HP EliteBook 8470w Notebook reviews, Specifications and Price, A few days ago, we had HP's EliteBook 8570w in our editorial office, which made a convincing impression for a typical representative of the 15 inch category. Particularly the mainstream workstation's casing quality and interface diversity set very high standards. So, it is no wonder that now great expectations are placed on the smaller 14 inch scion. Regardless of that, HP's EliteBook 8470w already occupies a special place anyway as there are no current contenders from Dell, Lenovo or Fujitsu in the 14 inch range. This makes us all the more curious to find out how the "mite" will fare in our demanding tests.
We discovered four different configurations currently listed at retailers. All sport a HD+ screen (1600 x 900 pixels) and AMD's FirePro M2000 graphics card. Differences are basically found in the installed CPU (Intel Core i5 3360M or Intel Core i7 3610QM), the storage device and the RAM. Our test device is the currently lowest priced entry-level configuration for just under EUR 1300. It includes a Core i5 CPU, 4 GB of RAM, the aforementioned screen and AMD graphics as well as a 500 GB hard disk.
HP's EliteBook 8470w is available with either a WXGA screen (1366 x 768 pixels) or a HD+ screen (1600 x 900 pixels) like in our test model. Both screens feature a matte surface and are illuminated by white LEDs. A fine grid that covers the entire surface of the LG screen is noticed directly after turning on the test model. This is seen so clearly that it gets very annoying after a while, especially when text is displayed. This trait is not as severe when looking at pictures or watching movies. In our opinion, the overall picture quality is affected to such an extent that many users might find it interfering.
Intel's Core i5 3360M CPU with a clock rate of up to 3.5 GHz and Hyper Threading can be classified as an entry-level processor in the workstation range. It can only keep up with quad-core processors in single-thread applications. The dual-core CPU clearly lags behind when the respective application can use all processing cores. However, this does not at all mean that it is a slow processor. The performance is easily sufficient for many tasks and they are processed at an appropriate pace. The entry-level CPU can even slightly surpass Intel's Core i7 3610QM in the usual single-thread tests, such as SuperPi 32M calculation (605s) or Cinebench R10 64 bit single benchmark (5867 points). MP3 converting via iTunes reaches a 49.8-fold speed and benefits from the high maximum clock rate (see graph). However, the test CPU finds its limits in multi-thread tests as can be seen in the score of 12321 points in Cinebench R10 (64 bit multi) or 467s in the wPrime 1024m calculation. This confirms the limited performance in conjunction with multi-core optimized software.
Notebook specifications HP EliteBook 8470w B5W63AW-ABD
- Processor : Intel Core i5-3360M 2.8 GHz
- Mainboard : Intel QM77 (Panther Point)
- Memory : 4096 MB, 1x 4GB PC3-12800, 1 empty slot, max. 16 GB
- Graphics adapter : AMD FirePro M2000 - 1024 MB, Core: 500 MHz, Memory: 800 MHz, GDDR5, atiumdag 8.951.6.0/Win7 64
- Display : 14.0 inch 16:9, 1600x900 pixel, LGD0306, TN LED, glossy: no
- Harddisk : Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 HTS727550A9E, 500GB 7200rpm
- Soundcard : Intel IDT 92HD81B1X @ Intel Ibex Peak PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
- Connections : 1 Express Card 54mm, 2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 Firewire, 1 VGA, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Modem, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: separate audio in/out, Card Reader: SD, MMC, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader,
- Networking : Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 AGN (agn), 4.0+EDR Bluetooth
- Optical drive : HP DVD RW DS-8A8SH
- Size : height x width x depth (in mm): 32 x 338 x 231
- Weight : 2.45 kg Power Supply: 0.52 kg
- Battery : 62 Wh Lithium-Ion, 11.1V, 5225 mAh, 330g
- Price : 1300 Euro
- Operating System : Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
- Additional features : Webcam: 720p, Speakers: front left, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 36 Months Warranty