HP EliteBook 8440p review

Tough, powerful and usable, but built strictly for work with little time for play

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1600 x 900
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Awesome performance
  • Battery life
  • Military build quality


  • Limited 3D power
  • Storage

HP's EliteBook 8440p is aimed at corporate professionals and while it lacks the entertainment features of its rivals, its resilient build quality, great usability and stunning power make it ideal for higher education studies.

Finished in brushed aluminium, this is one of the toughest machines around, after the Apple MacBook Pro.

Its 247-minute battery life is excellent for such a powerful laptop, although its bulky design and thick dimensions make it far less comfortable to carry than the slim and smooth MacBook Pro.

Where it betters its rivals is its semi-rugged build quality. Designed to meet military standards for resilience, the chassis is built to withstand vibrations, dust, humidity and extreme temperatures, making it ideal to handle anything a university student can throw at it.


The keyboard is equally resilient with a spill-resistant layer and drainage holes safely keeping spilt liquids away from internal components. The keyboard is a pleasure to use, with large keys that respond well and move near-silently, making it easy to work for long periods.

The 14-inch TFT screen uses a matt finish, eliminating reflections entirely and making the screen easy to view in even the brightest conditions. The trade-off is slightly reduced colour and contrast, but image quality is more than adequate.

Built around the same high-powered Intel Core i7 620M processor as the Apple MacBook Pro, performance is outstanding. Even the most demanding software opens and runs quickly and easily, so you needn't worry about any drops in performance.

However, while graphics are more than powerful enough for university studies and photo and video editing, performance is nearly doubled by most rivals. Bear this in mind if maximum 3D performance is a key requirement.

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This is also one of the only laptops in recent months not to feature an HDMI port. A DisplayPort is in place for connecting to compatible digital monitors, but you cannot easily connect to your HDTV for the biggest possible picture back at home. The only way of doing so is by buying an additional adapter.

Storage also falls below most rivals. While the 320GB hard drive is sure to be more than capacious enough for most students, all other laptops here provide at least 180GB more storage. This could be crucial if you want to avoid running out of space during your studies.

Offering a mixed level of features and abilities, the EliteBook 8440p is a tough sell compared to its rivals. Its fantastic build quality and usability make it a great choice for university, but this is machine built strictly for work with little time for play.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilyEliteBook 8440p
Processor Modeli7-620M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed2.66 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size35.6 cm (14")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Standard Memory4 GB
Cache4 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, REACH, ENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelQM57 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Labeling TechnologyLightScribe
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height31.3 mm
Width335.6 mm
Depth236.2 mm
Screen ModeWSXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series8440p
Product NameEliteBook 8440p Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad, Pointstick
Product LineEliteBook
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVQ664EA#AK8
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Corporate Elite: for mobile professionals who need manageability, security, upgradeable wireless and enhanced system and graphics performance in a business-rugged EliteBook 8440p VQ664EA Notebook with a 14" diagonal display.

Maximum Memory4 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • EliteBook 8440p Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter