HP EliteBook 8740 Series

HP Elitebook 8740w 820QM/FX2800MProcessor: Intel Core i5 520M, Intel Core i7 820QM
Graphics Adapter: ATI FirePro M7820, NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M
Display: 17.0 inch
Weight: 3.6kg, 3.82kg
Price: 1500, 3500 euro
Average Score: 84.4% - good
Average of 5 scores (from 7 reviews)
price: 70%, performance: 83%, features: 88%, display: 98%
mobility: 57%, workmanship: 96%, ergonomy: 84%, emissions: 86%


HP EliteBook 8740w


HP EliteBook 8740wNotebook: HP EliteBook 8740w
Processor: Intel Core i5 520M
Graphics Adapter: ATI FirePro M7820
Display: 17.0 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels
Weight: 3.6kg
Price: 1500 euro
Links: HP homepage

Average Score: 87% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 5 reviews)


80% HP EliteBook 8740w review
Source: PC Advisor English
If you're into power and prettiness, the HP EliteBook 8740w laptop is for you. With prebuilt models starting at £1,598, the EliteBook 8740w is a decently priced desktop replacement, and it's sexy to boot. The brushed-metal chassis definitely makes the EliteBook 8740w look, well, elite - unlike a lot of boring, clunky business-rugged laptops. And if you want power, you can have it: custom configurations of the EliteBook 8740w surpass £4,500.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/04/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% HP EliteBook 8740w
Source: PC World English
If you're looking for a business-rugged laptop that has all the power of a desktop and all the sexiness of a Mac, this is the notebook for you.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
91% Test HP EliteBook 8740w Mobile Workstation
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/08/2010
Rating: Total score: 91% performance: 90% display: 98% mobility: 58% workmanship: 96% ergonomy: 96% emissions: 83%
HP Elitebook 8740w – для эффективной работы
Source: RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/04/2010
Rating: price: 80% mobility: 50% emissions: 90%
HP EliteBook 8740w
Source: Zoom RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/17/2010
Rating: mobility: 50%


HP Elitebook 8740w 820QM/FX2800M


HP Elitebook 8740w 820QM/FX2800MNotebook: HP Elitebook 8740w 820QM/FX2800M
Processor: Intel Core i7 820QM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M 1024 MB
Display: 17.0 inch, 16:10, 1920x1200 pixels
Weight: 3.82kg
Price: 3500 euro
Links: HP homepage

Average Score: 70% - average
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)


91% Review HP EliteBook 8740w Mobile Workstation | Notebookcheck
Tool for Professionals. The air at the summit of notebooks is exceptionally thin. Only very few manufacturers accomplish positioning selected models there permanently. The American manufacturer, Hewlett Packard, pilots the Elitebook 8740w to this position. It includes latest quad core CPUs, high-performance graphics cards and last, but not least, a promise of best rates in many fields due to its Dreamcolor display.
70% HP EliteBook 8740w Review
Source: English
In short, the HP EliteBook 8740w delivers serious power but it needs some work before it can reach "perfection."
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/23/2011
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 70% features: 80% mobility: 70% ergonomy: 60%
HP EliteBook 8740w
Source: PC Mag English
From quad-core processing and WorkStation graphics to ISV certification and a billion-color screen, the HP EliteBook 8740w is HP's top-of-the-line offering for serious professional needs.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/07/2011



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With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

ATI FirePro M7820:

Professional graphics card based on the Mobility Radeon HD 5870 with GDDR5 graphics memory designed for CAD or DCC applications.

NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M:

Professional high-end workstation graphics card with certified drivers. Because of its 96 shader cores, the Quadro FX 2800M is similar to the GeForce 9800M GT but is produced in 55nm and features a higher core clock.

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

Intel Core i5:


The Core i5-520M has only 3 MB L3 Cache (compared to the I7-640M) and clocks between 2.4-2.93 GHz (Turbo Mode). Thanks to Hyperthreading, 4 threads can be processed simultaneously. An integrated graphics card (GMA HD 3150) and a DDR3 memory controller are also included in the package.

Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  


The Core i7-820QM is a high-end quad core CPU for laptops that clocks due to the Turbo Mode from 1.73-3.06 GHz. Therefore, the processor combines the advantages of fast single core CPUs and slow quad-core CPUs. Hyperthreading allows the simultaneous use of 8 Threads in parallel. 

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.

3.6 kg:

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

3.82 kg:

84.4%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

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

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» Eurocom Panther 2.0
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» HP EliteBook 8740W-XT911UT
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Core i7 840QM, 17.0", 3.6 kg
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Core i7 920XM, 17.0", 4.1 kg

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GeForce GTX 460M, Core i7 2630QM
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2010-12-28 (Update: 2012-05-26)