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

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).

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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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  • Well..

    I still think the Dell Vostro 3700 is a stellar deal.
    clclarke
    • You should look at Sager's lineup

      If you want a real workstation class, the Sager NP9280 uses desktop i7 processors (920, 960, 975 and 980X hexacore) and an nVidia GTX 285m as the setup. There are 3 hard drive bays for a total of 1.5TB (7200 RPM) or 1.84 TB (3 x 640GB but only 5400 RPM), also you can still have a blu ray burner (6x) and up to 12GB DDR3 1333MHz triple channel memory. The screen is 17" and there is the best intel wifi card, and bluetooth 2.1 + EDR on it.

      At those max settings (1.5TB Raid 0/1/5, GTX 285m, i7-980X hexacore, 6x blu-ray burner, wifi, bluetooth, 7 in 1 card reader etc, and windows 7 ultimate) it doesn't cross $4200 USD from XoticPC.com
      D2 Ultima
  • RE: HP offers Core i7 quad-core processor, DreamColor display options for EliteBook 8740w mobile workstation

    Too much money for the hardware provided in every model. There is, after all, a recession going on.
    ITOdeed
  • RE: HP offers Core i7 quad-core processor, DreamColor display options for EliteBook 8740w mobile workstation

    Perhaps they have an external SATA port and expect any storage beyond 500 GB to be either network based or external local.
    hjs1951
  • RE: HP offers Core i7 quad-core processor, DreamColor display options for EliteBook 8740w mobile workstation

    I recently purchased a Sony Vaio VPCF112FX/B. Sony
    provides more for less. Just about all the same specs
    for a fraction of the cost. The only thing this HP
    offers over the Sony, is 1GB DDR3 video RAM, as opposed
    to the 512M offered with the GeForce 310M that comes
    installed in the Vaio. You decide, is it worth $2,999
    for the HP when the Vaio costs $1,200? You could upgrade
    the memory to 8Gigs and still have money left over with
    the $1,799 you would save.
    jrlinde
    • Sony Hardware.... never

      I will never trust Sony again - remember these were the folks installing root-kits in their customers' computers when they played a DVD. If they think I'm gonna buy their stuff ever again, they are nuts. Sony has lost my business for computer or consumer electronic hardware and media.
      BlueCollarGeek
  • Great idea for video editing in the field

    If you aren't using Apple OS & Apples' Final
    Cut Pro this *seems* like a great machine for
    editing video in the field. I think they must
    be targeting the folks that need high powered
    professional graphics apps, recession or
    not. If I was using Sony Video Vegas, Adobe,
    or Grass Valley this would be a nice box to
    purchase.

    Those extra cores can come in handy, especially
    using newer HD codecs like AVCHD.
    8string
  • Er... only ONE GB...?

    [b]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 [u]1GB[/u] when other mobile workstations have room for three or four hard drives. [/b]

    Er.. You meant 1 TB.. Right?
    Wolfie2K3
  • RE: HP offers Core i7 quad-core processor, DreamColor display options for EliteBook 8740w mobile workstation

    Forget it! I just spent $2500 on an HP top-of-the-line Quad-core laptop (HDX) and it's been one headache after another. It's been five months of struggle with the HP Customer Care people (supposedly a dedicated tech support line for HDX customers, supposedly faster & more knowledgeable techs) and finally the laptop is sitting in the closet, unusable, and a bitter taste remains in my mouth for HP products.
    The final straw was when I was told that I needed HP's own Win7 upgrade, not the retail version that I'd installed right after purchasing it. This was supposed to cure many of the issues I was having.
    Okay, I thought, I'll get the FREE HP Win7 upgrade that I'm entitled to, by virtue of having purchased the Vista machine in Oct '09. Sent all the info and copy of sales receipt, was rejected several times for reasons HP phone staff could not explain (so they told me just to resubmit). Finally one rep on the phone said "no problem, I'll fix it and you'll get your disc." Well, no discs ever came, now they say time expired and I'm left stuck with no HP-version upgrade. only my retail-purchased version, which HP says is insufficient to fix my problems.
    So that's it !! end of the line, and my $2500 investment is wasted.\
    So PLEASE, reconsider if you're tempted by one of these top-line HP desktop-replacement notebooks. Pay a little more, get a decent brand that stands behind their products.
    bigmutt
  • RE: HP offers Core i7 quad-core processor, DreamColor display options for EliteBook 8740w mobile workstation

    I am sure that acrobat reader must be real fast on that machine...

    Real question for a workstation : how quiet is it?
    OKirin