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HP EliteBook 8540w

alaTest has collected and analyzed 104 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the performance and value for money. The design and screen also get good feedback. Opinions about the touchpad and size are different. There are some critical opinions about the sound and connectivity.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP EliteBook 8540w is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Review HP EliteBook 8540p Notebook


The golden boy? The HP Elitebook 8540p is positioned in between t

Very good positioning of the available ports; Very sturdy case; Good performance; Good display; Very good keyboard; Good graphics performance (except when using CAD); Can be used for a variety of purposes; Low emissions; Extensive accessories are...

Small workmanship faults; Somewhat heavy; Very slow card reader; In some places the distance between the ports is too narrow; Insufficient documentation and support offers; Cooling control

is varied to say the least. Various different configurations of many different models are available to choose from. While some companies, like Lenovo and Dell, have a wide variety of models and configurations, companies like Toshiba reduce this range...

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Review: HP Elitebook 8540w Notebook (ATI M5800)


Worker Bee. Reaching a rating of almost 93%, the HP Worksation le ...

Good Variety of Ports ; Good Display ; Very Good Case ; Very Good Performance ; Very Good Keyboard ; Broad Spectrum of Uses ; Good Graphics Performance ; Numerous Additional Features ; Various Accessories (optional) ; Relatively Low Noise and Heat...

Short Battery Life Under Heavy Use ; Little Space Between Ports (in some cases) ; Fairly Heavy Weight

Not much. Above all, a full-HD resolution so as to see as many open windows on the screen as possible at once

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HP EliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation Review


Workstation-class systems offer faster processors, better graphics options, and sometimes additional features over regular business systems. In this review we take a look at the HP EliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation and see how it compares to other...

Great build quality ; Stylish and functional design ; Solid performance

Custom configurations skyrocket in price ; Still no backlit keyboard option

The HP EliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation had very solid performance in our tests, combined with excellent looks and build quality, topped off with an equally impressive sub-$2,000 price-point. Right now the MSRP of $1,679 is the current going rate...


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HP EliteBook Mobile Workstation 8540w


With rare exception, mobile workstation laptops are not glamorous. It's a category that puts performance, security, and practicality before portability and stylish design. The HP EliteBook 8540w, though maybe not a full exception, proves that a...

Excellent configuration options including a color-accurate LCD; great tools for fine-tuning performance and power usage; rugged, but attractive design; lots of security.

Heavy; short battery life; small touch pad.

The HP EliteBook 8540w is an attractive and versatile mobile workstation that's tougher than it looks.

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HP ProBook 4520s


Weighing in at just under 6 pounds sans power brick, the new HP ProBook 4520s feels solid and sturdy enough to bear the brunt of your daily commute. Improving on the plastic chassis from last year's 4510s series, HP doesn't aim this business laptop at...

Impressive suite of HP security software ; Comfortable ergonomic design for long work sessions

Shoddy integrated Webcam ; Mediocre battery life

The ProBook 4520s is a sturdy, stylish business laptop that performs well at work or on the go.

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HP EliteBook 8540p Review


The EliteBook is HPs business-rugged notebook family aimed squarely at the Lenovo ThinkPad and Dell Latitude. Offering an attractive brushed metal finish, excellent build quality, and high-end processor and graphics options, the EliteBook-series is...

Excellent build quality ; Stylish design ; Above average display

Not offered in all-black

The HP EliteBook 8540p really gives the competitors a run for the money. The design leans heavily towards the trendy side with a strong emphasis on excellent build quality. While I still have strong feelings for the ThinkPad brand I have to say the...

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Review: HP EliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation


The Elitebook laptop is HP's top of the line business notebook, and the 8540w is near the top of that series. The Elitebook 8540w includes several upgrade from last years model, including a faster processor, better screen, and a better video card.

In the end I am impressed with the strength and quality of the of this laptop. It is put together with some top quality parts. My main concern is the battery life. A 15″ laptop is a good travel size and is going to be taken on the road, but with just...

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Review: HP EliteBook 8540w


The HP EliteBook 8540w is the highest-performing notebook evaluated to date in the CRN Test Center lab, and also sports an attractive price point for a system in this class.

Editor's Choice!

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HP EliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation with DreamColor Display


A stylish, highly configurable notebook with a class-leading screen and solid design, this EliteBook is an excellent mobile workstation for photographers and graphics pros.

Superb screen; good overall performance; little bloatware

Short battery life

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HP ProBook 4520s Appearance Review


HP business notebooks ProBook series has no updated since last year. This reform is to replace the most recent 32-nanometer Core i3, i5 and i7 processor, installed in three different sizes of notebooks, including the 13.3-inch, 15.6 inch and 17.3-inch...

Let's see HP ProBook series notebook interface layout. HP ProBook 4520s with 802.11a/b/g/n wireless LAN and Bluetooth, support for HP un2450 EV-DO/HSPA mobile broadband, VGA, HDMI, USB, eSATA / USB, ExpressCard, card reader.

Product Specifications

The 8540w is a portable powerhouse. It features workstation-caliber graphics and performance with a 15.6-inch diagonal HD display and an integrated numeric keypad, and a highly mobile and rugged design.

Audio Input

Type:Stereo microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Run Time (Up To):5.5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:3MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:15.6in
Diagonal Size (metric):39.6cm
Max Resolution:1600 x 900
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes


Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP EliteBook Mobile Workstation

Input Device

Type:Pointing stick / Touchpad / Keyboard


Manufacturer Selling Program:HP Smart Buy


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications: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.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


Data Link Protocol:IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR/IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:16x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Professional / XP Professional downgrade


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.4GHz/2.66GHz
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:I5-520M/I7-620M
Type:Core i5


Installed Size:2GB
Max Supported Size:8GB
Technology:DDR3 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:320GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel vPro Technology
Recommended Use:Corporate business / Small business
Security Devices:SmartCard reader / Fingerprint reader

Video Memory

Installed Size:1GB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M