Conclusion: The Elitebook 2530p meets all the demands of business users looking for a compact and mobile notebook. The case provides good protection for the hardware as well as the display, and it should be able to cope easily with rough treatment during field work . Those who spend a lot of time typing will appreciate the good keyboard with generously sized keys arranged in a standard layout.
Pros: Robust and elegant case, Shock-resistant hard drive, Spill-resistant keyboard, Good processor performance for applications, Screen suitable for use outside, Easy-to-use transport lock, Can be connected to a docking station, Optical drive, The elegant and yet durable design, the wide range of operating systems supported and the fact that a recovery disk is supplied.
Cons: Lid hinges not very firm, Positioning of the audio ports, Only 2 USB 2.0 ports on this model
Excerpt: The first word that comes to mind when you pick up HP’s 2530p is “solid.” From its heft, to its construction, to its scratch-resistant anodized aluminum display enclosure and palm rest, this notebook seems eminently rugged. HP claims that the 2530p has passed a battery of Mil-Spec tests including 26 drops from different angles at a distance of 30 inches, but we didn’t have the stomach to verify that.
Pros: Allows more access to its innards than other similar notebooks. Very solid. Has a 2MP webcam.
Cons: Battery protrudes from body almost an inch. Only has two USB ports.
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. If you are looking for a laptop with really long battery life this is definitely the machine for you. I personally think most business laptop users care more about battery life than they do about bleeding edge performance.
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 that needs all the features and solid performance and are willing to pay for 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 as durable and it lasted 2 hours less on our battery test. The Lenovo ThinkPad X200 is also faster and lighter, but it doesn't offer an integrated optical drive.
Pros: Elegant business-rugged design, Strong overall performance, Comfortable keyboard, Helpful security software, Long battery life
Cons: Small touchpad buttons, Only two USB ports, Sluggish mobile broadband
HP's EliteBook 2530p is a small and sturdy notebook with long battery life.
Good Gear Guide.au
27 February 2010
Summary: Small, strong and well-featured, HP's EliteBook 2530p is an ideal choice for business users who want something that will withstand the rigours of travel and last a long time away from a power outlet.
Pros: Small, sturdy build quality, long battery life, plenty of features
Cons: Fingerprint reader gets in the way of typing, has trialware installed
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. Performance is, of course, always a big priority for PC Authority, and we're not adverse to a little style, as well. The slim aluminium chassis and slimline lid makes the 2530p relatively slender overall, and it's both eye-catching and well-finished.