Saturday, May 15, 2021

Laptop as Workstation: HP EliteBook 8440w

It’s spelled out in the w suffix: HP considers its EliteBook 8440w to be not just a notebook computer but a full-fledged workstation, carrying ISV (independent software vendor) certifications for demanding CAD, engineering, and scientific applications and packing professional-grade Nvidia Quadro FX 380M graphics.

We’ve seen mobile workstations before, but they’ve almost always been luggables rather than laptops — hefty systems with 17-inch or larger screens to show off design or rendering software. The 8440w is truly portable — a tad under six pounds, with a screen measuring just 14 inches diagonally.

According to HP, the paradox is by popular demand: Design pros asked for a workstation that packed plenty of power when deskbound with a couple of monitors at a docking station, but that could be carried easily enough to show work at a client’s site or conference room. And though the EliteBook’s screen is small(ish), its resolution is high — 1,600 by 900 bright, sharp, eye-pleasing pixels, enough to give the 512MB Quadro FX adapter a workout.

The machine’s no skinny mini, either. Chunky for a 14-inch notebook, the EliteBook series is HP’s business-rugged line, with features ranging from a 3D accelerometer that parks the hard drive in the event of a fall to a spill-resistant keyboard with drain channels, all wrapped up in a magnesium-alloy chassis with a magnesium/aluminum display enclosure that’s rated to withstand 300 pounds of pressure without damaging the LCD. We didn’t administer any torture tests, but we gave the 8440w a few friendly jolts and accidentally stepped on its closed lid with no ill effects.

Read the rest at Hardware Central.

Similar articles

Latest Articles

How IBM has Changed...

Think is IBM’s big annual conference, and again this year, it was digital. I’m noticing a sharp quality difference in shows like this where...

Database-Tuning Platform Launches and...

PITTSBURGH — A team out of Carnegie Mellon University is launching its automatic database-tuning product today with the help of $2.5 million in funding.   OtterTune,...

Top 10 Professional Services...

Professional services automation (PSA) software aims to offer service-based companies most of the software they will need to run their businesses in one package....

What is Data Aggregation?

Data aggregation is the process where raw data is gathered and presented in a summarized format for statistical analysis. The data may be gathered...