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HP EliteBook 2540p

alaTest has collected and analyzed 104 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. Reviews about the durability and portability are overall positive. The usability and price also get good comments, but there are some critical opinions about the sound and energy efficiency.

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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 85/100 = 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 Many are less positive about the price.


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Mar, 2018

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 : Cisco Cheng (

HP EliteBook 2540p


HP's smallest business ultraportable, the HP EliteBook 2540p, is as sturdy and feature-rich as some of the bigger EliteBooks.

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.

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Mar, 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 : 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


Audio:High definition audio; Integrated dual-microphone array; Integrated speakers; Touch-sensitive controls for volume up, volume down, and mute Combo headphone/microphone jack
Audio included:High definition audio; Integrated dual-microphone array; Integrated speakers; Touch-sensitive controls for volume up, volume down, and mute Combo headphone/microphone jack
Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HP Premier Sound
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: No
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2


Battery Capacity:55 / 62 / 68
Battery capacity (Watt hours):55 / 62 / 68
Battery life (max):7.3 / 7.30 / 7.5 / 8 / 9.5
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6 / 8


Front Camera:N / Y


Certification:ENERGY STAR qualified; EPEAT Gold / EPEAT Gold / WEEE, IT Eco
Energy Star certified: / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes


Color of product:Black / Black, Silver / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Intel segment tagging:Enterprise
Product type:Notebook

Disk Drive

Hard disk controller:SATA II
Hard disk drive type:160 GB 5400 rpm SATA II


3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
Display Diagonal:12 / 12.1 / 17
Display number of colors:16.77 / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 1680 x 1050
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
Full HD: No
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:55 / 65
Power auto-sensing: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Y
Discrete graphics adapter model: / Intel HD / Intel HD Graphics / No
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.759
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:266 / 500
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):566 / 766
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics

Hard Drive

Hard disk controller:SATA II
Hard disk drive type:160 GB 5400 rpm SATA II


Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY / Spill-resistant keyboard with drains; HP DuraKeys; HP Night Light shines directly on keyboard for low-light conditions
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device: / Touchpad / Touchpad + Pointing Stick / Touchpad + Scroll zone
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys: Yes


Internal memory:2 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory layout:1 x 2 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 / 2 x 2
Memory slots: / 1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM
Memory upgrade:8


3G:No / Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1 / 2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / Integrated Intel Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 NIC)
Wi-Fi:No / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11n / No
WWAN:No / Yes

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60

Optical Drive

Disc types supported:CD
LightScribe:No / Yes
Optical drive interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / No

Other Features

Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HP Premier Sound
Battery Type:HP 6-cell (62 WHr) Lithium-Ion Primary Battery
Compatible operating systems:Genuine Windows Vista Business 64; Genuine Windows Vista Enterprise 32; Genuine Windows Vista Enterprise 64; Genuine Windows 7 Enterprise 32; Genuine Windows 7 Enterprise 64; Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 32; Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 64; SuSE Linux Enterprise 10 / Windows XP\nWindows 7
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Dimensions (WxDxH):11 x 8 x 1 / 11.1 x 8.4 x 1.1 / 15.6 x 11.2 x 1.44
Display: / LCD
Docking solution:HP 2540 Docking Station, HP USB 2.0 Docking Station, HP Essential USB 2.0 Port Replicator, HP Dual Hinge Notebook Stand, HP Display and Notebook Stand, HP Basic Adjustable Stand, HP Adjustable Display Stand, HP Adjustable Dual Display Stand
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Expansion Slots:1 Express Card/34; 1 Smart Card Reader; 1 secure digital/MultiMedia card
Graphics adapter family:ATI / Intel
Hard drive controller type:SATA II (5400 rpm)Solid State DriveSATA II (7200 rpm) / SATA II (5400 rpm)\nSATA II (7200 rpm)\nSolid State Drive / SATA II (5400 rpm)\nSolid State Drive\nSATA II (7200 rpm)
Indication light: Yes
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem:No / Yes
Manageability features:HP 3D DriveGuard; Intel Core i5 with vPro/Intel Core i7 with vPro technology capable
Maximum hard drive capacity:160
Minimum hard disk space:80
Minimum RAM:2
Modem Speed:56
Modem Type:30,7 cm (12.1") diagonal LED-backlit WXGA anti-glare (1280 x 800); Ambient Light Sensor / V.92
Multimedia:High Definition Audio support; Integrated dual-microphone array; Integrated mono speaker; Touch-sensitive controls for volume up, volume down, and mute; Combo headphone/mic jack
Number of products included:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Operating system note:System may require upgraded and/or separately purchased hardware and/or a DVD drive to install the Windows 7 software and take full advantage of Windows 7 functionality
Operating temperature (T-T):41 - 95
Operating temperature range (T-T):41 - 95
Power Requirements:100 - 240V AC / 100-240 V / 100-240V AC / 65W Smart AC adapter; Power cord (1.8 meters, with AC adapter 3.66 meters); HP Fast Charge
Power supply type:AC/DC
TV in port: No
Video card note:Microsoft DirectX 10.1 (Shader Model 4.1) capable
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Weight:Weight varies by configuration and component.\nStarting at 3.38 lb
Weight (imperial):Weight varies by configuration and component.\nStarting at 3.38 lb
Wireless Technology:GPS / Intel 802.11a/b/g/n; HP Integrated Module with Bluetooth 2.1 Wireless Technology / Wi-Fi

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes


GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
eSATA ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:Including one powered USB 2.0 port; Fourth USB 2.0 port available on configurations with 2.5-inch hard drive\n3 USB 2.0; 1 1394a; 1 AC power; 1 combo stereo headphone/mic jack; 1 DisplayPort; 1 docking connector; 1 RJ-11; 1 RJ-45; 1 VGA-in
Microphone in:No / Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2 / 3 / 4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:55 / 65
Power auto-sensing:Y


Bus type:DMI
Chipset: / Intel QM57 Express
Conflict Free processor:N / No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):15 / 16 / 18 / 19 / 20
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
L2 cache:4
L3 cache:4
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel QM57 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
PCI Express configurations:1x16
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:81
Processor:I5-520M / i5-540M / i5-560M / i7-620LM / I7-620M / I7-640LM
Processor boost frequency:2.8 / 2.933 / 3.07 / 3.20 / 3.33
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Arrandale
Processor cores:2
Processor family: / Intel Core i5-xxx / Intel Core i7-xxx
Processor frequency:2 / 2.13 / 2.4 / 2.53 / 2.66
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I5-520M / i5-540M / i5-560M / i7-620LM / I7-620M / I7-640LM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-600 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1288 / BGA956
Processor technology:Intel Centrino 2 w/ vPro
Processor threads:4
Stepping:C2 / K0
System bus data transfer rate:2.5
System bus rate:2.5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):25 / 35

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / No
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / No
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36 / Yes
Processor ARK ID:43544 / 43559 / 43560 / 43563 / 47341 / 49653
Processor code:SLBMK / SLBPE / SLBTT
Processor package size:34 / rPGA 37.5x 37.5, BGA 34x28
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1/4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: Yes
Password protection:BIOS / HDD / Yes
Password protection type:BIOS / HDD / Y
Security management:HP ProtectTools Security Manager; Integrated Smart Card Reader; Enhanced Pre-Boot Security; HP SpareKey; One-Step Logon; Setup Password; DriveLock Password; TPM 1.2 Embedded Security Chip; TPM Enhanced DriveLock; HP Disk Sanitizer; Kensington Lock slot; Support for Computrace LoJack Pro for HP ProtectTools; optional HP Fingerprint Sensor; optional HP Privacy Filter; optional Computrace LoJack Pro Premium for HP ProtectTools with GPS Tracking
Security management description:HP ProtectTools Security Manager; Integrated Smart Card Reader; Enhanced Pre-Boot Security; HP SpareKey; One-Step Logon; Setup Password; DriveLock Password; TPM 1.2 Embedded Security Chip; TPM Enhanced DriveLock; HP Disk Sanitizer; Kensington Lock slot; Support for Computrace LoJack Pro for HP ProtectTools; optional HP Fingerprint Sensor; optional HP Privacy Filter; optional Computrace LoJack Pro Premium for HP ProtectTools with GPS Tracking
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes


Bundled software:HP QuickLaunch Buttons, HP QuickLook 3, HP QuickWeb, HP Power Assistant, HP Connection Manager 3.1, HP Wireless Assistant, HP DayStarter, PDF Complete SE / HP QuickLook 3\nHP QuickWeb\nHP Power Assistant\nHP Connection Manager 3.1\nHP Wireless Assistant\nHP DayStarter / HP Recovery Manager\nHP ProtectTools Security Manager / HP Recovery Manager\nHP Support Assistant / Microsoft Office 2010 Office Starter
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed: / Windows 7 Professional / Windows XP Professional
Optional operating system supplied:Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
Trial software:McAfee Total Protection / Microsoft Office 2007 Professional\nMcAfee Total Protection\nWinZip 12 / Microsoft Office 2010 / Microsoft Office Professional 2007,McAfee Total Protection


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD / MMC, SD, SDHC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:160 / 250 / 320
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:160 / 80
Solid-state drive interface:Serial ATA
Solid-state drive interfaces:SATA
Storage media:HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:160 / 250 / 320 / 80

Technical Details

Minimum hard disk space:80
Operating system note:System may require upgraded and/or separately purchased hardware and/or a DVD drive to install the Windows 7 software and take full advantage of Windows 7 functionality
Power supply type:AC/DC


Video card features:Intel HD Graphics

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.3 / 8 / 8.27 / 8.39 / 9.09
Depth (imperial):8.4
Height:1.1 / 1.44
Height (front):1 / 1.1 / 1.18
Height (imperial):1.1
Weight:3.31 / 3.37 / 7.87
Width:11 / 11.1 / 15.7 / 8.98
Width (imperial):11.1