ProBook or EliteBook?

Posted On: August 2, 2023

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It’s in the name…

It is useful to have a basic idea of marketing when buying tech products. The biggest indicator of the product is usually in the name.

There are plenty of examples in the tech world where the name is descriptive of the product.

Our focus here will be on HP ProBook and HP EliteBook.

So, let’s look at the differences.

ProBook and EliteBook are two different series of laptops manufactured by HP (Hewlett-Packard). Both are designed for business and professional use, but they cater to slightly different market segments and offer distinct features.

HP ProBook 450 G9 (left) and its stablemate HP EliteBook 860 G9 (right)

Target Market

ProBook: designed for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as budget-conscious professionals. They are generally more affordable than EliteBooks and offer a good balance between performance and price.

EliteBook: high-end business laptops aimed at corporate users and professionals who require top-notch performance, durability, security, and premium features. They are more expensive than ProBooks and often come with advanced business-focused technologies.

Build Quality and Durability

ProBook: typically have a sturdy build and are durable enough for regular business use.

EliteBook: well known for its premium build quality and high durability. They undergo US MIL-STD 810G military testing, making them suitable for challenging environments and frequent travel.


ProBook: offers a decent level of performance, suitable for everyday business tasks like web browsing, email, word processing, and moderate multitasking. They generally come with a range of processor options, including entry-level to mid-range CPUs.

EliteBook: equipped with high-performance processors, including Intel Core i7, and are designed to handle demanding tasks such as video editing, 3D rendering, and complex data analysis. They may also offer better graphics options for professional applications.

Security Features

ProBook: usually comes with basic security features. Best check the model you are buying.

EliteBook: known for its robust security features. Best check the model you are buying.

Design and Portability

ProBook: comes in various designs, but they may not be as slim and lightweight as EliteBooks. They strike a balance between portability and functionality.

EliteBook: designed with a focus on aesthetics and portability. They tend to be slimmer and lighter, making them more suitable for frequent travellers and professionals on the go.


ProBook and EliteBook are both classy laptops. Coming from HP, you can’t go wrong. It just depends on your budget and requirements.

If you are a budget-conscious professional or a small business owner looking for a reliable and cost-effective laptop for general business tasks, a ProBook could be a suitable choice. On the other hand, if you are a corporate professional or a business user who requires top-tier performance, durability, and advanced security features, an EliteBook would be a better fit.

As the name suggests, EliteBook is more… elite!

What we say

Cool Stuf currently has special prices on the EliteBook 860 G9 (with Intel 7) and two models of Probook 450 G9 (one has Intel 5, the other has the higher-performing Intel 7 – hence the price difference).

HP EliteBook 860 G9 16″ i7 HD 1255U WUXGA 16GB/512GB SSD… K7990
HP ProBook 450 G9 15.6″ i7 HD 1255U 16GB/512GB SSD… K5590
HP ProBook 450 G9 15.6″ i5 HD 1235U 16GB/512GB SSD… K4990

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