Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Dell & HP: serious workstation notebooks, serious competition.

Dell or HP, which one would you choose? If you cannot make up your mind, you can use this Dell vs HP showdown. I'll compare the features, parts, design and price. After reading this review, I hope you can make a choice.

Just click below ↓
We will start with HP. HP released a new elitebook series, the 8000.

  • Elitebook 8440w (starts at $1,229)
  • Elitebook 8540w (starts at $1,349)
  • Elitebook 8740w (starts at $1,999)
All the specs given are the max specs, way more expensive than the start-price as stated above.

The mentionable specs (for end model 8740w):
  • Intel core up to the I7 820 QM
  • QM57 intel chipset
  • Sata HDD, 7200 rpm, up to 640 GB. Or SSD up to 256 GB
  • Nvidia Quadro FX 3800M, FX 2800M, 5000M or the ATI Firepro M7820
  • USB 3.0
  • 17.0" diagonal LED-backlit WXGA+ anti-glare or 17.0" diagonal LED-backlit WUXGA WVA anti-glare.
  •  Max memory possible: 32GB DDR3-1333
These specs are the same for the 8540w with the following exceptions:
  • Supports the I7 840 QM
  • 15" display
  • Memory max 16GB
  • Nividia Quadro FX 880M, 1800M or ATI Firepro M5800
  • 14" display
  • Nvidia Quadro FX 380M
  • Memory max 16GB 
  • No USB 3.0

The design:

As always, the design of the HP workstation notebooks is very modest and businesslike. However, it does look slick with the aluminium brushed panels. The backlit keyboard adds a lot of user friendliness and system access. Finally HP accepts that most CAD-users are actually vampires...
The location of the connectors is good, ease of access was one thing they took in mind during the design process.

Dell, updated their workstation notebook line: Precision.
Three models are available:
  • M4400 (starts at /)
  • M4500 (starts at $1,329)
  • M6500 (starts at $1,699)
Dell claims that the M4500 is the most high-end workstation 15" notebook, and with the specs they could be right

We start with the specs of the M4500:
  • Intel I5, and I7 up to the I7X 940XM
  • Memory max: 16GB DDR3, 1333
  • Nvidia Quadro FX 880M or 1800M
  • 15.6" HD UltraSharp LED Display (1366x768) Resolution
    15.6" HD+ UltraSharp LED Display (1600x900) Resolution
    15.6" HD+ sRGB LED Back-Lit Display (1600x900) Resolution
    15.6" FHD LED Back-Lit Display (1920x1080) Resolution
  • Sata HDD up to 750 GB 7200 rpm or SSD up to 256 GB
  • Blu-ray available
The M6500 differs from the M4500 on these specs:
  • Memory max: 32 GB
  • Nvidia Quadro FX 2800M, 3800M or the ATI firepro M7820
  • 17" WXGA+ UltraSharp LED Display (1440x900) Resolution
    17" WUXGA UltraSharp LED Display (1920x1200) Resolution
    17" WUXGA RGB LED Back-Lit Display (1920x1200) Resolution
    17" WUXGA RGB LED Edge To Edge Back-Lit Display (1920x1200) Resolution
  • USB 3.0
And the last model, the M4400... Well, let's just forget this one...

The 6500 has a nice dvd/blu-ray ready, it has a slot. So nothing can break off.

The design:
These Dell notebooks look nice at well. Nothing too fancy but you can easily see that these are workstation monsters. Sadly no backlit-keyboards.

On both the M4500 and M6500 the ports are well located.

When comparing the starting prices, Both the elitebook 8540w and the M4500 are equal.
The M4500:
  • Intel i5 520M
  • 2GB DDR3
  • Nvidia Quadro FX 880M
  • 250GB HDD
  • 8540w
  • 1366x768 anti-glare LED
The 8540w has a problem, looking at the site itself there is not a model to be found for $1,349. If you want the same specs as the M4500, the price tag is quite different: $2,086 (system price: $2,263). However, you do get a 1600x900 LED screen. This is an additional $79 option for the Dell M4500.
Still making the Dell far more cheaper.

So which one will you choose?

1 comment:

  1. Judging by the high-end versions, they are laying neck to neck. Both can have 32 gig RAM, both can have a mad i7 processor (yet the highest one for Dell sounds more impressive), and both have great rendering videocards (yet HP offers the Quadro FX 5000M, which sounds to me as if its better then a 4700).

    The best comparison would be to render a given model in the same progrm with the same settings for a set ammount of time, and see which one comes further... but I guess Robs budget does not allow such excessive decadent testing...