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HP's Elitebook range is made up of notebooks for business professionals, with a focus on withstanding the rigours of mobile business life. These so-called 'business rugged' laptops offer a particularly robust chassis, a spill-resistant keyboard, a durable battery and a hard drive which is shock-resistant to a degree. Learn more about the smallest notebook in this range, the ultra-mobile p, in the following review.
The Elitebook range , HP's elite force, offers an excellent selection of notebooks of various sizes, making them suitable for use in a wide variety of situations.
HP offers 17" and The p , also In return the consumer has to forgo features like the professional graphics card. The p offers improvements in portability thanks to its smaller size With the two Naturally you have to make sacrifices in terms of performance, when you compare them with their larger counterparts.
The p has a tablet display function where you can literally twist the neck of the laptop around; but the p goes without this. Which brings us to our test model. The p comes in different model varieties; we were testing an FUEA. The varieties differ in their equipment and specs; therefore the results of our testing, particularly in the sections on performance, emissions and battery life, are not necessarily applicable to other versions. An elegant, silver and black form: that is the first impression made by the fairly slim p, only 28mm tall at its front edge.
The laptop slopes gently upwards towards a height of 36mm, creating a more ergonomic platform for typing. The notebook's matt surfaces gives it a businesslike air. More importantly, the screen also has a matt finish. But moving beyond appearances; the notebook has a particularly robust chassis which HP calls DuraCase.
Reliability and durability are top priority. The case is made of a magnesium alloy , and according to the manufacturer a special structure, borrowed from aircraft engineering, protects the delicate screen - a honeycomb-patterned inner magnesium shell, thermally bonded to an anodized aluminium layer. The screen can take up to lb But at the same time the warranty will not cover you if you decide to test the machine to its limits in this way. Unsurprisingly, both the screen and the base unit show excellent resistance to pressure and torque.
The only weak points we could discover were on the underside of the laptop, in the area of the access panels and the cover for the loudspeaker. Less impressive is the fact that the six-cell battery sits rather loosely and so wobbles a little. Also this larger battery juts out at the back of the notebook, although in doing this it does not restrict the functionality of the machine in any way.
The metallic hinges are reasonably sized. Fixed to the base unit, they allow the laptop to open fully to just over degrees. They move smoothly enough to allow you to alter the angle of the screen with only one hand. However, they are not strong enough to prevent the screen from wobbling or even changing position when the notebook is used in an unstable environment, for example on a train journey.
A user-friendly lid lock keeps the HP Elitebook p safely closed during transportation. A single metal tab latches into the base unit and can be released at the touch of a button; so you can open and close the laptop with one hand.
HP has obviously thought very carefully about the layout of the ports , and has settled on a practical arrangement. Ports which are generally occupied the whole time are stationed on the back of the machine in the case of the LAN port or as far back as possible on its sides.
This saves the user, for the most part, from having annoying cables in their workspace to the right and left of the laptop. The exceptions to this are the USB port which is positioned in the middle of the right-hand side, and the 3. Only the most necessary ports have been included, most likely due to lack of space. Our test model has two USB 2. Models without the optical drive get a third USB in its place.
It makes it easier for you to slot into an existing work environment, and it extends the selection of ports by four USB 2. For data transfers to and from small electronic devices, for example mobile phones and PDAs, the integrated Bluetooth 2. The relevant SIM card slot can be found in the battery compartment. According to HP, this module can also be added later. Together with the 2 MP webcam integrated into the upper screen bezel dependent on model , you are all set for video-conferencing.
Windows Vista Business Bit was pre-installed on our test model. Depending on the country, the p is also available with FreeDos pre-installed. Happily, you can restore the computer to its factory settings through a recovery disk, and not just through a hidden partition. HP is offering a three-year warranty for the p, the same as for the high-end models of the Elitebook series. This is even the case for the lowest priced versions which come in at around Euros including tax.
HP has also given some thought to data protection, equipping even the smallest of the Elitebooks with security features which have been tried and tested in its other models. Security settings are managed through the Protect Tools Security Manager.
First you pick your desired security profile. Then you have a choice of log-on methods; as well as the usual typed password you can use fingerprint user identification or the HP Protect ToolsJava Card system, if you have a Java Card reader.
You can also enable drive encryption, which makes it more difficult for sensitive data to be read if the laptop should be lost or stolen. A variety of methods have been employed to enhance product life, to ensure the long-term availability of your data. The robustness of the notebook's casing has already been discussed, and further details follow in the relevant sections below. The black keyboard stretches the full length of the laptop and has comfortably large alphanumeric keys.
There is even room for a two-line Enter key. There are no surprises in keyboard layout, and the cluster of somewhat smaller arrow keys fits neatly into it. The keys themselves depress to a good depth and give well-balanced tactile feedback, responding firmly.
You can start touch typing without any difficulties whatsoever. An indirect keyboard light is integrated into the screen bezel and can prove extremely useful in dim lighting conditions. Two alternatives to the mouse are integrated into the HP p. The touchpad has a pleasant surface which glides smoothly, and buttons that feel like silicon rubber. They respond equally well across their whole length. As well as being convincing mechanically, they have a particularly nice feel to them. You can easily deactivate the touchpad when required by pressing the corresponding icon on the touch-sensitive strip above the keyboard.
Secondly, you can steer the cursor with the trackpoint stick, with some precision once you are accustomed to it. A silicon-like material has also been used for the Trackpoint buttons, but unlike the touchpad buttons, these tip forwards when pressed, and the top third of the button responds better than the rest.
There are sadly no mechanical hotkeys on the p; instead a touch-sensitive strip above the keyboard provides shortcuts to a variety of more or less important functions. Starting from the left: the Info key starts up the HP Info Center, giving you quick access to several HP tools for simplifying the system management.
The WiFi button allows you to easily activate and deactivate all integrated and configured wireless modules. The Presentation button opens a window through which you can configure and start up your most frequently used presentations, data, webpages or programs.
The touchpad button has already been mentioned. Next to it are the status LEDs for the caps lock and number lock. And the far right of the touch-sensitive strip allows you to adjust the loudspeaker volume.
All other significant functions can be reached via combinations with the Fn button. The Fn function deserves a particular mention, since it controls the light sensor which automatically adjusts the screen brightness to match the lighting conditions.
The on-screen indicators which appear depending on which button you pressed are nicely done. The Elitebook p uses a The LED technology allows for a slimmer construction compared to traditional CCFL displays; it also saves on energy consumption, is lighter, and does not contain mercury. Information about the type of screen finish used cannot be gleaned from the German version of the manufacturer's website, once again.
But all models currently offered in the US come with anti-glare screens; our test model, at any rate, has a matt, anti-reflective surface , in keeping with its function as a business machine, and in accordance with display screen employment regulations in Germany.
However, the brightness falls off towards the screen edges, reaching as low as All measurements were taken with the screen on maximum brightness. You can manually adjust the brightness with the help of the Fn-F9 shortcut darker and Fn-F10 brighter. But a very convenient feature of the p is that it is fitted with a brightness sensor and can automatically adjust the screen to suit the lighting conditions.
This feature can be switched on and off using Fn Contrast is not one of the strengths of the WXGA display. With a relatively high black value of 1.
The p could be used outdoors without a problem. The matt display prevents disruptive reflections, and its brightness is such that screen contents are clearly readable even in particularly bright lighting conditions.
The picture inverts rapidly when the screen is tilted vertically away from a normal viewing position. But the horizontal viewing angles are much more generous, and much wider viewing angles are possible thanks to the matt display. As it is sometimes not desirable in a business setting for people to be able to see your screen from the side, HP has thought ahead.
With an HP Privacy Filter which can be easily mounted over the screen, you no longer have to keep your cards so close to your chest when working in public. The filter makes the screen dark and unreadable to anyone not looking at it face-on. All versions of the Elitebook p are fitted with energy-saving processors.
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