Conclusion: Overall I am impressed with the laptop. The performance is fairly low, but I kind of expected this because of the size of the laptop. However, the battery life more than makes up for the low performance, the battery life is absolutely amazing.
Excerpt: HP’s EliteBook 2530p is part of a small group of elite ultraportable notebooks aimed at high-demand users who want a full-featured notebook at a minimal weight. Systems like the 2530p, and the ThinkPad X200 (or the X301), Panasonic Toughbook W8, and a few others cater to the road warrior segment...
Excerpt: The next time you see some miserable drone hunched over his tiny, underpowered netbook, pecking away at cramped keys and straining to see the screen, pull out your EliteBook 2530p and laugh.
Pros: Boots quick and runs for hours. About as compact as a notebook can be and still have a full-size keyboard. Squeezes in a touchpad and a pointing stick for users who prefer one over the other. Optional wireless modem works with multiple carriers (though not simultaneously). Outlook users can peek ...
Cons: It’s how much? What is this, a MacBook Air? Slow, sucky integrated graphics. Awkward, over-engineered touch volume controls hard to control. Six-cell battery sticks out from the rear, taking a little of the notebook’s compactness with it.
Summary: The HP EliteBook 2530p is a tough and elegant ultraportable well suited to road warriors. Its boot time is slow, but it's otherwise zippy and lasts almost 7 hours on a charge. The $1,999 Sony VAIO Z Series costs slightly less and delivers better performance and a bigger screen, but it doesn't feel...
HP Elitebook 2530p, a business laptop with a solid 4-5 hours of battery life
5 June 2009
Excerpt: HP's Elitebook range is designed for the long haul - with battery life from 6-24hrs, it's hard not to see that as the main draw. But there are aspects that shouldn't be overlooked in the quest for long battery life.