HP EliteBook 6930p review

A great laptop that successfully combines rugged and regular features

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Our Verdict

Although this machine will not withstand the rough treatment of life on a mountain, it will suit those who want something powerful with decent protection to general elements

Product features

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

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  • Decent protection
  • Light
  • Sturdy
  • Performance


  • Not very rugged
  • Some flex in keyboard

HP, the world's number one laptop manufacturer, makes an enormous range of machines, including what they describe as business-rugged models. The EliteBook 6930p is one such laptop and is designed for use by small, medium and large businesses.

The 14.1-inch produces a sharp enough image for reading and editing office documents. Unlike the Hi-Grade's screen, it doesn't feature a shiny Super-TFT coating, meaning there are no reflections in bright or rapidly changing light to worry about.

HP's DuraCase technology is in evidence here and the laptop's chassis is made from a magnesium alloy, the hinges from metal alloy, and the palmrest and lid from anodised aluminium. The result is a sturdy, but at 2.4kg a surprisingly light, machine that provides protection for your data.

This machine has also passed the same rigorous US military standard (MIL-STD- 810F) as the Hi-Grade, and can withstand drops from 2.9ft, sandstorms, vigorous vibrations and an altitude of 15,000ft.

The keyboard is mounted firmly on to the magnesium alloy chassis and, although there is a little flex, provides a crisp and responsive action. HP has coated the keyboard in a protective substance to enhance the longevity of the keys, and it gives the board an almost rubbery feel.

As well as the standard touchpad, a rubber pointing stick – located in the centre of the keyboard – with dedicated mouse buttons has been included and works in the same way as the Dell.

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Performance is only second to the Dell here, making it a better proposition - power wise - than the Hi-Grade, and you'll have no problem running business applications and software quickly and smoothly.

Capacious storage

As well as an optical drive with LightScribe compatibility, the machine has a 250GB hard drive. Not only can you carry around significantly more data and larger applications, but a greater degree of future-proofing is also provided, and you won't have to worry about regularly shifting data on to an external hard drive to free up space.

As mentioned above, the 2.4kg the machine weighs is impressively light and the 422-minute battery life is also decent, and almost matches the Getac here.

The HP EliteBook 6930p is a great business tool that boasts impressive rugged qualifications. It isn't as tough as the Dell or Getac, but it's not designed to be – instead it offers a successful mix of the regular and rugged and makes a great portable partner.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 4500MHD
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
Product FamilyEliteBook 6930p
Processor ModelP8700
Operating SystemWindows Vista Business
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed2.53 GHz
Processor TypeCore 2 Duo
Screen Size35.8 cm (14.1")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory2 GB
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, EPEAT, RoHS, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelGM45 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
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Height31 mm
Width330 mm
Depth243 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product Series6930p
Product NameEliteBook 6930p Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad, Pointstick
Product LineEliteBook
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberVC176ET#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Corporate Elite. The HP EliteBook 6930p Notebook sets a new standard for on the move productivity with business ruggedness. Whether you're across the street or across the country Wi-Fi certified WLAN and Bluetooth technologies allow you to conveniently stay connected in more places.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • EliteBook 6930p Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
Limited Warranty3 Year
Bus Speed1066 MHz