HP EliteBook 8000 series

January 27, 2013

The Hewlett-Packard EliteBook 8000 series laptop has three different models, and as the name suggests, each of the models is a power house only outdone by the next step up the ladder. At the bottom is the 14 inch 8470w that is a better choice for someone that travels frequently. Up next is the 15 inch 8570w which is just a bit larger but has some very real pro-level features and hardware built into it.

At the end of the spectrum is the HP EliteBook 8000 17 inch 8770w which has more upgrades then you can count. Of course, it’s not all free since the laptop costs over £7000. This is not a laptop for your every day user, and it’s not really a laptop for a professional user either. However, it certainly is a mammoth of a laptop that would simply be cool to afford if it fit into a budget.

There are some downsides to the Kepler-powered Nvidia Quadro K5000M processor such as the fact that it offers so much power that you will eat through battery life quickly. Another is that the computer is just not as fast as a regular laptop given the extra features that are packed into it.

However when you look at the DDR5 video RAM and the Dreamcolour display that can produce over a billion colours it is hard not to drool slightly as you imagine the beauty of streaming video. The CPU is also bumped up with the i7 3820QM that offers the laptop a bit of extra cache and megahertz which would be handy if you could figure out how to run the thing to the max.

There are plenty ports including a gigabit Ethernet port, one eSATA port, two USB 3.0 ports, An IEEE mini port, an ExpressCard slot, and a Kensington lock slot. You will have to deal with carrying around seven pounds, but at least a lot is packed into it.


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