- Editor's Rating
- Durable simplistic design
- High-quality touchpad
- Mediocre display
- Inconsistent battery life
Quick TakeThe HP Elitebook Revolve 810 is a hybrid notebook featuring a classic rotating hinge design, but lacks strong multimedia features due to its business focus.
The HP Elitebook Revolve 810 is a business hybrid notebook running the Windows 8 operating system. The notebook features a classic hinge design and is priced at $1,450 at the time of the review. The machine has a layered design as the display is slightly smaller than the bottom portion of the chassis. The Revolve 810 features a soft angular design with a magnesium soft-touch finish. The notebook is 11.2 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches and weighs just over three pounds, which NBR noted makes it a bit heavy for a tablet but extremely portable for a notebook.
NBR also noted the machine’s build quality is impressive as the bottom of the chassis did not flex under extreme pressure. The display panel flexed slightly but there was no noticeable rippling on the screen. In terms of ports, the Revolve 810 offers a Ethernet, Kensington Lock Slot, Display Port, two USB 3.0 ports, power jack, power toggle, headphone jack and a dock port.
The Revolve 810 sports a 11.6-inch LED-backlit touchscreen display with 135 dpi resolution. Overall, NBR found the display offers an “adequate viewing experience,” but noted the limited resolution is a weak point of the device. Touch controls are responsive and read-quickly and the display offers generous viewing angles. The notebook has two DTS Studio Sound speakers, which NBR found produce enough amplification for a small group to listen to. The speakers also produce consistent sound quality with no distortion even when the volume is at 100 percent.
The Chiclet-style keyboard provides more space than expected from an 11.6-inch notebook, and NBR noted the keys have standard depth and consistent feedback. The device also has a moderately-sized touchpad with multi-finger gestures replacing dedicated mouse buttons. NBR noted the touchpad performs well but there is a lack of customization options available.
The Revolve 810 runs on a 1.9GHz Intel Core i5-3437U processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB DDR3 RAM and 128GB mSATA SSD. NBR noted the machine offers a strong level of performance and can easily handle basic functions and can multitask with no noticeable drop in performance. However, NBR did note that graphics are a limiting factor in the machine, which struggles with graphically intense functions like photo editing and gaming. The Revolve 810 remains relatively cool and quiet but does emit some heat and a slight hum when pushed. The battery lasted two hours and 54 minutes in stringent NBR testing, but survived five hours and 21 minutes in productivity tests. NBR said the battery life is sub-par for a hybrid notebook.
Overall, NBR noted the HP Elitebook Revolve 810 “delivers on most fronts,” but has a lack of media focus, which consumers should keep in mind when considering the notebook. NBR was impressed with the simplistic design and touchpad but was disappointed in the display and mediocre battery life. NBR said “Users that are looking for productivity and want a device that will get the job done, plain and simple, will be well severed by the HP EliteBook Revolve 810.”