Huge air vents on next-generation EliteBook 8780w?

It feels like an awfully long time since we last heard from the rumor mill. This latest one comes from a Chinese forum where a poster claims to have seen photos of the next-generation HP EliteBook 8780w during a private meeting. He/she confirms that the EliteBook 8780w will be the next 17 inch Mobile Workstation from HP and that it will sport huge vents, presumably for better cooling, and dual hard disk bays.

Said individual also comments the notebook has been redesigned and now has styling cues of notebooks from the HP Compaq nw8000 era (which was way back in 2004!) with more rounded edges and a sleeker profile. There were no photos posted due to NDA, but the poster mentioned that news should break in 3-4 months’ time, which would put an announcement sometime in May or June 2013.

The design change isn’t a big surprise as HP seems to do a redesign every 2 generations (EliteBook 8730w and 8740w looked similar except for color; EliteBook 8760w and 8770w look identical) and such a redesign is indeed due for this year’s EliteBook models; but what does intrigue us is what the notebook will actually look like…

If you looked closely, it seems HP has a design trend pattern too:

  • HP 8710w (Chunky look)
  • 2008: HP EliteBook 8730w (Sleek look)
  • 2011: HP EliteBook 8760w (Chunky look)
  • 2013: HP EliteBook 8780w with potentially sleek look?

It would seem odd that the vent size has been increased in the rumored 8780w, as a recent review of the EliteBook 8770w finds that heat dissipation on the outgoing model is pretty remarkable, though on the noisy side with intensive tasks. But perhaps the actual focus here is to cut down on fan noise by reducing heat via improved cooling.

With this supposed sighting of the EliteBook 8780w, the biggest model of the bunch, it is probably safe to assume that its usual smaller siblings exist as well. So we should expect a 14 inch EliteBook 8480w and 15 inch EliteBook 8580w to be in the wild as well.

Special thanks to my friend Evon for the translations.

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  1. Indrek February 21, 2013 Reply

    Shouldn’t it be 8790w, though? Seeing as each redesign has also skipped a number. They did it between the 8710w and 8730w, and again between the 8740w and 8760w, so chances are they will also do it this time. Though that of course raises the question, what will the 8790w’s successor be called?

    • Brad February 22, 2013 Reply

      I agree, the naming scheme suggests that redesigns skip a number but then again, this is just a ‘hear-say’ rumor from a forum. It is likely that the naming scheme will be shrunk into 3 digits after this generation of notebooks (but continuing with 4 and 6 for ProBook/essential line and 8 for EliteBook)

  2. Rick Gates March 2, 2013 Reply

    Any possibility the 8780W will have optional 17 inch touch screen?

  3. knight427 July 1, 2013 Reply

    Someone please tell me “ZBook” is not for real.

  4. frankwick July 18, 2013 Reply

    I have also used a zbook 17. It is similar to the 8770w in size but is more tapered. Frankly, I don’t like it as much as the 8770w. The 8770w was a bold design. The zbook 17 seems like they still want to be bold but not too bold so they tapered the edges to be softer.

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