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
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
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.
HP's EliteBook 2540p is small, strong, fast and expensive!
Good Gear Guide.au
6 November 2010
Summary: Even though it's a small laptop, the 12in EliteBook 2540p is no mug when it comes to performance. It also doesn't make any compromises when it comes to features. You can think of it as a laptop that has all the mobility benefits of a netbook, yet the performance and features of a mainstream desktop. This combination comes at a high price, but if you can afford it you'll definitely get a lot of out this little notebook.
Pros: Strong chassis, small yet powerful, ships with useful security tools, less than 2kg, integrated optical drive
Cons: Still has some annoying preinstalled software, slow hard disk, expensive