"Off review: This is a certified Engineering workstation"5.0 starson by CAEMan
Pros: Highest end CPU's and mobile Engineering Graphics accelerators available such as NVidia Quadro or ATI FirePro
Multiple storage bays (Ex. dual hard drive configurations)
Magnesium alloy construction with drainage points. Built like a tank to military spe
Cons: Larger and heavy, but what do you expect? It's built like a tank! Actually it might be able to take a small caliber bullet for you, it's really that solid... When they said built to be used in hostile environments, they were not talking about Starbucks...
Summary: I feel this article borderline missed the design intent of such a system. As an Engineer working on defense I'm very familiar with the Elitebook family of products and these are the kind of products you take to war, and that I mean literaly...
The W in HP Enterprise Level mobiles stands for "Workstation" as in Engineering Workstation. With the highest level CPUs available, high end NVidia Quadro Graphics Accelerators, 32Gb RAM, multiple storage bays, digitally signed BIOS, these are indeed built like tanks, military grade, for mission critical use and ISV certified for the intended high end applications you will run in such.
To compare using applications like iTunes or even Photoshop misses completely the point and intent for what these are designed for and shows a poor choice of benchmarks.
Furthermore, these are intended for Engineers and Scientists running complex 3D applications like ProE, CATIA or 4D FEA analysis tools like ANSYS (Structural or Thermal), NASTRAN, or simply doing pure heavy computational studies with Matlab and others.
These are not toys for consumer applications like iTunes or games; these are serious Engineering tools for the most complex of Engineering/Science applications.
To compare this to some of the listed models is not accurate. Only the Dell M4600 is at the same class level and is the only other one that's ISV certified for the Engineering applications such as the previously mentioned ones. NONE of the others models are certified, qualified or supported with any of those applications. At the Enterprise level, that means that as an Engineer you can't use them for your work as they're unsupported or simply put not good enough.
The 8560w is a superior Engineering tool, not a toy and this article fails to show that, even the specs look incomplete.