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HP EliteBook 2530p

alaTest has collected and analyzed 51 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and portability. The screen and performance are also appreciated, but the resolution and sound get less positive views.

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value for money, sound, resolution

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP EliteBook 2530p is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Review HP Elitebook 2530p Notebook


Mini Elitebook. HP's Elitebook range is made up of notebooks for

Robust and elegant case; Shock-resistant hard drive; Spill-resistant keyboard; Good processor performance for applications; Screen suitable for use outside; Easy-to-use transport lock; Can be connected to a docking station; Optical drive

Lid hinges not very firm; Positioning of the audio ports; Only 2 USB 2.0 ports on this model

Business notebooks in the classic 12" subnotebook category. HP Compaq 2230s, the Toshiba Portégé A600/R500, Lenovo Thinkpad X200s...

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HP 2530p


The first word that comes to mind when you pick up HP's 2530p is “solid.” From its heft, to its construction, to its scratch-resistant anodized aluminum display enclosure and palm rest, this notebook seems eminently rugged. HP claims that the 2530p has...

Allows more access to its innards than other similar notebooks. Very solid. Has a 2MP webcam

Battery protrudes from body almost an inch. Only has two USB ports

If you’re looking for an ultraportable solution that gets the job done and requires no babying, the HP 2530p is that product.

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HP's EliteBook Turns Netbook Users Green with Envy


The next time you see some miserable drone hunched over his tiny, underpowered netbook, pecking away at cramped keys and straining to see the screen, pull out

Boots quick and runs for hours. About as compact as a notebook can be and still have a full-size keyboard. Squeezes in a touchpad and a pointing stick for users who prefer one over the other. Optional wireless modem works with multiple carriers (though...

It’s how much? What is this, a MacBook Air? Slow, sucky integrated graphics. Awkward, over-engineered touch volume controls hard to control. Six-cell battery sticks out from the rear, taking a little of the notebook's compactness with it


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Elitebook 2530P


Bundled software information updated 1/15, 12:00 p.m. PDT

Dual pointing devices Great, big battery with an external gage

Stubborn volume controls

But, really, the lack of an easy way to control volume is not much of a drawback on an ultraportable. In all other ways the EliteBook lives up to its name. If you have the money, it has all the panache you could want in a light, fast, and easy-to-use...

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HP EliteBook 2530p Laptop Review


Dual pointing devices ; Great, big battery with an external gage

Stubborn volume controls

Pricey but worth it, the HP EliteBook 2530P lives up to its name with extras not ordinarily found on an ultraportable.

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HP EliteBook 2530p Review


The answer: Nobody puts baby in the corner ... because baby will kick your ass

Attractive and sleek design ; Extreme durability in an extremely small package ; Excellent overall performance in its class ; Fantastic screen with good viewing angles and excellent brightness ; Great port selection for a 12-inch notebook ; Small form...

Less than ideal location for tiny mono-speaker ; Fan can run a little loud ; Too much bloatware for a business notebook ; HP won't let me keep it

Bottom line, if you're looking fo a business-grade 12-inch notebook then the HP EliteBook 2530p belongs at the top of your list

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HP EliteBook 2530p


Built for road warriors, this 12-inch ultraportable offers a durable design and well over 6 hours of battery life.

The HP EliteBook 2530p is a tough and elegant ultraportable well suited to road warriors. Its boot time is slow, but it’s otherwise zippy and lasts almost 7 hours on a charge. The The HP EliteBook 2530p is a tough and elegant ultraportable well suited...

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Review: HP EliteBook 2530p Laptop


There is a constant struggle in the Laptop industry between small and portable or big and powerful. I am not a fan of Netbooks because they are a little too small. I am also not a fan of BIG laptops because they are not portable enough. So when I look...

Overall I am impressed with the laptop. The performance is fairly low, but I kind of expected this because of the size of the laptop. However, the battery life more than makes up for the low performance, the battery life is absolutely amazing. If you...

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Review: HP EliteBook 2530p notebook


HP's EliteBook 2530p is part of a small group of elite ultraportable notebooks aimed at high-demand users who want a full-featured notebook at a minimal weight. Systems like the 2530p, and the ThinkPad X200 (or the X301), Panasonic Toughbook W8, and a...

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HP EliteBook 2530p


Strong performance, long battery life, and durability make this EliteBook 2530p one of the hottest business notebooks around.

Solid performance; long battery life; business rugged design, extra security

Pricey; small function keys

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Product Specifications

Lighten your workload. With a starting weight of just 3.0lb/1.36kg, the stylish HP EliteBook 2530p series is HP's smallest and lightest business notebook PC and comes with all the features to keep you going without weighing you down.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone/Stereo microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Run Time (Up To):7.25hour(s)/8.25hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:3MB/6MB

Dimensions & Weight

Weight:3.2lbs/3.3lbs/3.3lbs / 3.2lbs

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:12.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):30.7cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes


Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP EliteBook

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad / Pointing stick/Keyboard / Pointing stick / Touchpad/Pointing stick / Touchpad / Keyboard


Data Bus Speed:1066MHz/800MHz


Manufacturer Selling Program:HP Smart Buy


Cellular Enhancement Protocol:CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO Rev. 0 / EDGE / GPRS / GSM / HSDPA/EDGE / UMTS / GPRS / GSM / CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO Rev. A / WCDMA / HSPA / CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO Rev. 0
Cellular Network Supported: Yes
Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:Bell 103J / Bell 212A / ITU T.30 / ITU T.4 / ITU V.17 / ITU V.21 / ITU V.22 / ITU V.22bis / ITU V.23 / ITU V.250 / ITU V.251 / ITU V.27ter / ITU V.29 / ITU V.32 / ITU V.32bis / ITU V.34 / ITU V.80 / ITU V.8bis / ITU V.92/ITU V.21 / Bell 212A / ITU V.22 / ITU V.22bis / ITU V.29 / ITU V.32 / ITU V.32bis / ITU V.34 / ITU V.17 / ITU V.23 / ITU V.27ter / ITU V.8bis / Bell 103J / ITU V.92 / ITU T.30 / ITU T.4 / ITU V.250 / ITU V.251 / ITU V.80/ITU V.80 / ITU V.251 / ITU V.250 / ITU T.4 / ITU T.30 / ITU V.92 / Bell 103J / ITU V.8bis / ITU V.27ter / ITU V.23 / ITU V.17 / ITU V.34 / ITU V.32bis / ITU V.29 / ITU V.22bis / Bell 212A / ITU V.21
Type:Fax / modem/Fax / modem / cellular modem


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0)/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / IEEE 802.11n (draft) / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft 2.0)/802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)/802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft 2.0)/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:10x (CD) / 2x (DVD-RW) / 2.4x (DVD+RW)/10x (CD) / 2x (DVD-RW) / 2.4x (DVD+RW) / 2x (DVD-RAM)/10x (CD) / 2x (DVD-RW) / 2.4x (DVD+RW) / 2x (DVD-RAM) / 16x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
Type:DVD/None/None / DVD
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 4x (DVD/24x (CD) / 4x (DVD / 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Edition:Windows Vista Business
Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Professional / XP Professional downgrade/Microsoft Windows Vista Business/Microsoft Windows Vista Business / XP Professional downgrade/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.2GHz/1.6GHz/1.86GHz/2.13GHz
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:SL9300/SL9400/SL9600/SU9300
Type:Core 2 Duo


Installed Size:1GB/2GB/3GB/4GB
Max Supported Size:8GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty


Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Hard Drive Features:Solid State Drive
Type:Portable/Portable / Solid state/Solid state

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:120GB/160GB/250GB/250GB / 80GB/80GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino 2 with vPro Technology/Intel Centrino with vPro Technology
Recommended Use:Corporate business / Small business/Corporate business / Small business/Small business / Corporate business
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 4500MHD