As is the way with many business notebooks it's dual-input, with both a touch pad and a track stick, with mouse buttons above and below the pad.
As far as wireless goes, the 8460p almost packs it all. There's 5GHz 802.11n in here, Bluetooth 2.1 and, as a welcome touch, integrated mobile broadband, powered by HP's hs2340 module. It has 850, 900, 1575, 1800, 1900 and 2100MHz antennas in the laptop, meaning you should be able to hop on to any Australian 3G network and make the best of it.
Our particular machine came kitted out with a Core i7 2720QM processor clocked at 2.2GHz, an AMD Radeon HD 6470M graphics card, a 160GB Intel G2 SSD and 4GB RAM, although it was pre-installed with Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. Thankfully, businesses that choose to be a bit more progressive can unlock the full potential of that RAM by opting for a 64-bit install instead.
Performance was moderate for 3D, with 3DMark06 clocking in at 5200. More impressive was the thumping great score of 12,540 for PCMark05, indicating the 8460p is a workhorse of a workstation, no doubt helped along by its solid-state drive.
Battery life was what one would expect for this sort of power, clocking in at two hours and 32 minutes with all power-saving features turned off, screen brightness and volume set to maximum, and an XviD file played back in full screen.
We like what the Elitebook brings to the party. The high resolution, muted screen will be great for all-day computing, and the multi-carrier 3G module is a big boon for those who need to travel, but don't want to be locked into one particular carrier.