In case you hadn't already read the leaks, HP's updated its 17-inch EliteBook mobile workstation with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors; three 1GB graphics card options; support for up to 16GB of 1,333MHz DDR3 memory; an option for a 256GB SSD; and mobile broadband with GPS for asset tracking, mapping, or navigation. Returning is the 17-inch LED-backlit WUXGA+ antiglare display with HP DreamColor technology for professional color reproduction.
The component offerings should allow for some serious desktop-like performance while still being mobile. The workstation measures 1.4 inches high by 15.6 inches wide by 11.2 inches deep and its weight starts at 7.8 pounds. That's not small by any means, but certainly something that can be traveled with if need be.
The 8740W is rugged, too, meeting military standards (MIL-STD 810G) for vibration, dust, humidity, altitude, and high temperature. It also has a spill-resistant keyboard. If security is an issue for you, HP's loaded this system with all of its HP ProtectTools and it has a fingerprint scanner. Ports include two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, eSATA, VGA, DisplayPort, and Mini-FireWire.
Currently, only pre-configured models are available, though you'll probably be able to configure to your needs soon. The pre-configured prices start at $1,999.