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*HP EliteBook 8740w Owners Lounge - PART 1*

Discussion in 'HP Business Class Notebooks' started by SecretAsianMan, Mar 24, 2010.

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  1. SecretAsianMan

    SecretAsianMan Notebook Consultant

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    Now that would be something special! If it's true, then HP are going to sell a metric ton of these.
     
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    JEA152 Notebook Enthusiast

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    HP has posted the pretty detailed 'QuickSpecs' of the 8740w on their web site.

    http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/13543_na/13543_na.html

    There's a PDF version of this on the site, too.

    It says that optional DreamColor will be available in May (and the QuickSpecs don't include the specs on the DreamColor display yet).

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    Looks like drivers are available now.
     
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    JEA152 Notebook Enthusiast

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    And here's the Press Release about the 8740w:

    http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2010/100324xa.html

    Snippet:

    "The HP EliteBook 8740w Mobile Workstation offers ISV-certified workstation-class performance in a mobile package. Featuring a 17-inch diagonal display, a range of Intel processors including Core i7 Extreme Edition,(8) and support for up to 16 GB of memory, the 8740w can meet the needs of the most demanding applications.

    The inclusion of USB 3.0 provides increased bandwidth and performance, while an optional backlit keyboard is offered for the first time on an HP EliteBook.

    The DreamColor display option enables professionals to work with deep, accurate colors for precise results every time. Able to display more than 1 billion active colors – 64 times the capabilities of a traditional display – the 8740w utilizes a 30-bit notebook LCD panel to provide a level of color control previously found only on the deskbound HP DreamColor LP2480 Professional Display.

    The HP mobile display assistant and optional HP color calibration kit further allow control, adjustment and alignment of the DreamColor notebook display to ensure predictable color.

    Workstation-class graphics solutions maximize onscreen performance. The 8740w offers a choice of the ATI FirePro M7820 with 1 GB of GDDR5 video memory or the NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M or NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M – both with 1 GB GDDR3 video memory.

    Users selecting the ATI FirePro configuration benefit from Direct X 11 and multidisplay support. Through a single GPU, the mobile workstation can simultaneously support up to four independent display outputs, plus the native notebook panel, for a total of five displays."

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    PhatCat Notebook Consultant

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    Hi all

    I recently received my Envy 15 with dual SSDs. A pretty nifty little machine, but I will be sending it back to HP because they managed to screw up the Bing 20% promotion which has cost me over $500. Also it has G1 SSDs, meaning no TRIM, which is important because I will be doing some heavy database work on it.

    I currently have a McBook Pro 17" and while the screen of the Envy is very crisp, I prefer 17" when I'm reading programs. I've been waiting on the rumored Envy 17 but from what I see here, I think the 8740w better suits my needs.

    I see mention of 20% discounts on the new Elitebooks. Can someone point me to the right coupon code? I am interested in ordering the 8740w as soon as I return the Envy when I get back to the US next week. TIA.
     
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    Okay!! :D :cool: so 10 Bit fro Dreamcolor display is true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But no word about IPS... Maybe HP marketing forget... :)

    Best, Walter
     
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    Don't know any coupon code. I obtained the discount by calling HP's small business sales line and asking a sales rep for a discount.

    EDIT: Added to FAQ.
     
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    Do you know what screen sizes and at what max resolution will simultaneously support? This is really a nice feature to have availabe.
     
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    Thecla Notebook Deity

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    FWIW here's what the description reads on the quote I got:

    So no mention of DC2. The public sector pricing was about 10% off the price of the same configuration (with SSD, i7-820 and FX 3800) on the small business web site, so maybe I would've been better off haggling with them myself. ;)
     
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    I don't quite know how to reconcile the earlier comment with the commentary in the 8740w QuickSpecs. But here's what it says in the QuickSpecs for external display:

    "Up to 32-bit per pixel color depth
    DisplayPort supports resolutions up to 2560 x 1600, 30-bit color depth at
    60 Hz, and full HD (1920 x 1080) monitors, 24-bit color depth at 120 Hz
    VGA port supports resolutions up to 2048 x 1536 at 75 Hz, and lower
    resolutions at up to 100 Hz
    DVI-D (single link) video signal available through DVI port in optional HP
    Docking Station (sold separately)
    supports resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 at both full and reduced
    blanking, and 1920 x 1200 at reduced blanking"

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    Amazing. I want one too! Sob... :(
     
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    Even though it's still early for this thread to get busy, - BUMP!
    It's too exciting to stay patient!
    I'm saving money for this beast, and personally, don't really like HP looks, but for those specs, bells and whistles - I'm game!
     
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    I think the 8740w is sleek and understated, as befits a business laptop. I have a MacBook Pro and I would say the HP is comparable as a design for professionals. I don't see most businesses buying Alienware or Envy type machines. Just curious, what do you prefer?
     
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    Damn this notebook is professional and freaking powerful! I got to sell my alienware for this!! lol This is what i was waiting for, i don't see an option though for a backlit keyboard though, this machine is going to have amazing build quality, military grade. Also can you get the drivers from ATI or only from the HP support page?
     
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