Summary: That’s a decent runtime, but a far cry from the Toshiba’s showing. With its sturdy build, strong performance, and upgrade-friendliness, the HP 2560p is certainly appealing. 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.
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: 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
A 12.5in business laptop with good speed and features, but still a little underdone
Good Gear Guide.au
25 December 2011
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