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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.
Build and Design
The 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 outer shell of the screen casing is metal, but the inner screen bezel is plastic. Unlike the 15-inch EliteBook 8540p we previously reviewed, the display lid flexes slightly when significant pressure is applied to the center of the lid. But it’s still much stronger than what we typically see on other high quality 12-inch business notebooks.
When HP says that the EliteBook 2540p was designed “to meet the military standards (MIL-STD 810F) for high/low temperatures and dust,” they mean the notebook is built to withstand years of use and abuse.
With all this rugged durability built into the design, you have to expect a trade-off, which in this case is weight. Some 12-inch business class notebooks tip the scale at 3 pounds or less. The EliteBook 2540p has a starting weight of 3.38 pounds with a 6-cell battery, but the added durability more than makes up for a minor weight increase.
Screen and Audio
The 2540p comes equipped with a 12.1-inch anti-glare widescreen with a typical WXGA resolution. At 1280 x 800 pixels, the display displays fine details without making things too small to work comfortably while on the move. Of course, the resolution might be limiting if you use the notebook as a mobile video and photo editing platform, but most people interested in a 12-inch notebook aren’t editing high-resolution photos on the road.
When viewing the screen from straight ahead, colors are rich and contrast is excellent. Full-screen movies look quite good, with deep blacks and good viewing angles. Horizontal viewing angles are particularly impressive so you shouldn’t have trouble showing a presentation to multiple people sitting at a desk. The vertical viewing angle from above starts to wash out at extreme angles and colors begin to invert from below, but most users won’t view the screen from high above or far below.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard’s layout is slightly different than what you might find on other HP consumer notebooks. The individual key presses are quiet without loud clicking sounds as you type. Keys are flatter and have a little less space in between them. The key spacing had to make room for the addition of the pointstick.
The EliteBook 2540p also includes the same keyboard light as the larger EliteBook notebooks. Press the tiny light bulb button above the screen and a small LED pops out and shines down on the keyboard. The light isn’t very bright, but it’s bright enough so that if you’re on an airplane for example, you can still see the keyboard in the dark without annoying the person next to you.
Ports and Features
The EliteBook 2540p offers an excellent port selection, but depending on the model configuration, your options can change. For example the model without a built-in optical drive has a 2.5-inch hard drive and an extra USB port.
SKU LF423EC#ABU-CG Type Notebook/Laptop Condition Status Refurbished Model 2540P SSD Capacity 80GB SSD Colour Silver Warranty 3 Month Hardware Connectivity USB 2.0 Speakers Integrated Sound Speakers MPN LF423EC#ABU
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