Excerpt: The Compaq 8710w is an updated version of the nw9440 mobile workstation reviewed back in August 2006. HP has done more than just plumb in Intel’s Santa Rosa motherboard-chip-wireless combo, and the 8710w boasts an innovative touchpanel, a new graphics chip with an HDMI output and the option to run Windows Vista.
Pros: Powerful, considering specs. Excellent screen. Great ergonomics.
Cons: Entry-level graphics chip. Larger and bulkier than the MacBook Pro.