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HP 2730p EliteBook Tablet PC

by
Linda A. Epstein ~ February 2009

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Sleek and thin with a beautiful display the HP 2730p EliteBook Tablet PC is packed with features and small details that make the HP EliteBook Table PC experience stand out from the crowd. 

With so may Tablet PCs available today what makes the 2730p Tablet PC standout? 

Ease of use, an exceptional screens..... There is no question that HP paid careful attention to detail when designing the HP 2730p EliteBook Tablet PC. The listened to users    It's sleek, sturdy and powerful, the case is fingerprint resistant, it has a great pen and ink experience,a built in webcam and a light to illuminate the keys.. Those are just some of the features that made the HP Tablet PC stand out from the crowd. 

  
           Full Sun                                    Inside                                    In the Shade

The HP 2730p EliteBook Tablet PC Tablet PC has an exceptionally good indoor /outdoor display

It's All in the Details........

Weighing in at 3.74 pounds the HP 2730p EliteBook Tablet PC is housed in a stainless steal case with a small HP logo on the lid.  Battery life runs from between 3 and 15 hours depending on the configuration and settings so traveling with the 2730p Tablet PC you know you have the battery life to get your work done in your office, with clients, at a trade show or flying coast to coast on a plane.

Passes rigorous MIL-STD 810F testing:  ( from the HP web site)

Designed to meet the tough military standards (MIL-STD 810F) for altitude, high temperatures and dust, the HP EliteBook 2730p can operate at extreme temperatures over 60 °C/140 °F and below –29 °C/–20 °F.

Not having to worry about pulling out a machine covered in unsightly fingerprints is another advantage of the HP 2730 Tablet PC.   You only get to make one first impression and walking into a meeting and pulling out a machine covered in unsightly fingerprints does not make for a good impression.   Pulling put a stainless steal machine with dual-pointing devices and a great screen does.


Another nice detail is the blue light on the button for the wireless that allows you see at a glance if the wireless working or if it is turned off.

The inclusion of both touch pad & point stick, combined with a scroll zone, jog dial and touch-sensitive controls make the HP 2730p EliteBook Tablet PC user friendly for everyone.  

As I have said before, living in sunny Southern California with clients and traveling back and forth across the country Its nice to be able to travel with one Tablet PC rather than several. The12.1" diagonal Illuminate WVA WXGA anti-glare screen on HP's 2730p Tablet PC  allows me to demo it in a variety of locations and situations so I can travel with a single machine and not worry about beings able to view the screen where ever I happen to end up.

If a meeting suddenly gets moved poolside, slope side or into someone's living room with 15 foot glass windows overlooking the pacific ocean I can still get my work done.    I can do a demo without the risk being of embarrassed when I try to demo a machine that can not be seen in bright light. These are important features.

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What's in The Box:  The review unit I had here did not include the "boxed" components of a retail system so it is not pictured.

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The screen on the HP 2730p EliteBook Tablet PC looks great in my office

The Pen and Ink Experience:  The "Pen Feel" when your writing on the display is excellent, writing flows easily and the pen itself feels good in your hand.  HP improved the pen compartment so the pen falling out is no longer an issue

Battery Life : 3 hours 16 minutes of battery life with brightness turned all the way up, the wireless and blue tooth on, no standby, sleep disabled and the screen and hard drive set to always on. 

HP claims that up to 15 hours of battery life is possible with the optional battery slice.  While I did not have the Battery slice here to test that myself however I have no reason to doubt that with the setting set to maximize battery life rather than performance it is possible to get


There is no question that the settings I use for the battery test give the shortest amount of battery life.  This is done intentionally -I need to know the absolute minimum battery life I can expect and I prefer to use the high performance settings when I'm working.  That is why I run the battery test the way that I do.
   

  
           Full Sun                                    Inside                                    In the Shade

Display: 12.1" diagonal Illumi-Lite WVA WXGA anti-glare (1280 x 800) display is sharp, bright, crisp and clear - This is an exceptional screen indoors and out which is of great value to those of us who never know where we will be working. 

Speaker: A single speaker located on bottom right is the flaw in an otherwise perfect Tablet PC.  While I understand that the business model of a Tablet PC is not designed for "listening pleasure" the sound quality from the mono speaker is terrible.   

Who is it For:   While the HP 2730p Tablet PC was designed with the business user in mind, it would be an excellent choice for anyone and everyone who wants a light weight, feature rich Tablet PC.  This would be a great Tablet for students.

Heat: the HP 2730p EliteBook Tablet PC does not have any heat issues

Weight: starting at 3.74 pounds

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Most Notable Features:

  • Screen Quality:  First and Foremost I have to tell you is that the screen quality of the HP EliteBook is Exceptional. Indoor and out this screen is clear, crisp and bright.  The Screen is easy on the eyes and would be a pleasure to watch a movie on a long flight.
  • Stainless Steal Case is simple, elegant and fingerprint resistant
  • No glossy surfaces: lack of "gloss" on this machine makes means your not disturbed by unwanted reflections. 
  • Passes rigorous MIL-STD 810F testing: Designed to meet the tough military standards (MIL-STD 810F) for altitude, high temperatures and dust, the HP EliteBook 2730p can operate at extreme temperatures over 60 °C/140 °F and below –29 °C/–20 °F.
  • Capacitive touch volume control
  • Blue lights: on the left side let you know at a glance if the Wi-Fi and bluetooth are on
  • Warranty: HP Services offers limited 3-year standard parts and labor warranty, pick-up or carry-in, and toll-free 7 x 24 hardware technical phone support

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HP EliteBook 2730p specifications:

Processors:

•Intel® Core™ 2 Duo LV Processor SL9300 (1.60 GHz, 6 MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB)
•Intel® Core™ 2 Duo LV Processor SL9400 (1.86 GHz, 6 MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB) (System Reviewed)
•Intel® Core™ 2 Duo ULV Processor SU9300 (1.20 GHz, 3 MB L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB)

Operating System:

•Windows® Vista Business 32

Windows Vista® Business with downgrade
to Windows® XP Tablet Edition custom installed

Windows® Vista Ultimate 32

Display: 12.1-inch diagonal Illumi-Lite WXGA UWVA anti-glare

Graphics: Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD, up to 384 MB of shared system memory
Microsoft DirectX 10 (Shader 4.0) and OpenGL 2.0 capable

Memory: Upgradeable to 8 GB maximum (4 GB SODIMM in slots 1 and 2)

  • 1 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
  • 2 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
  • 4 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM

Hard Drive Options:

  • 80 GB 5400 rpm SATA
  • 80 GB 5400 rpm 1.8-inch SATA II
  • 80 GB 1.8-inch Solid State Drive SATA
  • 120 GB 5400 rpm SATA
     

Operating Systems:

  • Windows Vista Business (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit)
  • Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005

Connectivity Options:

Wireless:  HP Mobile Broadband (powered by Gobi™); Intel Wireless 802.11a/b/g/draft-n; Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/draft-n; Broadcom 802.11b/g; HP Integrated Module with Bluetooth 2.0 Wireless Technology

Broadband service provider: AT&T or Verizon

Battery: 6-cell (44 WHr) high capacity Lithium-Ion

Ports:

External:
2 USB 2.0
1 1394a
1 microphone in
1 headphone/line-out
1 RJ-11
1 RJ-45
1 docking connector
1 battery connector
Rear:
1 AC power; 1 external VGA monitor

Slots: 1 Express Card/54 - 1 secure digital

 

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Everything about the HP 2730p Tablet PC feels strong and sturdy.   Its very comfortable in your hand and the keyboard feel good under your fingers.  Having the option of using the track pointer or the the track pad means everyone will be happy.  Personally I'm a fan of the track pad which is smooth and responsive.

The HP 2730p Tablet PC that I had here was the Core 2 duo 1.86Hz, running Windows Vista Business with 3 gigs of ram.  Users have three pre configured base options they can customize to best suit their individual needs.  

Outside in the Shade

As you can see from the photo above
the screen on the HP 2730p EliteBook Tablet PC looks fabulous outdoors

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From The HP Site :

HP EliteBook 2730p Tablet PC

Productivity with a twist. Starting at 3.7 lbs/1.7 kg, the HP EliteBook 2730p Notebook PC offers you the functionality of an ultra-light notebook plus the flexibility of an ultra-slim tablet.

Twist the screen
: In tablet mode, it converts your digitally handwritten notes to text or sends them as they are to coworkers and clients. Twist the screen and you have a conventional notebook – all in an ultra-slim form factor

Working on the go: New low-voltage processors and 5400 RPM drives increase system performance in a lightweight package. Integrated wireless technologies including HP Mobile Broadband, WLAN and Bluetooth® help you stay connected in more places.

Sophisticated new design:
The stainless steel surface, new dual-pointing device (touch pad and point stick) with scroll zone, jog dial and touch-sensitive controls help it stand up to the heavy demands of business use.

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The HP EliteBook 2730p Windows Experience Index

The Pros

  • Fast powerful Tablet PC with long battery life
  • Exceptional screen quality - Can be used indoors or out with ease
  • Simple Sturdy design that is thin, lightweight and rugged
  • Stainless Steel Surface resists fingerprints
  • SSD drive option
  • A pleasure to use and to travel with
  • Built in web cam

The Cons: 

  • Single speaker located on bottom right with very poor sound quality
  • only two USB ports
  • Presto Business Card Software is difficult to use - (On a side note this could have been user error on my part)

Conclusion.....

The HP 2730p EliteBook Tablet PC is an excellent all around Tablet PC with an exceptional screen. and the power to get things done.  The simple clean lines of the stainless steal case made it perfect for use in any situation.    Also worth noting is that lack of "gloss" on this machine makes means your not disturbed by unwanted reflections when your working.  

While this is targeted as a business machine it will be an excellent choice for anyone.

I already miss having the HP EliteBook 2730p in my Tablet PC arsenal

 

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