HP EliteBook 2740p Review: 12″ Convertible Tablet for Business Users
21 February 2011
Excerpt: When it comes to taking notes on your computer, it’s hard to beat a tablet computer that’s designed for pen input. One such solution, aimed at offering a business ready experience is the HP EliteBook 2740p . The EliteBook 2740p is a business class convertible tablet that has matured over the years to meet the needs of corporate users who need a tablet with touch or Pen input and the flexibility of switching to a notebook for typing and extended work sessions.
Pros: Great Inking Experience, Sensitive Touchscreen, Tough and Durable Design, Full Voltage Processors in Small Package
Cons: Keyboard has noticeable flex in middle, Small mousing surface, Windows 7 not optimized for touch
Conclusion: The HP EliteBook 2740p transitions to standard-voltage processor and adds multitouch, but the screen and the user experience could use an overhaul.
Pros: Standard-voltage processors replace low-volt ones. When used in tandem, the two batteries delivered outstanding battery life. Lightweight. Ruggedized for business travel. Sleekest looking tablet.
Cons: Pointing stick is stiff. Very small touchpad. Screen isn't bright enough. Extended battery ($180) and expansion base ($250) are very pricey options.
Conclusion: I really like this laptop, it is powerful, and versatile. If you travel a lot then the EliteBook 2740p would be great because of its compact size. If you need a tablet, but you also need something more powerful than an iPad or Android tablet, the 2740p would also be a great fit. All in all the EliteBook 2740p will fill many shoes and work well in any situation.
Summary: Master of transformation. HP is already releasing the third generation of its professional convertible notebooks onto the market with the Elitebook 2740p. Apart from the update to internal components with current Core i5 CPUs, a considerable effort to completely remove all its previous weaknesses has also been made. How well this has been accomplished has been tested by us.
Pros: Very solid and high quality case, Relatively many interfaces, Very good display with touch and pen entry, Very good application performance, Relatively good battery run times, Many expansion options, 36 months warranty, Very low heat emission, Classy display, very well implemented concept with several advantages compared to pure tablet PCs or notebooks with a large scope for versatility.
Cons: Operating noise always noticeable, Somewhat delicate display hinge, Keyboard bounces a little, Relatively heavy, Expensive, 1.8" hard drive with poor performance, Very slow card reader, no eSATA, USB 3.0, or Displayport, VGA output without high resolution, Precision of the touchscreen is less accurate towards the display edges, Versions with more conservative CPUs, that should also lead to less system noise as a result, eSATA or USB 3.0, Displayport or HDMI.
Conclusion: One reason for our battery life gripe is that HP didn't skimp with a low-voltage or netbook-class CPU when building the EliteBook: The chip under the hood is, if anything, an overachiever -- Intel's Core i5-540M, a 2.53GHz dual-core, four-threaded processor with 3MB of Level 3 cache.
Summary: For those who want the versatility of a tablet that supports both pen and touch input, the HP EliteBook 2740p is a good value. For $1,699 you get Core i5 performance, a sturdy design, and security features galore. The price of that power, however, is below-average battery life; you'll want to spring for the heavy optional slice if you want all-day endurance. We also wish the touchpad were taller.
Conclusion: The EliteBook models are HP's attempt to combine business features with both style and sturdiness. The 2740p takes the great pen experience of previous EliteBook tablets and adds the performance of a full-voltage Core i5 processor, plus the convenience (and sheer fun) of touch. There are a lot of nice-to-have touches like the card scanner and keyboard light, but you wouldn't buy the 2740p to get them and you're certainly paying for everything you get.
Pros: Powerful tablet PC, great pen input, great touch input, a great keyboard, excellent screen, delightful touches like the keyboard light
Cons: Weight, less-than-stellar battery life, the price