Maximum PC has a nice review on an EliteBook 8740w, while this beast of a notebook isn’t for everyone, it definitely plays in the space of high end developers, designers, and Senior Systems Engineers.
With features squarely aimed at businesses that require a color-accurate display, such as graphic-arts production and medical imaging—as well as less-than-forgiving work environments, such as a factory floor—there is little doubt why the 8740w is considered a mobile workstation. This also goes a long way toward explaining a price tag that starts at $3,000. Powered by a 2GHz Intel Core i7-920XM processor, with 8GB of 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM, a 320GB 7,200rpm hard drive, and an Nvidia Quadro 5000M GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, our eval unit cost a hefty $5,290.
I myself have an 8540w, while it doesn’t share quite the power of the 8740w, its built in the same design. My Laptop is a Core i5 with 6GB of ram, and an Nvidia Quadro video adapter. It has more than enough gusto to get any task i need done, including VMware Labs. At least it didnt cost as much as the 8740w! Check out the full review with pictures here.