HP EliteBook 2540p review

A laptop with serious processing power and excellent portability

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Great office performance
  • Battery life
  • Solid build quality
  • Usability
  • Features


  • Graphics performance
  • Screen colour

HP is currently the world's largest laptop manufacturer. The company produces a broad range of laptops, including consumer machines, but here we take a look at one of their business ultraportables, the excellent EliteBook 2540p.

While the laptop may lack the gorgeous design of the Apple MacBook Air and Dell Adamo XPS, this machine is all about performance and portability. As a result, it comes up against the Sony VAIO Z Series.

Performance is excellent (just beating the Sony), thanks to the very powerful Intel Core i7 640UM processor. The laptop sailed through all our benchmarking tests and proved to be as powerful as a high-end multimedia machine in everyday performance. If your work requires you to run resource-intensive programs concurrently, this is the machine for you.

Graphically this isn't the case, however, and the integrated graphics card only allows light photo editing or entry-level gaming. If you need power for high definition (HD) video editing, for example, the MacBook Air or Sony VAIO is the better option.


Battery life: 340 minutes
MobileMark 2007: 292
3DMark 2003: 1900

The EliteBook can best be described as functional. The lid and chassis are both crafted from metal and feel rock-solid, with the result that this is a tough laptop for the daily commute.

Small screen

At 12.1-inches, the laptop's screen is quite small at this price, making it more compact and easier to carry than the others, but only just.

A matt coating means no reflections in bright light, but colour reproduction isn't nearly as good as the Sony or Apple here, so it's not great for film lovers.

HP elitebook 2540p

The keyboard is, despite its size, spacious and extremely comfortable to use. Typing for long periods is a pleasure, thanks to its extreme firmness, and the touchpad is also responsive, although very squashy click buttons won't be to everyone's taste.

Connectivity is second to none with even a modem port included, but a DisplayPort replaces the more common HDMI. This will suit business users, but not those who wish to hook their laptop up to an HDTV at home.

An impressive array of features also includes a fingerprint reader and even the keyboard is spill-resistant.

Finally, portability impresses and, even though the EliteBook is marginally heavier than the rest here, the 340-minute battery life is only beaten by the Sony Z Series.

The EliteBook 2450p is an excellent business tool with great build quality and excellent usability. But where it really shines is everyday performance.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity160 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Maximum Battery Run Time7.50 Hour
Finger Print ReaderYes
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEliteBook 2540p
Processor Modeli7-640LM
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed2.13 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size30.7 cm (12.1")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory4 GB
Cache4 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelQM57 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Labeling TechnologyLightScribe
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyAnti-glare
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports2
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height28 mm
Width282.2 mm
Depth213.4 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series2540p
Product NameEliteBook 2540p Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad, Pointstick
Product LineEliteBook
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberWP884AW#AK8
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Stay connected and productive on the go-without getting weighed down. Starting at just 3.38 lb, the durable HP EliteBook 2540p is HP's smallest and lightest EliteBook, designed for maximum portability and uncompromised performance.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • EliteBook 2540p Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord