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HP Elitebook 8440p £1050, less £150 for trade in of an old computer @ saveonlaptops
HP Elitebook 8440p £1050, less £150 for trade in of an old computer @ saveonlaptops

HP Elitebook 8440p £1050, less £150 for trade in of an old computer @ saveonlaptops

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£1050 is quite a lot to spend on a laptop, but can get another £150 off the price if you trade in an old laptop or desktop. This is an HP deal tradeuptohp.com/bus…ss/ The computer that you trade in has to be working, and from a list of about 20 brands. *Edit* ]It has to be younger than 4 years old and be a laptop or netbook.

The HP EliteBook 8440p has a i7-620M Dual Core CPU, NVIDIA NVS 3100 graphics and a nice 14" screen with 1600 x 900 resolution, with a matt surface so you don't just see your reflection in it. This price includes a 3 year return to base warranty.

The build quality is really good - a nice solid aluminium case, a nice keyboard, which is supposed to be spill resistant. There is a fingerprint scanner, and a decent range of ports (3 USB, 1 e-Sata, VGA, Display Port (but no direct HDMI) etc)

You can buy laptops which are cheaper, faster and higher resolution, but they are also quite a lot bigger. With a 14" screen, this is just about small enough to be able to use it on an airline-style train seat, or on a plane. I haven't found any with a similar specification and build quality for less.

I have linked to the deal at saveonlaptops.co.uk but you can also get it for the same price direct from HP by the time that the Quidco cashback is added in. When you do this, there is a wider range of options for warranties and accessories. I paid another £80 to upgrade the warranty to 3 years next day on site. The Quidco transaction has tracked. I placed the order on Monday and received it today.

Only two models of Elitebook 8440p are eligible for the £150 trade in offer, but this is one of them.

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Original Poster

The Trade up to HP - Business site
The same machine on the HP direct WWW site

Reviews at laptopmag and Notebookcheck (for the model with Intel graphics and a lower resolution screen)

The Sony Z series does all this, but is closer to £2000 than £1000. The Lenovo T410 comes out at £1180 for a similar specification to this (although with 1400 x 900 resolution, less warranty and a i5 processor). I ordered one from Lenovo and they cancelled it without being able to say why, so after a week I gave up.

It is not easy to find laptops at the moment with screen that is 14 inches or smaller, along with a dedicated graphics card and a reasonably fast CPU which have a high resolution (most have 1368x768). For instance, with Dell, the Vostro 3300 and Latitude 6410 only have 1368x768 resolution. In the USA, they sell an XPS 14, but it hasn't been imported to here.

A Macbook Pro amazon.co.uk/Mac…mtd has a lower resolution and lower spec.

Some things about Macs are nice, but there are plenty of annoyances as well. They don't have a VGA port, which I need to use projectors when I give a presentation. Relying on adaptors for things like that makes you a hostage to fortune. I need to use Internet Explorer for some work WWW sites and booting into Windows for that would be a pain.

BTW, the power supply for this looks to be the same as for an equivalent Dell, like a Latitude. It is a 90W 19V one with the same size of connector.
Edited by: "ahenry" 17th Nov 2010

These where on eBay new for about half this price not so long ago is.gd/hiebE admittedly not the same spec but much better value for money

I wouldn't buy one, the depreciation would be insane, will loose so much money. A MacBook Pro is a *much* better buy.

Its not a bad laptop as such, just boring and expensive to own.

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J400uk

These where on eBay new for about half this price not so long ago … These where on eBay new for about half this price not so long ago http://is.gd/hiebE admittedly not the same spec but much better value for money



There are many many laptops with an i5 processor, 1366x768 screen and Intel graphics. If you want that specification, then the list price is £200 lower. debenhams-extra.com/asp…gle is £879 and is still eligible for the £150 trade in offer.

You need to be the original purchaser to use the £150 trade in offer.

I would want a bigger discount than £200 to buy a complex item like a laptop from ebay rather than a normal retailer. These computers have a 3 year manufacturer's warranty, but your consumer rights from the Sale of Goods act are only of use if you can track down the original vendor.

I have the EliteBook 2540p (the smaller, 12.1" screen, i5 model from the same range) as my work laptop. Have to say that whilst they are quite expensive (and you can definitely get the same spec for cheaper) the build quality and overall finish is superb. It really feels like a quality bit of kit and has put up with a fair amount of chucking around without showing any ill-effects. Its cooling is subtle and effective even when being hammered. Whilst you're paying a bit of a premium for this, you do definitely get something back for your money.

Hot from me.

ahenry

There are many many laptops with an i5 processor, 1366x768 screen and … There are many many laptops with an i5 processor, 1366x768 screen and Intel graphics. If you want that specification, then the list price is £200 lower. http://www.debenhams-extra.com/asp/versions.asp?rewrite=DE_Hewlett_Packard_Notebook_10047061&pagetype=version&refsource=DEfroogle is £879 and is still eligible for the £150 trade in offer.You need to be the original purchaser to use the £150 trade in offer.I would want a bigger discount than £200 to buy a complex item like a laptop from ebay rather than a normal retailer. These computers have a 3 year manufacturer's warranty, but your consumer rights from the Sale of Goods act are only of use if you can track down the original vendor.



I don't understand your point? All I'm trying to say is this is expensive for a 8440p, and it will be hard to sell on. Whenever I'm spending a lot of money on something I want it to hold onto some of that when I sell it on and Apple products are brilliant at this but high end business laptops are not. Perhaps if your buying to keep it for the long term it dosen't matter so much, but if your upgrading every 12-24 months it can cost you a lot of money.

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J400uk

I don't understand your point? All I'm trying to say is this is expensive … I don't understand your point? All I'm trying to say is this is expensive for a 8440p, and it will be hard to sell on. Whenever I'm spending a lot of money on something I want it to hold onto some of that when I sell it on and Apple products are brilliant at this but high end business laptops are not. Perhaps if your buying to keep it for the long term it dosen't matter so much, but if your upgrading every 12-24 months it can cost you a lot of money.



Yes. It is more expensive than a low spec laptop from an unknown ebay vendor. Its cheaper than equivalent spec machines from equivalent vendors.

I bought a business laptop to use for work. I need to buy one every 3-4 years or so as otherwise they become unreliable and relatively slow. If I changed it every year, then I get to spend the time and hassle of ordering a new computer, and getting it set up over and over again. Selling an old computer on is more hassle than its worth, for the time taken to sell it and then to explain to the accountants that it was a fair price.

The nice thing about this laptop is that it comes with a decent specification and excellent build quality, within 2 days from a vendor that I trust. I care about the specification because I'm going to be the one using it for the next few years. I care about the trustworthyness of the vendor in case I'm going to have to get them to sort out problems.

For instance, today I received a £1800 Precision M4500 from Dell. However, there was an option for an uprated WiFi card. That card wasn't available, so instead they sent me one without a WiFi card at all. The time that it takes to sort that out is time when I'm not doing my real job.

J400uk

I don't understand your point? All I'm trying to say is this is … I don't understand your point? All I'm trying to say is this is expensive for a 8440p, and it will be hard to sell on. Whenever I'm spending a lot of money on something I want it to hold onto some of that when I sell it on and Apple products are brilliant at this but high end business laptops are not. Perhaps if your buying to keep it for the long term it dosen't matter so much, but if your upgrading every 12-24 months it can cost you a lot of money.



I'm sorry, but yours seems like a slightly odd argument. If your only concern is about depreciation and retaining a resale value then, yes a Macbook will probably do better on this score.

Generally Apple computers are pretty well built, but no more so than similarly priced offerings from other suppliers such as this HP range (despite what many apple acolytes will try to proclaim there really isn't some special magic potion that used in their production!) Meanwhile a Mac at the same price will generally have a lower specs, be less versatile, worse connectivity and be unsuitable for corporate type use.

When spending a lot of money on a computer I'm more concerned about what I'm getting for my money now and how well it's going to operate whilst I've got it. If you're only concerned with depreciation and don't mind running a lower spec machine then buy a cheapie and run it into the ground, the most you can lose is a few hundred quid.
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