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HP is currently the world's largest laptop manufacturer. The company produces a broad range of laptops, including consumer machines, but here we take a look at one of their business ultraportables, the excellent EliteBook 2540p. While the laptop may lack the gorgeous design of the Apple MacBook Air and Dell Adamo XPS, this machine is all about performance and portability. As a result, it comes up against the Sony VAIO Z Series. Performance is excellent (just beating the Sony), thanks to the very powerful Intel Core i7 640UM processor. The laptop sailed through all our benchmarking tests and proved to be as powerful as a high-end multimedia machine in everyday performance. If your work requires you to run resource-intensive programs concurrently, this is the machine for you. Graphically this isn't the case, however, and the integrated graphics card only allows light photo editing or entry-level gaming. If you need power for high definition (HD) video editing, for example, the MacBook Air or Sony VAIO is the better option. BenchmarksBattery life: 340 minutesMobileMark 2007: 2923DMark 2003: 1900The EliteBook can best be described as functional. The lid and chassis are both crafted from metal and feel rock-solid, with the result that this is a tough laptop for the daily commute.
HP's EliteBook 2540p is durable, capable and small enough to always keep on hand and can become a workaholic's best friend.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.As the EliteBook designation suggests, HP’s 2540p caters to business users looking for serious computational horsepower packaged neatly into a road-ready design. To that end, you can order one with any of Intel’s latest high-end processors, up to 8GB of RAM, hard drives up to 500GB, and even an optical drive, which many competitors in this class have yanked in favor of ever-slimmer designs (Lenovo’s otherwise trusty ThinkPad X201 comes to mind).Although HP offers a choice of standard-voltage Core i5 and Core i7 processors, buyers who want the optical drive will need to opt for the low-voltage i7, clocked at 2.1GHz.
In last year’s ultraportable notebook roundup (August 2009), HP’s EliteBook 2530p put in a strong showing, wowing us with its good looks, sturdy construction, and strong performance. Its successor, the EliteBook 2540p, is strikingly similar in many regards but has the advantage of new and improved components and a lower price. At 11.1x9.5x1.5 and a lap weight of three pounds, 16 ounces, the 2540p is not the slimmest or lightest business ultraportable out there, but frequent travelers will no doubt appreciate how solid it feels. The notebook—which is built to military standards for toughness, we’re told—sports a magnesium-alloy casing with a scratch-resistant brushed metal exterior, durable hinges, and a secure clasping mechanism. The keyboard is sizable and easy to type on, and you’re given both a touchpad and TrackPoint for navigation. The notebook also offers a handy, popout keyboard light. Sounds like last year’s 2530p, right? That is, until you get to the processor. The 2540p’s Core i7-640LM naturally trumps its prede-cessor’s Core 2 Duo SL9400 with a higher clock speed (2.13GHz vs. 1.86GHz), Turbo Boost (up to 2.93GHz), and HyperThreading, resulting in performance gains ranging from 22 to 52 percent in our benchmarks.
A new HP laptop, the EliteBook 2540p assembles zippy components and versatile ports in a nimble case. Though HP's omission of a graphical processor slows the machine down for games and 3D software, this model possesses ample power for nearly any professional application. And the highly portable (3.38 pounds) EliteBook can transform any room into a satellite office. Priced at $1629 (as of May 5, 2010), the EliteBook 2540p is especially noteworthy for its solid case--a clean, metal-and-plastic design that HP says can withstand 300 pounds of pressure when closed. (If you do run into problems, however, be forewarned that HP ranked last in our most recent reader survey of manufacturer reliability and service.) The laptop feels compact and manages to hold out for a solid 5 hours, 34 minutes on a single battery charge. A 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-640LM and 4GB RAM provide the laptop's pep, helping it to a score of 102 in our WorldBench 6 test suite. The system feels powerful enough to handle Web browsing, Office apps, and virtually any productivity or content creation software. But lacking a dedicated graphics processor, it limped through our low-quality, 800-by-600-pixel Unreal Tournament 3 benchmark at 14.2 frames per second.
The EliteBook 2540p is the latest road-warrior ultraportable notebook from HP. The 2540p offers a 12.1-inch WXGA screen, Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, built-in optical drive with select configurations, and a plethora of storage options. In our review, we put the new EliteBook through its paces to see how it stacks up against the competition.The 2540p starts at $1,099, though with our configurations, it tops out at $1,629. Our HP EliteBook 2540p review unit features the following configuration: Build and DesignThe HP EliteBook 2540p is billed as an ultraportable business notebook, therefore corporations - and many consumers - expect a high quality of materials, excellent features and an innovative design. HP's other EliteBook notebooks meet or exceed those expectations, but what about the smallest member of the EliteBook family? The main body of the EliteBook 2540p is covered in the new "HP DuraCase" and "HP DuraFinish," which is essentially a hard plastic and strong magnesium alloy inner shell - similar its predecessor - and strengthened by a brushed aluminum outer shell that even resists scratching from steel wool. The base of the laptop feels very strong and would definitely survive bumps and bruises that other laptops might not.
Business ultraportables encompass a wide range of systems, the smallest of which have 12-inch widescreens. A 12-inch screen has to be the cut-off point here or else you would be venturing into netbook territory. The HP EliteBook 2540p ($1,629 direct) is certainly tiny, but it's also one of the most powerful, feature-packed ultraportables in the business. This particular one is configured with a long battery life in mind (8 hours' worth) by pairing a low-voltage Intel Core i7 processor with an extended battery. EliteBooks are all fortified with magnesium metals that form a boxy-looking frame. Had HP not capped the top-half with fine aluminum metals, the 2540p would have had the kind of business-bland design we see in the Lenovo ThinkPad X201 ($1,199 direct, ). Good looks aside, the 2540p is sturdy, since all EliteBooks go through a series of low-stress torture tests that involve moisture, vibration, dust, and extreme heat and cold. All this extra padding comes in handy for the road, though it won't be easy on your back. At 3.9 pounds, the 2540p is discernibly heavier than the Editors' Choice Sony VAIO VPC-Z116GXS ($1,800 direct, ) at 3.0 pounds and just edged out the Lenovo X201 at 3.8 pounds.
Tailor made for well-heeled business users, HP’s EliteBook line is known for its elegant but rugged designs and top-of-the-line components. The 2540p ($1,629 as configured), a new 12-inch addition to the line, lives up to this reputation, delivering fast Core i7 performance and long endurance thanks to the Ultra-Low Voltage CPU and large six-cell battery. And unlike with Lenovo’s ThinkPad X201s, you get a built-in optical drive. The EliteBook 2540p isn’t perfect, but it’s one of the best business ultraportables available.While HP recently focused on redesigning its line of notebooks for small businesses, its enterprise-ready line of EliteBooks look the same as before, which is to say the 2540p is still one sleek machine. The system has a full magnesium alloy casing, which extends to the palm rest, hinges, and chassis on the inside. The surfaces, meanwhile, are made of scratch-resistant anodized aluminum. The overall look is more modern than the latest ThinkPad X201s. At 4 pounds with the six-cell battery, the 2540p is a bit on the heavy side for an ultraporable. For example, the ThinkPad X201s weighs 3.4 pounds with its extended battery. Then again, the X201s doesn’t come with an integrated optical drive, and the 2540p’s small size (11.1 x 8.4 x 1.1 inches) makes it easy to carry with one hand.