HP puts Intel Core i7 into new Elitebooks, resolution worse than before
HP has just made new Elitebook models 8440 and 8540 available for purchase. They really are mobile workstations, providing robust mobile power.
Both notebooks are available in P (pro) and W (workstation) versions, with Intel® Core™ i7 Processors with Turbo Boost Technology. The screens are LED backlit antiglare, a rare thing nowadays. W versions pack powerful NVIDIA Quadro graphics with upto 1 GB dedicated GDDR5 video memory. Elitebooks are backwards compatibile with older 6910/6930/8510/8530 docking stations.
The 14" model 8440 is the first W notebook with this display size supporting Display Port for digital video output. Available with 1600×900 resolution.
The 15" model 8540 has 3x USB 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0 ports along with Display Port for digital video output. Available with 1600×900 resolution.
But, wait, we had WSXGA+ anti-glare 1680×1050 resolution on previous generation models 8510w and 8530w !
So HP actually gave us less pixels and as much as 150 pixels less in vertical resolution ! For mobile workstation every pixel in vertical counts. Are we supposed to watch 16:9 movies on $2,000 notebooks?