HP Elitebook 8540w Series

HP EliteBook 8540w-WD743EAProcessor: Intel Core i5 540M, Intel Core i5 560M, Intel Core i7 620M, Intel Core i7 740QM
Graphics Adapter: ATI FirePro M5800, NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M, NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M
Display: 15.6 inch
Weight: 2.95kg, 2.97kg, 3kg
Price: 1300, 2000, 3000 euro
Average Score: 84.5% - good
Average of 10 scores (from 16 reviews)
price: 73%, performance: 85%, features: 90%, display: 78%
mobility: 64%, workmanship: 90%, ergonomy: 91%, emissions: 61%

 

HP Elitebook 8540w

Specifications

HP Elitebook 8540wNotebook: HP Elitebook 8540w
Processor: Intel Core i7 620M
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 3kg
Price: 1300 euro
Links: HP homepage

Average Score: 88.4% - very good
Average of 5 scores (from 9 reviews)

 

HP EliteBook 854w Review: Mobile Workstation Shines
Source: Bios Magazine English
We aren’t sold on the hybrid style keyboard, but overall the EliteBook 8540w offers a very capable and durable mobile workstation that delivers a good deal of power in a package that is still portable enough to take on the road without a roller case.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/28/2010
HP EliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation Review
Source: Notebookreview.com English
The HP EliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation had very solid performance in our tests, combined with excellent looks and build quality, topped off with an equally impressive sub-$2,000 price-point. Right now the MSRP of $1,679 is the current going rate with sales few and far between. Compared to the standard EliteBook 8540p with a very similar configuration and performance, it's roughly $300 and change more. With the recent drop in SSDs and hybrid hard drives we were surprised to see no higher performing drives trickle down into the pre-configured models. A slightly more affordable 8540w is also offered with a Core i5 processor and ATI FirePro M5800 for $1,469 for users on a tighter budget. Overall if you are in the market for a Workstation-class notebook, the HP EliteBook series is highly recommended.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/05/2010
Rating: price: 70% performance: 90% features: 90% ergonomy: 80%
HP EliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation Review
Source: Notebookreview.com English

The HP EliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation had very solid performance in our tests, combined with excellent looks and build quality, topped off with an equally impressive sub-$2,000 price-point. Right now the MSRP of $1,679 is the current going rate with sales few and far between. Compared to the standard EliteBook 8540p with a very similar configuration and performance, it's roughly $300 and change more. With the recent drop in SSDs and hybrid hard drives we were surprised to see no higher performing drives trickle down into the pre-configured models. A slightly more affordable 8540w is also offered with a Core i5 processor and ATI FirePro M5800 for $1,469 for users on a tighter budget. Overall if you are in the market for a Workstation-class notebook, the HP EliteBook series is highly recommended.


Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/05/2010
Rating: price: 70% performance: 90% features: 90% ergonomy: 90%
87% HP EliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation with DreamColor Display
Source: Computer Shopper English

The name says it all: It's all about the screen. The HP EliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation with DreamColor Display is designed for mobile professionals who don’t want to sacrifice performance or visual quality while working on the road. A stylish, highly configurable notebook with a class-leading screen and solid design, this EliteBook is an excellent mobile workstation for photographers and graphics pros.


Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 87%
92% Test HP Elitebook 8540w Notebook (ATI M5800)
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/03/2010
Rating: Total score: 92% performance: 92% display: 86% mobility: 79% workmanship: 96% ergonomy: 96% emissions: 86%
HP Elitebook 8540w
Source: Forumdeluxx German DE→EN
User Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/04/2010
Rating: performance: 90% display: 85% workmanship: 90% emissions: 50%
93% Test HP Elitebook 8540w Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/14/2010
Rating: Total score: 93% performance: 91% display: 91% mobility: 79% workmanship: 96% ergonomy: 97% emissions: 85%
90% Testbericht HP Elitebook 8540w
Source: Notebookforum.at German DE→EN
User Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/26/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Recensione HP EliteBook 8540w
Source: Techno Zoom Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/18/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 90% mobility: 75% workmanship: 80%

 

HP EliteBook 8540w-XT903UT

Specifications

HP EliteBook 8540w-XT903UTNotebook: HP EliteBook 8540w-XT903UT
Processor: Intel Core i5 560M
Graphics Adapter: ATI FirePro M5800
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels
Weight: 2.97kg
Price: 1300 euro
Links: HP homepage

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

80% HP EliteBook Mobile Workstation 8540w
Source: CNet English
With rare exception, mobile workstation laptops are not glamorous. It's a category that puts performance, security, and practicality before portability and stylish design. The HP EliteBook 8540w, though maybe not a full exception, proves that a manufacturer can offer a powerful, secure, rugged workstation that looks good, too. The HP EliteBook 8540w is an attractive and versatile mobile workstation that's tougher than it looks.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/05/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 70% features: 90%

 

HP EliteBook 8540w-WD928EA

Specifications

HP EliteBook 8540w-WD928EANotebook: HP EliteBook 8540w-WD928EA
Processor: Intel Core i5 540M
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 2.95kg
Price: 2000 euro
Links: HP homepage

Average Score: 76.5% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

76% Обзор ноутбука HP EliteBook 8540w
Source: Retera RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/06/2010
Rating: Total score: 76% performance: 77% display: 63% mobility: 44% emissions: 41%
77% Обзор ноутбука HP EliteBook 8540w
Source: Retera RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/06/2010
Rating: Total score: 77% performance: 77% display: 63% mobility: 44% emissions: 41%

 

HP EliteBook 8540w-WD930EA

Specifications

HP EliteBook 8540w-WD930EANotebook: HP EliteBook 8540w-WD930EA
Processor: Intel Core i7 620M
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 3kg
Price: 3000 euro
Links: HP homepage

Average Score: 85% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

80% HP EliteBook 8540w review
Source: Techradar English
While the semi-rugged design of the EliteBook 8540w won't suit the most taxing outdoor use, its tough chassis, great usability and stunning performance make it ideal for busy urban professionals. Packed with style and features, it makes a fantastic rugged workstation:
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/27/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% HP EliteBook 8540w review
Source: PC Advisor English
More than just an inch bigger in the screen department, the HP EliteBook 8540w adds plenty of extra high-speed connectivity and a professionally qualified graphics processor. For powerful processing and rendering on a portable workstation, the HP EliteBook 8540w is a tough cookie, and tough to beat.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/13/2010
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 70% features: 90% workmanship: 90%
惠普EliteBook 8540w移动工作站评测
Source: enet.com.cn zh-CN→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/09/2011

 

HP EliteBook 8540w-WD743EA

Specifications

HP EliteBook 8540w-WD743EANotebook: HP EliteBook 8540w-WD743EA
Processor: Intel Core i7 740QM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 3kg
Price: 3000 euro
Links: HP homepage

 

HP EliteBook 8540w-WD743EA(HP EliteBook 8540w) model new
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
good and rugged workmanship, abundant equipment, bad battery runtime
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/01/2011

 

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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 %

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

NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M: Professional middle class workstation graphics card that is based on the GeForce 330M core but features lower clock rates.

ATI FirePro M5800: Upper middle class workstation graphics card based on the core of the Mobility Radeon HD 5730 graphics card with DirectX 11 support.

NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M: Mobile workstation mid-range graphics card for 15" laptops. Based on the same core as the GeForce GT 335M but equipped with professional drivers and support.

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


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.  

620M:

The Core i7-620M is the fastest Dual-Core CPU for laptops (at the time of introduction in Q1 2010). The 620M clocks betwenn 2.66 and 3.33 GHz due to the Turbo Mode and because of Hyperthreading, 4 threads are executed simultaneously. In the package, Intel also included a second die with an integrated GPU (GMA HD) and a memory controller. Therefore, the TDP of 35 Watt of the whole package is still quite good.

740QM:

The Core i7-740QM is a high-end quad-core CPU for laptops (in 2010) with a relative small base clock rate and a high Turbo Boost max frequency of 2.93 GHz (for one core). Therefore, it combines the advantages of a slow clocked quad core CPU with a fast single core one. Compared to the faster Core i7 mobile CPUs, the 740QM only features 6MB L3 Cache.

Intel Core i5:

560M:

The Core i5-560M has only 3 MB L3 Cache (compared to the I7-620M) and clocks also between 2.67-3.2 GHz (Turbo Mode). Thanks to Hyperthreading, 4 threads can be processed simultaneously. An integrated graphics card (GMA HD) and a DDR3 memory controller are also included in the package.

540M: The Core i5-540M has only 3 MB L3 Cache (compared to the I7-620M) and clocks between 2.53-3.06 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.


15.6: 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. However nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


2.95 kg:

This weight is average for notebooks. Therefore the numerous mass of laptops with 15 inch display fits in this class of weight.

3 kg:


84.5%: 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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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2010-11-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)