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.
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.
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, ...
Cons: Poor screen contrast, Slow, small hard drive, Only 2 GB of RAM
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.
Summary: The EliteBook 2540p is an extremely sturdy laptop with long battery life and excellent portability, but it struggles to compete with laptops that have longer battery life or use Intel’s latest processors.