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HP Elitebook 8540w – now available for config to order

HP Elitebook 8540w – now available for config to order

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8540wAnother of the top end machines on the market is now available for your config to order enjoyment. I am referring to the eagerly awaited HP Elitebook 8540w.  This machine has it all and if you want it all, be prepared to drop some coin for the privilege of owning a highly engineered speed demon like this.

I configured an Elitebook 8540w with the following configuration: HP EliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation, FreeDOS, Intel® Core™ i7-820QM Processor (1.73 GHz, 8 MB L3 cache, Mobile Intel QM57 Chipset, 15.6-inch diagonal LED-backlit FHD (1920 x 1080) Antiglare w/2.0MP Camera, NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M with 1GB GDDR5 video memory, 16GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, 160GB SATA 2.5 Solid State Drive (I’m assuming Intel Gen2 but unconfirmed), BluRay DVD+/-RW, Full- sized keyboard with numeric keypad and dual pointing devices (touchpad and pointstick) with scroll zone, HP Integrated Module with Bluetooth® 2.1 Wireless Technology, Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 (3x3), HP Mobile Broadband (powered by Gobi™) with GPS Verizon Wireless, 56K v.92 high speed modem, Integrated Smart Card Reader, 150W Hardware Kit 8540w, 8 Cell 73Whr 8540w Battery 1 year warranty), Limited 3 year standard parts and labor warranty (3/3/3). 

This came to $5722 on the public buying site this evening. I believe I’ll have an evaluation unit in a few weeks and will put it through it’s paces when I get my hands on one.  Let’s hope the price of DDR memory drops like a rock, soon.

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  • I hope this laptop for the price also does my demos via mental telepathy

  • I ordered much the same configuration. With Windows 7 64bit, no broadband and with 500 gb HD. It'll be here in a week.

    Price was below $3,700.

  • LOL. Funny author name. How did you get it down to $3700 ???

    Did you order 16GB of RAM?

  • I'd like to know if this unit's display comes with an S-IPS panel. When you get the evaluation model, if you could report on the angle of viewing that shouold tell me if this is a decent monitor for photographers.

    I am waiting on financing. My build cost $2233 which included these items:

    HP EliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation - Quad Core

    Genuin e Windows 7 Professional 32

    Intel® CoreT i7-720QM Processor (1.60 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache,1333 MHz RAM - turbo boost up to 2.8GHZ)

    Mobile Intel QM57 Chipset

    Intel® vPro Technology (Only available with Intel WLAN)

    15.6-inch diagonal LED-backlit FHD (1920 x 1080) Antiglare w/Camera

    Webcam Integrated 2.0MP Only Available with and required selection for Display w/Camera

    NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M with 1GB DDR3 video memory

    4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (2D)

    250GB 7200RPM SATA 2.5 Hard Drive

    DVD+/-RW SuperMulti with Double Layer LightScribe Drive

    Full- sized keyboard with numeric keypad and dual pointing devices (touchpad and pointstick) with scroll zone

    HP Integrated Module with Bluetooth® 2.1 Wireless Technology

    Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 (3x3)

    56K v.92 high speed mod em

    Integrated Smart Card Reader

    120W Hardware Kit 8540w

    8 Cell 73Whr 8540w Battery ( 1 year warranty)

    Limited 3 year standard parts and labor warranty (3/3/3)

    Windows 7 Driver DVD - Recovery Media Available with any OS Win7 localizations.

    Genuine Windows 7 Professional 32 OS Restore Media Available with any OS Win7 localizations. (not available with FreeDOS)

  • Rick,

    I certainly will.  In fact, I am going to ping my HP rep about the eval unit status on Monday.

    Regards,

    Keith

  • What happened to HP Elitebook 8540w, it is already Wednesday :)

  • I was told yesterday the eval units are still allocated elsewhere and I am in the queue.  The lady I am working with was supposed to get me a more definitive answer.

    It'll happen when the eval gods want it to happen. The planets aren't yet aligned.

  • The one thing that bums me out is the preconfigured version comes with the 1600x900 screen, but the rest is a heck of a good deal:

    i7-620M 2.66/3.33GHz

    4GB 1333MHz DDR3

    880M 1GB, 1600x900 + 2MP Camera

    320GB HD, Intel 6300 802.11n, Bluetooth, 8 cell

    3 year warranty parts & labor

    Plus - you get the $300 Advanced docking station for free

    And - since they've delayed our order twice, we've saved an additional $150

    ($1,529 Total Cost)

    http://h71016.www7.hp.com/MiddleFrame.asp?page=config&ProductLineId=539&FamilyId=3156&BaseId=32487&oi=E9CED&BEID=19701&SBLID=

  • Is that normal that such a business computer comes at least two weeks late, even in the country in which it is made ?!

    Hopefully we will be able to read your review soon!

    Sincerely

  • This "HP 8540w review" is becoming slowly a never ending story. Have you at least become your computer?

  • I just received the 8440p

  • 1.73 GHz? What year is it? 2002?

  • sure, a quadcore in 2002... 1.73 GHZ is not telling ANYTHING about the proc... gotta love these experts...

  • i have the same processor on a dell. this is i7 quad, which will show up as 8 threads. that and the 1333 mhz bus along with the turbo boost that drops out unused cores and boosts the speed up to 3.06 ghz. This thing fly's. I have the 8540w on order but it is still delayed. Website has a 24% off deal going right now too.