HP EliteBook 8730w


HP EliteBook 8730wNotebook: HP EliteBook 8730w
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9400
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA Quadro FX 2700M
Display: 17.0 inch, 16:10, 1920x1200 pixels, glossy: no
Weight: 3.4kg
Price: 1800 euro
Average Score: 86.43% - good
Average of 7 scores (from 11 reviews)
price: 62%, performance: 90%, features: 83%, display: 89% mobility: 78%, workmanship: 88%, ergonomy: 85%, emissions: 68%

Reviews for the HP EliteBook 8730w

80% HP EliteBook 8730w
Source: Laptop Mag English
This 17-inch notebook’s 15-million color display puts other workstations to shame and delivers serious graphics muscle. At $3,242, the HP Elitebook 8730w is a very capable mobile workstation that falls between the 17-inch MacBook Pro ($2,799) and the Lenovo ThinkPad W700 ($3,802) in portability, performance, and price. But the 8730w is heads and shoulders above the other two when it comes to HP’s 15-million color display. And for creative professionals, a bright and color-accurate screen is almost as important as sheer horsepower. If you’re looking for a system with impressive graphic rendering and some serious eye candy, add the 8730w to your short list.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/20/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
HP EliteBook 8730w
Source: English
The HP EliteBook 8730w is probably the most balanced workstation-class 17" notebooks we've seen. This notebook is designed more for desktop replacement than it is for mobility, but the 8730w is thinner and lighter than other 17-inch workstations. That said, HP didn't sacrifice durability when making this machine thinner and lighter. Bottom line, if you're looking for a 17-inch mobile workstation notebook the HP EliteBook 8730w probably belongs at the top of your list.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/20/2009
Rating: price: 60% performance: 90% display: 80% emissions: 40%
80% HP EliteBook 8730w review
Source: CNet English
HP's 17-inch workstation-class EliteBook 8730w is about as far from a netbook as an Aston Martin is from a Ford Fiesta. That's not to belittle netbooks or Fiestas, but, when you want to get somewhere fast and in comfort, you need the appropriate tool for the job. The job in question here is anything that requires an excellent graphics sub-system and a degree of portability. Photo and video editors, engineers and financial analysts would be typical users of this class of laptop. The workstation-class HP EliteBook 8730's performance, superb DreamColor screen and excellent build quality make it a pleasure to use. It would suit any power user requiring a top-notch graphics sub-system.
80, Leistung 90, Display 90, Mobilität 80, Vearbeitung 95
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/30/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 95%
80% HP Elitebook 8730w Mobile Workstation Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
HP packs most of the ingredients of an excellent mobile workstation into the 8730w. It has a fantastic screen, is powerful and well featured, and if you do need to take it out there are plenty of options for extending the battery life. However, it is very expensive and despite the massive price tag it does lack a few small but obvious things, like a DisplayPort or DVI video output. As such we won't recommend it outright, but if it fulfils your needs it shouldn't disappoint.
80, Preis 60, Leistung 90, Ausstattung 90
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/30/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 90% features: 90%
80% HP Elitebook 8730w review
Source: PC Advisor English
It's not as slim and light - although it's much closer to the size and weight of Apple's laptop than any other, and is easily portable - but the HP Elitebook 8730w boasts a much better screen and is an able performer in our tests. The HP Elitebook 8730w has an outstanding screen and offers a long battery life. It also provides great performance and is relatively thin. It is also very expensive, however, and despite forking out £2,500 you end up with a dull-looking workhorse.
80, Preis 30, Leistung 90, Display 95, Mobilität 80
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/16/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 30% performance: 90% display: 95% mobility: 80%
85% HP EliteBook 8730w
Source: Computer Shopper English
The HP EliteBook 8730w is a high-end, transportable workstation-class notebook. Like Lenovo's ThinkPad W700 series, the EliteBook 8730w offers high-end options such as a quad-core mobile processor and color-accurate LCD. HP's offering is slightly lighter, however, and its brushed anodized aluminum trim makes it a much more stylish option than the black, monolithic ThinkPad. Though it starts at just $1,699, you can easily equip this notebook well enough to push the price over $4,000. A stylish, highly configurable notebook with a top-notch screen and keyboard, the HP EliteBook 8730w makes a very capable, if expensive, desktop replacement.

85, Preis 50, Display 90
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/30/2009
Rating: Total score: 85% price: 50% display: 90%
Notebook Shootout: Lenovo ThinkPad W700 vs. HP EliteBook 8730w
Source: English

So what mobile workstation should you buy? If you scroll down the list, you’ll see that the ThinkPad W700 and the EliteBook 8730w are very evenly matched. Obviously you’ll have to weight the individual categories on your own (price is probably more important to you than power brick size) but it is very hard to declare one system the clear victor in this deathmatch. Each company clearly has a good idea what the other is up to and the EliteBook takes a lot of design cues from the ThinkPad, like the dual navigation, exceptional keyboard, oversize hinges, and the super clean interior (though the 8730w has predecessors at HP).

Mobilität gut, Verarbeitung gut, Emissionen gut
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 11/18/2008
Rating: mobility: 80% workmanship: 80% emissions: 80%

Foreign Reviews

100% Hart im Nehmen
Source: e-media - 9/10 German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 05/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 100% price: 100% performance: 92% mobility: 80%
Source: c't - 23/09 German
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2009
Rating: performance: 85% features: 70% display: 90% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 80%
100% HP Elitebook 8730W
Source: - 9/08 German
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 08/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 100% price: 70%
Bunte Elefanten
Source: c't - 9/09 German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 03/15/2009
Rating: performance: 90% features: 90% display: 90% mobility: 70% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 70%


NVIDIA Quadro FX 2700M: Professional mobile workstation card with certified drivers. Based on the GeForce 9700M GTS.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.


The T9400 is a fast middle class dual core CPU for laptops and basically a Core 2 Duo P9500 with a higher TDP of 35 Watt.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

17.0": Meanwhile the 17 inch display size is a more frequently offered standard format for desktop-replacements. The DTR-laptops can't be carried easily, need much energy but on the other side texts can be read easily and high resolutions are no problem. DTR mainly are intended for stationary usage on desks, where the weight and the energy need are unimportant.
» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

3.4 kg: This laptop is heavy below average, compared with the average of notebooks. Therefore especially desktop replacements fit in this class of weight.

HP: The Hewlett-Packard Company, founded 1935, commonly referred to as HP, is a technology corporation headquartered in California, United States. HP specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, storage, and networking hardware, software and services. Major product lines include personal computing devices, enterprise servers, related storage devices, as well as a diverse range of printers and other imaging products. Other product lines, including electronic test equipment and systems, medical electronic equipment, solid state components and instrumentation for chemical analysis. HP posted US $91.7 billion in annual revenue in 2006, making it the world's largest technology vendor in terms of sales. In 2007 the revenue was $104 billion, making HP the first IT company in history to report revenues exceeding $100 billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

HP reviews

86.43%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Core 2 Duo T9400, 3.9 kg

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2008-12- 8 (Update: 2012-05-26)