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The HP EliteBook 8440w Mobile Workstation is a laptop that truly gives desktop computers a run for their money. Sporting a fast and powerful Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM, excellent graphics and a large 500GB hard drive, this laptop means business. It s perfect for both home use and at the office. It's got everything you need for gaming, photo editing, graphic design and video editing.

Features

There are many different categories of laptops, from the small and affordable units, ideal for home and business use, to the gaming and workstation laptops that can rival desktops for multimedia capabilities and overall speed. The HP EliteBook 8440w laptop lands in the latter category.

Business professionals need a computer that s powerful, easy to use and portable, in case they re on the road. The HP EliteBook 8440w laptop fits that perfectly, and can be considered a desktop replacement. It s a sleek laptop, and is HP s lightest and thinnest workstation computer.

Though there are other configurations available, the HP EliteBook 8440w laptop with a blazing fast Intel Core i7-640M processor (2.8 GHz) with the NVIDIA Quadra FX 380M (512MB dedicated video memory) will be an excellent computer that will suit just about any need.

Our video review of the HP EliteBook 8440w.

The HP EliteBook 8440w laptop also comes with Windows 7 Professional (64-bit), 4GB of RAM, a 500GB 7200 RPM hard drive and a LightScribe DVD/CD burner, all of which will get any task done.

We mentioned above that the laptop can do heavy-duty tasks, such as photo and video editing and graphic design. The processor, graphics and RAM (expandable to 16GB) make it easy to get any of those tasks done without issue, though some pros may wish to connect a larger computer monitor to it. The multimedia software found in Adobe Master Collection CS5 runs just fine.

While gamers will enjoy the power the HP EliteBook 8440w laptop has to offer, the 14-inch screen may have them utilizing a separate computer monitor to get the most out of their games. Otherwise, it s a solid anti-glare LED screen with 1600 x 900 resolution.

The HP EliteBook 8440w laptop is great for business professionals and gamers, but it s also ideal for home users. As digital cameras continue to increase in megapixels and 1080p HD video cameras become more standard, this laptop is perfect for using any number of software options to edit high-resolution photos and videos.

You can find extra features if you need more functionality than what comes with the HP EliteBook 8440w. This includes a built-in two-megapixel camera for teleconferencing, Bluetooth 2.1 Wireless Technology, an Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 wireless LAN card (with all the latest Wi-Fi technology supported), heavy-duty security options with a security chip and an HP Fingerprint Sensor and of course, long battery life with 9-cell 100 Wh Li-ion battery.

Laptops are made for toting around anywhere, anytime, and the battery needs to be able to handle your computing needs when you can t plug in the power cable. Certain tasks can drain the battery faster than others. Fortunately, this laptop has cutting-edge technology called the HP Power Assistant, which is a utility to help maximize the HP EliteBook 8440w s battery life when you can t plug in the system.

You can fully configure the HP Power Assistant to run anyway you wish, including maximum power for photo or video editing, or allowing less power for simple tasks, like email and word processing. You can set up profiles for those specific tasks. It can also help you set up and meet power management goals.

If you re going to carry the laptop around, you ll be happy to know just how small and light it is for an HP workstation. The dimensions are 13.21 inches wide, 9.3 inches deep and 1.23 inches high, with the weight starting at 4.9 pounds. It may seem a tad heavy, but for that kind of computing power, it s light and thin.

The HP EliteBook 8440w laptop s I/O ports include three USB 2.0, one eSata/USB 2.0, one VGA, one DisplayPort, one Firewire/iLink 1394a, one stereo microphone, one stereo headphone, a docking connector and one AC power. You also get ExpressCard/54 and Smart Card Reader slots. All I -all, it's got everything you d expect in a great laptop.

Help & Support

If you need help and support for the laptop, HP has you covered with a three-year warranty. They offer direct contact via phone, email and live chat. HP also provides user forums to connect with others, a user manual and a FAQs page. HP s tech support gets fair-to-good reviews, based on popular business ratings services.

Summary

The HP EliteBook 8440w Mobile Workstation is a great system for professionals and home users alike, with its fast processor, impressive graphics and other features. The 14-inch monitor may be a little small for some users, but that shouldn t deter anyone from picking up this terrific, portable and powerful system. 

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