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HP Elitebook Mobile Workstation 8540w

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      26.07.2014 00:24
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      Robust and reliable...an excellent piece of technology!

      I got the HP Elitebook as a laptop from work and it is an inspiring piece of technology. I didn't have to pay anything for it so I'm going to review purely in terms of user experience.

      First and foremost, it is a robust machine and is therefore very reliable. I'm pretty sure I accidentally dropped it once or twice but there were never any problems with it. The only problems I would ever have would be to do with internal company programs but never the actual machine itself. However, this may have been due to using Windows 8 before it had been released which could have caused the problems as the software wasn't completely finished. I had 8 GB RAM which coupled with the i5 processor made for a hassle-free experience. Despite it being a work laptop, I also used it to store photos, watch movies and surf the internet.

      I was amazed at how quickly and efficiently the elitebook copes with certain programs. I would run several corporate programs with exceptionally large amounts of data and it would run them with the same efficiency as that of a desktop computer.

      I was lucky enough to work from home often and my id card doubled up as a smart card. The laptop has a smart card reader, enabling the owner of the laptop to work remotely without restrictions.

      The only downside to the elitebook is its weight and its short battery life, but in all fairness the laptop wasn't brand new; it had been rebuilt before it was given to me. It is extremely heavy when coupled with its charger so take that into account if you have to commute with it. On the plus side, lugging it around has noticeably toned my upper arms and shoulders!

      The display is adequate for both business and personal use. Overall, the machine is excellent and I would not hesitate to recommend it.


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  • Product Details

    The 8540w is a portable powerhouse. It features workstation-caliber graphics and performance with a 15.6-inch diagonal HD display and an integrated numeric keypad, and a highly mobile and rugged design.

    Technical Data

    Product Description: HP EliteBook Mobile Workstation 8540w - Core i5 520M 2.4 GHz - 15.6" TFT
    Recommended Use: Small business, corporate business
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 37.4 cm x 25.2 cm x 3.2 cm
    Weight: 2.9 kg
    Localisation: English / United Kingdom
    Platform Technology: Intel Centrino 2 with vPro Technology
    System Type: Notebook
    Built-in Devices: Stereo speakers, wireless LAN aerial, Bluetooth aerial
    Embedded Security: Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) Security Chip , SmartCard reader
    Processor: Intel Core i5 520M / 2.4 GHz ( 2.93 GHz ) ( Dual-Core )
    Cache Memory: 3 MB - L3 Cache
    RAM: 4 GB (installed) / 8 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM - 1333 MHz - PC3-10600
    Card Reader: Yes
    Hard Drive: 320 GB - Serial ATA-300 - 7200 rpm
    Optical Storage: DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - integrated with LightScribe Technology
    Display: 15.6" LED backlight TFT 1600 x 900
    Graphics Controller: NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M
    Video Memory: 1 GB GDDR3 SDRAM
    Audio Output: Sound card
    Telecom: Fax / modem - MDC - 56 Kbps
    Networking: Network adapter - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft), Bluetooth 2.1
    Notebook Camera: Integrated - 2 Megapixel
    Input Device: Keyboard, touchpad, pointing stick
    Power: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
    Battery: 8-cell Lithium Ion
    Run Time (Up To): 5 hour(s)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Edition
    Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.
    Environmental Standards: ENERGY STAR Qualified , EPEAT Gold
    Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years warranty