Hands on: HP EliteBook 2170p review

Up close with HP's lightweight business notebook

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Battery life
  • Build quality
  • Connectivity
  • CPU backed by 16GB of RAM


  • Chunky design
  • No 1080p

There's more to the notebook market than just Ultrabooks, you know? That's the message from HP at least, who unleashed its "smallest and lightest ever" business PC over at a press event in Shanghai – the HP EliteBook 2170p.

HP Elitebook 2170p

Weighing just 1.3kg with a 11.6-inch display, the HP EliteBook 2170p is designed for the man-about-town type – presumably HP thinks that its compact size makes it perfect man-bag fodder. "But why isn't it an Ultrabook?" we hear you cry. The answer to that is simple – it's a chunky monkey.

HP Elitebook 2170p

We didn't have our tape-measure to hand, but we can assure you that it's a fair bit fatter than the 18mm maximum that Intel states 13.3-inch and smaller displays need to fall under to qualify for the slimline Ultrabook tag.

But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Just because it doesn't gain entry to the current notebook cool-club, that doesn't mean it's not a notable machine. After all, this is a mobile PC that's almost 100g lighter than HP's new Ultrabook flagship - the Spectre XT.

HP Elitebook 2170p

And despite its slightly expanded waistline we were quite impressed after spending some time with the EliteBook 2170p at the China showcase.

HP Elitebook 2170p

Its grey finish may be a tad plastic-tastic, but it's a solid looking and feeling machine and one you'd feel confident about chucking in your work-bag for a bumpy ride to the office. And when you get there it'll dock nicely into your HP dock – it's designed to work with existing setups.

HP Elitebook 2170p

Not that you'll necessarily need to dock though – it has a 9 hour battery life, thanks to the power-saving features provided by Intel's third generation Core processor lurking inside. The CPU sits alongside up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and your choice of all manner of HDD and SDD storage options.

HP Elitebook 2170p

The display, which seemed pretty vibrant even under the spotlights of the Shanghai Expo Centre, is an 11.6-inch, 1,366 x 768, one.

HP Elitebook 2170p

It has a full-sized, spill-resistant keyboard; a touchpad with more buttons than you'll know what to do with and there's an option of having a 720p HD webcam built in as well.

HP Elitebook 2170p

Connectivity is via its USB 3.0 port, the USB 3.0 charging port, a DisplayPort, an Ethernet connector as well as good-old VGA.

HP Elitebook 2170p

The HP EliteBook 2170p release date is June. It may not grab the same sort of headlines as its Ultrabook cousins but our initial impressions are rather good indeed. There's no word on pricing at present.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 4000
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time10 Hour
Solid State Drive Capacity256 GB
Backlight TechnologyLED
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSPA+
Product FamilyEliteBook 2170p
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli7-3667U
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed2 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size29.5 cm (11.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.42 kg
Cache4 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityIT Eco Declaration, WEEE, REACH, ENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelQM77 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports2
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Height26.5 mm
Width292 mm
Depth192 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series2170p
Product NameEliteBook 2170p Notebook PC
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad, Pointstick
Product LineEliteBook
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberB6Q12EA#AK8
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

HP's Ultimate Travel Companion. Optimized for Windows® 7 Professional, HP's smallest, light-weight EliteBook offers an 11.6-inch diagonal HD display, business rugged design, extensive connectivity and an ultra-low voltage processor from Intel®.

Maximum Memory16 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • EliteBook 2170p Notebook PC
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord