HP Compaq 8710p review

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The staple VGA port is here to provide video output, and this is backed up by an HDMI port. HDMI may seem like an odd addition to a business-focused machine, but it can be used as a DVI output with an adapter, so it turns out to be rather useful.

As a home machine, the 8710p lacks the niceties we’d expect of a consumer laptop. For the same money there is a wide range of desktop replacement options that offer the same features and more. Even the Acer Aspire 7720G manages to squeeze in a 17in TFT and HD-DVD optical drive for under £700.

But for business use, it’s hard not to love the HP Compaq’s combination of fine ergonomics and high-resolution display, despite its considerable cost. Our A-Listed Dell Latitude D630 might offer a perfect balance of battery life, portability and power, all at a far lower price, but as a desk-bound workstation, the HP’s talents make it worthy of recommendation.

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