HP has revamped their mobile workstation laptops and this time around their workstations are looking better than ever. Their W-series has been redesigned with the “FORGE” design framework, which is all about an industrial design that includes a radial-brushed, gunmetal finish, backlit jewel logo, orange-colored accents, a chemically strengthened glass touchpad and HP DisplaySafe frame. But the W-series doesn’t just look tough and slick, it has also been designed to be super rugged by meeting military standards (MIL-SD 810G) for drop, vibration, dust, altitude and high temperature. Under the hood, the W-series can be outfitted with Nvidia or ATI graphics card solutions ranging in size from 1GB to 4GB, along with a choice of a Core i7 or i5 Dual or Quad core processor, as well as AMD Eyefinity technology which will allow users to connect up-to five independent displays.
Speaking of displays, this series can also be configured with HP DreamColor’s display. Until now, HP DreamColor display has only been available on a dedicated HP DreamColor display monitor. The DreamColor display has become the industry standard for color accuracy. Motion picture companies, the likes of Pixar and Disney, rely on the DreamColor to develop special effects, animations, and more. Now for the first time, this technology is available on a laptop. That means that the W-series displays is capable of producing more than 1 billion active colors.
For those looking for the ultimate desktop replacement, the EliteBook 8760w features a 17.3″ display and it can be configured with up-to 4GB of the AMD FirePro or NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics, and it can also be configured with up-to three hard drives inside with Raid 5 support. Pricing starts at $1899 for the 8760w. Then there is the 8560w which features a 15.6″ display, and it is also configurable with AMD FirePro or Quadro graphics. Both the 8760w and 8560w can be configured with a DreamColor display.
For those looking for a more portable beast, the new HP Elitebook 8460w is HP’s lightest and smallest mobile workstation. It weighs just 4.9lbs and features a 14″ display, and comes with 1GB of AMD FirePro graphics. Pricing beings at $1299. Availability for the W-series starts in May.