Excerpt: What the HP Compaq 8710p business notebook lacks in good looks it makes up for in processing brawn and enterprise reliability. Plus, for a buttoned-down corporate notebook like this, the 8710p includes some surprising multimedia options.
Pros: Blu-ray drive offered as option, Long battery life, Lots of USB ports and expansion options, Good 3D performance for a business notebook, Excellent built-in security features, including fingerprint reader, Three-year warranty comes standard
Cons: Unflattering industrial design, Bulky AC brick, Comes only in preconfigured models, No WWAN option
Summary: If a large desktop replacement laptop is what you're after, the HP Compaq 8710p has an excellent 17-inch display, a powerful discrete graphics module, plenty of connectivity and a spacious keyboard
Pros: High-quality, large screen, Graphics, Full-sized keyboard and separate number pad, Windows Vista or Windows XP available, Fingerprint sensor and SmartCard reader
Cons: Too large and heavy to be truly portable, Almost impossible to use all six USB ports at once