The 8440p continues in the same aesthetic tradition as other EliteBooks (such as last year’s 6930p): the lid and palm rest are made of anodized aluminum, and the keyboard area is a matte black plastic
Keyboard and Touchpad
Since its previous EliteBooks, HP changed the key design slightly; no longer are the keys the traditional chamfered style, nor are they chiclet-shaped. Rather, they’re a combination of the two: while abutting one another at their base, the keys tier up in a terraced fashion. We found the layout to be comfortable and fairly quiet. The keyboard boasts HP’s DuraKey finish, which help prevent wear over the long term.
Display and Audio
Our 8440p’s matte display came in the 1366 x 768-pixel configuration; this resolution was more than sufficient, and colors were bright and sharp, but those who desire more pixels can opt for a 1600 x 900-resolution display. The lid of the 14-inch screen can dip back 180 degrees from the closed position; at 40 degrees from the vertical, images started to reverse. However, side-to-side viewing angles were excellent.
The metal lid on the 8440p is not just for looks; it also helps protect the notebook from the hazards of travel, being able to withstand up to 300 pounds of pressure. Also, a spill-resistant keyboard with drains keeps small amounts of liquid from damaging the system
Ports and Webcam
On the right side of the 8440p is a DVD drive, Ethernet, modem, and a combo eSATA/USB 2.0 port that can provide juice to USB-powered devices even when the system is off. On the left are three more USB ports, FireWire, headphone and mic, and an ExpressCard/54 slot. On the front edge is an SD Card reader, and on the back is VGA and DisplayPort connections for outputting video to a larger screen.
Outfitted with a 2.4-GHz Intel Core i5-520M processor, 4GB of RAM – 500GB hard drive, the 8440p passes all the necessary test. Its a powerful laptop that would be definitely recommended
For business users on a budget, the HP EliteBook 8440p represents a very good bargain. You get excellent Core i5 performance, decent battery life, and a stylish, sturdy chassis