Conclusion: You'll find a lot to like in the HP EliteBook 2170p if you're assigned one as an official work laptop—at least if you can coax your IT admin to toss in a wireless mouse with it. If you're looking for a laptop of your own, however, we'd recommend checking out slightly more user-friendly options such as the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabook, the Lenovo ThinkPad T430s, or the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist hybrid.
Pros: Abundant business features, Solid, attractive build quality, Easy to repair or upgrade, Lightweight and highly portable
Cons: Very cramped touch pad, Pricey, Jutting battery in test model, Humdrum display
Summary: At $1,099, the HP EliteBook 2170p offers a durable build and above-average battery life in a lightweight design that's easy for road warriors to carry. Our chief complaint is the liliputian touchpad, which makes executing Windows 8 gestures somewhat of a pain. In this price range, we prefer the Lenovo ThinkPad X230, which, though slightly larger and heavier, costs about $100 less and offers longer battery life, a brighter display, and better pointing stick.
Summary: Bonsai. A bonsai is a perfected miniature tree, maintained well and with a lot of perseverance. Is HP's smallest EliteBook also perfect in form and devised with attention to detail?
Pros: Very good application performance, No performance drops on battery power, Relatively cool chassis, Very good and diverse input devices, Stable base unit, Fast SSD storage, Docking & DisplayPort, Security features & tools, Recovery disk, Upgrade/maintenance options, Hardware administration (BIOS, Tools), Long battery life, A base unit, hard as a board, but still light. Very good keyboard with backlighting. Cool and quiet during normal operation. Full i7 power without t...
Cons: Display with poor contrast, Brightness decreases on battery power, Is there no production of IPS panels (wide viewing angles, high contrast) with HD resolution?
Excerpt: Fans of the supersleek form factors that have become the mainstay of Ultrabooks might wrinkle their noses at the sight of the HP EliteBook 2170p. With its boxy, squared-off edges and its inch-plus thickness, it seems like a throwback to the notebook designs of a decade ago. But looks can be deceiving. The 2170p laptop is quite lightweight for its size, it sports a peppy Core i5 processor, and it has plenty of business-centric options. See also: What is an Ultrabook?