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HP EliteBook 2540p

alaTest has collected and analyzed 101 reviews of HP EliteBook 2540p. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Views about the durability and portability are on the whole positive. The usability and price also get good views. Comments are divided on the battery. The sound and energy efficiency get critical comments.

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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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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of HP EliteBook 2540p from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Some have doubts about the price.


67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Apr, 2017

Expert review by: Katherine Stevenson (

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...

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: (

Review HP EliteBook 2540p Subnotebook


Uncompromising. A very powerful subnotebook with long battery life? HP has crammed the most it possibly could into this 12.1-inch machine. This smallest of the EliteBooks has a Core i7, along with wireless technology from WLAN to GPS and ports from...

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

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: Zack Stern (

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.

May, 2010

Expert review by: Kevin O'Brien (

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

When it comes down to which company makes a better business notebook, I think HP and Lenovo both offer exceptional products. Although in the end, it’s about the look and feel you prefer. The HP EliteBook series offers a more refined brushed-metal...

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (

HP EliteBook 2540p Review


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...

Sleek, durable design, Core i7 power, Long battery life, Convenient instant-on software, Energy efficient

A bit pricey, Small hard drive, Small touchpad and touch buttons

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: (

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.

Expert review by: Ryan McLaughlin (

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...

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: (

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.

Jul, 2010

Expert review by: lang2009 ( )

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.

Jun, 2010

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Jamie Bsales (

HP EliteBook 2540p


HP added an optical drive, Core i7 power, and a host of extras to this already-solid 12.1-inch model. The result? The best mainstream business ultraportable we've seen.

Internal optical drive; good performance; sleek design; QuickLook and QuickWeb preboot environments; Webcam reads business cards

A bit expensive

HP has done an impressive job with the EliteBook 2540p, delivering just about everything a business user could want while keeping the weight down. If you’ve stayed away from an ultraportable because you hate the thought of an external optical drive,...

Apr, 2010

Product Specifications


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera signal format:720p


Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:Full HD / No / QHD+


Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.759
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x191E
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4


Keyboard backlit: Yes


4G: No

Ports & interfaces

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1


Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 10 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):17.1 / 29.8
Memory channels supported by processor:2 / Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1866,1600 / 800,1066
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 800/1066 / DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L2 / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Arrandale / Skylake
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-600 Mobile series / Intel Core m5-6Y series / Intel Core m7-6Y series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):25 / 35 / 4.5

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:1.00
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel® OS Guard: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): Yes
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36
Processor ARK ID:43544 / 43559 / 43563 / 47341 / 49653 / 88199 / m5-6Y57
Processor package size:20 / 34 / rPGA 37.5x 37.5, BGA 34x28


Password protection: Yes