HP EliteBook 8740W notebook
HP EliteBook 8740W review: a powerful notebook for engineers, designers and animators
- Good build quality, quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB RAM, powerful graphics, USB 3.0, fast I/O performance
- Keyboard is poor, very expensive
The HP EliteBook 8740W will suit engineers, designers, animators and anyone else who requires a powerful notebook that they can use both at work and at home. It's solidly built and has lots of speed and plenty of features, but don't expect much out of its battery; its keyboard is poor, too.
Price$ 7,399.00 (AUD)
The HP EliteBook 8740W is a mobile workstation with a quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and an NVIDIA Quadro graphics adapter. It's designed for professionals, such as engineers, architects and graphics artists, who need plenty of grunt under the hood — and the ability to transport that grunt to and from the office.
Read more reviews of business notebooks: best notebooks for business.
The EliteBook 8740W is a big beast: it has a 17in screen, a base that's chock-a-block full of ports and slots, and it weighs over 3.6kg. Its LCD screen is one of HP's DreamColor panels and it's one of the best displays we've ever seen on a notebook. Colour reproduction was excellent during our tests and its viewing angles are wider than what you'll find with a typical notebook screen.
See how the HP EliteBook 8740W compares to the HP EliteBook 8440p.
The EliteBook 8740W feels heavy and cumbersome to transport, and it's not the type of notebook you will want to use as a laptop. It's easiest to use when it's resting on a desk, and you can get a docking station that makes it easy to manage your peripheral and network cable connections. You can't use the EliteBook 8740W away from a power outlet for long. In our battery rundown test, in which we disable power management, enable Wi-Fi and loop an Xvid-encoded video, the battery only lasted 51min.
The base of the EliteBook 8740W has almost everything — well, everything a pro user is likely to need. It has DisplayPort, VGA, USB 2.0 (two), FireWire (mini), a Smartcard slot, an ExpressCard/54 slot, an SD card reader, a fingerprint reader, USB 3.0 (two), eSATA, a Blu-ray writer (BD-MLT-UJ240), Gigabit Ethernet, a 56Kbps modem, a 2-megapixel webcam and 802.11n dual-band Wi-Fi. The upgrade bay, which houses the Blu-ray writer, can also be used to house a second hard drive.
On the inside you get an Intel Core i7-820QM CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 500GB, 7200rpm hard drive. Its performance is great for multithreaded applications, as its score of 45sec in our Blender 3D rendering test shows, and its I/O performance also proved to be good -- its hard drive recorded a transfer rate of 84.8 megabytes per second in our tests. Graphics are handled by an NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M adapter, which is geared towards speeding up engineering, design and 3D animation applications, instead of gaming. Its 3DMark06 score of 12,646 is a great result nonetheless, and shows just how powerful this notebook is.
The usability of the EliteBook 8740W is hit and miss; we like the big palm rest and the comfortable touchpad with soft buttons, and also that it has a Trackpoint device installed. However, we don't like its keyboard. The buttons are soft, but they require a lot of force to hit and more often that not we had to go back and correct our mistakes. The spacebar is quite unresponsive unless you hit it hard.
We like the build quality of the EliteBook 8740W. It's definitely not a unit that will fall apart easily as you transport it to and from the office. It's made out of metal and its hinges are tough. If you're in the market for a mobile workstation with lots of CPU power, RAM and hard drive capacity, and most importantly, an excellent screen, the 8740W is definitely one to consider.
Become a fan of PC World Australia on Facebook
Follow PC World Australia on Twitter: @PCWorldAu
Stay up to date with the latest news, reviews and features. Sign up to PC World’s newsletters
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
- 2 Huawei GR5 phone: Full, in-depth review
- 3 Sony Xperia XZ Premium phone: Full, in-depth review
- 4 Blackberry KEYone phone: Full, in-depth review
- 5 Kogan Agora 8 phone: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- HP Omen laptops include a first: Nvidia Max-Q graphics technology
- HP's Omen X Compact Desktop can morph into a backpack VR PC
- HP's Omen Accelerator can give your laptop some guts
- HP reboots Omen desktop with more of what gamers love
- Samsung to detail new Tizen OS for smart home appliances, IoT devices
PCW Evaluation Team
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
- Linksys Velop mesh WiFi review
- D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- Google WiFi review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSenior Mobile / Web DeveloperOther
- FTManual Test AnalystQLD
- CCSharePoint SpecialistNSW
- FTOrganisation Change ManagerOther
- FTMid Level .Net DeveloperOther
- CCPrincipal Java DeveloperQLD
- FTBusiness Development Manager - Innovative Software companyNSW
- TPNetwork & System EngineerNSW
- CCSolutions Designer / Technology LeadNSW
- FTSenior Marketing Manager | Global Technology CompanyNSW
- CCSenior Software EngineerNSW
- FTCloud Service Support EngineerOther
- CCTechnical Specialist - Cloud ServicesVIC
- FTNetwork Consulting ArchitectVIC
- FTSenior Systems EngineerVIC
- FTDelivery HeadWA
- TPGIS ConsultantVIC
- FTPerformance TesterSA
- CCApplications Software EngineerNSW
- FTWeb Designer | DeveloperSA
- TPSolution Architect - NetworkQLD
- FTSystem TesterOther
- CCFinancial ModelerACT
- CCApplications Software EngineerNSW
- FTGraphic Designer (Print + Digital)Other