The Elitebook Mobile Workstation is HP’s top of the line business notebook, and the 8770w is at the top of that series. The Elitebook 8770w includes several upgrade from last years model, including a faster processor, better screen, and a better video card.
- Built for Business
Make no compromises on performance or durability with the HP EliteBook 8770w. Offering up to 4.75hrs battery life with a standard 8-cell lithium-ion battery, this top-of-the-line professional mobile workstation is our most powerful yet. Inspired by aerospace craftsmanship and materials, the HP EliteBook 8770w features a wear and smudge-resistant DuraFinish and an optional backlit keyboard for use in low-light environments.
- Performance to Meet Your Toughest Demands
Benefit from incredible performance and responsiveness with the latest 3rd Generation Intel® quad core processors for the HP EliteBook 8770w. Run demanding applications with up to 32GB of RAM in four DIMM slots for improved performance speed. Benefit from system memory with up to three HDDs, and get faster response times with the new Intel Smart Response Technology for quick system boot and application startup.
- Stand Out with Professional Graphics
Maximize performance on the 17.3″ diagonal HD display with the latest workstation-caliber graphics powered by AMD or NVIDIA. Featuring optimized visual computing, the HP EliteBook 8770w provides full Open GL and DirectX 11 support, and provides outstanding color matching from vision to production with optional HP DreamColor Technology. And with multi-display technology, you can view enlarged content or do five things at once on up to five screens, including the native display.
- Storage Solutions for Every Business
Better your business with a variety of I/O options and up to 2TBs of storage space on the EliteBook 8770w. Get up to a 750GB 7200 rpm hard drive disk or a 320GB 7200 rpm Self Encrypted Drive. Or choose a 128GB-256GB Solid State Drive for faster, quieter and cooler performance on the go. The HP EliteBook 8770w also offers the Upgrade Bay, which enables configuration of a weight saver option, an optical drive, including the Blu-ray Combo, Blu-ray DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL Drive or a third hard drive for additional storage.
At 17″ the HP EliteBook 8770w is just a big machine. The 8770w is not designed for the road warrior, instead is sacrifices portability for power.
Because the 8770w is designed for the power user it is loaded with top of the line specs. The 8770w is the only mobile workstation in HP’s lineup that can have Nvidia Quadro K300M, K400M, or the K500M. It is also the only mobile workstation from HP that can have 2 hard drives.
The case is made out of HP’s DuraCase material which is a magnesium alloy with a scratch-resistant anodized aluminum surface. The laptop also has metal hinges with hardened steel pins in the axles.
|Processor||2.9GHz Intel Core i7-3520M|
|Memory||4GB, 1600 MHz DDR3|
|Graphics||Nvidia Quadra K3000M|
|Hard Drives||500GB 7,200rpm|
The first test is 3DMark. This test focuses on testing the graphics system. The EliteBook 8770w got a score of 8293. When I saw this score I was really surprised because normally a workstation class machine does not do well with graphics tests.
Next I ran another graphics test. This time the test is Cinebench. As you can see from the scores the laptop did a good job.
One of the biggest bottlenecks of any computer is the Hard Drive. So my next test is CrystalMark which tests the hard drive under different read and write situations.
The next test is PCMark Vantage. This test is an overall system test and does not focus on any particular system. The EliteBook 8770w got a score of 8428. Again, for a laptop this is a good score
The last test is the battery test. To test the battery I use MobileMark 2007, with WiFi off and the screen brightness set to 50%. As you can see from the image below the laptop came in at 317 minutes (5 hours 17 minutes) of run time. This is exceptional for a laptop this size.
As I ran these tests I paid attention to the noise level and the heat that was produced. I never felt like there was an excessive amount of either.
Support and Warranty
All HP Workstations come with a 3-year parts, 3-year labor and 3-year onsite service (3/3/3) standard limited warranty and up to 5 years of extended protection through optional HP Care Pack Services.
I have never had to directly communicate with HP customer support, so I don’t know how they are, but I have also never heard of any major problems. Also given the fact that this is a workstation you are going to get a better level of support than a consumer level laptop will get. HP knows how to treat their business customer really good.
In the end I am impressed with the strength and quality of the of this laptop. It is put together with some top quality parts. My main concern is the shear size a weight of this machine. A 17″ laptop is not a good travel size and should not be taken on the road, but with just over 5 hours of battery it is going to last long time if you do decide to take it on the go.
If your in the market for a mobile workstation that has lots of power, and a great battery I don’t think you will be disappointed with the EliteBook 8770w. However, if you want something that is easy to carry around then you are going to have to look at something much smaller.
|JusTech'n editors' rating|
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