Andrew of laptopreviews.com took a look at the HP EliteBook 2570p, a 12.5" business tough notebook, that features an upgradagble CPU, expresscard slot, as well as a SIM+3G slot.
Review of the HP EliteBook 2570p
The machine can be configured from HP with:
- Up to Intel IVB i5 3210M processor
- Up to 16GB DDR3 1600mhz memory,
- Up to a 500GB 7200 rpm mechanical hard drive or 256GB Solid State Drive
- Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 4000
The core specs for the 2570p we’re reviewing include an Intel Core i5-3210m 2.5GHz (overclockable to 3.1GHz), Intel HD 4000 graphics, 4GB of RAM, 500GB 7200RPM hard drive and 12.5” screen with 1366 x 768 resolution. The performance could obviously be improved with an extra 2 – 4GB of RAM on board, but for most business users these specs will more than suffice to churn through any application you throw at it. Even if you want to do some light gaming in the evening to unwind, you could play some demanding games (such as Skyrim or WoW) at low graphics settings and you easily play any of the EA sports series games with no slowdown.
While that weight of 4.38lbs is high, you HP does squeeze in more than your average 12.5” notebook to this frame. For one, you get an optical drive built-in, which is pretty rare for this size laptop these days. You also get a ton of ports included. Here’s a look around each side of the 2570p to see everything you get:But in reality, the user base for the EliteBook 2570p will be more concerned with whether it’ll be a reliable business tool and ready to take a beating and keep on ticking.
It’s super simple to access the guts of the laptop, all you have to do is release a latch on the bottom of the notebook and slide off a metal panel and, voila, you can get to just about everything. Even the processor is theoretically upgradeable as it is not soldered on. You can see the hard drive, memory and wireless card are all easy to access and upgrade. Also nice is the fact the fan is right there and easy to clean out. The 2570p is a dream for an IT department that has to make frequent upgrades and fixes, but it’s also handy if you’re an individual user that likes to tinker a bit.
The screen on the EliteBook 2570p is a 1366 x 768 resolution 12.5” display. It has a matte anti-glare finish, which is good as that reduces glare. Unfortunately there’s no resolution upgrade option nor any other type of choice in what display you get. The competing ThinkPad X230 offers a premium IPS display upgrade for an extra $50, I have an X220 on hand with this IPS display and took a few photos comparing the screens of these two laptops (the 2570p is on the left, ThinkPad X220 on the right in all pictures):
The HP EliteBook 2570p is one of the toughest portable laptops I’ve ever used. Granted, it’s still not on par with a Panasonic ToughBook that’s built to withstand car rollovers, fire and bullets but unless you’re going to war you don’t need all that extra armor. The 2570p is built well enough for the average user to treat it roughly and still not worry about ever breaking anything. The all metal body and chassis while making the 2570p rigid and solid, has the downside of adding some heft as well. With the 6-cell battery the weight of the 2570p comes to 4.4lbs, which is quite heavy for a 12.5” laptop. However, if you consider the fact it comes with an optical drive and extensive selection of business essential ports then you can be a little more accepting of the extra weight and thickness this model has over competitors.
Performance of the 2750p is more than adequate for the typical business user with the latest Intel Core i5/i7 processor and ability to upgrade to 16GB of RAM and a fast SSD if you so choose. If you need dedicated graphics and workstation style performance you’ll need to step up to the larger 8470w or 8570w EliteBooks that offers such. Battery life at around 7 hours under normal usage is great and will see you through a coast to coast flight in the U.S. If you’re traveling further afield, say Asia, then the 9-cell battery with its 15 hours of quoted life could fill that gap.
Missing from the 2570p that I’d like to have really seen is the ability to upgrade the screen to a higher resolution or IPS panel and giving the option of a backlit keyboard. Nearly all of the competition offer these enhancement features. However, given the price of $815 I paid for this a couple of drawbacks can be forgiven. Indeed, at under $1,000 the 2750p is a relative bargain for what you get, and since it’s built to last for years the amortized cost over the years it will last you makes this an even better value.
Benchmarks provided by 51nb.com(translated into english):
wPrime is a notebook processor performance testing software, 2570p using the i5 3210M 32M and 1024M test results were 16.911 seconds and 584.833 seconds, leading the older generation i5 2430M approximately 10%.
● CINEBENCH 11.5
CINEBENCH 11.5 test software, the HP 2570p CPU single core performance 1.15pts, multi-core results 2.71pts previous generation i5 2430M approximately 10% ahead of the same.
HP 2570p CPU integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 Core graphics card, core frequency of 650MHz, memory frequency is 800MHz.
HP 2570p with a 500GB 7200 rpm Hitachi mechanical hard drive. Hard drive in HD Tune Pro test a minimum transfer speed of about 45.4MB / S, the maximum transmission speed is about 103.0MB / S, the average transfer speed of approximately 79.0 MB / S, HD Tune graph when the read test is also very stable. The 2570p with HP 3D DriveGuard hard disk protection technology.
● PCMARK 7
In the the professional machine performance testing software PCMARK7, 2570p total score of 2819 points.
Chapter Summary: HP 2570p using the latest IVB i5 3210M processor, the default 2.5GHz, 3.1GHz high frequency has a very mainstream performance Turbo 4GB DDR3 1600 memory also able to meet the complex business-use environment. 500GB 7200 RPM high-capacity mechanical hard drive with HP 3D DriveGuard hard disk protection technology, the data is very safe.
Full Summary including Endurance Test and Cooling Capacity
The temperature of the surface of the conventional standby fuselage C (left) and D surface (right)
To use AIDA64 Let 2570p processor and graphics card to run at full capacity 30 minutes
Full load for 30 minutes after the fuselage C surface temperature
Surface temperature of the full load for 30 minutes after the body D
Conventional standby mode (temperature approximately 26 degrees) body side 2570p C maximum temperature was 34.4 degrees, the position shown in the upper left corner of the touchscreen the maximum surface temperature output D was 38.5 degrees, the position shown on the right side of the fuselage, the total capacity, 2570p fairly good cooling in the standby mode; 2570p conventional fuselage surface temperature of 36, 8 degrees C after 30 minutes of full load, the maximum surface temperature D of 59.2 degrees C, the highest temperature of the surface D are located near the outlet of the HP 2570p main.
● Endurance Test
HP EliteBook 2570p standard lithium battery capacity 11.1V 62Wh
Screen brightness to 50% and turn on WiFi, then turn on the power-saving mode the last HP 2570p estimated 7 hours battery life under Windows 7.