IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

HP EliteBook 2540p review

HP's EliteBook 2540p ultraportable laptop has long battery life and lots of security features, but are these enough to justify its high price and last-generation processor? Tom Morgan finds out in our review.

Price
£1,254

HP's EliteBook business laptops are all built to last and the new 2540p is no exception; its tough magnesium-alloy casing can withstand far more than the usual knocks and bumps. Certified to military standards, it should be able to survive intense levels of dust, humidity, temperature and vibration so the 1.8kg ultra-portable will appeal to anyone looking for a durable machine that won't weigh them down.

An Intel Core i7 processor provides plenty of performance muscle, despite being a low-voltage model. The dual-core i7-640LM runs at 2.13GHz and can use Turbo Boost to increase up to 2.9GHz. Paired with 4GB of RAM and a 160GB solid state disk (SSD), it managed a stellar 46 overall in our multimedia benchmarks.

Certified to military standards, it should be able to survive intense levels of dust, humidity, temperature and vibration.

Although it can't match Intel's newer Sandy Bridge chips, the 2540p still has plenty of processing power; even when running several resource-intensive applications, the system always felt responsive. The underside of the laptop did become noticeably warmer than usual when churning through our benchmarks though.

The other benefit of using a low-voltage processor is superb battery life. Managing just over seven hours in our light-use test, the laptop should be able to last a full day's work on a single charge. Just like the outer chassis, the keyboard is well built and designed to withstand the elements. Each key has a reassuring amount of tactile feedback and very short travel times. Understandably for a 12in ultra-portable there's no room for a separate number pad, but the QWERTY keys are at least full-size. In spite of their slightly tighter-than-usual grouping, we were still able to type at full speed straight away. It isn't quite perfect; the function keys have shrunk to well under half size, which can make them difficult to hit without also pressing their neighbours, and the small Tab key also proved to be a minor irritation.

Featured Resources

Four strategies for building a hybrid workplace that works

All indications are that the future of work is hybrid, if it's not here already

Free webinar

The digital marketer’s guide to contextual insights and trends

How to use contextual intelligence to uncover new insights and inform strategies

Free Download

Ransomware and Microsoft 365 for business

What you need to know about reducing ransomware risk

Free Download

Building a modern strategy for analytics and machine learning success

Turning into business value

Free Download

Recommended

Best laptops 2022: Acer, Asus, Dell and more
Laptops

Best laptops 2022: Acer, Asus, Dell and more

29 Apr 2022
Microsoft Surface Pro review: Still worth buying?
Laptops

Microsoft Surface Pro review: Still worth buying?

1 Sep 2021

Most Popular

16 ways to speed up your laptop
Laptops

16 ways to speed up your laptop

13 May 2022
Russian hackers declare war on 10 countries after failed Eurovision DDoS attack
hacking

Russian hackers declare war on 10 countries after failed Eurovision DDoS attack

16 May 2022
Microsoft says it's provided over $100 million in tech support to Ukrainian government
cyber attacks

Microsoft says it's provided over $100 million in tech support to Ukrainian government

20 May 2022