HP announces EliteBook 2560p and 2760p laptops… officially

Yup, they’re finally official… HP has taken the wraps off two new business notebooks, the long awaited EliteBook 2560p ultra-portable and EliteBook 2760p convertible tablet computer.

HP announces EliteBook 2560p and 2760p laptops... officially

HP EliteBook 2560p officially announced

Here’s the scoop on the EliteBook 2560p, which has been redesigned to blend in with HP’s other professional business notebooks:

  • Intel Sandy Bridge full-voltage Core i5 and Core i7 dual core processors: choices are 2.7 GHz Core i7-2620M, 2.6 GHz Core i5-2540M, 2.5 GHz Core i5-2520M and 2.3 GHz Core i5-2410M
    Unlike previous EliteBook models, these are ‘full voltage’ Intel processors and HP has dropped the option to equip the notebooks with ‘low voltage’ (slower but less power hungry) processors
  • Intel Integrated Graphics HD3000, no dedicated graphics options; no suprises here, HP’s 12 inch ultra-portable line has always featured Intel integrated graphics… they should be satisfactory enough to run some games at a mix of low/medium settings (see third point here)
  • Two DDR3 1333 MHz RAM slots up to 16 GB memory (via two 8 GB RAM sticks)
  • 2.5 inch storage bay gives you the option of configuring the EliteBook 2560p with 250 to 750 GB hard disks or a 128 GB or 160 GB solid state drive from HP
  • Built-in DVD drive; still no word about the Upgrade Bay (found on previous models) which let you swap out the optical drive for ‘weight saver’ and ‘secondary hard disk’ trays
  • 12.5 inch matte (anti-glare) LED backlit display (1366 x 768); 16:9 ‘widescreen’ ratio… well, apparently ‘consumers’ (I don’t know which ones!) want to watch movies on their ‘notebooks’ so give it up for a 16:9 widescreen… now movies can fit perfectly on the display of your business notebook [/sarcasm]!
  • Port selection: Three USB 2.0 ports (one ‘standard’, one ‘always-on’ and one combo eSATA/USB port), Display Port, VGA connection, two-in-one combo headphone/microphone jack, RJ11 and RJ45 modem/LAN ports, SD/SDHC card slot, Smart Card reader, Express Card 34 slot
    =The Smart Card reader and eSATA combo port are new to the EliteBook 2560p, while the 1394a Firewire port from the previous model has been dropped
  • “SRS Premium Sound” branding for the notebook’s speakers
  • Minor change in footprint dimensions (thanks to the aspect ratio of the display) which makes the notebook wider but shorter
    As a result, there’s now sufficient room for a full-sized chiclet style keyboard
    Slightly slimmer body versus EliteBook 2540p by 0.03 inches or 0.06 cm
  • Slightly heftier weight of 1.67 kg or 3.68 pounds (Versus EliteBook 2540p’s starting weight of 1.53 kg or 3.38 pounds)
  • Same battery options as preceding notebooks in the family: choose from a 3 cell, 6 cell or 9 cell battery
  • Larger touchpad with pointing stick and dedicated set of mouse buttons
HP announces EliteBook 2560p and 2760p laptops... officially

HP EliteBook 2760p officially announced

Next up, we have the EliteBook 2760p convertible tablet PC which looks a whole lot like its predecessors (EliteBook 2710p, 2730p and 2740p) in terms of design but is essentially akin to the EliteBook 2560p in terms of what’s under the hood. Oh, it also has a 16:10 ratio display (which we all love!)

  • Intel Sandy Bridge full-voltage Core i5 and Core i7 dual core processors; same options as the EliteBook 2560p above
  • Intel Integrated Graphics HD3000 and two DDR3 1333 MHz RAM slots; up to 16 GB memory
  • 1.8 inch drive bay lets you configure the EliteBook 2760p tablet with a 250 or 320 GB hard disk (7200 RPM) or a 128 GB or 160 GB solid state drive when ordering from HP
  • No built-in optical drive
    The EliteBook 2760p is compatible with the ultra-slim expansion base (which has an optical drive) which can double as a notebook dock and secondary six-cell ‘slim slate’ battery, seen on preceding models
  • 12.1 inch matte (anti-glare) LED backlit display with 16:10 aspect ratio and 1280 x 800 resolution; display can be rotated (but not detached!) for using it like a traditional notebook or swiveled-and-folded around tablet
    Same three display options as EliteBook 2740p: A stylus only display, a stylus + finger multi-touch display and outdoor display (supports stylus and finger input, but is much brighter so, as the name implies, it can be easily used and viewed outdoors)
  • Port selection: Three USB 2.0 ports (two ‘standard’, one ‘always-on’), Display Port, VGA connection, two-in-one combo headphone/microphone jack, RJ11 and RJ45 modem/LAN ports, SD/SDHC card slot, Smart Card reader, Express Card 34 slot, 1394a Firewire port
    =Firewire port is still present here but no eSATA connectivity
  • “SRS Premium Sound” branding for the built-in stereo speakers
  • Weight: 1.8 kg or 4 pounds (Versus EliteBook 2740p’s weight of 1.72 kg or 3.8 pounds)
  • No changes in keyboard layout, style or touchpad size
  • Stylus comes standard and there’s a slot built into the notebook for it

Both the EliteBook 2560p and EliteBook 2760p share several features in common: business-rugged casing, spill-resistant keyboard, 720p HD webcam option and the classic HP Night Light (which allows you to easily see the keyboard or read documents in the dark). They also both omit one big feature of 2011: that is the availability of USB 3.0, come on, most notebooks these days have at least ONE USB 3.0 port! Starting price of the HP EliteBook 2560p is $1100 while the HP EliteBook 2760p convertible tablet will come in at a slightly heftier $1500 starting price tag. Both notebooks are expected to be available for order later this month.

 

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5 Comments

  1. Andrew May 9, 2011 Reply

    Where are you getting your information from?
    Are you sure it has a 1.8″ drive? From what I have seen it is a 2.5″ drive.

  2. Andrew May 9, 2011 Reply

    Was referring to 2760p.
    Also display port is only on the dock, not on the 2760p itself.

    If this had hdmi instead of a modem (in addition to VGA), it would be the perfect notebook. My office’s conference room has HDTVs which take hdmi.

  3. Steven June 18, 2011 Reply

    The outdoor screen on the tablet does not support touch– only pen.

  4. Damian March 3, 2012 Reply

    According to the 2760p maintenance manual it accepts a 7mm 2.5″ drive. Could you please update this article? I know it’s old but the correct information always helps people.

  5. Damian March 3, 2012 Reply

    P.s. The 2760p does support touch and pen on the outside view screen.

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