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The HP EliteBook 6930p is, I have to say is an okay tool for the average user. If, like me, you are a bit of a dunce when it comes to laptops, then I don't think you will be disappointed. The look and feel is solid and being brushed chrome adds to the quality feel of the product.
The screen s a good size and provides very easy vision of your work or DVDs. Key touch is also responsive and while I always seem to have problems remembering whether I have to press "ctrl" or "fn" before the volume control, it is easy to use...And Heavy...
I know a laptop is supposed to be portable and this one is, but if you have walk across London (other Cities are available!!) with this on your back, you will know about it. I haven't actually weighed it, but I would say it certainly one of the heavier tools I have had since I stopped working for a certain large Bank in 2005.
That said, it is strangely comforting to know you are holding something that doesn't feel like it is goig to break.
It does what you need it to do.
Within the first few weeks of starting my current job, I was handed a brand new Elitebook 6930p by my manager. Although I've never been a fan of HP computers or equipment, I was quite happy to recieve this neatly packaged little laptop.
To be honest, it wouldn't have been my first choice as there are plenty of other laptops out there which offer the same performance for a lot less cost. However, as I use this laptop on a daily basis, I thought this review might help someone else...
The laptop itself is beautifully pacakged with metallic coverings on the lid and on the wrist wrest, giving it a high-quality finish and making the laptop feel quite robust.
In terms of size, the laptop is very compact although surprisingly heavy for it's size - perhaps the metallic finish has added to this. Unfortunately, when you combine this weight with the rather heavy charger supplied, it becomes quite a weight on your shoulder!
The 14.1" screen is perfect for travelling but would be less tham ideal if you wanted to use it as your main computer for long periods of time. Of course, the laptop is supplied with with a VGA port which would allow you to connect it to a larger screen (or projector) if necessary.
Some 'touch' buttons along the top of the keyboard allow control of various functions such as wireless connectivity, presentation controls and sound controls. While some of these are useful, it has to be said that the volume controls are almost impossible to use effectively. Supposedly, you slide your finger to incease and decrease the volume - however, the sensitivity is far too high and you either end up on mute or at full volume.
There are some unusual, cool features with this laptop: Press a little button at the top of the screen and a little LED light pops out to provide a little keyboard light for use at night-time. The laptop also boasts a light-meter which can be used to automatically adjust the screen brightness according to your surroundings. A finger-print recognition system is also placed below the keyboard for those who want that little extra bit of security. Nice touches, but unfortunately they don't cover up some of the fundamental problems with this laptop.
As another reviwer has pointed out, one of the major problems with this laptop is the keyboard. My spacebar key has been sticky since I got it and it means that I really have to punch the key in order to get it working properly. Other keys have been okay, but unfortunately the spacebar is pretty much the most important button on a computer keyboard.
The supplied charger has also been a problem for me and other colleagues. The lead seems to be prone to loose connections and eventually ends up becoming unusable. A £6.99, Chinese-built, unauthentic replacement on ebay has already proven to be more reliable than the original that was provided!
I don't really wish to comment too much about speed and performance. The company that I work for have cluttered the laptop and the Windows XP OS with a truck-load of security software which has basically made the laptop next-to-useless and now my solar-powered calculator posesses better performance than this Core2 powered laptop. It's quite unfortunate really as the specifications of the laptop would point towards a really impressive system if maintained correctly.
Battery life is quite good and despite being over a year old, it doesn't seem to have lost much of it's performance. If you are performing basic tasks on your laptop then you can expect the battery to last somewhere around 2 hours on a charge.
Perhaps, I've been a little harsh on the laptop, but when you consider the price, you would expect better.
This could have been a great laptop but a few build-quality issues and design flaws make it seem overpriced and unreliable.
I was supplied this laptop by the company I work for over a year ago due to the fact i am on the road alot....I would like to say it is light and slimline but carting it around on my sholder for long periods of time tells me otherwise Its bulky and heavy compared to other models out there.
I wasnt supplied an instruction booklet that you would expect should you buy this directly, however this didnt pose any issues as it was simple to navigate through and gives you a step by step set up.
The keypad has been a sticking point quite literally, the keys are flimsy to the point that i no longer have the W or H since they pinged off and were unable to be put back on due to the tiny plactic connections snapping. They also have a tendancy to stick due to regular usedge, as this is a work laptop it gets used for over 40 hours a week ! The Spacebar is the main culprit for this and you tend to find you are hitting the keys that little bit harder to ensure your words are being typed.
The mouse pad again isnt the most reliable ive often found that if a small amount of dirt or debris gets on the pad you struggle to find the curser and spend time spinning your finger over it.
The Definition is good but i have struggled with the brightness and due to headaches this has been a personal issue you are able to adjust the light it just still remains duller than other laptops i have used.
2 functions on the casing of this laptop is a built in webcam although not used personally should we have live dial in confrences this would become more of a benifit it also has a small pop out light, which i have attempted to reap the benifits of whilst on a train however it isnt bright enough to have a big enough impact it just highlights the middle set of keys and leaves a reflection on the screen.
In summery should this laptop be used in a static enviroment, with enough lighting and less typing usage then i would recommend it as it has been reliable in the sense the battery power lasts and it has not died on me in over year, however for what i use it for it hasnt been a successful tool in my resources and should i have the opportunity to recommend another model to my company I would.
I have the Elitebook 6930p as my work laptop and use the web heavily. I have found that although there are some genuinely good things about the unit, there are some really annoying and frustratinig features.
First the good things;
Battery Life is excellent, much better than previous units I have used, particularly the Dell latitude.
Weight - as I move around a lot the light feel of the 6930p is a pleasant change.
Wireless card - I have found that the wireless card is extremely dependable and stable, which again makes a pleasant change from other units.
And now the not so good things;
HP installed software - i find this intrusive, annoying and detrimental to my use of the laptop. I have now managed to turn a lot of it off, but even so I still get reminders and interruptions from HP-this or HP that. When i first got the unit I wanted to chuck it out of the window after only having it for a couple of weeks because there were that many interruptions.
Reliability - I should say that this is my second one of these in less than a year. The first gave up the ghost after less than two months. Although it was replaced, it was not a good start.
Mousepad and buttons - the mousepad is OK but the buttons are temperamental.
Screen - although it has good definition, it is not very bright even on maximum brightness.
I am not sure that the product has been really well thought out, it is expensive, really expensive for what you get. It tries to be a high end laptop but it really is not. If I had the choice I would not be getting another one of these. I would also seriously consider not getting another HP simply because of the pre installed software.
I've owned a few high spec laptops over the last 4/5 years including a small Sony Vaio, Dell M1330 and currently the new MacBook Pro.
The Elitebook is my work laptop, so it gets a lot more abuse and use than my personal machines. The build quality from HP is very solid made up of a mixture of plastic and brushed aluminium. This mix of materials also creates a stylish look and feel about the machine.
The spec isn't overly impressive; the processor is mid-range and so is the graphics card. The amount of RAM is low in my opinion especially since prices have really dropped over the last couple of years.
Other features include a memory card reader, bluetooth, wifi, touch sensitive buttons, biometric finger print reader and a small pop out light at the top of the screen where you would expect to see a camera.
The machine works well for my daily needs including Visual Studio, large numbers of open windows and all the security stuff my company have installed.
Screen resolution is great for the small screen 1440 x 900 - this allows you to fit a large amount of information on the screen, however some may struggle reading the smaller sized text.
Battery life is superb, you can get a good 4-5hours heavy use without power.
The weight of the Elitebook is great, much lighter than my previous work laptop - HP nc6230.
Even though I've found this laptop superb in my work environment there are some reason I definitely wouldn't buy it with my own money... The laptop feels solid, but it also feels cheap... Matt plastic is already starting to turn shiny, the clips which close the lid feel like they will break or struggle to close properly. The touch sensitive buttons are pointless and lack the immediate response you expect....
....and finally, the price for the spec is crazy. My MacBook cost less than the advertised price for this machine and the spec is almost exactly the same.
HP have made what appears from the offset to be a great machine, but live with it for a few hours and it's weaknesses start to show. For the spec, just 2GB of RAM, the machine is extremely overpriced when compared against their consumer range.
Iv recently reviewed the bigger of the three elite books from Hp and then the most protable laptop from the Hp elite book range too. This is then the middle range one, and the middle price one, quite oddly they get more expensive the smaller one you get, however this is just because the technology needed to make a more portable laptop as opposed to a larger one cost more.
Like the other larger laptop from the same range, its also comes in a steel case, this not
only makes it look good but also makes it feel really sturdy to hold and really robust.
One downside to this is that it does show up fingerprints really easily and you do find your self having
to clean it quite often if you don?t want it to look a bit messy.
While this one doesn?t look quite as modern and nice as the smaller version of it, the laptop still have a new and modern design and look about it.
The laptop offers 2gb of ram and this really does make this machine run fast. And if the 2 gb isn't enough for you (although I cant see this amount ever not being big enough for you), then you can easily upgrade your ram to 8gb. This will just make everything even faster than it already is, so if you so really need your laptop to be a bit faster then you have got this option at a later date. This is really good because what tends to happen is that as your laptop gets older, and your add more programs and files, it eventually gets slower and slower, this is just something that happens, so having this extra 6gb of ram available to be installed into the laptop means that if it does start to run slower than you want it to, then you can easily have extra ram installed.
The laptop is also a hell of a lot quicker than the smaller notebook, its Intel® Core?2 Duo Processor T9400 runs at speeds of 2.53 Ghz and makes using it really fast and efficient.
The hard drive is also very good, its 160 gb, which is smaller than the bigger laptop but its larger than the smaller notebook from Hp, I think it?s a good medium and 160 gb offers a fair size for most peoples storage needs.
The screen size is only a touch smaller than most at just 14.1 inches, and as the laptop is not really that small, it hosts a full sixed keyboard. The larger screen size and full sized keyboard makes this laptop easier to do work on than the smaller model.
So, the laptop as a good spec, but what it like for portability?
It may not be tiny, but it is still quite small. Its only 33.1 cm wide, 24.3 cm in depth and just over 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 2.2 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 just under 6 hours of battery life with ongoing use.
To say this is only about half an hour less than the smaller model this is fantastic as the screen is a lot larger and it also has a lot faster processor speeds too.
This laptop is great for doing work on not only at home, but also when out and about, its not quite as small as their other one, and its also not as good looking as the other one either.
However this laptop is about £400 cheaper than the smaller version is, its almost got as good battery life, and it?s a lot faster whilst still holding a larger hard drive too.
The larger laptop of the three got 4 stars, as did the smaller one, but this one is 5 stars all the way and I recommend this to anyone who wants a good laptop, whether it be portable or not.