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HP EliteBook 8740w

alaTest has collected and analyzed 43 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design and performance. The keyboard and screen also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the sound and portability, while there are mixed views on the energy efficiency and usability.

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value for money, battery, portability, sound

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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Amazon.com review summary for HP EliteBook 8740w

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of HP EliteBook 8740w from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

build quality, performance, keyboard, screen, resolution

38% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP EliteBook 8740w XT910UT 17-Inch Laptop8740W I5-560M 320/4GB PcHP EliteBook 8740w XT911UT 17-Inch Laptop

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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...

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Review: HP EliteBook 8740w Mobile Workstation

 

Editing video on a laptop computer has always been something of a kluge. If you do find a good solution, it's likely to weigh more than you'll want to carry and have too short a battery life. It won't have the processor and display needed to do more...

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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

Battery

Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:4MB/6MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:11.3in
Height:1.5in
Weight:7.9lbs
Width:15.7in

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

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:United States
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Hewlett-Packard
Model:8740W
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP EliteBook Mobile Workstation

Input Device

Type:Pointing stick / Touchpad / Keyboard

Modem

Type: None

Networking

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)
Type:DVD
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Professional / XP Professional downgrade

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.6GHz/2.4GHz/2.66GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core/Quad-Core
Processor Number:I5-520M/I7-620M/I7-720QM
Type:Core i5/Core i7

RAM

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

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

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