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I travel a lot and have got through quite a few laptops in my time. My Dell fell to pieces under the strain of going into and out of bags at the airport, the hotel, the meeting etc. My Sony Vaio caught fire. Some might say that my schedule is tough on laptops, and they would probably be right.
I bought the HP Elitebook because I read reviews like this that said it was well-made and durable. They were right. It has a chassis that does not bend like most I have used, it is still firmly and comfortingly rigid after almost 2 years. They also said it had a good keyboard. They were wrong - it has an extraordinarily good keyboard - far and away the best I have used on a laptop and even better than standalone keyboards. There is no flexing of the keyboard when typing, even very quickly and firmly and the feel of the keys is extremely comfortable. i once spent the whole night in an airport waiting for a flight and working the whole time - even under these conditions it remained a joy to type on after 6 hours.
In terms of performance I have not been disappointed either. It is probably not the fastest, although I purchased a RAM upgrade which means that with 3GB it is more than adequate for any business use. I strongly recommend this (as I would with any PC).
Battery life is good; 4-6 hours with the standard battery (even with wifi on) but I also purchased the high capacity battery that gives 10-12 hours. I have really spent a whole working day with no mains power and I find that very impressive.
Weight and form factor are good - this is a compact laptop that fits easily into my luggage and does not weigh too much. The screen size was chosen because I wanted something compact enough to be able to work on the plane (in economy class) and on trains. Both boxes ticked.
If you can still get this laptop then do. There may be some concerns that HP has announced it will no longer be in the hardware business, but if you need something to do the business duty cycle of 3-4 years without any problems then this is well worth considering. Highly recommended.
This is another fantastic notebook from Hp. it?s the HP EliteBook 2530p. One of their most portable and also best spec laptops out at the moment, and perhaps that?s why its so expensive at around £1400.
The laptop is very good, and modern looking. Its encased in a steel shell, with the colour of aluminium.
Its got a kind of nice rounded curve shaped sides and the screen is detached from the body apart from the hinges in the middle, this gives it a kind of futuristic look which I like about it.
The laptop offers a fantastic 2 GB of ram, which means this laptop does run really fast. However don?t expect it to be running quite as fast as less portable laptops as because its small, they have had to save on the processor only offering a Intel Core 2 Duo SL9400 with speeds of 1.86 Ghz. Which in this day of age, isn?t really that good.
The hard drive isn?t that good either, its 120 gb, which to be honest is more than enough for me if im not storing things like music and movies on. So if your only using this one for mainly work on the go then you should easily have enough space on it, and if you need more you could always just buy a cheap little external hard drive, which may be better than slowing down your computer with lots of files any way.
The screen size is really what makes this laptop so ?elite?. It is a mere 12.1" TFT screen, which may take a little bit of getting used to if you usually use something that?s 15.4 inches or more. However after a while there?s not really a problem with a smaller screen size, and because the screen is small the laptop is therefore smaller and its a lot easier to carry around, have on your lap, and do work on.
The keyboard is only a touch smaller than the average and you will barely notice the difference as a lot of laptop keyboards do vary in size slightly anyway. Typing is really just as easy as normal.
Okay then, now we get to what the laptop was made for, its portability.
Well firstly its very small, its only 29 cm wide, 21 cm in depth and just under 3 cm high when closed so as you can see, it is very easy to carry about with you.
It is also very light, despite being encased in steel, it still only weights 1.7 Kg and feels really light when you pick it up.
One really good thing about this laptop though, is despite it feeling really light to pick up, it doesn?t feel flimsy in the slightest. This is down to its steel casing which not only looks good but also serves a purpose in protecting the laptop as well.
The battery life is also great on this laptop, it offers you over 6 hours of battery life with ongoing use.
This is partly down to its small screen, and partly down to the slower processor speeds, either way, it offers you a lot of working time when on the move.
This laptop is great for doing work on when out and about, you can pop this into your rucksack, or handbag, and barley even notice its there. It looks very stylish and there?s a lot of great features.
What its not good for is multimedia uses, it has quite slow processor speeds, and a rubbish graphics card. So playing games on this, watching movies and other used like that really let it down, however if you want a laptop for these purposes then you should get a multimedia laptop and not a small notebook.
If you?ve got the cash to spare, and you want one of the best looking notebooks out there then this is great for you, but if I had to say whether or not I advise it then id have to say no. Its no where near as quick as the life books and Sony?s notebooks and is more expensive than them too.