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HP Elitebook 8440p review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £950
inc VAT

HP's EliteBook 8440p is a decent business laptop with a powerful processor, but it costs too much considering its small hard disk and low amount of RAM.


14 in 1,366×768 display, 2.4kg, 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 520M, 2.00GB RAM, 250GB disk, Windows 7 Professional 32-bit

HP’s EliteBook 8440p is a powerful business laptop, which squeezes every ounce of performance out of its 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 520M processor. It has only 2GB of RAM, though, and has the 32-bit version of Windows 7 Professional installed. It also comes with Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and Windows XP on CDs.

Build quality is superb and we love the smooth brushed-metal chassis. The same brushed metal covers the slightly curved wrist rest, making this laptop comfortable to use. The keyboard is almost full sized, with broad, flat keys that are easy to strike accurately. There’s no numeric keypad, but there are cursor and page navigation keys to the far right of the keyboard.

HP Elitebook 8440p right

The 8440p has both a touchpad and a touchstick for pointer control, which will be appreciated by everyone who prefers the faster mouse cursor response that touchsticks provide. However, the stick isn’t clickable and the only buttons are located below the touchpad, so touchstick users will have to make a bit of a reach to click.

There are three USB ports, a combined USB/eSATA port and a FireWire port, which provides plenty of scope for connecting peripherals like printers, audio devices and external storage drives. An ExpressCard/54 provides further upgrade potential.

HP Elitebook 8440p left

There are 3.5mm audio in- and outputs, while the built in speakers are what you’d expect from a laptop: clear enough, but a bit weedy and lacking in both volume and bass. There’s a modem connection next to the Gigabit Ethernet port; on top of that there’s dual-band 802.11n WiFi. Unlike most laptops, the EliteBook has no webcam but there’s a tiny LED light built into the lid, which you can pop open to illuminate your keyboard when working in the dark.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core i5 520M
Processor clock speed 2.4GHz
Memory 2.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 31x336x236mm
Weight 2.4kg
Sound IDT HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad, touch stick


Viewable size 14 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics
Graphics/video ports VGA, DisplayPort
Graphics Memory 128MB


Total storage capacity 250GB
Optical drive model HP GT31L
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 4
Total Firewire ports 1
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11a/n
PC Card slots 1x ExpressCard/54
Modem Yes
Supported memory cards SD, SDHC, MMC
Other ports 1x eSATA


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
Operating system restore option Windows 7 disc, Windows XP disc
Software included none
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty three years RTB
Price £950

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