HP has given its business notebook/tablet line a worthy upgrade with the EliteBook 2740p, incorporating some increasingly in-demand functionality, particularly in the most sophisticated configuration.
Three models will be on offer locally, with the price range ($3395 to $4295) suggesting each will sit well at the enterprise end of the business market.
A valuable addition common to each model is the incorporation of Intel’s newly-launched Core i5 or Core i7 processors – either 2.53 or 2.66 GHz.
With a capacitive 12-inch touchscreen, the 2740p also capitalises on the touch capabilities of the Windows 7 OS. This means users have support for multi-touch gestures whether it is being operated in traditional notebook mode, or in tablet mode, with a stylus for notetaking in the latter mode.
In some ways the latest EliteBooks are ideal for remote working.
HP brands the EliteBook ultra-thin, and while it is by no means the chunkiest portable on the market, its dimensions and weight of 374 x 252 x 32 mm and 1.7kg respectively are a little on the weighty side, but not bad for a tablet.
However, the security features, connectivity options and additional battery will appeal to road users.
Security measures include a propriety fingerprint sensor, embedded trusted platform module, Kensington lock, drive encryption and a trial version of McAfee Total Protection for Small Business.
Locally, a six-cell lithium-ion battery is shipped with each EliteBook configuration, which provides 11 hours of battery life when used in conjunction with the standard battery, which is good for five hours of use.
The range of ports and slots on the machines include three USB 2.0 ports (one powered), a Bluetooth switch, headphone/mic jack and VGA port, RJ-11 modem, RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet, mains power, 1394a, 56k modem, email and Internet Explorer shortcuts, SD and Express Card slots and a smartcard reader.
The expansion base/docking station included with each model also has a display port, eSata port to connect to additional storage, and a DVD+/-RW drive.
HP’s un2420 mobile 3G broadband module will add $100 to the entry-level cost (taking it up to $3495), while the solid state drive/3G broadband configuration costs $4295.
The solid construction will also appeal to mobile businesspeople – the chassis is made from magnesium with a matte aluminium coating, with strengthened glass over the screen. According to HP, the build is compliant with US military standards for resistance to dust, extreme temperatures, humidity and vibration.
Videoconferencing is enabled through the built-in 2MP webcam and a trial version of HP’s Skyroom videoconferencing software.
The review model had a 160GB SATA hard drive and 4GB of DDR3 RAM (although this is expandable to 8GB in two slots). The processor was Intel’s Core i7 M620 at 2.66GHz. It runs Windows 7 Professional.
The Intel graphics are integrated rather than discrete.
Other than the trial version of McAfee, and SkyRoom, the review build’s pre-loaded software included Office OneNote 2007, XPS Viewer, PDF Complete SE, a trial version of WinZip, HP’s webcam software and various proprietary management tools.