HP’s 13 inch consumer MacBook Pro/ fighter
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HP’s 13 inch consumer MacBook Pro/ fighter

By Brad Feb 13 2010 2 Comments

If you were considering getting a 13 inch notebook, you probably should hold off for a bit. News from an EXTREMELY reliable source has pointed to a revolutionary upgrade to one of HP’s consumer-level notebooks. Word is that it’ll feature Envy-like styling, Envy-like keyboard and multi-touch trackpad, “something” you wouldn’t expect in a 13 inch notebook that will beat the competition to the punch and Pavilion-like pricetag (ie affordable!). More info as it comes.

SLI/CrossFire, GPU dock for Elitebooks, other HP notebooks
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SLI/CrossFire, GPU dock for Elitebooks, other HP notebooks

By Brad Feb 10 2010 3 Comments

So there’s been a lot of talk about GPU docks since Gigabyte showcased one of their notebooks recently, which has integrated Intel graphics but allows users to park their notebook to a dock which holds an external Nvidia desktop graphics card. Besides feasibility and potential demand (how many people need/want such an accessory?), there’s no reason why HP can’t do the same for their Elitebook series, and perhaps their other notebooks in the future.
SLI/CrossFire GPU dock for Elitebooks
Let’s split things […]

Big bad earmuffs!
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Big bad earmuffs!

By Brad Feb 8 2010 3 Comments

Hey all, how was your week? Mine was hectic as ever.
I’ve been very busy over the last one week, attending several events and product launches (errr… non-HP ones unfortunately) and I recently received a pair of Panasonic ‘earmuff’ headphones as a gift. And let me summarize things for you: Best. Gift. Ever. If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’d know that I’ve been enjoying loud, thumping bass along with crispy clear sound. I’m loving it! This pair of Panasonic […]

DreamColor 2 Full HD displays coming to Elitebook 8540p/8540w
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DreamColor 2 Full HD displays coming to Elitebook 8540p/8540w

By Brad Feb 3 2010 8 Comments


Hey, remember that Elitebook 8540 document posted earlier this week that mentioned the unannounced ATI FirePro M5800 graphics card? Well, I read through it again, more thoroughly this time, and I spotted options for all new “DreamColor 2” full HD (1920 x 1080) display options for both the Elitebook 8540p and Elitebook 8540w (complete with your choice of webcam-equipped or webcam-less display). Isn’t this a dream come true? The Elitebook 8540w is getting even more powerful and better […]

ATI FirePro M5800 to be based off ATI Mobility Radeon 5850?
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ATI FirePro M5800 to be based off ATI Mobility Radeon 5850?

By Brad Feb 2 2010 2 Comments

I’m a curious person who likes doing a lot of thinking and analysis of things. And after yesterday’s revelation of an unannounced ATI FirePro M5800 card, I’ve been thinking… which consumer ATI card would be the mysterious workstation-class FirePro M5800 be based on? The answer, I suspect, lies with HP and their Elitebook 8540w. See, their current Elitebook 8540w makes available two Nvidia Quadro graphics options: the 512 MB Quadro FX880M and 1 GB Quadro FX1800M. Both are 40 […]

ATI FirePro M5800 graphics leaked; coming to HP Elitebook 8540w!
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ATI FirePro M5800 graphics leaked; coming to HP Elitebook 8540w!

By Brad Feb 1 2010 12 Comments

ATI FirePro M5800 listed in a HP Elitebook 8540w document
Big, big, BIG new folks! In the specifications/overview section of a PDF document (PDF reader required! ATI FirePro M5800 is listed on Page 9) posted on the HP Elitebook 8540w support page. Initially said to use “exclusively Nvidia Quadro” cards (though I did beg to differ), looks like HP had a change of heart over choice of graphics on the new Elitebooks (after reading my […]

New 2010 Elitebooks up for order; new ATI FirePro M5800 graphics to come
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New 2010 Elitebooks up for order; new ATI FirePro M5800 graphics to come

By Brad Feb 1 2010 5 Comments


Good news folks, they’re finally up for order! Yes, I’m talking about HP’s new Elitebook models. The Elitebook 8440p, 8440w, 8540p and 8540w notebooks have just appeared on HP’s official website, are up for order and have the following base list prices:

HP Elitebook 8440p starts at $979
HP Elitebook 8440w starts at $1425
HP Elitebook 8540p starts at $1299
HP Elitebook 8540w starts at $1399

I currently have access to three of the Elitebook models above (don’t ask!) and I’ve […]

Elitebook 8440 and 8540 have better heat dissipation than old generation
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Elitebook 8440 and 8540 have better heat dissipation than old generation

By Brad Jan 31 2010 10 Comments

I just finished several hours of intensely working out HP’s new Elitebook 8440p, Elitebook 8440w and Elitebook 8540w models this week running several games in a row (special thanks to several friends who helped). Well, to be frank, we weren’t just ‘officially’ testing them – we had lots of fun playing the latest game titles and creating fancy CAD car models while at it!
I’m not gonna post a whole bunch of benchmark and temperature numbers here, perhaps at a later […]

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