Excerpt: There are a lot of cheap laptops floating around these days, but when you’ve got your career on the line you should invest in a professional-grade laptop. One such laptop is the HP EliteBook 2540p. In this video review, we’ll show you what makes the EliteBook 2540p ready for years of use and abuse. As you can see in the above video, the HP EliteBook 2540p has several durability features that help prevent downtime.
Excerpt: After wading through netbook after anemic netbook over the past two years, you could be forgiven for dismissing HP’s diminutive EliteBook 2540p as yet another underperforming compact notebook at first glance. But give it a closer look. This is no mere netbook. While its 12.1-inch screen makes it the smallest of HP’s EliteBook business notebooks, it lacks little of their workhorse character, making it an ideal travel mate for the productivity crowd.
Pros: Powerful selection of Core i5 and i7 CPUs, Top-notch build quality, Extremely effective anti-glare screen, Durable, comfortable keyboard and touchpad, Competitive weight and size, Optional optical drive, pointing nub
Cons: Well short of rated battery life, Ho-hum LCD display, Business-class price, No optional 3D graphics
Excerpt: In last year’s ultraportable notebook roundup (August 2009), HP’s EliteBook 2530p put in a strong showing, wowing us with its good looks, sturdy construction, and strong performance. Its successor, the EliteBook 2540p, is strikingly similar in many regards but has the advantage of new and improved components and a lower price.
Conclusion: I am really happy with this laptop, don’t let the low scores fool you, these are great scores for an ultraportable. The HP EliteBook 2450p is a great ultra portable for any road warrior that is looking for a easy to use and very portable machine to take with them when they are on the road.
Summary: Uncompromising. A very powerful subnotebook with long battery life? HP has crammed the most it possibly could into this 12.1-inch machine. This smallest of the EliteBooks has a Core i7, along with wireless technology from WLAN to GPS and ports from FireWire to docking. There was even room for a DVD drive.
Pros: Powerful for a subnotebook, Low temperature increase during normal use, Integrated DVD drive, Low energy consumption, Good battery life, Robust construction, High-quality materials, Keyboard gives good feedback, Point-stick and touchpad, Docking port, Lots of ports, 3G including Gobi GPS module, Good loudspeakers, Recovery disk including XP, The case is robust, durable and of high overall quality. This makes it easy to bear the weight of 1.8 kg.
Cons: Poor screen contrast, Slow, small hard drive, Only 2 GB of RAM
Excerpt: HP was kind enough to send over an HP EliteBook 2540p for review. The unit is nicely configured and is the kind of notebook that road warriors yearn for. This is truly a professional-grade notebook and while we’re working on a full review we thought we’d give you our first impressions of the 2540p. From the first time you use the 2540p, it’s apparent that it’s not your run of the mill notebook.
Excerpt: The EliteBook 2540p is HP’s flagship business ultraportable. This successor to the acclaimed 2530p brings a slight refresh to HP’s 12-inch enterprise laptop and is designed to give Lenovo’s ThinkPad X201 a run for its money.
Summary: At $1,629, the HP EliteBook 2540p is not for bargain hunters. But if you travel frequently on business and want a notebook that can look good while standing up to some abuse, this ultraportable is worth the premium. It also boasts fast performance and will easily last through that cross-country flight. Some may prefer the Lenovo ThinkPad X201s, which offers a bigger 320GB hard drive and a longer-lasting nine-cell battery for the same price.
Pros: Sleek durable design, Core i7 power, Long battery life, Convenient instant-on software, Energy efficient,
Cons: A bit pricey, Small hard drive, Small touchpad and touch buttons,