Excerpt: This is HP’s flagship business ultraportable — which means, in the eyes of enthusiasts, it’s one of the most interesting laptops the company makes. A pricetag of over $1,000, however, may put a damper on some buyer’s excitement. For that can of dough, buyers will be expecting a portable workhorse. Our review unit is a base model equipped with a Core i5-2410M processor, 4GB of RAM, and Intel HD 3000 graphics.
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
Excerpt: To call HP’s 2560p an “ultraportable” is pushing it. It has a slightly smaller footprint than the Toshiba R830, with a screen size of 12.5 inches, but it’s heavier by more than a pound. With its power brick, you’re looking at more than five pounds, including a battery that protrudes a full inch from the back of the notebook’s body. This is no dainty package. Of course, it feels like a machine that can take its licks.
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.
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: Dark Room. The smallest EliteBook feels quite heavy in the suitcase with a weight of 2 kgs. Still, it manages to deal with everyday tasks without a problem. To find out why the mobility suffers, despite the matt display and 6 hours run time, take a look at the following in-depth review.
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.
A 12.5in business laptop with good speed and features, but still a little underdone
Good Gear Guide.au
2 January 2012
Summary: This small business laptop has a lot of features for its size, and it supplies good performance via its full-voltage Intel Core i5 CPU. It could use some more standard features though, such as SSD, integrated 3G and USB 3.0, but it's still a good overall unit.
Pros: Small, Good performance and features, Strong build quality
Cons: 3G not standard, SSD not standard, Feels heavy