HP offers Core i7 quad-core processor, DreamColor display options for EliteBook 8740w mobile workstation

Summary:HP has beefed up its top-of-the-line EliteBook 8740w laptop workstation, packing them with Intel's latest mobile processors and offering the option to outfit it with a 17-inch DreamColor screen, which is a 30-bit panel that can display more than a billion colors (64x more colors than a typical LCD can display).HP has a number of configurations available on its Web site (and lets you configure your own).

HP has beefed up its top-of-the-line EliteBook 8740w laptop workstation, packing them with Intel's latest mobile processors and offering the option to outfit it with a 17-inch DreamColor screen, which is a 30-bit panel that can display more than a billion colors (64x more colors than a typical LCD can display).

HP has a number of configurations available on its Web site (and lets you configure your own). Starting at $1,999, the 8740w comes with a Core i5-520M, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 320GB hard drive, and ATI FirePro M7820 graphics. A $2,349 configuration doubles the RAM and swaps in a Core i7-620M CPU and Nvidia Quadro FX 2800M graphics. For $2,999 you can graduate to a Core i7-720QM quad-core processor and Quadro FX 3800M graphics.

The DreamColor display is a $550 upgrade, and you can max out memory at 16GB of RAM—for a cool $1,175 extra. Storage is curiously underwhelming, with the largest hard drive available being just 500GB; a 256GB SSD is a $650 upgrade. You can install a second hard drive in lieu of an optical drive, but you'll still max out at 1GB when other mobile workstations have room for three or four hard drives. Otherwise, you can pack this thing to the gills and spend well over $5,000 if you have it.

Topics: Processors, Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, Mobility, Wi-Fi

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