Hot bags of greased hardware! It’s officially two weeks and two days away from Christmas which means it’s officially time for a bakin’ hot tray of high-end hardware to be thrown into webosphere for ONE lucky person to WIN.

You may have seen the unboxing yesterday. Now, we’re giving away HP’s top of the line EliteBook 8740w Mobile Workstation, valued at US $4,899. It’s chock full of all the power you need to crank out CAD or graphical delight wherever your adventures may take you. Are you ready?

First things first. HP has provided two laptops actually. One which I’ll be using to use for everything from graphic art to large assembly 3D modeling. I’ll be writing up some reviews to give my full-throttle, honest opinion about how it performs and if it’s really worth the cash most people would have to dish out for a workstation of this caliber. The other laptop is to giveaway to a SolidSmack reader. So, let the fun begin…

As you’ve probably gathered, the 8740w is HP’s high-end mobile workstation. If you run power intensive programs on a desktop computer, this laptop should have no problem running it. Here’s what’s inside:

  • Windows® 7 Professional 64-bit
  • Intel® Core™ i7-740QM (1.73GHz, 6MB L3 Cache)
  • 8GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
  • NVIDIA Quadro 5000m dedicated 2GB DDR5
  • 2.0MP integrated webcam
  • DVD+/-RW SuperMulti with Double Layer LightScribe Drive
  • 17.0-inch diagonal LED-backlit WSXGA+ WVA anti-glare

It also has a full-size BACKLIT keyboard with numeric keypad, a touchpad and pointstick mouse, both with three-buttons. It also comes with a limited 3 year standard parts and labor warranty. It’s doesn’t have the best of the best processors offered by HP (Intel i7-940QM), but it’s certainly a powerful beast of a machine. For the full specs, here’s an overview of all the 8740w features.

Update: The contest has now ended!! Thanks to everyone for making this incredible fun giveaway. Winner will be announced Monday morning, December 20th. Good luck!!

Simple. What computer are you using now? What will you use this laptop for? In the comments below tell everyone whatcha got and what you would use the new laptop for. PLUS, if you’ve got a website, Promote it! Add a link to your comment so everyone can see what you do! Hit the comments!

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Blog it!
Get one more entry by blogging about the giveaway! Just link back to this article telling all your readers about it. Shoot us an email just to make sure we know!

Entry: ONE comment entry per person (One Twitter, Facebook or blog mention are valid additional additional entries)
Prize: One HP EliteBook 8740w Mobile Workstation, new in box, with 3 year limited warranty. (Value US $4,899)
Duration: 00:00:01 GMT December 9th, 2010 – 23:59:59 GMT December 19th, 2010
Selection: Winner will be selected at random using Randomizer.
Announcement: The winner will be announced Monday, December 20th, 2010
Eligibility: If you’re in the US or Canada, no problem. Some countries however prohibit the shipment of consumer electronics. India is one of these places. However, I’ll be putting more details here for people outside the US.

Want even more chances to win a HP EliteBook 8740W Mobile Workstation?
If you really want to increase your chances of winning this high-end laptop, there are 5 other sites that will be having giveaways: @Primesuspect, @Fuelcreativity, @JustCreative, @designshard and @mayhemstudios. For the lowdown on all the HP activities, also be sure to follow @HP_PC and the hashtag #HP.

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Josh is founder and editor at, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.