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HP EliteBook 2540p

alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the battery and keyboard. The build quality and performance also get good feedback, but many are less positive about the sound and value for money.

portability, performance, build quality, keyboard, battery

screen, value for money, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP EliteBook 2540p is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 44 reviews)

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Review HP EliteBook 2540p Subnotebook

 

Uncompromising. A very powerful subnotebook with long battery lif

Powerful for a subnotebook; Low temperature increase during normal use; Integrated DVD drive; Low energy consumption; Good battery life; Robust construction; High-quality materials; Keyboard gives good feedback; Point-stick and touchpad; Docking port;...

Poor screen contrast; Slow, small hard drive; Only 2 GB of RAM

The Lenovo Thinkpad X100e : 11.6-inch machine with spartan AMD performance, or even better the Thinkpad X201 with similar hardware; the HP Elitebook 2530p: this model’s predecessor with SL9400; the Panasonic Toughbook CF-W8: lightweight and with...

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HP EliteBook 2540p Review

 

In last year's ultraportable notebook roundup (August 2009), HP's EliteBook 2530p put in a strong showing, wowing us with its good looks, sturdy construction, and strong performance. Its successor, the EliteBook 2540p, is strikingly similar in many...

Solid build; strong performance; generous feature set

There are lighter, slimmer, and sexier ultraportables out there; we’d like more storage

Should you want to add or swap out hardware, the 2540p offers easy access on its underside to one of the notebook’s two DIMMs, the hard drive bay, and an ExpressCard slot should you decide to add a broadband modem. Road warriors could scarcely do...

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HP EliteBook 2540p

 

After wading through netbook after anemic netbook over the past two years, you could be forgiven for dismissing HP's diminutive EliteBook 2540p as yet another underperforming compact notebook at first glance. But give it a closer look. This is no mere...

Powerful selection of Core i5 and i7 CPUs ; Top-notch build quality ; Extremely effective anti-glare screen ; Durable, comfortable keyboard and touchpad ; Competitive weight and size ; Optional optical drive, pointing nub

Well short of rated battery life ; Ho-hum LCD display ; Business-class price ; No optional 3D graphics

The smallest business laptop HP offers, the EliteBook 2540p is light on the scales but heavy on performance and build quality.

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HP EliteBook 2540p

 

A new HP laptop, the EliteBook 2540p assembles zippy components and versatile ports in a nimble case. Though HP's omission of a graphical processor slows the machine down for games and 3D software, this model possesses ample power for nearly any...

Zippy processor can handle any office task ; Small but still fits full keys and big features

Screen colors and contrast look muted ; Weak gaming and 3D software performance

Small enough to travel anywhere, the EliteBook 2540p breezes through business tasks.

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HP EliteBook 2540p Review

 

The EliteBook 2540p is the latest road-warrior ultraportable notebook from HP. The 2540p offers a 12.1-inch WXGA screen, Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, built-in optical drive with select configurations, and a plethora of storage options. In our...

Great build quality ; Good looks ; Excellent keyboard

Very costly to customize ; Slow 1.8-inch hard drive

The HP EliteBook 2540p easily ranks among the better 12-inch ultraportable business notebooks we've seen. It offers exceptional build quality and a well-crafted design on par with its main competitor, the ThinkPad X201, and offers a very similar parts...

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HP EliteBook 2540p

 

This good-looking and durable business ultraportable offers a great combination of speed and battery life.

At $1,629, the HP EliteBook 2540p is not for bargain hunters. But if you travel frequently on business and want a notebook that can look good while standing up to some abuse, this ultraportable is worth the premium. It also boasts fast performance and...

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HP Elitebook 2540p

 

Business ultraportables encompass a wide range of systems, the smallest of which have 12-inch widescreens. A 12-inch screen has to be the cut-off point here or else you would be venturing into netbook territory. The HP EliteBook 2540p ($1,629 direct)...

Ruggedized for business travel. Optical drive included. DisplayPort. Firewire. Excellent battery life. Multiple configuration options. 9-cell battery available. Soft keyboard for sensitive fingers

Pointing stick is unpleasant to use. Twelve-inch screen has a small workspace

The HP EliteBook 2540p makes the fewest sacrifices among its rivals, but you have to be willing to put up with a 12-inch screen.

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Review: HP EliteBook 2540p Notebook

 

For a road-warrior having a light weight easy to access computer is essential, that is why the ultraportable is the only option. Ultraportables are easy to carry because they are so small, but the still offer enough power to get any task done. The...

I am really happy with this laptop, don’t let the low scores fool you, these are great scores for an ultraportable. The HP EliteBook 2450p is a great ultra portable for any road warrior that is looking for a easy to use and very portable machine to...

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Review: HP EliteBook 2540p notebook

 

The EliteBook 2540p is HP's flagship business ultraportable. This successor to the acclaimed 2530p brings a slight refresh to HP's 12-inch enterprise laptop and is designed to give Lenovo's ThinkPad X201 a run for its money. The real changes from the...

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HP EliteBook 2540p vs. Lenovo ThinkPad X201

 

HP EliteBook 2540p and Lenovo ThinkPad X201 are both very popular in the market. at first glance, the outlooks of HP EliteBook 2540p and Lenovo ThinkPad X201 are similar to the previous generation laptops, but changes in the internal details are still...

The similarities between Lenovo X201 and HP 2540p are fully reflected, and it can be said that the performances of two laptop are about the same.

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Product Specifications

Configuration

DVD Writer:DVD-Writer / No
Embedded 3G/4G:3G / No
Embedded UMTS:No / Yes
Fingerprint Reader:No / Yes
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive / Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam:No / Yes

Connectivity

Bluetooth:No / Yes
Card Reader:2 in 1 Card Reader / Multi Card Reader / Single Card Reader
Firewire: Yes
TV Output:No / Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED / No
True Resolution:WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology:Centrino 2 / Centrino 2 VPro / Centrino vPro / No
Intel Centrino Technology:Centrino 2 / Centrino 2 VPro / Centrino vPro / No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No
RAM Type:DDR3 SDRAM
Type:Portable

Graphic

Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel / Intel ®
GPU Model (Graphic Card):Intel ® HD GPU / INTEL HD GPU

Processor

Chipset Brand:Intel / Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:QM57 / Unknown
Processor:CORE I5 / CORE I7 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel / Intel ®
Processor Number:I5-540M / I7-640LM
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