HP EliteBook 2540p rugged ultraportable hands-on

Feb 28, 2010

HP have announced their lightest EliteBook ultraportable yet, the HP EliteBook 2540p, and while it may only tip the scales at 3.3lbs it's still got the same MIL-STD 810G vibration, dust, humidity, altitude and temperature resilience of the 2740p tablet.  Like its swivel-screen sibling, the EliteBook 2540p has a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors along with up to 8GB of DDR3 memory and various HDD/SSD storage options.  Check out more details plus some hands-on first impressions after the cut.

The 2540p is built around a 12.1-inch 1366 x 768 LED-backlit display, and has an optional 2-megapixel webcam, fingerprint scanner and Gobi EVDO/HSPA integrated 3G.  Other connectivity includes a handful of USB 2.0 ports, VGA, gigabit ethernet, ExpressCard/34, a memory card reader and audio in/out, while wireless ranges from standard WiFi b/g through optional a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.

As for battery life, HP reckon users will see up to 4hrs from the lightweight 3-cell pack, up to 8hrs from the 6-cell or up to 10.5hrs from the 9-cell.  There's also HP Fast Charge, which promises to get your battery to 90-percent within 90 minutes (assuming the 2540p is switched off, mind).  The distinctive keyboard is paired with both a trackpad and a trackpoint stick.

Hands-on, the EliteBook 2540p obviously doesn't feel as flexible as its tablet sibling, but it's a reassuringly solid machine.  HP were obviously demonstrating a reasonably-specified model, which whipped through Windows 7 with no issues.  HP expect the EliteBook 2540p to go on sale in April 2010, priced from $1,099.

HP EliteBook 2540p rugged ultraportable hands-on

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