HP EliteBook 8540w review

Packed with power and features, and an ideal choice for urban professionals

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1080
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Great performance
  • Good build quality
  • Graphics performance
  • Full HD screen
  • Good usability


  • Battery life

HP's EliteBook range targets those in need of power and corporate features and the EliteBook 8540w packs both in equal measures.

With its semi-rugged design, it is a highly resilient machine and ideal for demanding use. It has been tested to the MIL-STD 810G standards for resilience to vibration, dust, humidity and high temperatures, so is tough enough for busy work outdoors and at home.

With its magnesium-alloy chassis and brushed-metal finish, the chassis is tough and has bags of style. The sleek design and gun-metal finish look fantastic.

At 3kg, it is light enough for basic travel, but the 224-minute battery life significantly trails the Panasonic Toughbook CF-31.

Thanks to its large 15.6-inch screen, the HP has a spacious keyboard. All keys are firm, responsive and move near silently, making it great to work with. The board is spill-resistant and a tiny LED light in the screen panel illuminates the keys when working in dark conditions.

HP elitebook 8540w

The sharp screen features a Full HD resolution and is ideal for demanding multimedia use. Images are sharp, with strong colour and contrast bringing photos to life. The matt-TFT panel also suppresses reflections well.

Designed as a mobile workstation, it's no surprise that this laptop offers ample power. With its high-end Nvidia Quadro FX 1800M GPU, the HP provides ample graphics power, making it ideal for design and multimedia tasks.

Office performance is also extremely capable and falls in line with the Getac V200 and Panasonic. The cutting-edge Intel Core i7 620M processor and staggering 8192MB of memory run complex office software with ease and make light work of the most demanding daily multi-tasking.


Battery life: 224 minutes
MobileMark 2007: 259
3D Mark 2003: 21,786

Ample storage

Where the HP also excels is storage. The 500GB hard drive is generous and is backed up by a Blu-ray drive for watching high-definition movie discs.

A 6-in-1 card reader is also in place for accessing the most popular multimedia storage cards. Adding to the security features of this machine, the hard drive is shockmounted and features an accelerometer. This detects when the laptop has been dropped and parks the disk heads, in order to prevent the disk being scratched and causing damage to your data.

While the semi-rugged design of the EliteBook 8540w won't suit the most taxing outdoor use, its tough chassis, great usability and stunning performance make it ideal for busy urban professionals. Packed with style and features, it makes a fantastic rugged workstation.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeMobile Workstation
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelQuadro FX 1800M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Reader
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
Backlight TechnologyLED
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyCDMA2000 (1xEV-DO), HSPA, UMTS
Product FamilyEliteBook 8540w
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-620M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed2.66 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory8 GB
Cache4 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS, REACH
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelQM57 Express
Optical Media SupportedDVD-ROM
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Gobi SupportedYes
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports5
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10666
Height32.4 mm
Width373.5 mm
Depth251.5 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series8540w
Product NameEliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad, Pointstick
Product LineEliteBook
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberWD930EA#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

HP offers a broad family of laptops, notebook computers, netbooks and Ultrabooks for a variety of uses, including high performance laptops great for movies, music, and photos. HP's powerful notebook computers can handle your extreme gaming needs as well. HP also offers a full range of notebooks for your business office needs. HP's ultra-portable notebook computers, netbooks and Ultrabooks are lightweight, offer long battery life and can be used almost anywhere. For any kind of lifestyle, at home or the office, HP delivers an outstanding choice of laptops and notebook computers to suit your needs.

Maximum Memory16 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • EliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord