HP EliteBook 8740w Mobile Workstation Announced

Most of the business class devices I see are ho-hum; The HP EliteBook 8740w on the other hand is full of Wow! This new mobile workstation from HP not only looks good on the outside it is packed full of must have features and power that you’ll be drooling right alongside by the time you are done.

HP EliteBook 8740w - Angle

It’s hard to know where to start, but since this powerhouse has a 17″ WUXGA anti-glare LED backlit display we’ll begin there. But, wait – there’s more! The display is no ordinary display, it’s a DreamColor Display which can produce colors accurately and consistently to the same degree as the HP DreamColor 24″ monitor. This feature is a must have doe designers, movie producers, photographers and any other professional with a need for absolute spot on colors on the go.

Powering the HP EliteBook 8740w are new Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, with TurboBoost, which can be paired with up to 16GB of RAM to satisfy the demands of power hungry programs that today’s mobile professionals are using. In the graphics department you can choose between ATI FirePro M7820 graphics with 1GB GDDR5 video memory or the NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M or 2800M with 1 GB GDDR3 video memory. If you choose the ATI graphics solution which comes with Eyefinity you can connect up to 5 displays when docked for all the workspace you can ask for; or at least afford.

HP EliteBook 8740w - Front

That’s not all though. The HP EliteBook 8740w also has several small touches that go a long way to making it a competitor for on-the-go professionals starting with a backlit keyboard or the 2MP webcam that comes with HP SkyRoom videoconferencing, all the way to the rugged construction that meets military standards; this device is built with mobile needs in mind. There’s also a fingerprint reader, a spill resistant keyboard with drains and a HP DuraCase construction. Despite the 17″ display, gunmetal finish and rugged construction the 8740w still weighs less than 8 pounds; not lightweight, but still an admirable weight for what it brings to your table.

HP EliteBook 8740w - Angle Rear

The HP EliteBook 8740w also includes an option for HP Mobile broadband complete with GPS capabilities, HP QuickLook 3 for quick access to email, calendar and contacts, HP QuickWeb for nearly instant web browsing and HP Power Assistant the delivers comprehensive power use reports to help you conserve your workstation’s battery life.

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HP EliteBook 8740w Specs:

Operating system Preinstalled: Genuine Windows® 7 Professional,Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, Genuine Windows XP Professional available through downgrade rights from Windows 7 Professional, Genuine Windows Vista Business, Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic, FreeDOS

Operating System Supported

Genuine Windows Vista Enterprise

Genuine Windows Vista Business

Operating System Certified:

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop15


Intel® CoreTM i7 Mobile Processor Family with Turbo Boost Technology; Intel® CoreTM i5 Mobile Processor Family with Turbo Boost



Mobile Intel QM57 Chipset; Intel vPro Technology (optional)


DDR3 SDRAM 1333 MHz; two or four slots supporting dual- or quad-channel memory3

,1024/2048/4096 MB SODIMMs, up to 16384

MB total with Intel quad-core processor configuration with four memory slots.

* With some processors, memory bus runs at a maximum of 1066 MHz.

Upgrade Bay:

Fixed 12.7-mm SATA optical drive (Blu-ray© R/RE DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL Drive, Blu-ray© ROM DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL LightScribe Drive, DVD+/ RW SuperMulti DL LightScribe Drive, or DVD-ROM Drive), or secondary hard drive (500 GB 7200 rpm HDD)

Internal Storage:

SATA hard drive: 250/320/500 GB 7200 rpm, HP 3D DriveGuard; Solid-State Drive: 256 GB


17.0-inch diagonal LED-backlit WXGA+ anti-glare (1440 x 900), 17.0-inch diagonal LED-backlit WSXGA+ WVA anti-glare (1680 x 1050), 17.0-inch diagonal LED-backlit WUXGA+ WVA anti-glare (1920×1200) (optional HP DreamColor)


ATI FirePro M7820 graphics with 1 GB dedicated GDDR5 video memory

NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M graphics with 1 GB dedicated GDDR3 video memory

NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M graphics with 1 GB dedicated GDDR3 video memory

Microsoft DirectX 10.1 (NVIDIA) or Microsoft DirectX 11 (ATI) (Shader Model 4.1) and OpenGL 2.1 capable


High Definition Audio, stereo speakers, stereo headphone/line out, stereo microphone in, integrated dual-microphone array, optional

integrated 2 MP Webcam

Wireless Support:

Optional HP un2420 EV-DO/HSPA Mobile Broadband Module (requires mobile network operator service), GPS-enabled; Intel Centrino

802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetoothâ„¢ 2.1; HP Wireless Assistant, Connection Manager 3.0


Intel Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 NIC, 56K v.92 modem

Ports and Connectors:

2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, VGA, DisplayPort, stereo microphone in, stereo headphone/line out, 1394a, power connector,

RJ-11/modem, RJ-45/Ethernet, docking connector, secondary battery connector

Input Device:

Full-sized keyboard with drains, full numeric keypad; optional backlit keyboard; enhanced dual pointing devices (touchpad and pointstick)

with scroll zone; gesture support with pointing devices; optional 2 MP Webcam with Business Card Reader Software; touch-sensitive



HP Recovery Manager (Windows 7 and Vista only), HP QuickLook 39, HP QuickWeb10, HP Power Assistant, HP Client Manager

Software, HP Client Configuration Management Agent, HP OpenView PC Configuration Management Solutions, HP Performance Tuning

Framework, HP SkyRoom


Standard: Integrated Smart Card Reader, HP ProtectTools, TPM Embedded Security Chip 1.2, Enhanced Pre-Boot Security, HP Spare Key (requires initial user setup), HP Disk Sanitizer, Enhanced Drive Lock, Drive Encryption for HP ProtectTools, Credential Manager for HP ProtectTools, File Sanitizer for HP ProtectTools

; Optional: LoJack for HP ProtectTools, HP Fingerprint Sensor, Smart Kensington Lock, HP Privacy Filter, McAfee Security Solution


1.4 in (at front) x 15.6 in x 11.2 in / 36.5 mm (at front) x 397.5 mm x 285.5 mm


Starting at: 7.8 lb / 3.57 kg (weight will vary by configuration)


8-cell (73 WHr) Lithium-Ion battery, Long Life 8-cell (68 WHr) Lithium-Ion battery, optional HP (52 WHr) Extended Life Battery, optional HP

(95 WHr) Ultra-Capacity Battery, 230W HP Smart AC Adapter, 200W HP Smart AC Adapter, HP Fast Charge

Expansion Solutions:

HP Docking Station, HP Advanced Docking Station, HP USB 2.0 Docking Station, HP Essential USB 2.0 Port Replicator, HP Dual Hinge

Notebook Stand, HP Display and Notebook Stand, HP Adjustable Display Stand, HP Adjustable Dual Display Stand


Limited 3-year, 1-year and 90-day warranty options available, depending on country, 1-year limited warranty on primary battery. Optional

HP Care Pack Services are extended service contracts which go beyond your standard warranties.

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