Conclusion: The HP EliteBook 8440p-WJ681AW is an office notebook for not quite 1200 euro . That's a lot of money for the office class, but the EliteBook provides first-class business qualities . If you deliberately waive on a graphic card with the 14 incher, you'll get pure computing power with the Core i5-520M processor. All kinds of applications, no matter if optimized for multi or single-core, are managed fast with Intel's CPU.
Pros: Solid and high-end workmanship, Matt, bright display, Ideal touchpad & trackpoint devices, Feedback strong keyboard, Security functions (TPM, fingerprint, etc.), High manageability (BIOS), Good battery life, Quiet in normal mode, Low waste air (idle/load), Low power consumption, Docking port & battery slice capable, A mouse replacement, which can be used extremely smoothly. And a trackpoint, the alternative to the touchpad.
Cons: Poor viewing angles, Low contrast, HDD humming, An integrated UMTS/HSPA module for mobility. But the more expensive VQ668EA is available with that.
Summary: We were struck by the aesthetics and practicality of the 8440p -- the system is incredibly well-made, and the added hard drive protection ensures that your data is practically invulnerable to the hazards of the road. The quick launch buttons are useful as well, and the processor can handle just about anything that is thrown at it, so conducting day to day business should be a breeze.
Pros: Extremely solid, yet light, Solid Performance, Very Secure System, No Bloatware, Surprisingly cool, Quick Launch Buttons
Cons: Battery Life, Dim Screen, Weak Video Card, Underwhelming Speakers, Light Specs for Price, Tiny trackpad
Summary: The HP EliteBook 8440p looks stunning while retaining a functional design, and it offers pretty much everything you'd want from a business notebook. Check it out in store and prepare to be smitten. It's not cheap, but for a business notebook of this calibre we think that's a pretty reasonable proposition.
Summary: For business users on a budget, the HP EliteBook 8440p represents a very good bargain. You get excellent Core i5 performance, decent battery life, and a stylish, sturdy chassis for less than $1,000. Considering an identically configured Lenovo ThinkPad T410 costs about $150 more but lacks the metal lid and deck, we feel that the 8440p is the better deal, both in the short and long term.
Excerpt: “Business” notebooks typically conjure up images of ugly, stripped down machines meant to crunch numbers on the barest budget possible – and keep ticking well after being handed down from executives to grunts. HP’s EliteBook series bucks the trend. Stylish and powerful, it also adopts a series of beefed-up components meant to withstand abuse that would crack, warp and destroy feeble consumer rigs.
Pros: Pros, Outstanding fit and finish, Built rugged for durability, Brawny Intel Core i5 processor, Business-class keyboard comfortable for typing, Matte displays works well in most lighting, leans back 180 degrees, Excellent selection of ports, Above-average 2.0-megapixel webcam, Zero bloatware and thoughtful built-in utilities, Pointing nub presents alternative to trackpad, Multi-touch trackpad
Cons: Anemic speakers, Average battery life, Smallish trackpad
Excerpt: HP’s recently announced HP EliteBook 8440p laptop that is powered by Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor and has NVIDIA NVS graphics aimed at mobile professionals who need manageability, security, upgradeable wireless and enhanced system and graphics.
Summary: The HP EliteBook 8440p is a high-power 14in-screen laptop for the corporate elite, built like a tank and featuring state-of-the art performance thanks to the fastest Intel Core i7 mobile processor and SSD storage - UPDATED 14 SEPT 2010