*HP EliteBook 2530p Owners Lounge*

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  1. master blaster

    master blaster Newbie

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    2530p Owners Lounge
    Release Date: August 18, 2008 (pre-GFC build quality)

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    2530P Reviews

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    differences2510P, 2530P, 2540P, 2560P differences

    Item/Owner's Lounge2510P2530P2540P2560P
    unwhitelisted biosyesyesnono
    PLL/overclockingICS9LPRS355/yesICS9LPRS397/yesnono
    LED-backlit LCD 12.1" 1280x80012.1" 1280x80012.1" 1280x80012.5" 1366x768
    primary/optical bay 1.8" ZIF/pata1.8" usata/sata1.8" usata/sata2.5" sata/sata
    CPU/chipset65nm Merom/965GM45nm Penryn/GS4532nm Arrandale/QM5732nm Sandy Bridge/QM67
    FSB MhzU7x00/L7700 533/800U9x00/L9x00 800/106610661333
    Graphicsx31004500MHDIntel HDHD3000
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    no of RAM slotssingle channel (1)dual channel (2)dual channel (2)dual channel (2)
    RAMDDR2-667DDR2-800DDR3-1333@1066DDR3-1333
    Wifi4965AGN5100AGN6200AGN6205AGN
    expansion slotPCMCIA+mPCIeexpresscard 1.0+mPCIeexpresscard 1.0+mPCIeexpresscard 2.0+mPCIe
    WWAN-readyyesyesyesyes
    webcam and nightlightno, consider modyes - on some modelsyesyes
    Displayport/HDMInono, consider DIY eGPUyes/noyes/no
    USB ports (+ODD caddy)22+13+13
    native e-satanononoyes
    keyboardtraditionaltraditionalsemi-chicletisland
    Bootable SD card?noyesyesyes
    Weight with 6-cell+ODD1.63kgs/3.59lbs1.70kgs/3.75lbs1.81kgs/3.99lbs1.92/4.24lbs
    2510P/2530P/2540P HP Accessory List shows shareable accessories between 25xxP units.

    COL= arguably undersirable features of the series.
     
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  2. bimboles

    bimboles Newbie

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    Hi there, I have just got a 2530p that has a Smart Card reader in the Expresss Slot. Anyone know how to remove this and if it's possible to then use the express slot.

    Cheers,

    Tim
     
  3. peli_kan

    peli_kan Notebook Evangelist

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    Yum, mine arrived in under a week from when I ordered it. First impressions:

    -fair to good build quality, superior durability. Aluminum shell inspires confidence while minor gaps (<0.5mm) or steps between panels leave a bit to be desired. Compared to a thinkpad, this notebook will show wear more easily, but it'll stand well against impacts.
    -a bit thick, but no more than I expected. Considering that it sports room to house two hard drives, I can deal with this just fine.
    -good keyboard for an ultraportable, though it can't hold a candle to a thinkpad's. I'm still satisfied though.
    -noisier than I hoped for, but then again this is my first notebook in a while that doesn't use a SSD. It appears that the 2530p has two fans, with one always on and the second triggered only by higher temperatures.
    -very responsive touchpad, and while this is heresy, I like the trackpoint on this elitebook more than the one on my thinkpad.
    -quicklaunch touch sensitive buttons are nice, rather responsive from my experiences so far, and classy looking.

    This notebook wasn't cheap, and it certainly doesn't look or feel cheap either. I'm happy with this purchase so far, and hope to max it out once the funds and Windows 7 (TRIM please) arrives.
     
  4. User Retired 2

    User Retired 2 Notebook Nobel Laureate NBR Reviewer

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    Great news. Sounds like you are pleased with your purchase. Now that you have one, perhaps could do some reporting of its:

    1/ Battery life? Lowest idle power consumption measured with battstat with wifi on and lowest brightness would give it the absolute longest battery life possible with virtually very light usage. Also, what is the average battery life using batterybar (it stores historic data so is VERY accurate).

    If you know a T400s owner, would be great to get side-by-side photos for visual comparison.
     
  5. peli_kan

    peli_kan Notebook Evangelist

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    Hmmm, the touch controlled volume slider is making me hate life. I'm using XP at this moment, perhaps it runs better under Vista? I've heard from others that the controls aren't a problem, but I hadn't checked what OS they were using.
     
  6. students

    students Notebook Geek

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    Slide and hold. I hated the volume control on my 6930p until I figured that out.

    I bet you were thinking that a T400/T400s would have a simpler volume control, more consistent panel fit and a better keyboard (with the T60 keyboard option). It will definitely be quieter.

    Its not too late to return your HP!
     
  7. drusso

    drusso Newbie

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    Hey guys, just bought a 2530p although it only arrives next week.

    Quick Specs:

    - Intel® Core™ 2 Duo LV Processor SL9400 (1.86 GHz, 6 MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB)
    - 3 cell battery
    - No optical drive (3 usb's)
    - 160gb 7200 rpm
    - 2gb DDR2 SDRAM

    Questions:

    - Is the 9-cell battery much larger and heavier than the 6-cell one? The 6-cell should be wnough for me.
    - Thinking about installing the OS on a SSD and using the HDD for storage. What do I need to buy?
    - I want to upgrade to 4GB. Do the RAM units have to be the same brand? Do I have to buy only a 2gb or do I have to put in 2 new 2GB modules?
     
  8. User Retired 2

    User Retired 2 Notebook Nobel Laureate NBR Reviewer

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    2530P 1.8" SATA connector

    If purchased a 2.5" model and didn't receive it
    1. HP P/N 495026-001 US$16: Primary hard drive connector board (required for installation of primary hard drive)
    2. OR newmodeus' $29.95US 1.8" SATA Hard drive caddy / bracket kit for HP_Elitebook_2530p as shown on the right.
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    You have 2 RAM slots. So check if you get 1x2GB stick or 2x1GB sticks. If the former, then 2GB + another 2GB would get you 4GB. If the latter AND you are running a 32-bit OS, would suggest just remove 1GB module and buy another 2GB. 32bit OS doesn't use > 3GB.
     
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  9. drusso

    drusso Newbie

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    Thanks, I'm going to run W7 maybe 64bit because of the 3.5gb limit of 32bit.

    Those threads on secondary hdd's are really helpful, thanks.
     
  10. pocket_geek

    pocket_geek Notebook Geek

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    What's everyone's thoughts on the 2530p keyboard? For some reason it seems louder than the keyboard on my 2510p and the keys seem a bit looser. I've got two 2530p keyboards and they are both the same so I'm assuming that's normal.

    This thing is awesome with Windows 7 x64 and 6 gigs of ram.
     
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