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HP Notebook PCs - Guide to Using 2011 and 2012 Business Notebooks with External Displays

HP EliteBook Notebook PCs, HP EliteBook Mobile Workstations, and HP ProBook Notebook PCs offer a variety of combinations allowing multiple displays to be connected. This document explains the options for the following notebook PCs:

HP EliteBook Notebook PCs (p-series)

  • 2012: 2170p, 2570p, 8470p, 8570p

  • 2011: 2560p, 2760p, 8460p, 8560p

HP EliteBook Mobile Workstations (w-series)

  • 2012: 8470w, 8570w, 8770w

  • 2011: 8460w, 8560w, 8760w

HP ProBook Notebook PCs (b-series)

  • 2012: 6470b, 6475b, 6570b

  • 2011: 6360b, 6460b, 6465b, 6560b, 6565b

Maximum number of displays

Refer to the following tables for the maximum number of displays for the 2011 and 2012 HP EliteBook Notebook PCs, HP EliteBook Mobile Workstations, and HP ProBook Notebook PCs:

NOTE: The maximum number of displays vary based on the product model, the graphics card installed, connection type, and the type of docking station used. For more information, refer to the product specifications on the HP Business Support Center or the quickspecs on the HP Product Bulletin .
NOTE: The LCD monitor native resolution must be less than or equal to the resolution that the notebook can support through its VGA port or DisplayPort or via the DVI-D port on the Docking Station. Otherwise, the image on the monitor will not be optimal. For HP LCD monitor information, see the 2011 HP Business LCD Monitor Quick Reference Guide .

HP EliteBook Notebook PCs

Matrix of the maximum number of displays for HP EliteBook Notebook PCs:Two displays: 2560p,   2760p, 8460p, 8560p.Three displays using integrated Intel graphics: 2170p, 2570p, 8470p, 8570p.Five displays using AMD Eyefinity Technology: 8460p, 8470p, 8560p, 8570p.
NOTE: The HP EliteBook 2760p can output up to a maximum of two displays in clone or extended mode via the VGA and DP ports on the HP 2740P Series Docking Station (WA995AA). The notebook screen is counted as one display so if it is used, only one external display can be used. If the notebook screen is not used, two external displays can be used.

HP EliteBook Mobile Workstations

Matrix of the maximum number of displays for HP EliteBook Mobile Workstations:Two displays: 8560w, 8760w.Four displays using NVIDIA graphics: 8570w, 8770w.Five displays using AMD Eyefinity Technology: 8460w, 8470, 8560w, 8570w, 8760w, 8770w.

HP ProBook Notebook PCs

Matrix of the maximum number of displays for HP ProBook Notebook PCs:Two displays: 6360b, 6460b, 6465b, 6560b, 6565b.Three displays using integrated Intel graphics: 6470b, 6570b.Four displays using AMD Eyefinity Technology: 6475b.Five displays using AMD Eyefinity Technology: 6460b, 6470b, 6560b, 6570b.

HP USB Graphics Adapter

The HP USB Graphics Adapter (NL571AA) can be used to connect up to six additional external displays. Please note that the experience in this scenario can be varied, and does not match that of a docking station (auto adjust, discovery, etc.). The HP USB Graphics Adapter specifications are as follows:

  • Video interface: VGA or DVI-I

  • Supported resolutions: Up to 1920 x 1080 (16x9 widescreen), 1680 x 1050 (16x10 widescreen) or 1600 x 1200 (traditional).

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Docking station compatibility

The following tables identify which docking stations are compatible with different 2011 and 2012 models of HP EliteBook Notebook PCs, HP EliteBook Mobile Workstations, and HP ProBook Notebook PCs:

NOTE: The 2012 HP Docking Stations (A7E32AA, A7E34AA, A7E36AA, A7E38AA, A9B77AA, and B2Q65AV) have USB 3.0 ports, while the 2011 HP Docking Stations (VB041AA, VB043AA, NZ222AA, NZ223AA, and WA995AA) have USB 2.0 ports. The computer, docking station, and monitor must all support USB 3.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 to benefit from the advanced speeds or features that these technologies provide. If one of the devices does not support these technologies, you will still have USB 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.1 functionality. For more information, see the Docking station components section.

HP EliteBook Notebook PCs

The HP EliteBook 2560p and 2570p use docking station part number A9B77A.The HP EliteBook 2760p uses docking station part number WA995AA.The HP EliteBook 2170p, 8460p, 8470p, 8560p, and 8570p can use any of the 2011 and 2012 90W Docking Stations (A7E32AA, VB041AA, and B2Q65AV), 120W Advanced Docking Stations (A7E36AA and NZ222AA), 230W Docking Stations (A7E34AA and  VB043AA) and 230W Advanced Docking Stations (A7E38AA and NZ223AA).Additional information can be found in the Docking station components
 section and the Display resolution specifications
 section.

HP EliteBook Mobile Workstations

The HP EliteBook 8460w and 8470w can use any of the 2011 and 2012 90W Docking Stations (A7E32AA, VB041AA, and B2Q65AV), 120W Advanced Docking Stations (A7E36AA and NZ222AA), 230W Docking Stations (A7E34AA and  VB043AA) and 230W Advanced Docking Stations (A7E38AA and NZ223AA).The HP EliteBook 8560w and 8570w can use any of the 2011 and 2012 120W Advanced Docking Stations (A7E36AA and NZ222AA), 230W Docking Stations (A7E34AA and  VB043AA) and 230W Advanced Docking Stations (A7E38AA and NZ223AA).The HP EliteBook 8760w and 8770w can use any of the 2011 and 2012 230W Docking Stations (A7E34AA and  VB043AA) and 230W Advanced Docking Stations (A7E38AA and NZ223AA).Additional information can be found in the Docking station components
 section and the Display resolution specifications
 section.

HP ProBook Notebook PCs

All 2011 and 2012 HP ProBook Notebook PCs (6360b, 6460b, 6465b, 6470b, 6475b, 6560b, 6565b, 6570b) can use any of the 2011 and 2012 90W Docking Stations (A7E32AA, VB041AA, and B2Q65AV), 120W Advanced Docking Stations (A7E36AA and NZ222AA), 230W Docking Stations (A7E34AA and  VB043AA) and 230W Advanced Docking Stations (A7E38AA and NZ223AA).Additional information can be found in the Docking station components
 section and the Display resolution specifications
 section.

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Docking station components

The following images identify the components of different docking stations for the 2011 and 2012 models of HP EliteBook Notebook PCs, HP EliteBook Mobile Workstations, and HP ProBook Notebook PCs:

NOTE: The computer, docking station, and monitor must all support USB 3.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 to benefit from the advanced speeds or features that these technologies provide. If one of the devices does not support these technologies, you will still have USB 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.1 functionality.
NOTE: The DVI-D port on the HP 90W Docking Stations (A7E32AA, B2Q65AV, and VB041AA), HP 230W Docking Stations (A7E34AA and VB043AA), HP 120W Advanced Docking Stations (A7E36AA and NZ222AA) and HP 230W Advanced Docking Stations (A7E38AA and NZ223AA) is a single link DVI-D port even though it looks like a dual link DVI-D port. As such, it will only support resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 at reduced blanking. In order to use the 30” LP3065 or the ZR30w monitor, use the HP DisplayPort to Dual Link DVI-D Adapter (NR078AA) via the DP on the notebook (if there is one) or on the docking station.

HP 2012 90W (A7E32AA / B2Q65AV) and 230W (A7E34AA) Docking Station

Image of the HP 2012 90W  and 230W docking stations with callouts for each component.

HP 2011 90W (VB041AA) and 230W (VB043AA) Docking Station

Image of the HP 2011 90W and 230W  Advanced Docking Stations with callouts for each component.

HP 2012 120W (A7E36AA) and 230W (A7E38AA) Advanced Docking Station

Image of the HP 2012 120W and 230W  Advanced Docking Stations with callouts for each component.

HP 2011 120W (NZ222AA) and 230W (NZ223AA) Advanced Docking Station

Image of the HP 2011 90W and 230W  Advanced Docking Stations with callouts for each component.

HP 2570P Series Docking Station (A9B77AA)

Image of the HP 2570P Docking Station with callouts for each component.

HP 2740P Series Docking Station (WA995AA)

Image of the HP 2740P Docking Station with callouts for each component.

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Docking accessory compatibility

The following docking accessories are compatible with all 2011 and 2012 models of HP EliteBook Notebook PCs, HP EliteBook Mobile Workstations, and HP ProBook Notebook PCs:

All 2011 and 2012 HP EliteBook Notebook PCs, HP EliteBook Mobile Workstations, and HP ProBook Notebook PCs are compatible with any of the docking accessories listed:HP Adjustable Display Stand (AW663AA)HP Adjustable Dual Monitor Stand (AW664AA)HP Display and Notebook Stand (AW662AA)HP Dual Hinge Notebook Stand (AW661AA)HP LAN and USB Travel Hub (BM868AA)HP LCD Monitor Stand (QM196AA)HP USB 2.0 Port Replicator (H1L07AA)HP USB 3.0 Port Replicator (H1L08AA)Additional information can be found in the Docking accessory components
 section and in the Display resolution specifications
 section.

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Docking accessory components

The following images identify the components of different docking accessories for the 2011 and 2012 models of HP EliteBook Notebook PCs, HP EliteBook Mobile Workstations, and HP ProBook Notebook PCs:

HP Adjustable Display Stand (AW663AA)

Image of the HP Adjustable Display Stand with callouts for each component.

HP Adjustable Dual Display Stand (AW664AA)

Image of the  HP Adjustable Dual Display Stand with callouts for each component.

HP Display and Notebook Stand (AW662AA)

Image of the  HP Display and Notebook Stand with callouts for each component.

HP Dual Hinge Notebook Stand (AW661AA)

Image of the  HP Dual Hinge Notebook Stand with callouts for each component.

HP LAN and USB Travel Hub (BM868AA)

Image of the  HP LAN and USB Travel Hub with callouts for each component.

HP LCD Monitor Stand (QM196AA)

Image of the  HP LCD Monitor Stand with callouts for each component.

HP 2005pr USB 2.0 Port Replicator (H1L07AA)

Image of the  HP 2005pr USB 2.0 Port Replicator with callouts for each component.

HP 3005pr USB 3.0 Port Replicator (H1L08AA)

Image of the  HP 3005pr USB 3.0 Port Replicator with callouts for each component.

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Display resolution specifications

The following tables show display resolutions specific to each notebook and docking station:

NOTE: Resolutions are dependent upon monitor capability, resolution, connection type, color depth settings, and type of graphics card.

HP EliteBook Notebook PCs, HP EliteBook Mobile Workstations, and HP ProBook Notebook PCs with discrete graphic processing units can support resolutions up to 2560 x 2048 using DisplayPort 1.2 and resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 using DisplayPort 1.1.

HP EliteBook Notebook PCs

The HP EliteBook 2170p has an 11.6" diagonal LED-backlit HD anti-glare             (1366 x 768) native resolution.The HP EliteBook 2760p has a 12.1-inch diagonal LED-backlit WXGA ultra wide viewing angle anti-glare (1280 x 800) native resolution.The HP EliteBook 2560p and 2570p have a 12.5-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD anti-glare (1366 x 768) native resolution.The HP EliteBook 8460p has a 14.0-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD anti-glare (1366 x 768) native resolution.The HP EliteBook 8460p has a 14.0-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD+ anti-glare (1600 x 900) native resolution.The HP EliteBook 8470p has a 14.0-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD 16:9 widescreen anti-glare (1366 x 768) native resolution.The HP EliteBook 8470p has a 14.0-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD+ 16:9 widescreen anti-glare (1600 x 900) native resolution.The HP EliteBook 8560p has a 15.6-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD anti-glare (1366 x 768) native resolution.The HP EliteBook 8560p has 15.6-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD+ WVA           anti-glare (1600 x 900) a native resolution.The HP EliteBook 8560p has a 15.6-inch diagonal LED-backlit FHD WVA anti-glare (1920 x 1080) native resolution.The HP EliteBook 8570p has a 15.6-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD 16:9 anti-glare (1366 x 768) native resolution.The HP EliteBook 8570p has a 15.6-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD+ 16:9 WVA anti-glare (1600 x 900) native resolution.The HP EliteBook 8570p has a 15.6-inch diagonal LED-backlit FHD WVA anti-glare (1920 x 1080) native resolution.
All HP EliteBook Notebook PCs (2170p, 2560p, 2570p, 2760p, 8460p, 8470p, 8560p, and 8570p) have an external maximum VGA resolution of 2048 x 1536 at 75 Hz, and lower resolutions at up to 100 Hz.
The HP EliteBook 2760p does not have a DisplayPort connection on the notebook.The HP EliteBook 2170p, 2560p, 2570p, and 2760p have an external maximum DisplayPort resolution of 2560 x 1600, 30-bit color depth at 60 Hz, and full HD (1920 x 1080) monitors, 24-bit color depth at 120 Hz.The HP EliteBook 8460p, 8470p, 8560p, and 8570p have an external maximum DisplayPort resolution of 2560 x 2048, 30-bit color depth at 60 Hz, and full HD (1920 x 1080) monitors, 24-bit color depth at 120 Hz.
The HP EliteBook 2170p, 2560p, 2570p, and 2760p do not have a DVI port.The HP EliteBook 8460p, 8470p, 8560p, and 8570p have a DVI-D (single link) video signal available through DVI port in optional HP Docking Station or HP Advanced Docking Station (sold separately) and support resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 at both full and reduced blanking, and 1920 x 1200 at reduced blanking.

HP EliteBook Mobile Workstations

The HP EliteBook 8460w has a 14.0-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD anti-glare (1366 x 768) native resolution.The HP EliteBook 8460w has a 14.0-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD+ anti-glare (1600 x 900) native resolution.The HP EliteBook 8470w has a 14.0-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD 16:9 widescreen anti-glare (1366 x 768) native resolution.The HP EliteBook 8470w has a 14.0-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD+ 16:9 widescreen anti-glare (1600 x 900) native resolution.The HP EliteBook 8560w and 8570w have a 15.6-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD+ WVA anti-glare (1600 x 900) native resolution.The HP EliteBook 8560w and 8570w have a 15.6-inch diagonal LED-backlit FHD WVA anti-glare (1920 x 1080) native resolution.The HP EliteBook 8560w and 8570w have a 15.6-inch diagonal LED-backlit FHD UWVA anti-glare DreamColor (1920 x 1080) native resolution.The HP EliteBook 8760w and 8770w have a 17.3-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD+ WVA anti-glare (1600 x 900) native resolution.The HP EliteBook 8760w and 8770w have a 17.3-inch diagonal LED-backlit FHD WVA anti-glare (1920 x 1080) native resolution.The HP EliteBook 8760w and 8770w have a 17.3-inch diagonal LED-backlit FHD UWVA anti-glare DreamColor* (1920 x 1080) native resolution.
NOTE: * HP EliteBook 8760w Mobile Workstations with DreamColor technology are not available with HP Mobile Broadband.
All HP EliteBook Mobile Workstations (8460w, 8470w, 8560w, 8570w, 8760w, and 8770w) have an external maximum VGA resolution of 2048 x 1536 at 75 Hz, and lower resolutions at up to 100 Hz.
The HP EliteBook 8560w, 8570w, 8760w, and 8770w have an external maximum DisplayPort resolution of 2560 x 1600, 30-bit color depth at 60 Hz, and full HD (1920 x 1080) monitors, 24-bit color depth at 120 Hz.The HP EliteBook 8460w and 8470w have an external maximum DisplayPort resolution of 2560 x 2048, 30-bit color depth at 60 Hz, and full HD (1920 x 1080) monitors, 24-bit color depth at 120 Hz.
All HP EliteBook Mobile Workstations (8460w, 8470w, 8560w, 8570w, 8760w, and 8770w) have a DVI-D (single link) video signal available through DVI port in optional HP Docking Station or HP Advanced Docking Station (sold separately) and support resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 at both full and reduced blanking, and 1920 x 1200 at reduced blanking.

HP ProBook Notebook PCs

The HP ProBook 6360b has a 13.3-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD anti-glare (1366 x 768) native resolution.The HP ProBook 6460b and 6465b have a 14.0-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD anti-glare (1366 x 768) native resolution.The HP ProBook 6460b and 6465b have a 14.0-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD+ anti-glare (1600 x 900) native resolution.The HP ProBook 6470b and 6475b have a 14.0-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD 16:9 anti-glare (1366 x 768) native resolution.The HP ProBook 6470b and 6475b have a 14.0-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD+ 16:9 anti-glare (1600 x 900) native resolution.The HP ProBook 6560b and 6565b have a 15.6-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD anti-glare (1366 x 768) native resolution.The HP ProBook 6560b and 6565b have a 15.6-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD+ WVA anti-glare (1600 x 900)native resolution.The HP ProBook 6570b has a 15.6-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD 16:9 anti-glare (1366 x 768) native resolution.The HP ProBook 6570b has a 15.6-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD+ 16:9 anti-glare (1600 x 900) native resolution.
All HP ProBook Notebook PCs (6360b, 6460b, 6465b, 6470b, 6475b, 6560b, 6565b, and 6570b) have an external maximum VGA resolution of 2048 x 1536 at 75 Hz, and lower resolutions at up to 100 Hz.
The HP ProBook 6360b, 6465b, 6470b, 6565b, and 6570b have a maximum external DisplayPort resolution of 2560 x 1600, 30-bit color depth at 60 Hz, and full HD (1920 x 1080) monitors, 24-bit color depth at 120 Hz.The HP ProBook 6460b and 6560b have a maximum external DisplayPort resolution of 2560 x 2048, 30-bit color depth at 60 Hz, and full HD (1920 x 1080) monitors, 24-bit color depth at 120 Hz.The HP ProBook 6475 have a maximum external DisplayPort resolution of 4096 x 2160, 30-bit color depth at 60 Hz, and full HD (1920 x 1080) monitors, 24-bit color depth at 120 Hz.
All HP ProBook Notebook PCs (6360b, 6460b, 6465b, 6470b, 6475b, 6560b, 6565b, and 6570b) have a DVI-D (single link) video signal available through DVI port in optional HP Docking Station or HP Advanced Docking Station (sold separately) and support resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 at both full and reduced blanking, and 1920 x 1200 at reduced blanking.

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Types of connections

The following images identify the types of connections which are compatible with different docking stations for the 2011 and 2012 models of HP EliteBook Notebook PCs, HP EliteBook Mobile Workstations, and HP ProBook Notebook PCs:

DisplayPort

The HP DisplayPort provides high performance digital connectivity for use at work or home. Designed to replace the DVI, VGA, and HDMI connectors, DisplayPort can accommodate audio, video, Blu-ray Disc content, WQXGA+ Resolution, and other support features. The DisplayPort is also designed to be a space saving tool that can still deliver high resolution digital display, digital audio, and bi-directional communications.

Example of a DisplayPort connection.

HDMI

HDMI stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface. An HDMI connection is used to transfer high definition digital video and high definition audio signals. Ideal for HDTV, HDMI supports standard, enhanced, or high-definition video and audio in a smaller cable size than DVI. To use an HDMI connection, simply attach the HDMI cable to the first possible HDMI connectors on the TV and source device.

Example of an HDMI connection.

DVI

DVI stands for Digital Visual Interface. A DVI connection is used to transfer high definition digital video signals without audio. A separate audio connection must be used. DVI cables have been used primarily in monitors but can also be found in HDTV receivers, DVD players, computers, or other video equipment that demand better signal quality over standard.

Example of a DVI connection.

DVI-D

DVI-D single link is designed for digital video signals and can support high-definition display resolutions up to 1,920 x 1,080.

DVI-D dual link is designed for digital video signals and can support high-definition display resolutions up to 2,048 x 1,536.

Example of a DVI-D connection.

DVI-I

DVI-I single link is designed for digital and analog video signals and can support high-definition display resolutions up to about 1,920 x 1,080 @ 60Hz.

DVI-I dual link is designed for digital video signals and can support high-definition display resolutions up to 2,048 x 1,536 @ 60Hz.

Example of a DVI-I connection.

VGA

VGA stands for Video Graphics Array and is primarily used by PCs to deliver VGA compatible analog display resolutions. A VGA connector has three rows of five pins. To use, connect into the VGA video connector on the back of the computer or other VGA device. A separate audio cable must be used. Once connected, set the computer or source device to a display resolution that is compatible for both the TV and the PC.

Example of a VGA connection.

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Types of adapters

The following images identify the types of adapters which are compatible with different docking stations for the 2011 and 2012 models of HP EliteBook Notebook PCs, HP EliteBook Mobile Workstations, and HP ProBook Notebook PCs:

NOTE: The DVI-D port on the HP 90W Docking Stations (A7E32AA, B2Q65AV, and VB041AA), HP 230W Docking Stations (A7E34AA and VB043AA), HP 120W Advanced Docking Stations (A7E36AA and NZ222AA) and HP 230W Advanced Docking Stations (A7E38AA and NZ223AA) is a single link DVI-D port even though it looks like a dual link DVI-D port. As such, it will only support resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 at reduced blanking. In order to use the 30” LP3065 or the ZR30w monitor, one needs to use the HP DisplayPort to Dual Link DVI-D Adapter (NR078AA) via the DP on the notebook (if there is one) or on the docking station.

HP USB Graphics Adapter (NL571AA)

Image of the   HP USB Graphics Adapter.

HP DisplayPort Cable Kit (VN567AA)

Image of the   HP DisplayPort Cable Kit.

DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter (BP937AA)

Image of the   DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter.

HP DisplayPort to VGA Adapter (AS615AA)

Image of the   HP DisplayPort to VGA Adapter.

HP DisplayPort to DVI-D Adapter (FH973AA)

Image of the   HP DisplayPort to DVI-D Adapter.

HP DisplayPort to Dual Link DVI-D Adapter (NR078AA)

Image of the   HP DisplayPort to Dual Link DVI-D Adapter.
NOTE: The USB cable of the DisplayPort to Dual Link DVI-D adapter (NR078AA) is for power only and should be connected to one of the system's USB ports. USB hubs may not provide sufficient power and are not recommended for use with this adapter.

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