HP Elitebook 8440p Notebook via Amazon
HP Elitebook 8440p is a certified pre-owned refurbished computer by a Microsoft authorised refurbisher, with an Intel i5 processor with a Passmark benchmark score of 2406 at the time of this review and it was built according to tough military standards- to resist adverse conditions like dust, vibration, high temps, humidity and altitude. It comes with the 2010 release Intel Core i5 520M processor (3M Cache) at 2.40 GHz to 2.93 GHz speeds with turbo boost and hyper threading to handle four threads simultaneously, 4GB DDR3 memory at 1333MHz and can be expanded up to 8GB, 160GB HDD hard drive storage space and 64-bit Win 7 Professional operating system which provides a stable platform to work on and the processor and memory make it feel quite responsive in your day-to-day tasks even though the CPU with the Thermal Design Power of 35 watts is not the newest version, it is still quite a capable one that can handle quite a bit of gaming and multitasking as well.
HP Elitebook has a nice quality 14.1 inch widescreen display and doesn’t have a webcam (you can simply get a good quality inexpensive webcam with a bit of the money you save from purchasing such a decent refurbished machine) but includes a DVD-RW optical drive, a DisplayPort for much better quality images, eSATA connector for external hard drives and optical drives and strong signal integrated wireless connection. Stylish looking black HP Elitebook has a premium feel and very solid build quality with durability enhanced by the HP DuraCase with the magnesium alloy chassis and display enclosure, weighs 4.5 pounds and measures 13.21 x 9.30 x 1.23 inches- it is portable and lightweight enough despite its very rugged solid build and the keyboard is backlit to let you type comfortably in the dim light or dark and is also spill-resistant with drains in case of liquid spillage which can certainly happen and when it does it can easily destroy the internal components.
Conclusion: HP Elitebook 8440p is a good looking machine that is built to be very durable and reliable, offers great performance offering excellent value- considering the rather low price tag, because it is pre-owned and refurbished professionally by a Microsoft authorized refurbisher. It is very easy to use and doesn’t come with any of the bloatware that you need to uninstall that you find on the newer machines so you can start using straight out of the box without downloading anything. We still prefer Windows 7 to the newer Windows 8 and 8.1 and we think that Win 7 on this machine would be a great advantage for many people. It comes with a generous and comprehensive 12 month hardware warranty that includes protection against any defects and damage or if any parts or accessories are not functioning and return shipment is paid for by the company in case of replacements or returns. If you decide to add another 4GB of RAM you will get even better performance and smoother multitasking and 4GB memory does not cost much at all. Overall it is a business type of machine with decent enterprise look and features but no reason why it shouldn’t be suitable for students or for any home entertainment use. It is indeed rather impressive for the price!