Conclusion: In terms of direct competition, there is only one laptop that butts heads with the HP EliteBook 2560p, and that’s Lenovo’s ThinkPad X220. The EliteBook wins on price only if you take a gander at the manufacturer websites alone. On Amazon and at other online retailers, it appears that the base X220 with a Core i5 processor can be had for around $100 less than the base 2560p.
Pros: Attractive, yet durable, Good touchpad, Long battery life, Excellent bundled software
Cons: Thick for an ultraportable, No USB 3.0, No discrete graphics option, Starts expensive, and goes up from there
Summary: But when it comes to performance and portability, we’re partial to the Toshiba R830’s lighter carry weight, longer battery life, and lower price. $1,800, www.hp.com Our zero-point ultraportable is an HP EliteBook 2540p with a 2.13GHz Intel Core i7-640LM, 4GB of DDR3/1333 RAM, integrated graphics, a 250GB, 5,400rpm hard drive, and Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Pros: Super-sturdy build; great performance for the size; easy upgrading.
Summary: HP once again delivers an impressive business notebook that would be a great addition to any road warrior's arsenal. The $1,199 HP EliteBook 2560p combines attractive looks and durability along with strong performance and extended battery life. The suite of security tools is helpful and easy to use.
Pros: Attractive ruggedized design, Fast Core i5 processor, Long battery life, Robust security software, Runs cool
Cons: Bit heavy for 12.5-inch notebook, Uncomfortable pointing stick, Keyboard not backlit, Lacks USB 3.0
Conclusion: The HP EliteBook 2560p (version LG666EA ) will not get the same great rating from us its predecessor, the 2540p , got. The main reason for this decision is the low TFT brightness . This is especially a problem in battery mode, when the brightness falls further and can even exhaust the user. Users will be frustrated with a brightness of 128 cd/m² ( battery mode ; sensor off) during daylight hours.
Pros: Good performance for a subnotebook, Quiet and fast hard drive, Heat dissipation always low, Built-in DVD drive, Low power usage, Very good runtimes, Sturdy case, High-quality material, Strong feedback keyboard, Pointstick and touchpad, Docking port, Various ports, Recovery DVDs, Security tools and various BIOS options, Reliable, sturdy, resistant and high-quality. The high weight of 1.96 kg is worth it. The keys have a conical inwards curve which improves precision wh...
Cons: Weak contrast TFT, Low panel brightness, TFT dims in battery mode, Small viewing angles, Only 2 GB RAM, 32 Bit Windows pre-installed, A brighter display. A brighter display. A brighter display. Higher contrast would also be nice, but most importantly: A brighter display.
Conclusion: These somewhat serious shortcomings aside, the EliteBook 2560p is an impressive little machine with lots to offer serious business road warriors or those who just want a small, light machine that does nearly everything. It’s also the least expensive of the three we compared here, making it an attractive choice for IT managers who may need to buy these by the dozen and stay within strict budget guidelines.
Pros: Loaded with business features, Strong productivity and graphics performance, Reasonably priced
Summary: If you need an ultraportable laptop that you can be confident will stand up to a few years of heavy use, the HP EliteBook 2560p deserves a look. A three year warranty and on-site service are available to provide additional peace of mind.
Conclusion: If you are looking for an ultraportable, attractive looking laptop with sturdy built-up that can stand-up for long, HP EliteBook 2560p (B2Y00PA) is a good choice to go for; especially for business professionals, who are always on-the-go. It makes multi-tasking a breeze and gives you solid performance with extended battery life. But, it is bit pricey and thus, is not within the reach of general masses.