HP EliteBook 2570p

Although chunky, the impressive performance and flexibility of this 12.5-inch laptop would make the hardened business road warrior happy.


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"Chunky!" was the first thought that entered our brains upon sighting the 2570p. Looking more like Panasonic's Toughbooks than the recent rash of ultrathins, the newest EliteBook's height got us momentarily excited that there might be decent graphics in there. Sadly, no; we still only have the standard HD Graphics 4000.

Connectivity

  • USB 3.0: 2
  • USB 2.0: 1
  • Optical: DVD±RW
  • Video: DisplayPort, VGA
  • Ethernet: Gigabit
  • Wireless: Dual-channel 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, WWAN

The reason for the height is simply the business target market, as a mix of legacy and new connectivity dots the sides. Despite wielding the very strange screen size of 12.5 inches, it's packing heat: a full-sized tray-loading DVD drive, gigabit Ethernet, 56k modem, secure card slot and thumb scanner, a docking connector, a combined USB 3.0/eSATA slot, stand-alone USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, VGA and DisplayPort connectors, an SD card reader, a headset jack and an ExpressCard 34 slot. There's even a SIM slot under the battery, and Bluetooth 4.0 is along for the ride, as well as 2.4 and 5GHz 802.11n.

Specs aren't at the extreme high end, but the 2570p is no slouch, either. A Core i7 3520M @ 2.9GHz sits inside, with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD supplied by Micron.

As tends to be the case with old-school business laptops, there are buttons both above and below the Synaptics touch pad, with a track stick in the middle of the keyboard.

The 1366x768 matte screen is passable, although its ability to lie parallel with the body of the laptop makes finding a comfortable viewing angle significantly easier than usual.

Application performance

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It's hard to pick out competitors to match the EliteBook in terms of both size and power, as we simply haven't reviewed anything like it. In an attempt to frame the performance, we've pulled out a mid-level ultrabook, Sony's 11.6-inch T series, and Asus' top-specced ultrabook, the UX31A.

Despite featuring a dual-core processor like the others, having a non-ULV part makes a world of difference, with the EliteBook taking pole position each time.

Battery life

Battery life (time)

  • Heavy battery test
  • Light battery test

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HP continues to show that it does well in the battery stakes as a brand.

Conclusion

The EliteBook 2570p may be chunky, but with good reason — the business market it's aimed at requires all the ports it can get, and a certain level of ruggedness. Add to this the impressive performance of the 12.5-inch laptop, and you have a laptop that would make the hardened business road warrior happy.



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trebor83 posted a comment   
Australia

Given the price point wouldn't it make more sense to compare this to the Vaio S13A, which has broadly similar specs (though with a better screen and dedicated graphics) while being thinner and lighter, rather then the entry level Ultrabook Vaio T11, which really isn't even in the same segment of the market and wouldn't be the obvious alterntive for someone looking at the Elitebook?

 

Craig Simms posted a reply   
Australia

Good in theory, but we haven't reviewed the S13A yet. Will have to add it to the list.

We haven't really reviewed much in the same market segment as the EliteBook except for a ToughBook from last year, so picking comparison items is harder than usual.

 

trebor83 posted a reply   
Australia

You have done reviews of Samsung 9 series and new Macbook though, both of which come i around the same price point, even if they aren't "business focused", and in that sense are probably more likely alternatives to the Elitebook than the Vaio T and Zenbook which massively and significantly cheaper respectively.

 

Craig Simms posted a reply   
Australia

Not of the new MacBook, although we've got an MBP w Retina in at the moment undergoing testing. The Samsung Series 9 review is last generation.

Here we focused on similar screen size rather than cost, and while we have quite a few things that we have tested, nothing within the history of our new benchmarks quite matches the EliteBook's niche.

 

trebor83 posted a reply   
Australia

Fair enough.

I guess if/when the Vaio S13P turns up you'll have this to compare it to.

 

NitroWare.net posted a reply   
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If you want to compare raw specs fine but IMO this thing is not meant to go against a Vaio S . Traditionally the S series was a mid range unit with some consumer/premium frils

Elitebook goes up against the Thinkpad, Latitude, Protege/Tecra(?), Travelmate, Some Lifebooks and anythng else with a business platform in it.

At 12.5 obviously its meant as a X230 competitor.
Lenovo have removed eSATA from some new 2012 Thinkpads

Sony adding a "TPM, a fingerprint reader and a hard drive accelerometer." does not automatically make it fleet/enterprise ready, it just makes it more BYOD/IT friendly. There are enthusiast ands entry level desktop motherboards tha even have TPM sockets or even the module onboard

Traditionally the pro spec list has gone
rugged casing with spill protection
Trackpoint
gigabit ethernet
additional USB
TPM/Finger/Smartcard
Expansion IO eg expresscard
Hardware wifi switch
Dual band wifi wih WWAN option
high res screens with camera being optional
optional GPUs for ISV certfication
biz grade video output eg VGA with screw holes and more recently displayport , no HDMI
Professional edition OS
standardised chargers
dock options
chassis largely field serviceble and replaceable
and more recently a managed chipset which in the case of 3rd gen is 'cheif river'

In my on experience sony units always have some qurks wether its on the hardware side such as card readers or software such as requiring OEM drivers. I had a 2007 C2D Vaio that didnt even have a native SD Card slot. It had a native Memorystick IIRC and the multi card adapter was a propertiary cardbus or expresscard thing which was missing.

Sony has tried to accomodate business eg the old VGN and the Z series that replaced it but even those do have a consumer element to them which Lenovo only now is recogising.

HP have never had this crossover issue and have kept their lines seperate for years and not upsetting their segments.




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