HP has revealed a new EliteBook 8740 notebook workstation that can run up to five screens from a single graphics card. The EliteBook 8740w comes with either an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor and supports up to 16GB of DDR3 SDRAM and supports USB 3.0 connectivity.

Terry Pilsner, Head of R&D at HP explained that the EliteBook offers ISV-(independent software vendored) certified performance in a notebook space which, he says, means "this is a small package with a lot of power inside".

Storage options include up to 500GB at 7200rpm or a HP 3D DriveGuard 256GB soid-state drive. The powerful laptop has a SATA optical drive with Blu-ray recording support (although it does not play Blu-ray movies).

Coming with 17in and 15in LED QUXGA+ anti glare displays, the EliteBook 8740w comes with HP DreamColor display technology. HP claims that the notebook will produce accurate and consistent colour. It has a backlit keyboard.

The unit comes with graphics options from ATI or NVIDIA with up to 1GB video memory. Graphics options include a 1GB ATI FirePro M7820 GDDR5 and an nVidia Quadro FX 3800M or FX 2800M, both the 1GB of GDDR3 graphics memory.

The EliteBook 8740w  weighs 3.57kg and measures 36.5x397x285mm. The HP EliteBook 8740w comes with a gunmetal anodised-aluminium finish.

Interestingly, the EliteBook 8740w comes with a dock that enables it to run up to five displays simultaneously.

Terry Pilsner, HP Head of Research and Development told us "it's been 10 years since we last upgraded the display" when we went from one display from a graphics card to two.

To run multiple monitors you will need an optional dock supplied separately. This, however, enables you to add three external HDMI displays to the monitor, plus an optional VGA display (and use the display on the EliteBook itself).

The HP EliteBook 8740w is expected to be available worldwide starting in April. Pricing starts at €3,579.

HP EliteBook 8740w mobile workstation laptop