HP EliteBook 8740w Review

Recently HP set me up with an EliteBook 8740w and I have been using this mobile workstation for showcasing Adobe Production Premium CS5.

The config is as follows :-

Intel Core i7 Q740

8 GB RAM Nvidia

Quadro 5000M

The rest of the bells and whistles can be found here

As per HP ,  “Industrial, business rugged construction features a full magnesium alloy chassis, magnesium/aluminum display enclosure,metal alloy hinges, gun metal finish; designed to meet the military standard Mil-Std-810G for vibration, dust, humidity,altitude, and high and low temperature operation” which works great for me as I live in Noida 😉 .

The sturdy exterior would help if you are constantly traveling maybe to certain shoot locations or are living out of a suitcase (like me). Its about 3.7 kg in weight which i think is light for its category of mobile workstations.

The screen is a 17in LED backlit WXGA with anti glare, but i think the best part of the screen is that its a “DreamColor”. If you work for a broadcaster, vfx artist, designer or an animator then this is a total lifesaver as this screen allows color reproduction from eight bits on the already impressive original design to 10 bits on this model, upping the potential color gamut from millions to over a billion shades. (Typical laptop displays are often limited to “just” 262,000 colors.)

Find more information on DreamColor here

The screen also works well when used under direct sunlight and has the best viewing angle I have ever seen on a laptop.

My model did come with a 2-megapixel Webcam which is great for online meetings and Adobe Connect sessions.

Its also got a full-size keyboard with a dedicated numeric pad. There are dedicated keys for volume, wifi, a calculator, internet, touchpad controls and other function. These are light up and are on a touch sensitive strip above the keyboard. My Dad thought it looked like one of the panels you would find in an aircraft cockpit 🙂

The Quadro 5000M card does support Premiere Pro CS5’s Mercury playback engine and hence one can expect realtime playback when working with multiple layers of native tapeless footage (eg, avchd, avcintra, xdcam, RED (R3d) , dslr etc). Even Neo3D which is a plugin for editing stereoscopic footage in Premiere Pro CS5 works quite well on this machine.

AfterEffects CS5 too can leverage on the 8 cores in the CPU for multi processing (provided the option is turned on in the preferences) and hence RAM previews and rendering are blazingly fast.

Overall, I think if you are a photographer, video editor, vfx supervisor, compositor or an animator and are looking for a mobile workstation then I would recommend the HP EliteBook 8740w.

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