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Review HP EliteBook 8470W

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The HP EliteBook 8470W is not just a business laptop, and the compact workstation designed for real pros. Let’s see what makes it different from a typical business laptops.

Design

Design of the HP EliteBook 8470W is quite strict and not flashy, that immediately tells of intent owner of this device. Thus the EliteBook 8470W has a very strong case. Weaknesses in him has not been found even after long and diligent search. The laptop lid is made of brushed aluminum, which protects it from bumps and gives a solid appearance. It held two powerful metal hinges that will not allow it to shatter. Operating panel also has an aluminum plate that does not bend under the weight of the palms, and looks quite expensive.

With a thickness of 34 mm, the device weighs 2.45 kg. For a workstation that weight can be called small. Basically, this computer can take with you to the office, especially if you are traveling by car.

Input Devices

The EliteBook 8470W keyboard is slightly recessed into the base unit. This decision makes the layout more ergonomic, and a large pad of the palm rest allows you to print, especially without getting tired. The keys have a good average speed, spirited performance, and fairly large size, thus avoiding accidental spelling errors during printing.

The touchpad is a slightly matte finish that provides a good grip with the thumb. It has good accuracy navigation cursor. However, the edges of the touch sensitive coating less than its central part. Although there are physical keys, so that clicking on the touchpad is not necessary.

In addition, the EliteBook 8470W has a track of points that can serve as a good alternative to the touchpad. You will spend less time switching from the keyboard to the cursor, because it is always at hand. Its keys are right under the “gap” that prevents accidental clicks. The device itself has a fairly accurate navigation, so fans will be happy to track points.

Screen

The EliteBook 8470W screen has a diagonal of 14 inches and a resolution of 1600 X 900 pixels. The screen is a good indicator of brightness, as well as average horizontal viewing angles, while the contrast ratio, and color reproduction is low. Such a screen is not exactly ideal for professional graphics, video and images, but perfectly cope with the launch of movies, viewing images, the work in the browser and office applications.

Performance

On board EliteBook 8470W is a powerful quad-core Intel Core i7-3630QM with a base clock speed of 2.4 GHz, as well as its ability to overclock to 3.4 GHz with one active core. There is also a professional discrete graphics card AMD FirePro M2000 with a volume of 1 GB of internal memory, which can draw complex applications related to 3D, as well as modern video games. The volume of the hybrid hard drive is of 750 GB plus 24 GB SSD-cache and memory – 4 GB.

Interfaces

At the front of our laptops are only status indicators. On the back side there are modem sockets and network cards, as well as VGA video connector. On the right are two audio jacks, 3.5 mm headphone and microphone jacks, a combined USB 2.0/eSATA, ordinary USB 2.0, DisplayPort and Kensington lock, and on the left side there are two USB 3.0 ports, FireWire port, ExpressCard/54 slot, optical drive, SD-card reader and AC-adapter connector.

This set of interfaces is sufficient for professional not only to office devices, but also various devices associated with a narrow application.

Conclusion

The EliteBook 8470W is really just an office laptop. His performance will be enough for professional work in various technical fields. It is perfect for a scientists, engineers, architects and designers because of its power and a very rich set of interfaces.

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