Tuesday, September 20, 2011

HP EliteBook 2560p Notebook Review

The EliteBook 2560p is HP HP calls its "half-liter power plant." This business laptop is presented as a traveling companion with exceptional quality built with a slim and weighing just 3.6 kilos. But can this 12.5 inch Notebook Business resistant do while away from your desk? Read our full review to learn more about HP EliteBook smaller and lighter.

Specifications HP EliteBook 2560p :
  • 12.5-inch HD anti-glare 720p (1366x768) with LED backlighting
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
  • Intel Core i5-2410M dual-core processor (2.3GHz, up to 2.9GHz Turbo Boost, 3 MB L3 cache)
  • Intel QM67 chipset
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM
  • 320GB Toshiba 7200rpm hard drive (MK3261GSYN)
  • Broadcom 802.11 a/b/g/draft-n WiFi adapter, gigabit Ethernet
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • HP HD webcam
  • 6-cell Li-ion battery (62Whr)
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Weight: 3.68
  • Dimensions: 12.02 x 8.23 x 1.08 inches
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Price as configured: $1,819

The HP EliteBook 2560p currently starts at $1,485 for a more standard configuration. Although our model comes equipped with a Intel Core i5-2410M dual-core processor, users have the choice of selecting the Intel Core i7-2620M dual-core processor (2.7GHz clock speed/3.4 maximum Turbo Boost) for an extra $100. Other options include up to 8GB DDR3 RAM at 1333MHz, up to 500GB of hard drive storage space at 7200rpm or a 256GB capacity solid state drive. The only graphics option available is the Intel HD Graphics 3000

Design and build
The 12.5-inch 2560p is designed for business professionals who travel that is smaller and lighter in the family of Compaq laptops and it is built with HP DuraCase. Meaning, this laptop is supposed to stand against bumps, scratches, bumps and falls - and avoiding things like show cracks, broken hinges, and the loss of hard disk data.

The chassis is rugged magnesium alloy support structure as a robust and is designed to protect the top and bottom of the laptop against the elements. The display is layered magnesium and then covered with an anodized aluminum plate.

HP said that this construction is "50 percent stronger than magnesium alone." The palmrests are brushed with an aluminum finish that helps prevent against scratches and the display hinges are made of a metal alloy with a Axel steel shaft.

HP has tested the hinges withstand the power and said that the laptop can be opened and closed ten times every day for six years or 25,000 cycles. It's quite impressive that the laptop still weighs £ 3.68 with all that extra material and the overlay.

When you press down the center of the keyboard, the notebook does not bend under pressure, or palmrests. The display cover is so strong, even if the screen were all made of plastic. The lower part of the world outside the body is also plastic, but feels poorly constructed.

The design has not changed much since last year - it is always covered with black and silver accents and has a very professional look without being boring. In short, money on the black color scheme creates a nice contrast without being too extravagant. The surfaces are as smooth and feels good.

The general construction is exceptionally strong, and the design is pleasing to the eye. I'm sure it will withstand years of bumps, bruises and the occasional problem. Speaking of accidents, the 2560p has a shock mounted hard drive (to help prevent data loss in case of a fall) and the keyboard is spill-resistant.

In fact, there is not much to complain at all, but maybe some users would be a little disappointed, or fear that the battery protrudes from the rear. But this is certainly one of the best built, beautifully designed 12-inch laptop that I found.

Ports and Features
As we noted in our first appearance of the latest HP notebook, 2560p is the only notebook on the market an integrated optical drive in the smaller 12.5-inch. Our review model does not have one, but users have the ability to add DVD + /-RW SuperMulti optical drive or DVD-ROM.

Selection methods laptop is quite large. Since this is primarily intended for tourist / business notebooks, not HDMI. It does not have USB 3.0, although given the cost, it should have. What is it, there are three USB 2.0 ports in total (one for charging mobile devices), Smart Card reader, ExpressCard/34, SD / MMC, DisplayPort, eSATA, and openness.

Screen and speakers
HP EliteBook 2560p 12.5-inch anti-glare HD 720p (1366x768) with LED backlight. It has no upgrade options for the display. The screen is lower resolution, but then again most people in the photo / video or change the extensive work with better accuracy is needed while away from the table, then a lower resolution should not be a deciding factor.

Head-on at full brightness, the details of the screen good enough for real work tasks. The horizontal viewing angle is not so good, however, and begins to distort images about 5-10 degrees off center. The vertical viewing angle is much better: the pictures can not begin to deform up to about 25 degrees off center.

The contrast ratio is way low - we measured at 196:1, with a peak luminance of 149 nits in the center. This laptop displays acceptable color contrast for what it is mainly used for.

The 2560p has three speaker grilles located on the front of the notebook. The audio is above average for a notebook of this size with a wide range of volume levels high, medium and low. In a high volume of 2560p should be able to project the appropriate audio output for a presentation or training. At high levels of audio always sounds clear without sounding muffled or distorted.

Well, we had some problems with the location of the speakers. When speakers are placed at the front edge of the laptop instead of on top of the keyboard, the sound reaches the ears too, because the audio is not projected out as it should.

The placement also allowed me to experience the audio playback at high volume palmrests. It's annoying to feel the vibrations from the speakers when playing audio, even in the range of average volume of the speakers to create subtle but noticeable vibration through the palmrests.

Keyboard and touchpad
HP EliteBook 2560p has a Chiclet keyboard style with a spacing between the keys more important to help speed and travel. The keys are flat and have a structured feel to them. Travel and key cast are excellent, it is usually very easy to write with and a very pleasant experience. Support structure of the cabinet prevents the keyboard to flex under heavy pressure to write.

There are many keyboard is involved in 2560p. The first is the light above the keyboard on the screen, click once to open light bulb for use in a dark room, where there is no available light, or in situations where you do not want to bother the person next to you.

This is a small, but bright enough to write by hand in dark places. Other features include pin the mouse to the center of the keyboard, Wi-Fi, the browser will launch and quickly absorbs the keys to the upper right corner, and a fingerprint reader is on the lower right.

The only complaint I have is that the keyboard keys to page up, page down, end and home to set up / down and left / right arrow. Users must press the function key to use them, which can be a turn-off for frequent users of them.

Synaptics touchpad is very low - which means that if you want to move the cursor from one end of the screen to another, it will take longer than usual (even if the pointer speed is very fast). The touchpad surface is very smooth and creates a pleasant experience that is still going to be fun, even when wet fingers.

The size of the touch screen is a problem, but if you turn the pointer speed up that should not be a big problem. That said, the touchpad is above average for notebooks of this size because of its texture, improves its usability.

Performance and Benchmarks
Our Unit Review HP EliteBook 2560p is an Intel Core i5-2410M dual-core processor (2.3 GHz, up to 2.9 GHz Turbo Boost, 3 MB L3 cache), Intel integrated graphics card HD 3000 and 4GB Memory DDR3 1333 System performance is very good, especially in a form factor of this laptop.

Its performance is better than last year 12-inch HP EliteBook 2540p, especially in terms of graphics performance, even if the card is almost a constant in today's mainstream notebook PCs. 2560p is more able to handle multi-tasking activities such as photo / video editing and word processing.

The system can also play videos fine as long as the country is not a graphical environment to high, or 1080p (the graphics simply could not play 1080p, but 720p fine). Toshiba 320GB 7200RPM drive speed is fast, too, and reached just over 110 MB / s peak.

The heat and noise
The 2560p is able to remain calm, although the material was under pressure. The outside temperature reading higher, it was 94 degrees Fahrenheit at the top left and the lowest temperature was 81 degrees. The palmrests remained fine too, around the mid 80's. There was virtually no noise to be heard by the laptop, surprisingly, even when playing a movie in HD.

Battery Life
2560p provides autonomy for our test of the Standard Life. Our review of a notebook 6-cell 62Whr Li-ion, and users have the option of adding 9-cell 100Whr rather than when customizing the battery life even better. In our tests, set the screen brightness up to 70%, in turn activates the Wi-Fi (refresh a page every 60 seconds) and the fact that Windows 7 for the balance of power profile. The laptop was in 7 hours and 45 minutes.

HP EliteBook 2560p is a good choice for mobile professionals. Second-generation Intel Core i5-2410M dual-core processor and 4 GB of RAM will make multi-tasking breeze, and users can do any amount of work the system functions. Another reason for this notebook can run anywhere is that it was able to provide 7 hours and 45 minutes of battery life.

Build quality is exceptional - HP DuraCase chassis with magnesium alloy layers as a support structure will be comfortable when traveling users. This is the type of construction for years, this notebook will most likely need structural repairs for a very long time.

You get what you pay, however, and the price level of $ 1400-1900 sample. The 2560p is also a comfortable keyboard by pressing the scroll speed, but the touchpad is a bit on the small side and become an inconvenience. Also on the downside, the system does not have USB 3.0 Flash faster performance, and when the highest volume users will be able to feel the vibrations through the palmrests.

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