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HP EliteBook 8730w

alaTest has collected and analyzed 106 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the usability and portability are overall positive. The design and screen are also appreciated. The resolution and touchpad get critical views, and opinions about the energy efficiency and build quality are different.

value for money, screen, design, portability, usability

touchpad, resolution

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP EliteBook 8730w is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of HP EliteBook 8730w from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on

value for money, design, portability

83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP EliteBook Mobile Workstation 8730w 17" Widescreen NotebookHP EliteBook 8730w KS072UT 17.0-Inch Notebook PC(2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 Processor, 2 GB Ram, 250 GB Hard Drive, Windows Vista Business)

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HP EliteBook 8730w


This 17-inch notebook's 15-million color display puts other workstations to shame and delivers serious graphics muscle.

At re looking for a system with impressive graphic rendering and some serious eye candy, add the 8730w to your short list.,242, the HP Elitebook 8730w is a very capable mobile workstation that falls between the 17-inch MacBook Pro (’,799) and the...

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HP EliteBook 8730w Review


The HP EliteBook 8730w is the largest workstation in HP's current lineup of business notebooks. Featuring the latest Intel processors and Nvidia Quadro graphics and available with HP's exclusive 17-inch "DreamColor" display, the EliteBook 8730w might...

Extreme processor and graphics performance ; DreamColor display is bright with vivid colors ; Reasonably thin and light for a 17-inch workstation ; Attractive and sleek design

DreamColor display is pricey, but still reasonable ; Third touchpad button sometimes gets in the way ; Less than ideal location for speakers ; Fan can run loud and push out a lot of hot air

Bottom line, if you're looking for a 17-inch mobile workstation notebook the HP EliteBook 8730w probably belongs at the top of your list


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HP EliteBook 8530w Review


The 8530w starts out at $1,499 but more powerful configurations top out at $3,549

One of the most full-featured and rugged 15.4" workstation notebooks ; Extreme graphics power, top notch overall horsepower ; High-resolution screen with good viewing angles and excellent brightness ; Available BluRay drive ; Extended battery life...

Pricey because of the workstation GPU and rugged build quality ; Heavy ... very heavy with the power adapter ; Rubber touchpad buttons don't always register a click when you press them ; Less than ideal location for speakers ; Fan can run loud and...

Bottom line, there are many reasons why professionals need to buy the HP EliteBook 8530w and very few reasons not to

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Laptop Workstation Review: HP EliteBook 8730w Mobile Workstation


Originally, the word laptop and video editing would never go together. Laptop graphics were usually onboard, used shared memory, and had limited capabilities. Recently though, NVIDIA and ATI have made high-end video editing cards that fit into a...

Durable Design ; Desktop performance in small form factor ; Enhanced Dreamcolor LCD ; Many types of removable media devices supported, USB/eSATA/Card Reader/Blu-Ray ; Available with Windows XP

Expensive ; Slow Memory

A top of the line performer, no setup required, and plenty of media devices for a video editor.

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HP EliteBook 8730W


Hewlett Packard has been known for years for its solid workstations. The company has been an innovator when it comes to content creation machines, even supplying its own designed graphics adapters in the late 1990s to power its visual systems. When the...

Mobile workstation with power

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HP Elitebook 8730w Mobile Workstation


This 17in powerhouse sports a DreamColor Adobe RGB display and plenty of processing grunt.

There are four USB ports in total, one on the left, three on the right, and these are joined by an eSATA port, mini-FireWire, a 54mm ExpressCard slot, the Ethernet port, a modem jack, a smart card slot, headphone and microphone jacks and a memory card...

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HP EliteBook 8730w review


Offering superb performance, a fantastic DreamColor screen, excellent build quality and a good keyboard, the HP EliteBook 8730w is a great workstation-class laptop, although it comes with a hefty price tag

Gorgeous 17-inch DreamColor screen ; Full-sized keyboard with separate numeric pad ; Good performance ; Solid build quality ; Good selection of models in the range

No display calibration device supplied ; Fiddly touch-sensitive volume control ; Expensive

Although the 8730w isn't anyone's idea of a truly portable computer, it may on occasion need to run on battery power. If you're likely to need much more than an hour, we'd suggest investing in one of the extended battery options

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HP Elitebook 8730w review


It's not as slim and light - although it's much closer to the size and weight of Apple's laptop than any other, and is easily portable - but the HP Elitebook 8730w boasts a much better screen and is an able performer in our tests.

The HP Elitebook 8730w has an outstanding screen and offers a long battery life. It also provides great performance and is relatively thin. It is also very expensive, however, and despite forking out £2,500 you end up with a dull-looking workhorse.

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HP Elitebook 8730w laptop


The HP Elitebook 8730w Windows Vista Ultimate laptop is the nearest there is to a true rival to the Apple MacBook Pro.

The HP Elitebook 8730w has an outstanding screen and offers a long battery life. It also provides great performance and is relatively thin. It is also very expensive, however, and despite forking out £2,500 you end up with a dull-looking workhorse.

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Great design & value, but display is mediocre at best.


Got the laptop in the mail and the box had a big dent in it.. so badly dented that you could see the computer through the dent/hole in the box... Not a good beginning. Decided to start it up anyway. The case has a great design.. and is of excellent...

Great price for a workstation level laptop ; Excellent case design ; Surprisingly lightweight for a 17inch laptop ; Trackpad thing is nice. Has a good feel ; Keyboard is very nice. (no backlite is kind of a disappointment though)

Screen below average. (wuxga w/out dreamcolor option) ; Shipped with big dent in box and small dent in computer itself- could explain bad display) ; WUXGA resolution is almost too much for a 17 inch. (Maybe it's my eyes though.) ; No keyboard backlight

Product Specifications

The Electronic HP Care Pack Services (e-Care Pack) capability allows you to order, receive, update, and activate a wide range of valuable HP Care Pack Services over the Internet. Administered through the HP Services Network (CSN), it is a fast and simple process that enables immediate registration and service activation. Increase equipment availability and productivity with high-quality onsite and remote support for your HP hardware, as well as selected multivendor equipment. This flexible HP Care Pack packaged service covers desktops, workstations, servers, notebooks and laptops, network equipment, and printing. Choose Next Business Day Hardware Support when you need to: extend your hardware warranty coverage for key systems and devices; obtain easy-to-buy, easy-to-use onsite services; improve hardware performance and uptime; increase the return on your HP and multivendor hardware investments; enjoy consistent service coverage across geographically dispersed sites.

Audio Input

Type:Stereo microphone

Audio Output

Type:None/Sound card


Installed Qty:1
Run Time (Up To):4.25hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Desktop slimline
Manufacturer Form Factor:Ultra-slim desktop
Supported Devices / Modules Qty:4

Cache Memory

Installed Size:12MB/2MB/3MB/6MB
Per Processor Size:2MB


Cartridge Features:HP Vivera
Color:Cyan/Cyan / Magenta/Gray/Gray / Photo black/Magenta/Matte black/Matte black / Yellow/Photo black/Yellow
Consumable Type:Print cartridge/Printhead

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:17in
Diagonal Size (metric):43.2cm
Dot Pitch / Pixel Pitch:0.27mm
Form Factor:Desktop
Interface:VGA (HD-15)
Max Resolution:1280 x 1024/1680 x 1050/1920 x 1200
Technology:CRT/TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

Blue Angel Compliant: Yes
ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Gold/EPEAT Gold / EPEAT Silver/EPEAT Silver


Class of Equipment:Complicated network devices/Desktops/Monitors/Network adapters/Notebooks/Other/Printers and multifunctional office machines/Scanners/Servers/Storage arrays/System cabinets/Tape drives/UPS and power devices


Consumable Subcategory:Cartridges/Maintenance supplies and parts
Media Subcategory:Large format paper/Photo paper/Special media
Printer Consumable Class:Consumables and kits/Media
Product Type:Notebook battery/Power supply - hot-plug / redundant/Power supply - redundant
Subcategory (AG):Batteries/Power supplies


Compatibility:Mac / PC/PC/PC / Unix/Unix
Country Kits:Africa / Asia Pacific / Europe / Middle East/Africa / Europe / Middle East/Australia / Belgium / Canada / Czech Republic / Denmark / Finland / France / Germany / Greece / Hong Kong / Indonesia / Ireland / Italy / Netherlands / Norway / Poland / Portugal / Russia / Singapore / South Africa / Spain / Sweden / Switzerland / United Kingdom / United States/Australia / Belgium / Canada / Czech Republic / Denmark / Finland / France / Germany / Hong Kong / Indonesia / Ireland / Italy / Netherlands / Norway / Poland / Portugal / Russia / Singapore / South Africa / Spain / Sweden / Switzerland / United Kingdom / United States/Canada / Latin America / United States/Canada / United States/Europe/Europe / South Africa / United Arab Emirates/France/Ireland / United Kingdom/N/a/Puerto Rico / United States/United Kingdom/United States/Worldwide
Localization:English/English / French / German / Italian/French/German/Italian/N/a
Manufacturer:Compaq/Compaq / Hewlett-Packard/Hewlett-Packard
Model:1000w/150 Credit/24-Hour Call-To-Repair Hardware Support/24x7 Software Technical Support/300 Credit/4-hour 13x5 Same Day Hardware Support/4-hour 13x5 Same Day Hardware Support Post Warranty/4-Hour 24x7 Same Day Hardware Support/4-Hour 24x7 Same Day Hardware Support Post Warranty/4-hour 24x7 Same Day Hardware Support with Defective Media Retention and Accidental Damage Protection/4-Hour Call-To-Repair Hardware Support Post Warranty/4-Hour Same Business Day Hardware Support/4-Hour Same Business Day Hardware Support / 4-Hour 24x7 Same Day Hardware Support/4-Hour Same Business Day Hardware Support Post Warranty/4-Hour Same Business Day Hardware Support with Defective Media Retention/6-Hour Call-To-Repair Hardware Support/6-Hour Call-To-Repair Hardware Support Post Warranty/6-Hour Call-To-Repair Hardware Support with Defective Media Retention/72/8-Hour 9x5 Onsite Hardware Support/8-Hour 9x5 Onsite Hardware Support Post Warranty/8730w/900 Credit/Advanced Maintenance Service Post Warranty/Dc7600/Global Next Busines
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Compaq/Compaq / HP/Compaq CarePaq/Compaq CarePaq / HP Care Pack/Electronic HP Care Pack/HP/HP Care Pack/HP CarePaq/HP Compaq Business Desktop/HP e-Support Pack/HP e-SupportPack/HP eCarePaq/HP EliteBook Mobile Workstation/HP Hardware Support Onsite/HP LaserJet/HP Premium/HP Proactive Select/HP StorageWorks/HP SupportPack

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad / Pointing stick/Keyboard / Pointing stick / Touchpad/None/Pointing stick / Touchpad / Keyboard


Chipset Type:Intel 945G Express
Data Bus Speed:1066MHz/800MHz


Included Qty:40sheet(s)/50sheet(s)/60sheet(s)
Media Type:Glossy photo paper/High-gloss photo paper/Paper
Smaller Dimension (For Sorting):101.6mm/1524mm/216mm/90mm/914mm


Category of Accessory:Printing consumables/Printing media
Color:Carbonite / Silver/White
Compliant Standards:CE / CISPR 22 Class B / DDC-1 / DDC-2B / EN55022 / EN55024 / EPA Energy Star / FCC Class B certified / ISO 9241 / MPR II / Plug and Play / SEMKO / TCO '99 / VCCI Class B ITE / TCO 99/CE / CSA / DHHS / EN50082 / EN55022 / EPA Energy Star / FCC Class B certified / MPR II / NEMKO / Plug and Play / SEMKO / TCO '95 / TUV GS / UL / TCO 95/CISPR 22 Class B / DDC-1 / DDC-2B / DEMKO / EN 60950 / EN 61000-3-2 / EN55022 / EPA Energy Star / FCC Class B certified / ICES-003 / IEC950 / ISO 9241 / MPR II / NEMKO / Plug and Play / SEMKO / VCCI Class B ITE / VESA DPMS
Manufacturer Selling Program:HP Smart Buy


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:Bell 103J / Bell 212A / ITU T.30 / ITU T.4 / ITU V.17 / ITU V.21 / ITU V.22 / ITU V.22bis / ITU V.23 / ITU V.250 / ITU V.251 / ITU V.27ter / ITU V.29 / ITU V.32 / ITU V.32bis / ITU V.34 / ITU V.80 / ITU V.8bis / ITU V.92/ITU V.21 / Bell 212A / ITU V.22 / ITU V.22bis / ITU V.29 / ITU V.32 / ITU V.32bis / ITU V.34 / ITU V.17 / ITU V.23 / ITU V.27ter / ITU V.8bis / Bell 103J / ITU V.92 / ITU T.30 / ITU T.4 / ITU V.250 / ITU V.251 / ITU V.80/ITU V.80 / ITU V.251 / ITU V.250 / ITU T.4 / ITU T.30 / ITU V.92 / Bell 103J / ITU V.8bis / ITU V.27ter / ITU V.23 / ITU V.17 / ITU V.34 / ITU V.32bis / ITU V.29 / ITU V.22bis / Bell 212A / ITU V.21
Type:Fax / modem/None


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / IEEE 802.11n (draft) / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / IEEE 802.11n
Type:Network adapter/None
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)/802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / 802.11 a/b/g/n/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD) / 1x (BD)/48x
Rewrite Speed:16x (CD) / 4x (DVD/8x (CD) / 4x (DVD
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD/8x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Professional / XP Professional downgrade/Microsoft Windows Vista Business/Microsoft Windows Vista Business / XP Professional downgrade/Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Power Device

Form Factor (AG):Plug-in module
Power Supply Compatibility:Network hardware/PC/Server/Storage hardware


Connectivity Technology:Wired
Language Simulation:PCL 5E
Max H-Resolution B/W:1200dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):Legal (8.5 in x 14 in) / A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):10ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:1200dpi
Media Type:Recycled paper / Cards / Postal card paper / Plain paper / Labels / Envelopes
Monthly Duty Cycle Range (Printer Class):1,000 - 9,999 pages
Output Type:Monochrome
Total Media Capacity:250sheets
Type:Personal printer


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.26GHz/2.4GHz/2.53GHz/2.8GHz/2.93GHz/3.06GHz/3GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core/Quad-Core
Processor Number:630/P8400/P8600/P8700/QX9300/T9400/T9600/T9800/X9100
Type:Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Extreme/Core 2 Quad/Pentium 4


Data Integrity Check:Non-ECC
Form Factor:DIMM 240-pin
Installed Size:1MB/2GB/4GB/512MB
Max Supported Size:3GB/8GB
Memory Specification Compliance:PC3-10600
Memory Speed:1333MHz
Registered or Buffered:Unbuffered
Storage Capacity:1GB/256GB
Upgrade Type:System specific


Type: None

Service & Support

Full Contract Period:1incident/1year/1years/2days/2years/3year/3years/4year/4years/50incidents/5years
Location:Carry-in/On-site/Pick-up and return/Shipment
On-Site Warranty:On-site
Repair Time:24 hours/3 business days/3 days/4 hours/6 hours
Response Time:2 business days/2 days/3 days/4 hours/6 hours/8 hours/Next business day/Next day
Service Included:Consulting/Emergency phone consulting/Express exchange/Installation/Labor/Maintenance/Parts/Parts and labor/Phone consulting/Replacement
Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty /90 days warranty/Extended service agreement/Extended service agreement (renewal)/Installation / configuration/Insurance/Limited lifetime warranty/New releases update/Technical support


Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.
Software Title:HP Blade Workstation/HP Cluster Management Utility/HP Insight Control Environment for BladeSystem/HP Linux Workstations/HP Message Passing Interface library (HP-MPI)/HP OpenView Storage Mirroring Server/HP ProLiant Storage Server iSCSI Features Pack/HP Serviceguard/HP StorageWorks MSA2000 Volume Copy/HP StorageWorks Power Pack Software Bundle/HP StorageWorks Secure Path for Win/Lnx/HP-UX/NetWare WE/HP StorageWorks Secure Path for Windows Workgroup Edition/Linux/Microsoft / Novell Operating Environment/Microsoft OS/Novell Open Enterprise Server/Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS for the Itanium Processor/Red Hat Linux Advanced Server for IA32/Red Hat Linux Enterprise Server for IA32/SuSE Linux Enterprise Server/SuSE Linux for IA-32/VMware ESX Enterprise/VMware ESX Standard/VMware ESX Standard / PEVMS/VMware ESX Starter/VMware ESX Starter / PEVMS/VMware Infrastructure 3 Enterprise / HP Insight Control Environment/VMware Infrastructure Standard/VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Standard/VMware Virtual Infrastructur


Average Media Exchange Time:50sec
Enclosure Type:Rack-mountable
Key Features:Bar code reader
Removable Media Capacity:96
Supported Tape Drives:LTO Ultrium 3
Total Storage Capacity (Compressed):76.8TB
Total Storage Capacity (Native):38.4TB
Type:Tape library

Storage Controller

Type:None/Serial ATA

Storage Controller (2nd)


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Compressed Capacity:800GB
Data Transfer Rate:80MBps
Data Transfer Rate (Compressed):160MBps
Installed Qty:2
Interface Type:SCSI
Native Capacity:400GB
Recording Standard (for SD):LTO Ultrium 3
Type:LTO Ultrium/None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB/250GB/320GB/40GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino 2/Intel Centrino 2 with vPro Technology
Recommended Use:Corporate business / Small business/Corporate business / Small business/Small business / Corporate business
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader/Fingerprint reader / SmartCard reader/Fingerprint reader / SmartCard reader/SmartCard reader / Fingerprint reader
Type:Personal computer

Video Input

Digital Video Standard: None
TV Tuner Presence: No

Video Memory

Installed Size:1GB/256MB/512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility FireGL V5725/Intel GMA 950/NVIDIA Quadro FX 2700M/NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M