The Bottom Line
- Great durability
- Convenient quick access features
- Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
- Lots of configuration options
- Not as light, sleek or flashy as other ultraportables
- Average video performance
- Display could be brighter
- Processor: Base model - Intel Core i5 Processor - Dual Core with Turbo Boost; Upgraded models - Intel Core i7 Processor Dual Core (SV) or (LV) with Turbo Boost
- OS (preinstalled): FreeDOS, Vista, or Windows 7
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
- Memory: 2 slots supporting dual-channel memory for up to 8GB total
- Display: 12.1" diagonal LED-backlit WXGA anti-glare 1280x800
- Hard Drive: 250/320/500GB 7200rpm or 80/160 GB SSD; other options for low voltage processor configuration
- Battery: 3 cell, 6 cell, or 9 cell Lithium-ion options
- Networking: Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wi-fi, bluetooth, optional mobile broadband modem
- Dimensions & Weight: 11.1" x 8.4", 1.1" thick, 3.38 lbs. without the optical drive
- Warranty: Limited 90-day, 1-year, and 3-year warranteies depending on country
Guide Review - HP EliteBook 2540p
February 20, 2011: As with people, sometimes first impressions of computer products can be very telling. Unpacking the HP Elite Book 2540p -- HP's smallest and lightest EliteBook (their higher-end business notebook line) -- I was impressed by how solid and strong the laptop seems. And, in fact, HP constructed this EliteBook to meet tough military standards, with a very sturdy magnesium-alloy casing and HP durafinish to resist scratching. (The display enclosure can withstand up to 300 lbs. of pressure!) The full-size keyboard is also spill-resistant and even has drains to protect from inadvertent spills (if you're ever gotten your coffee too close to a keyboard, you know how perilous a spill can be). The hard drive is protected from sudden drops or impact with HP's drive guard. In other words, this notebook is ruggedly built, designed to withstand all sorts of mobile or outdoor trouble.
With a 12.1" WXGA screen and weight starting at 3.38 lb., the HP EliteBook 2540p is also meant to be used on the move. Innovative features like the QuickLook 3 and QuickWeb make it easy to quickly access your Outlook data or a website when your laptop is off--you don't need to wait for the whole system to boot up. Just press one of the very cool LED buttons and you can get to the critical info you need in a few seconds (a big help for busy mobile professionals).
Other great features for mobile professionals in particular include a disk sanitation system to permanently destroy data on your hard drive before you dispose of it, remote management capabilities so your IT guys can help you troubleshoot any problems, and touchpad gestures for time-saving shortcuts.
I enjoyed typing on the chiclet keyboard and using the smooth touchpad and rubber track pad buttons. You could type comfortably on the laptop for quite a while (the extended battery provides 10+ hours of running time). I also liked the screen's matte finish. Although the display was clear, however, it seemed oddly not very bright, even when I had the brightness on at the highest setting.
Performance-wise, I found the laptop to be top-notch for business applications. The review system I received had an Intel core i7 Processor, 4GB of memory, and a 250 GB 7200 rpm hard drive--great specs. Video performance is about average, though, as you would expect from the integrated graphics card.
A nice thing about the EliteBook 2540p (and, indeed, most of HP's computers) is the customization options -- you can add a DVD writer in the upgrade bay, add a fingerprint sensor for extra security, use a docking station or add a second hard drive, preinstall a mobile broadband module, and more.
The HP EliteBook 2540p is one of the nicest business laptops that I've seen in a while, offering a nice mix of portability, sturdiness, and power -- obviously designed with mobile professionals and travelers in mind.