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HP EliteBook 8740w

alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 reviews of HP EliteBook 8740w. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and keyboard. The screen and durability also get good feedback, but there are some critical reviews about the reliability and usability. Reviews are divided on the portability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP EliteBook 8740w is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of HP EliteBook 8740w from The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on People are impressed by the portability and keyboard. The screen and performance also get good reviews. Some have doubts about the reliability. Reviews are divided on the price.

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42% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP EliteBook 8740w XT910UT 17-Inch LaptopHP EliteBook 8740w XT910UT 17-Inch Laptop

Oct, 2017

Expert review by: Daniel A. Begun (

HP EliteBook 8740w Review


It's difficult to pick just one standout feature of the HP EliteBook 8740w mobile workstation. Certainly a bright, 17-inch, 10-bit LCD panel that's capable of displaying more than 1 billion colors and remains visible at up to about a 170-degree offset...

Professional-caliber display; sturdy build; great performance

Very expensive; heavy; poor battery life; middling SpecViewperf11

The 8740w would be an awfully expensive notebook to bring to a LAN party—but you could and you’d be glad you did. Where it’ll be more at home, however, is in the hands of a professional designer, architect, or technician who needs the high level of...

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: J. Simon Leitner (

Review HP EliteBook 8740w Mobile Workstation


Tool for Professionals. The air at the summit of notebooks is exc

Excellent case stability; Comprehensive connectivity; Good expandability; Circumferential accessories optionally available; Very good keyboard; Display with a high contrast and vast color spectrum coverage; IPS display's high viewing angle stability;...

Port distribution in the front area; Only one hard disk bay available; Short battery life with standard battery; Basic warranty without onsite service

Actually, there are only two model ranges that could pass as serious competition for the 8740w – first of all, the Lenovo Thinkpad W701 and second, the Dell Precision M6500.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Jerry Jackson (

HP EliteBook 8740w Review


The HP EliteBook 8740w features Intel processors, your choice of Nvidia or ATI workstation graphics and is available with HP's exclusive 17-inch "DreamColor" display. We took a closer look at this desktop replacement to see if it really is a graphic...

High performance ; Durable chassis ; Eyefinity multi-display option

Flexible keyboard ; Weak battery life ; Thick and heavy

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Brian Westover (

HP EliteBook 8740w


The HP EliteBook 8740w is HP's top-of-the-line offering, built from the ground up to meet the most demanding professional requirements.

Quad-core processing power and workstation graphics. Brilliant RGB display. Rugged construction inside and out. ISV certification. Spill-resistant keyboard. A slew of programs and features to help you get the most out of your machine.

Short battery life.

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Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Sarah Jacobsson Purewal (

HP EliteBook 8740w


The HP EliteBook 8740w is a highly configurable, business-rugged desktop replacement laptop that actually looks pretty cool. You can have it configured with a Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 32GB of 1333MHz DDR3 RAM, over 1TB of hard-drive space (or up...

Gorgeous screen ; Business-rugged

Artifacting and shimmering in high-def video ; Touch buttons on top are not super-responsive

If you're looking for a business-rugged laptop that has all the power of a desktop and all the sexiness of a Mac, this is the notebook for you.

Oct, 2010

Expert review by: (

HP EliteBook 8740W Mobile WorkStation


The rugged design is more than skin deep, as the EliteBook 8740w has been built to meet military toughness standards. Whether it be dust, temperature, humidity, vibration, or altitude, the EliteBook 8740w is built to survive it and keep performing....

Quad-core processing power and workstation graphics. Brilliant RGB display. Rugged construction inside and out. ISV certification. Spill-resistant keyboard. A slew of programs and features to help you get the most out of your machine

Short battery life

From quad-core processing and WorkStation graphics to ISV certification and a billion-color screen, the HP EliteBook 8740w is HP's top-of-the-line offering for serious professional needs.

Expert review by: Dan Bruns (

HP Elitebook 8740w Editing Laptop Review


Huge, color-accurate 1920x1200 LED display ; 2 fast USB 3.0 ports ; Rugged design

Very expensive ; Difficult to activate touch-sensitive control strip ; Awkward middle-click button

With its bevy of high-end features, the HP Elitebook 8740w is a laptop that is ready for both a life on the road and for the future as well.

Feb, 2011


Expert review by: Brian Ambrozy (

HP EliteBook 8740W Mobile Workstation review conclusion


After using the HP EliteBook 8740W Mobile Workstation for two months, we're ready to wrap up our review.

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: Brian Ambrozy (

HP EliteBook 8740W video performance testing day


It's day 7 of the HP EliteBook 8740W project, and this is where I do the good stuff: I run it through Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 to test Mercury Playback Engine performance using CUDA.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Brian Ambrozy (

HP EliteBook 8740w project day 6: The SpecviewPerf run


The day of reckoning has come... Well, the day of benchmarking at least. Tonight's run of SpecviewPerf 11 leaves us a little astounded at how well this mobile monster really performs.

Dec, 2010

Product Specifications

The powerful HP EliteBook 8740w Mobile Workstation with ISV certifications handles demanding applications and graphics with ease. Get precise color control on the 17-inch diagonal display with advanced features.

Audio Input

Type:Stereo microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:4MB/6MB


Front Camera: / Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Full HD

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:17in
Diagonal Size (metric):43.2cm
Max Resolution:1680 x 1050/1920 x 1200
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.024
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166


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

Input Device

Type:Pointing stick / Touchpad / Keyboard


Type: None


4G: No
Data Link Protocol:IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet/IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Bluetooth 2.1
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n/802.11 a/b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1

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

Ports & interfaces

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 3


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.6GHz/2.4GHz/2.66GHz
Conflict Free processor:N / No / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32 / 8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):17.1 / 21 / 25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:2 / Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333 / 1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 800/1066 / DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3/L/-RS 1333/1600
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core/Quad-Core
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L2 / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L2 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Arrandale / Clarksfield / Ivy Bridge
Processor Number:I5-520M/I7-620M/I7-720QM
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-700 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45
Type:Core i5/Core i7

Processor special features

Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Y / Yes
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36
Processor ARK ID:43122 / 43125 / 43544 / 43560 / 47341 / 49024 / 49653 / 49666 / 64899
Processor package size:37.5 / rPGA 37.5x 37.5, BGA 34x28


Installed Size:4GB
Max Supported Size:16GB
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 2800M/NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M