HP's business-centric EliteBooks have been around since 2008 in name, but in reality, EliteBook is just a new name for the old HP Compaq business notebook line. With HP releasing a flood of popular entry level and mainstream consumer notebooks with both HP and Compaq labels, this understandably created a marketing issue for the costlier and higher end business and workstation class machines. Since the HP Compaq brand didn't have the name cachet of the iconic IBM/Lenovo ThinkPads or even Dell's Latitude business notebooks, HP's marketing team decided to scrap the confusing "HP Compaq" tag entirely and rebrand their business notebooks as EliteBooks.

We have one of the newest EliteBooks here today, the EliteBook 8440w mobile workstation. For a 14" notebook, it's quite the powerhouse, with a Core i7-620M processor and Nvidia's Quadro FX 380M discrete graphics chip to go along with 4GB of memory, a 320GB SATA hard drive, integrated DVD burner, and a high resolution 14" 1600x900 screen—it's even got a matte finish! But for the $1649 pricetag, the 8440w could have used a bit more power on either the CPU or GPU side, with a quad-core Core i7 (which is an optional extra) or faster Quadro graphics card at the top of our wishlist.

HP EliteBook 8440w Specifications
Processor Intel Core i7-620M
(2.66GHz, 32nm, 4MB L3, 35W)
Chipset Intel QM57 Express
Memory 2x2048MB DDR3-1333
Max 2x4GB DDR3-1333
Graphics NVIDIA Quadro FX 380M (512MB GDDR3 VRAM)
Display 14.0" LED Backlit Matte WXGA+ (1600x900)
Hard Drive 2.5" 320GB 7200RPM SATA (Seagate ST9320423AS)
Networking Intel 82577LM PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet
Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 (3x3) 802.11a/b/g/n
Audio Realtek AL269 2-Channel HD Audio
(2.0 Speakers with headphone/microphone jacks)
Battery 9-cell Li-Ion, 100 Wh
Front Side SD/MMC card reader
Left Side 3 x USB 2.0
1 x Firewire 1394a
Right Side RJ-11
Gigabit Ethernet
eSATA/USB combination
Back Side VGA
AC Power Connection
Kensington Lock
Operating System Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Dimensions 13.21" x 9.30" x 1.23" (WxDxH)
Weight Starting at 4.9 lbs (with 6-cell battery)
Extras Bluetooth 2.0
2.0MP Webcam
Integrated TrackPoint
Multitouch Touchpad
SD/MMC/MS Pro Flash reader
Warranty 3-year warranty, onsite repairs
1-year battery warranty
Pricing 8440w-FN093UT for $1649 from HP Business

But even without a quad-core or a high end GPU, the 8440w is a pretty formidable beast, boasting enough computing horsepower to acquit itself well for mobile CAD work and most reasonable tasks. Obviously, it won't replace the power of a workstation-class desktop or anything like that, but is it good enough for on-the-go design work? Let's find out.

HP EliteBook 8440w - In and Around
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  • darwinosx - Monday, August 23, 2010 - link

    I have the 15-inch version at work and it makes an excellent Linux laptop.

    Anyone comparing an HP Envy to a Mac Book Pro is delusional. The Envy's are a ripoff copy but made much more cheaply and with horrible battery life.
  • sthomas - Monday, November 15, 2010 - link

    That's true Think light is really useful. every one should take it's advantage.
  • andreas295427 - Monday, November 15, 2010 - link

    While I really enjoyed reading this article, I somewhat disagree with the statement that there are only three major players when it comes to workstations. i do believe, that one should not forget Fujtsu and its Celsius Mobile line of workstations.

    And to mention Macbook Pro as a kind of workstation isn't really helpful. While the Macbook Pro is indeed quite powerful, it still isn't workstation/ enterprise class. It simply lacks a few core elements, like certified gpu drivers, a docking port/ docking station, or the possibility to have 24h-onsite-service.
    So, white anandtech obviously really likes the Macbook Pro, one should not forget what it is: a consumer product, or better an excellent premium consumer product - but not a workstation.
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