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Published October 7, 2011
Although the ProBook is mostly clear of third-party applications, HP bundles a ton of its own software. I counted no less than 24 HP-specific programs of which HP ProtectTools is the most important. The security suite is meant to be used by enterprises when deploying notebooks to employees, among other things it centralizes security management and aids in the event of password loss or if the machine is stolen.
Another software feature, HP QuickWeb allows you access to the Internet, email, contacts and calendar at the touch of a button without having to wait for Windows to load up. This is similar to what we have seen on desktop motherboards for a while now. HP Power Assistant is similar to Lenovo's Power Manager 3 in that it lets you configure profiles and view power data about the laptop's usage and battery.
The system takes 1 minute and 2 seconds to boot completely into Windows from a fully powered down state.
We have run our standard suite of benchmark tests on the EliteBook 8460p to give you an idea of how the system performs under load. It's worth noting that Intel's Turbo Boost 2 is enabled during testing. Found in second-gen Core series processor, the feature is designed to better manage workloads by dynamically adjusting individual core speeds depending on the processing power is needed.
|Synthetic Tests||EliteBook 8460p||ProBook 6360b||ThinkPad X1||Envy 14|
|3DMark Score||5029 3DMarks||3951 3DMarks||3750 3DMarks||6866 3DMarks|
|PCMark Suite||7408 PCMarks||5859 PCMarks||7607 PCMarks||6840 PCMarks|
|Application Tests||EliteBook 8460p||ProBook 6360b||ThinkPad X1||Envy 14|
|iTunes Encoding Test||01 min 12 sec||01 min 23 sec||01 min 15 sec||01 min 34 sec|
|File Transfer Test|
|Small files||1 min 23 sec||1 min 18 sec||1 min 23 sec||01 min 20 sec|
|Large file||1 min 5 sec||55 sec||1 min 2 sec||1 min 14 sec|
The iTunes encoding tests consist of converting 14 MP3s (119MB) to 128Kbps ACC files and measuring the operation's duration in seconds. For the file transfer test, we measure how long it takes to copy two sets of files from one location to another on the same hard drive. On the small files test we transfer 557 MP3s, totaling 2.56GB. For the large file, these same MP3s were zipped into a single file measuring 2.52GB.
|Gaming Performance||EliteBook 8460p||ProBook 6360b||ThinkPad X1||Envy 14|
|Far Cry 2|
|1024x768 Medium Quality||27.05 FPS||26.23 FPS||26.59 FPS||--|
|Native Resolution, High Quality||22.28 FPS||17.95 FPS||17.94 FPS||--|
|1024x768 Medium Quality||44.70 FPS||14.90 FPS||15.23 FPS||--|
|Native Resolution, High Quality||27.78 FPS||10.90 FPS||10.42 FPS||--|
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