Conclusion: In the mobile workstation class, there are only really three major players: Dell, Lenovo, and HP. And maybe Apple as well, if you want to consider the artistic/design side of things. In that group, the EliteBook 8440w ends up being a fairly unique product—it's the only real workstation class 14" notebook on the market.
Conclusion: It's no quad-core screamer, but the 8440w isn't far from the top of the notebook performance charts, either. Our test system racked up a score of 6,948 in PCMark Vantage ; rendered Cinebench R10 's sample scene in a swift 94 seconds; and managed 8.2 frames per second in R11.5's tough OpenGL animation. At its native 1,600 by 900 resolution, it posted a 3DMark06 score of 3,050 and posted 6.7 fps in Unigine 's formidable Heaven 2.0 benchmark.
Excerpt: Splitting the difference. Satisfying the niche. Exploiting an opportunity. All of those phrases could be used to accurately describe what HP has done here with the new EliteBook 8440w. It's one of the smaller options in the expanding EliteBook family, yet also one of the most powerful. That's not a combination you hear of very often.
Pros: Great overall performance, Gorgeous Gunmetal Design, Great Keyboard, Stellar Multimedia Playback, Rugged + Lightweight
Cons: Pricey at around $1700, So-so Battery Life, Lackluster LCD, Runs Very Warm
Summary: Overall, the HP EliteBook 8440w is a relatively impressive laptop for business users, but it's marred by poor video playback quality and mediocre audio. However, its excellent keyboard and long battery life will appeal to people who would rather work on their portable system than watch movies on it.
Excerpt: The HP EliteBook 8440w uses a top-end Intel processor and Nvidia Quadro graphics engine to deliver excellent performance to mobile professionals. It’s a bit bulkier than other 14-inch laptops, but you get a lot of features for a reasonable price.
Pros: Excellent performance, Solid, business-rugged construction, Very comfortable keyboard, High-res screen, Lots of extras
Summary: At $1,649, the HP EliteBook 8440w is on the expensive side for a Core i7 system with a midrange graphics card, but its price also reflects the sturdiness, security, and support that comes with a system of this caliber. Still, with the portability of the 8440w comes some trade-offs; its graphics card is not nearly as powerful as larger workstations, which may turn off some potential buyers.