MINI HP Refurbished 2530P, Core2Duo, 12.1”,2GB RAM, 250GB HDD – GREY
Mini Elitebook .
HP’s Elitebook range is made up of notebooks for business professionals, with a focus on withstanding the rigours of mobile business life. These so-called ‘business rugged’ laptops offer a particularly robust chassis, a spill-resistant keyboard, a durable battery and a hard drive which is shock-resistant to a degree. Learn more about the smallest notebook in this range, the ultra-mobile 2530p, in the following review.
The Elitebook range, HP’s elite force, offers an excellent selection of notebooks of various sizes, making them suitable for use in a wide variety of situations. HP offers 17″ and 15.4″ models, the 8730w and 8530w, which have the processing power to cope with professional computer-aided design (CAD) software. With an emphasis on stability, they are fitted with professional graphics cards, an nVidia Quadro FX 2700M (8730w) and nVidia Quadro FX 770M respectively.
With the two 12.1″ subnotebooks of the Elitebook range, the 2730p and the 2530p, we finally reach the optimal size and weight for highly mobile users. Naturally you have to make sacrifices in terms of performance, when you compare them with their larger counterparts. The 2730p has a tablet display function where you can literally twist the neck of the laptop around; but the 2530p goes without this. Which brings us to our test model.
The 2530p comes in different model varieties; we were testing an FU432EA. The varieties differ in their equipment and specs; therefore the results of our testing, particularly in the sections on performance, emissions and battery life, are not necessarily applicable to other versions. While they all have an integrated Intel GMA 4500M HD graphics chip, the CPUs (SU9300, SL9400 or SL9600), RAM and hard drive all vary. Our test model came with an Intel SL9400 CPU, 2048 MB of RAM, and a 120 GB, 5,400 rpm hard drive.
An elegant, silver and black form: that is the first impression made by the fairly slim 2530p, only 28mm tall at its front edge. The laptop slopes gently upwards towards a height of 36mm, creating a more ergonomic platform for typing.
The notebook’s matt surfaces gives it a businesslike air. More importantly, the screen also has a matt finish. But moving beyond appearances; the notebook has a particularly robust chassis which HP calls DuraCase. Reliability and durability are top priority. The case is made of a magnesium alloy. The screen can take up to 1000 lb (454.55 kg) in weight, according to the manufacturer’s claims. But at the same time the warranty will not cover you if you decide to test the machine to its limits in this way. Unsurprisingly, both the screen and the base unit show excellent resistance to pressure and torque. The only weak points we could discover were on the underside of the laptop, in the area of the access panels and the cover for the loudspeaker.
The laptop is equipped with an integrated Intel 82567LM GB Network Connection (10/100/1000 MB) module for LAN; and with an Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5100 (a/b/g/n) for communicating over WLAN networks, with Draft-n supported.
The Elitebook 2530p uses a 12.1″ Illumi-Lite WXGA display, with a native resolution of 1280 x 800. ‘Illumi-Lite’ is HP’s term for its LED backlighting. The LED technology allows for a slimmer construction compared to traditional CCFL displays; it also saves on energy consumption, is lighter, and does not contain mercury.
Information about the type of screen finish used cannot be gleaned from the German version of the manufacturer’s website, once again. But all models currently offered in the US come with anti-glare screens; our test model, at any rate, has a matt, anti-reflective surface, in keeping with its function as a business machine, and in accordance with display screen employment regulations in Germany.
The screen performed well in our brightness test, with a maximum brightness of 243 cd/m² measured in the middle left segment. However, the brightness falls off towards the screen edges, reaching as low as 180.8 cd/m². This means the uniformity of brightness comes out at a distinctly average 74%. All measurements were taken with the screen on maximum brightness.
The Elitebook 2530p meets all the demands of business users looking for a compact and mobile notebook. The case provides good protection for the hardware as well as the display, and it should be able to cope easily with rough treatment during field work.
Those who spend a lot of time typing will appreciate the good keyboard with generously sized keys arranged in a standard layout. The mouse substitutes are also satisfactory, with both the touchpad and the Trackpoint stick allowing you to steer the cursor accurately.