Next-gen 17 inch mobile workstation

It’s big. It’s bad (in a kick-butt way). It already exists. And it’s coming soon. What is it?

Here is what’s currently known about HP’s next-generation flagship Elitebook 8740w:

  • Intel Core i7 standard
  • 17 inch display (16:10 aspect ratio, up to 1920 x 1200 resolution)
  • DreamColor display available (same as 8730w?? very likely)
  • 4 DDR3 RAM slots
  • 2 storage drive bays
  • Reshuffled port layout
  • Nvidia Quadro FX3800M graphics; 1 GB memory

What our super reliable source says about the part about the drive bays is very interesting. I wonder if it’s dual SSD or dual HDD as in two real HDD slots (ala HP Pavilion dv7, dv8, HDX18) or one HDD slot, removable optical drive for second slot (ala previous Elitebook models). Time will tell.

Dear readers: As of now, my hands have touched nothing. But if an 8740w happens to parachute down from the sky and land in my lawn, I’ll be sure to keep you all informed =)

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  1. Chema January 22, 2010 Reply

    If you post this article in the EliteBook section, it must be the MUCH-EXPECTED BEAST 8740w!!! Hooray! At last, my God!!! I can’t hold my breath. Please, don’t be cruel and keep us informed Brad 🙂

    • Brad January 22, 2010 Reply

      Well, I’m not holding anything back so far. Seems that several units have already been produced. Core i7 Mobile, 17 inch 16:10 display up to 1920×1200, optional DreamColor, several USB 3.0 ports, Quadro FX3800M graphics, some part of layout reshuffled. That is all people are saying now. Someone I know has already seen the thing (though I have not), says if you’re liking what the 15 inch 8540w is now but want a bigger laptop, this is probably it.

  2. Chema January 22, 2010 Reply

    [quote]Someone I know has already seen the thing[/quote]

    Is there any chance your contact take an exclusive photo for us (at least, the keyboard or the lid :D) like you did with your scoop of the 8440w? Thanks Brad 😉

  3. Brad January 22, 2010 Reply

    Yes, I have passed the request along =). Pics will be up once received. Lid should look the same as the previous Elitebook models; keyboard is same half-chiclet style (I *think* it has a more spaced out keyboard + numeric pad vs the 8540w).

    Even better, I’m trying hard, really hard, to get a preview of it so I can finally put everyone’s curiosity to rest.

    P.S. Are my current ways of “benchmarking” good enough? (See example: Some frame rates using the latest games, time it takes to complete application tasks like CAD and video processing. I’ve gotten requests to do 3DMark-style benchmarking but I’m one who believe more in practical application usage with actual software rather than numbers and gauges to tell how “fast” a computer is.

  4. Chema January 26, 2010 Reply

    I think your benchs are fine. I don’t pay very much attention to these questions though, but I’m agree with you: for most users, the practical tests (with real applications in real conditions) are more useful than the synthetic ones, because the latter tests the machine in very unlikely situations.

    >Even better, I’m trying hard, really hard, to get a >preview of it so I can finally put everyone’s curiosity >to rest.

    I can’t wait any more! 🙂 And please, ask your contact what solution HP has chosen for the illumination (backlit keyboard? Night Light?…)

    Thanks again

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