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HP Compaq 8710w User Review

The HP Compaq 8710w is HP's top of the line premium mobile workstation featuring some of the highest specifications currently available in the market, including options for a full-HD screen, Penryn processors and the most powerful professional graphics card solution for notebooks.

Reasons for Buying

After owning an 8510w, I realized that a 15.4" notebook, while striking a good balance, isn't exactly a true desktop replacement. I wanted a true desktop replacement machine that has excellent graphics capability, a large and beautiful screen, fast processor and comfortable keyboard. I seriously considered Dell's XPS M1730, which is a popular option, but I decided that I value an understated, professional look as well as docking station support more than the SLI graphics capabilities and dual drive configuration that the XPS offers. It is also a much lighter and portable notebook than the XPS and I like being able to take the notebook with me on the occasional trip. The Precision M6300 was not an option for me as for approximately the same price, it offered less features and has an arguably less desirable design carried over from the previous generation Inspiron notebooks.

Specifications

The 8710w is configurable with a host of processors, hard disk, RAM, optical drives (DVD/BluRay) and graphics card (Quadro FX 1600M/3600M). A BluRay drive is an additional $500 option and the Quadro FX 3600M graphics card adds approximately $600 to the configuration depending on the region. In Asia-Pacific markets, the T9500 option costs an additional $400.

I try to strike a balance by selecting a configuration that best optimizes the price-performance ratio, resulting in the following specifications:

* Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 Processor (Penryn)
* Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Business (Office 07 Ready)
* 17" WUXGA Wide-Viewing Angle Display (1920x1200)
* 512MB Dedicated Nvidia Quadro FX 3600M GPU
* 2GB DDR2 667MHz RAM (+2GB self upgrade)
* 200GB Hitachi 7K200 Hard Disk
* DVD+/-RW LightScribe Optical Drive
* Intel 802.11a/b/g/n Wifi Module
* Intel Gigabit PRO 1000 NIC
* Bluetooth 2.0+ Module
* Dual pointing Devices Keyboard
* Fingerprint Reader Module
* 8-cell Battery
* 135W Hardware Kit
* 3-Year Global Next Business Day Parts and Labor OnSite Warranty (3/3/3)

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