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.
Conclusion: When should you consider a business notebook over an ordinary consumer model? When the business notebook in question is HP’s outstanding EliteBook 8440p. In a space crowded with dry, plastic-cased designs, the EliteBook breaks away with a no-nonsense style, build quality, features and performance.
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: The HP EliteBook 8440p is a high-power 14in-screen laptop for the corporate elite, built like a tank and with state-of-the art performance thanks to the fastest Intel Core i7 mobile dual-core processor and SSD storage - UPDATED 14 SEPT 2010
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.