Pictures

61PRO SCORE
GIVE IT AN OVERALL RATING
3.04347826086957 5 5 0
3.04347826086957
23 VOTES

The Elitebook 8730w is a series of 17" notebook computers from Hewlett Packard.

Where to buy

Seller Price Seller Rating
Show more
Pros

features expensive professional level graphics cards for advanced 2D and 3D rendering

2 agree

features advanced connectivity options for power users (HDMI, eSATA, Firewire etc...)

2 agree

a good choice for power users who require a transportable desktop replacement

2 agree

large 17" screen features a higher resolution than most notebooks today - with the option for full 1080p resolution

2 agree

comes with an optional quad-core processor for performance never before seen on laptops

2 agree

wireless N standard

2 agree

optional high-end RGB-LED TFT screen delivering superb image quality

2 agree
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

uses older and cheaper DDR2 ram

3 agree

RGB-LED TFT screen only available in $3000+ configurations

2 agree

like the W500, entry level models feature a poor amount of RAM and drivespace that may mislead uninformed buyers

2 agree

larger and heavier (although it has a larger screen size) than the W500

1 agrees

cannot compare to the Lenovo W500 which has recently dropped in price to $1350

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Edit

 

The Elitebook 8730w is a series of 17" notebook computers from Hewlett Packard. Processors available are Intel Core 2 Duo dual-core chips, as well as Intel's Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor.  The standard display is 17" LCD with a resolution of 1680x1050.  An enhanced display is available with a resolution of 1920x1200. The standard graphics adapter is an ATI Mobility FireGL V5725, featuring 256MB of dedicated memory, with an optional webcam.  Two other graphics adapters are available for this line:  the NVIDIA Quadro FX 2700M, featuring 512MB of dedicated memory, and the NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M, featuring 1GB of dedicated memory.  Wi-Fi networking is included, using the 802.11b/g standard; A and N compatibility are available, using Intel's Link 5300, and Bluetooth support is optional as well.  The optical drive is a LightScribe DVD+/-RW SuperMulti with Double Layer support, and a Blu-ray ROM DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL Drive is available as well.  The operating system is Windows Vista Business (32 or 64-bit) and upgrades to Vista Ultimate (32-bit) are available. The option to downgrade from Vista to Windows XP is also available. The 8730w uses HP's 3D DriveGuard, which lessens the impact of shock on the hard drive.  The notebook also uses HP's ProtectTools Security Manager, a suite of security tools for airtight business-level protection.  The standard battery is a 8-cell LiOn.  The weight on the average configuration of the Elitebook 8730w series is 7.5 lbs.

Features
  • Processor Options:  Intel Core 2 Extreme Processor X9100 (3.06 GHz, 6 MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB),  Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9600 (2.80 GHz, 6 MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB),  Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9400 (2.53 GHz, 6 MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB),  Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P8600 (2.40 GHz, 3 MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB),  Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P8400 (2.26 GHz, 3 MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB)
  • Display:  17" LCD (1680x1050), enhanced 1920x1200 version available.
  • RAM:  1-4GB DDR2 (maximum 8GB)
  • Hard Drive:  160-320GB 5400 or 7200RPM SATA II HD
  • Graphics Adapter:  ATI Mobility FireGL V5725, NVIDIA Quadro FX 2700M, NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M
  • Webcam optional
  • Networking:  802.11a/b/g/n with Bluetooth support optional
  • Optical Drive:  LightScribe DVD+/-RW SuperMulti with Double Layer support, Blu-ray ROM DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL Drive
  • Connectivity:  4 USB ports, 1 RJ-11,  1 LAN, 1 VGA output, 1 Firewire, 1 HDMI, 1 eSATA, optional 6-in-1 flash memory-card reader
  • OS:  Windows Vista Business (32 or 64-bit) , Vista Ultimate (32-bit), Windows XP
  • Battery:  6-cell LiOn
  • Weight:  7.5 lbs
Post Review
Anonymous
05/04/2009 01:31

According to the German computer magazine c't (No. 9/2009), the optional RGB-LED screens featuring a resolution of 1920x1200px offer the best image quality yet seen on laptop displays.

About Us