Crucial M4)||4,308 PCMarks|
|Sony VAIO SA (Intel Core i5-2430M 2.50GHz, AMD Radeon 6630M, 4GB RAM)||2,022 PCMarks|
|Lenovo ThinkPad W520 – Intel Core i7 2720QM, 4GB RAM, Nvidia Quadro 2000, Intel 320 SSD||4,299 PCMarks|
|HP Envy 17 3D – Intel Core i7-2670QM, AMD 6850M 1GB, 8GB RAM, 7200RPM HD||2,592 PCMarks|
|Lenovo IdeaPad U400 – Intel Core i5-2430M, AMD Radeon 6470M, 6GB RAM, 5400RPM HD||2,287 PCMarks|
|Dell XPS 15z – Intel Core i7-2620M, Nvidia GT 525M, 8GB RAM, SSD||3,604 PCMarks|
PCMark Vantage is an older version of PCMark toolset but it’s still useful as you can compare the laptop to a wider range of laptops due to the longevity of this benchmark. In this benchmark, Ivy Bridge scored 14,659. We’re going to compare this score to older laptops.
|Laptop||PCMark Vantage Score|
|HP EliteBook (Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge 1.70GHz, Intel HD 4000, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD)||14,659 PCMarks|
|HP Envy 17 Core i7-2670QM 2.20GHz, AMD 7690M, 6GB RAM, HD 7200RPM)||10,120 PCMarks|
|HP Folio 13 (Intel Core i5-2467M 1.60GHz, Intel HD3000, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD)||9,026 PCMarks|
|Sony VAIO SA (Intel Core i5-2430M 2.50GHz, AMD Radeon 6630M, 4GB RAM)||7,007 PCMarks|
|Dell Vostro 1440 Review (Intel Core i3-370M, Intel HD, 6GB RAM)||4,931 PCMarks|
|Lenovo IdeaPad Y470 – Intel Core i7-2630qm, Nvidia 550M 1GB, 8GB RAM, Intel SSD||12,160 PCMarks|
|Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420 – Intel Core i5-2410m 2.30GHz, 4GB RAM||6,056 PCMarks|
|Dell Vostro 3450 – Intel Core i5-2410m 2.30Ghz, 4GB RAM||5,901 PCMarks|
|Dell Inspiron N411z – Intel Core i3-2330m 2.30GHz, 4GB RAM||5,285 PCMarks|
|Lenovo ThinkPad T420 – Intel Core i3-2310m 2.1GHz, 2GB RAM||3,204 PCMarks|
The 3DMark Vantage benchmark tests 3D graphics performance and verifies whether Intel has improved the integrated graphics solution as they claimed they did. Below, you’ll find the comparisons between the performance of HP EliteBook and other laptops.
|Laptop||3DMark Vantage Score (Performance mode)|
|HP EliteBook (Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge, Intel HD 4000, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD)||3,321 3DMarks|
|HP Envy 17 Core i7-2670QM 2.20GHz, AMD 7690M, 6GB RAM, HD 7200RPM)||6,970 3DMarks|
|HP Folio 13 (Intel Core i5-2467M 1.60GHz, Intel HD3000, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD)||1,513 3DMarks|
|HP dv7t Quad (Intel Core i7 2670QM 2.20GHz, 2GB Radeon HD 6770M, 8GB RAM, Crucial M4)||6,139 3DMarks|
|HP Pavilion dv6z Quad Edition – (AMD A8-3510MX, AMD 6620G Graphics)||2,919 3DMarks|
|HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition – Intel Core i7-2630qm, AMD 6770M Graphics||6,373 3DMarks|
|HP Pavilion dm4x – (Intel Core i5-2410m 2.30Ghz, 6GB RAM, Intel HD3000 Graphics)||1,174 3DMarks|
|Dell XPS 17 (Core i5-2410m 2.30GHz, Nvidia 550m, 6GB RAM, HD 7200RPM)||4,747 3DMarks|
|HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition – Intel Core i5-2410m, Intel HD 3000 Graphics, 6GB RAM||1,845 3DMarks|
To conclude, we can easily say that working with the EliteBook 8470p Ivy Bridge was a blast. All aspects of the laptop, like the solid design, nice keyboard, and many others, created an unforgettable user experience. The processor was a miracle, as it didn’t break a sweat when doing the daily activities, and benchmarking rarely turned on the cooling fan. In general, the laptop was very silent, which is an advantage if you work in a quiet environment. One thing that we expect they’ll find a solution to is the backlit keyboard.