*HP EliteBook 8740w Owners Lounge - PART 2*

Discussion in 'HP Business Class Notebooks' started by Aikimox, Sep 7, 2010.

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What is your EliteBook 8740w config (select one from each category)?

  1. Non-DreamColor 2 screen

    96 vote(s)
    35.0%
  2. DreamColor 2 Screen

    114 vote(s)
    41.6%
  3. Dual-core Processor

    64 vote(s)
    23.4%
  4. Quad-core Processor

    138 vote(s)
    50.4%
  5. ATI M7820 Graphics

    123 vote(s)
    44.9%
  6. Nvidia FX 2800M

    43 vote(s)
    15.7%
  7. Nvidia FX 3800M

    47 vote(s)
    17.2%
  8. Nvidia FX 5000M

    27 vote(s)
    9.9%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. sinitar

    sinitar Notebook Guru

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    Thank you a lot! This machine works fine so far. The screen is wonderful, however it is too bright with default setting. I used the HP mobile display assistant to configure it and the software said the color accuracy would decrease if I change the brightness. HP should incorporate a calibrating equipment in this machine like Thinkpad W700 series.
     
  2. Miss_Ivy

    Miss_Ivy Newbie

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    I just wanted to thank everyone in this thread who have contributed with all their data and experiences with their lovely 8740w. I made the plunge 5 minutes ago and ordered one... I don't think I've been this excited since I purchased my little (and now broken...) T60p 4 years ago. She held on the good fight, but clearly wanted me to move on....to bigger shinier *drools* IPS pastures.

    I don't think I've ever been so nervous to make a phone call in all my life. They initially offered me 20% off, and I shut my eyes and said "I was hoping you could make it the 28%..." after a few moments hold they agreed. :D EEEEEE! Seriously feel like I'm on cloud 9. I wish I could bake my sales rep cookies, but that might count as stalking and be frowned upon. :(
     
  3. sheltem

    sheltem Notebook Consultant

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    Based on specifications, the FirePro M7820's gaming performance is between a desktop Radeon 5750 and 5770.
     
  4. Wizman

    Wizman Notebook Guru

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    Come on Rampage, be honest. ;) We were told you used a really big hammer to properly seat that lovely NewmodeUS caddy.

    That's what happens when you use non-HP parts. :eek:
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    Does it fit yet? Bang! Does it fit yet? Bang! Does it fit yet? Bang! :wink:

    Here's the actual video of Rampage making final adjustments to his 8740w on the ground::D
    http://www.bydesignhost.com/HAMMER_4.gif
     
  5. Wizman

    Wizman Notebook Guru

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    Hi Charles P.

    I just purchased and highly recommend the Western Digital Scorpio 2.5-Inch 500 GB SATA Internal Hard Drive WD5000BEKT (Black). Amazon has a great price on it with no tax and free shipping: Amazon.com: Western Digital Scorpio 2.5-Inch 500 GB SATA Internal Hard Drive WD5000BEKT (Black): Electronics

    I'm still waiting for the HP caddy to put it into (will be here Monday)...and for my replacement 8740w to put the caddy into. :rolleyes:
     
  6. RampageII

    RampageII Notebook Evangelist

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    haha, good one. :D
    You should show that to the guy that used the hammer.
     
  7. Koshinn

    Koshinn Notebook Deity

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    Yeah in general they don't fit PERFECTLY, but they can be made to fit without any tools. It's still the only way to get a 1TB drive into your 8740w. :D
     
  8. HiddenUser

    HiddenUser Notebook Evangelist

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    Really? Wow, I must be the only guy complaining about the flex :p (except Aiki and Charles :D ).
    I said before, and I'm repeating again: the backlit keyboard is a FAIL, with all letters uppercase :mad: I used to type on a desktop keyboard for 15 years... and I don't feel comfortable with the horrible flex present on the BL keyboard, even on the QWERTY keys!


    Here I go with my proposal to all BL keyboard unhappy owners:
    What about if we complain publicly to HP at their own forums? Do you think this could have some repercusssion? Is it worth a try?

    You're a lucky guy. My drive was the Samsung 256GB and it was installed on the upgrade bay! (wrong). Also, a Seagate Momentus 7200.4 was intalled on the primary bay (what a bad drive!) :(
     
  9. HiddenUser

    HiddenUser Notebook Evangelist

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    It's very likely it's a H-IPS panel (the very best). See this HP LP2475w macro photograph for comparison. The 2475w is an 8-bit H-IPS desktop monitor with wide gamut coverage.
     
  10. Sotton

    Sotton Notebook Evangelist

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    what is so bad about it? I have a few Momentus (different models) in use but all is fine, however, maybe I do not know how it could be ;)
     
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