Some of today’s high-end notebooks really do start to ask the question “who needs a desktop PC?”, one of which is HP’s new HP EliteBook 8740w, it has some very impressive specs and one review we have come across is pretty complimentary.
As with a lot of modern-day notebooks there are plenty of hardware options, in terms of processor there are 5 options, these range from the Intel Core i5-520M (2.40 GHz) dual-core processor to the Intel Core i7-820QM (1.73 GHz) quad-core processor, as for RAM there is support for up to 32GB of DDR3 1333 MHz.
Other specs include a choice between two 17-inch anti-glare LED-backlit displays (one WXGA+ and the other WUXGA WVA), whilst other specs include Mobile Intel QM57 Express chipset, a range of SATA HDDs and SSDs, plenty of video card options from the ATI FirePro M7820 (1GB) graphics to NVIDIA Quadro 5000M (2GB) graphics. In terms of OS you can choose Windows 7 Professional 32, Windows 7 Professional 64 or Windows Vista Business.
There is a range of DVD and Blu-Ray drive options, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x eSATA, 1 x Firewire, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x external VGA monitor and the usual microphone and headphone jacks.
The entire list of hardware specifications is very long, therefore check out HP’s website for a full breakdown including upgrade options.
Recently LaptopReview got their hands on the HP EliteBook 8740w, the model they reviewed featured the Intel Core i7-820QM processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM and ATI FirePro M7820 graphics, they seemed very happy with this notebook and the benchmark results were very impressive, when stressed the EliteBook’s fans make quite a lot of news, but during standard usage it was pretty quiet.
All in all LaptopReview were happy with the EliteBook 8740w in terms of performance, however battery life and its thick design let it down, you can see their full review here.
Will you buy the HP EliteBook 8740w?