HP has revealed a new EliteBook 8740 notebook workstation that, according to HP, packs a lot of punch.

The new notebook sport Intel i5 or i7 processors, and support for 16GB of DDR3 SDRAM running at 1333MHz. As with HP desktop workstations, it runs EEC memory. Storage options include a hard drive up to 500GB at 7,200rpm or a 256GB solid-state drive 256GB. It comes with a SATA optical drive with Blu-ray recording support (although it does not play Blu-ray movies).

The EliteBook 8740w is based around a 17-inch LED QUXGA+ anti-glare display, which uses HP DreamColor display technology for a higher colour gamut than standard laptop displays.

The EliteBook 8740 also comes with USB 3.0 support and a backlit keyboard.

The unit comes with graphics options from ATI or NVIDIA with u to 1GB video memory. Graphics options include:

• ATI FirePro M7820 graphics with 1 GB dedicated GDDR5 video memory
• NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M graphics with 1 GB dedicated GDDR3 video memory
• NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M graphics with 1 GB dedicated GDDR3 video memory

The dimensions are 36.5mm x 397.5mm x 285.5mm and it weighs 3.57kg. 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 around £3,250.