HP EliteBook 2570p Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Software & Support
      • 8
      • Upgrade Capabilities
      • 9
      • Usability
      • 8.5
      • Design
      • 8
      • Performance
      • 7.5
      • Features
      • 9
      • Price/Value Rating
      • 8
      • Total Score:
      • 8.29
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Extremely durable
    • Nice keyboard
    • Excellent battery life
    • Great speakers
  • Cons

    • Thick and heavy compared to Ultrabooks
    • Small touchpad
    • Good, but not great performance

Quick Take

It may not be the prettiest notebook on the block, but the HP Elitebook 2570p offers decent features, a solid construction, and great battery life for business users.

The HP Elitebook 2570p is a powerful-yet-portable notebook for enterprise businesses looking for a dependable mobile machine. The notebook starts at $954, at the time of the review, but is highly customizable. The 2570p is a 12.5-inch notebook featuring HP’s DuraCase technology, which allows it to withstand more bumps and bruises than a standard notebook. It’s built with a magnesium alloy chassis and the display is layered in magnesium covered with anodized aluminum. It runs Windows 8

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The notebook is 12.02 x 8.23 x 1.08-inches and weighs 3.68 pounds. Neither the chassis nor the display flex under pressure and NotebookReview called the build “exceptional and strong.” The 2570p has black and silver accents that give it a professional look and NBR noted the smooth surfaces feel good. The notebook sports an optical drive, three USB ports, a Smart Card reader, ExpressCard/34, SD/MMC, DisplayPort, VGA and a lock slot.

NBR called the 12.5-inch anti-glare 720p display with LED backlighting “good enough,” but noted the horizontal viewing angles are poor while the vertical viewing angles are a bit better. NBR also said the color contrast is “acceptable.” The 2570p has three speaker grills on the front of the notebook, which produce above average audio. However, NBR stated the audio doesn\’t project well due to the location of the speakers.

A full Chiclet-style keyboard features flat, textured keys with extra space between them and “excellent travel and throw,” according to NBR. The notebook also includes a keyboard light and fingerprint reader. NBR noted the touchpad is a tad too small, but its smooth surface creates an enjoyable experience. Overall, NBR noted the touchpad is above average.

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The 2570p notebook tested by NBR came equipped with an Intel Core i5-3210m dual-core processor and a 500GB hard drive, which NBR said is “reasonably fast.” Reviewers at NBR found the notebook is “more than capable” of handling multi-tasking and it can play video well. The 2570p also remained cool, even when the processor was under pressure and the notebook emitted almost no noise. The test unit also came with a 6-cell 62Whr Li-ion battery, which lasted just under four hours in NBR testing, which translates to over seven hours of simple web browsing with no heavy activity.

Overall, NBR was impressed with the HP Elitebook 2570p’s durability, keyboard and battery life, but thought the touchpad could be bigger and noted just “good, not great” performance. NBR found the 2570p makes an “appealing notebook for enterprise businesses” because its “durability, serviceability and expandability are second to none.”

Head over to NotebookReview for the full review of the HP EliteBook 2570p and to learn more about its specs, performance, and design.

 


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