Interestingly, they haven’t been able to crack the tablet and Ultrabook niches themselves, but it seems to be a general problem with lack of innovation at the company rather than their lack of interest in the market.
One of HP’s latest products should pique the interest of corporate and professional users alike – the Elitebook Revolve 810 is a traditional swivel hinge convertible laptop that is built like a tank, is rather small and light and has all the hardware you need to get up and running in no time.
The Revolve 810 may not be as tough looking as its larger Elitebook brethren (which are pretty much the most durable mobile workstations at the moment), but it’s still a very sturdy and well-built machine. The bottom is made of a magnesium alloy and painted in black, while the rest of the chassis is made out of aluminum – the device also has a soft touch coating that feels nice and should keep the whole device from sliding out of your hands.
The touch pad isn’t as large as those on some of the other Ultrabooks, but it feels nice and works pretty well. The keyboard has the traditional for slim devices island style keys, and is water proof, which will undoubtedly come in handy if you spill something on it.
Hardware features and performance
The hardware of the Elitebook Revolve 810 isn’t top of the line, which is a rather unfortunate tradition in the business world (just like Lenovo’s ThinkPads, they’re one step behind the latest hardware), but it’s definitely good enough for any applications.
Processing power is adequate, with the laptop featuring Intel’s Core i processors – a Core i3-3227U, a Core i5-3437U or a Core i7-3687U, depending on your desired configuration. There’s also 4 GB of DDR3-1600 RAM soldered onboard plus a slot that lets you expand that by up to 8 GB more (so you can have a total of 12 GB – more than enough for this platform).
The Revolve 810 has a standard 2.0 Megapixels camera on the top of the display, which supports 720p video recording. Connectivity wise, you get everything you may need with Wifi N, Bluetooth 3.0, 1x Gigabit Ethernet jack, 2x USB 3.0 ports, a DisplayPort, NFC radio and an optional HSPA+/GPS combo card.
The battery is a rather large 6 cell 44WHr unit that is said to last up to 6 hours of continuous use – not bad for a laptop but not that good for a tablet, either. There’s no option for an expanded battery, so you might want to charge often or carry a second battery with you.
|Specifications||HP Elitebook Revolve 810|
|Display||Display 11.6 inches, 1366×768 pixels, TFT LCD, 135 PPI pixel density|
|Processor||Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 ULV processor|
|RAM||Up to 12 GB DDR3L 1600 MHz RAM (4GB soldered onboard + single slot)|
|Graphics Adapter||Intel HD Graphics 4000 IGP|
|Storage Space||Up to 256 Gb mSATA SSD; micro SD card slot|
|Camera(s)||Front facing – 2.0 Megapixels camera with support for 720p video recording|
|Connectivity Options||Wifi N, Bluetooth 4.0, optional HSPA+ modem, optional GPS radio, 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x Gigabit Ethernet port, 1x DisplayPort, NFC, 1x 3.5mm headphones/microphone combo jack|
|Sensors||Light, magnetometer, gyroscope and accelerometer sensors|
|Battery||Li-Po, 44 WHr, up to 6 hours of continuous use|
|Dimensions and weight||212 x 285 x 22.2 mm, 1.4 kg|
|Operating System and Software||Windows 8 Professional|
The Elitebook Revolve 810 comes with Windows 8 Professional pre-installed and there’s an option to downgrade to Windows 7 – at least HP understands that business users don’t need the new interface. There’s no bloatware to speak of – HP puts none of that on their business machines, so you can customize your software installation however you want without any hindrances.
Price and Availability
The Elitebook Revolve 810 is a very solid machine for those who aren’t really sold on the whole tablet fad and prefer the old ways while still being able to test new waters, but for the price you could find better options. The base Revolve 810 model is $1449, with the top configuration going for a whopping $1799 – that’s the price of a good MacBook Air, Asus Ultrabook or even a 14 inch Elitebook workstation – but if you need portability and a touch screen, the Revolve 810 can offer that while the others can’t.
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