HP EliteBook 840 14" 240GB SSD Notebook

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HP EliteBook 840 14" 240GB SSD Notebook
Price: $439.99
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Shipping Estimates: Ships in 3-5 business days. (Friday, Dec 02 to Wednesday, Dec 07) + transit
Condition: Refurbished


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Solid reviews (4 out of 5 eggs) over at NewEgg.com

The description states a i7 dual core CPU. Intel doesn’t make a dual core i7. You have to step down to a i5 for that. The new egg link shows it is a i5 processor as does the HP site. Probably should change it before somebody complains.

Ignore him woot staff. Doesn’t know what he’s talking about. This is most likely the correct processor. Intel DOES make a dual core i7. How do I know? I googled it.


Oh, and the new egg review clearly isn’t for the exact same model as that one has 4gb of RAM and this one has 8gb. Different models, different processors.

For those of you looking for a good affordable laptop, this is pretty darn good. If you don’t need an optical drive and are okay with only an HD screen instead of a full HD or 4K screen, this machine should meet all your needs.

Does it have an HDMI port?

It does not, according to

Product Spec Sheet

It does however have a full size DisplayPort 1.2 connection and there are converters from this port to HDMI if desired. The DisplayPort specification says that it does support multi-channel audio, but what I can’t find is whether or not this particular laptop sends audio out of the DisplayPort (it’s not a guaranteed thing).

Edit: The best I can find is this page from HP, which talks about their notebooks in general:

HP Notebook PCs - HP DisplayPort

This clearly states that the DisplayPort supports audio, if this page is to be trusted.

Well reviewed, in depth at


Optical drives are cheap and easy to use, just plug into any USB port. I have always had either 2 optical drives built into my desktop, or just one, with an adjunct plugged into USB. If my HP desktop is any indication, boot up time, from dead off, to usability is around 12 seconds. Having a solid state drive is the only way to go IMHO. You can easily add storage via another solid state drive, or even a flash drive. This is a pretty good deal, and one that would make most casual users very happy.

Does it have a backlit keyboard? The spec sheet seems to indicate it may be optional?

Best to go by our specs since computers can be custom configured. The ports per our specs:

I/O Ports:
DisplayPort: 1
VGA: 1
USB 3.0: 4 (1 charge)
Side Docking Connector: 1
RJ-45: 1
Headphone/Microphone Combo: 1

Assume no. We will indicate it if we know that it for sure has a backlit keyboard.

Note, this is the Gen 1. There is a Gen 2, but I don’t know the difference. I have a Gen 2 (issued by work) and it’s the best laptop I have ever used (in terms of performance and build quality). Mine does have a backlit keyboard, but again, I’m G2 and this is G1.

All-in-all, this is a really great business laptop.

It looks like the differences are minor, unless wireless AC is a huge deal. I’d buy this if I hadn’t already purchased an Elitebook Folio 9470m here earlier this year…which wasn’t refurbished very well. I’m having to deal with that now…