HP EliteBook 2170p Review- a lightweight, durable and Ultra portable Windows 8 Device

HP EliteBook 2170p  is lightweight and durable, above average life time, you can quickly start, and is equipped with a fingerprint reader; drawback is the screen not bright enough trackpad is too small, it is difficult to use Win 8 gestures.

HP EliteBook 2170p Review

Recently, slim Win 8 mixing equipment and the super has attracted a lot of media attention, but many business users only want a powerful, lightweight, ultra-portable device. The 11.6-inch HP EliteBook 2170p is a such a device, it offers strong performance and reliable life, durable, and weighs only 3.2 pounds (1.45 kg). The price of $ 1,099 , the EliteBook 2170p’s ??competitors, including the Lenovo ThinkPad X230 and the Dell XPS 12. Well, EliteBook 2170p is not your best choice?

Design

EliteBook 2170p has a sturdy magnesium alloy case looks shatterproof beaten look. HP said it after the durability test of 115,000 hours, including thermal test and drop test. Reach military standards, but 2170p than the average consumer notebook durable much.

HP EliteBook 2170p Review

Like other recent Elitebook, this notebook is simply decorated with the HP logo, to executives like soft appearance. Open the top cover, you may feel the shaft a little stiff. Matt matte black plastic frame inlaid with a 11.6-inch display with a camera on top of it.

HP EliteBook 2170p Review

The magnesium alloy keyboard base is made of silver tone with top cover, 3.7 x 1.5-inch touch panel under have a dedicated button. The EliteBook series keyboard left and right sides about half an inch each space, fingerprint reader just below the arrow keys.

EliteBook 2170p power button on the right side of the fuselage is a slider. At the bottom has a docking station port, made of matte black plastic.

HP EliteBook 2170p Review

EliteBook measurements of 11.5 × 7.6 × 1.0 inches (29.2 × 19.3 × 2.5 cm), weighs 3.2 pounds, it is shorter, thinner and lighter than the Lenovo ThinkPad X230 (3.4 pounds) and Dell XPS 12 (3.4 pounds).

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Display

EliteBook 2170p has a resolution of 1366 × 768 11.6-inch matte display, notice 1080p version of “canopy Murder” use it to watch films, we note that the blue-eyed Daniel Craig (Daniel Craig) than in other The display looks a little pale hue. The dust looks sharp, very vivid – red part of the British flag. Watch Trailer piece at a 45-degree angle, a little color really shallow, but this does not prevent us from viewing it.

Given that this equipment to run the system is optimized for touch devices Win 8, its biggest drawback can be said that the lack of a touch screen. (You can not optional touch screen).

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The display brightness of 142 lux, basically half of the 231 lux average illumination that category. It is much darker than the Lenovo X230 (240 lux) and Dell XPS 12 (434 lux) screen.

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Audio frequency

The EliteBook 2170p base in front of a pair of small speakers, the volume to maximum rang our laboratory also failed, but the sound quality is good. The device runs SRS Premium Sound Pro software, “listening experience” sub-menu control panel has three default values: music, voice, and 3D movies. Listening to Pink Floyd’s “Money”, we think that the the Music option can provide the best overall listening experience.

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Keyboard, trackpoint and touchpad

The bond length of the island-style keys and key way so we feel very satisfied, more reliable typing experience: Ten Thumbs Typing test, the average per minute play 68 word error rate of 2%. Under normal circumstances, the speed can also be 68 words per minute, but the error rate is 3%.

Button backlight brightness is not adjustable, but enough to make you work in dimly lit environments. HP claims that the spill-resistant keyboard, to drain away any liquid dripping on the keyboard base through the bottom of the fuselage.

The center of the keyboard has a pointing stick, smooth surface so our fingers are always keys had fallen to around. Similar equipment, the Lenovo TrackPoint is still the best.

3.7 × 1.5 inches (9.4 × 3.8 cm) Synaptics touchpad feels very cramped. It also has two sets of dedicated buttons, a touchpad above, a set of below. Win 8 at this trackpad gestures such as left, right, bottom, and top of the slide, and keep our fingers hit the button.

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In the course of our testing, EliteBook 2170p has been to maintain a cool and pleasant temperatures. After 15 minutes of play Hulu streaming video, it’s touchpad was 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius), 87 degrees in the middle of the bottom of the fuselage. G and H keys is the hottest place for 88 degrees. We believe that more than 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius) will feel uncomfortable.

Port

The EliteBook 2170p ports focused on the fuselage sides. The left side has a USB 3.0 port, Kensington cable keyhole, DisplayPort, audio / microphone jack, a smart card slot. The right side sliding power button, a USB 3.0 port, an Ethernet interface and a slightly recessed VGA port. Such a compact device provides Ethernet and VGA ports, so we feel very satisfied.

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Camera

When we open the Cyberlink YouCam, some grainy images taken 1.3 million pixel camera of this device in the office lighting conditions, some dark. In natural light, the detail is improved, but there are still grainy. Some colors are bleak. This camera can capture video up to 1280 × 720 pixels, and you can upload pictures and video directly with YouCam to YouTube or Facebook.

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Commercial and security features

EliteBook 2170p offers several security measures. Using HP ProtectTools, you can use facial recognition camera, or use a fingerprint reader security login and lock 2170p. To configure ProtectTools, you simply slide your finger on the fingerprint reader, the software opens, it will let you register fingerprints, and submit to the system password and security question.

You can use the fingerprint reader to log on to the website you set, such as Gmail. One thing to note is that this software is not compatible with all the major sites, we are trying to configure ProtectTools us directly using the fingerprint reader to log on to Facebook, Yahoo and Hotmail, but it can not detect these sites.

TPM Embedded Security Chip 1.2 can prevent external software attacks, more secure passwords and digital certificates. In addition, users can also register the laptop version of LoJack pay $ 29.99 per year (amounting to about $ 190), you can remotely lock the computer and delete the file. If your EliteBook stolen, the service will track the location of the device, and in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, it restitution. But you must register for this service.

Hidden in the control panel of the HP 3D DriveGuard, using digital accelerometer to detect sudden movement of the device as a whole, in order to protect the data security.

The EliteBook bottom of a dock connector, business users can use it to connect peripherals such as additional display and storage devices. The HP base price range ranging from 99-309 U.S. dollars. The most expensive HP 2012 230W Advanced Dock offers four USB 3.0 interface, DisplayPort, VGA, Ethernet, DVI-D, audio and serial, parallel, and mouse connectors including traditional port.

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Performance

We tested this The EliteBook 2170p equipped with a 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5-3427U processor, 4GB memory, 500GB 7200 rpm hard drive, and an integrated HD Graphics 4000 graphics. This modest specifications will not significantly reduce the life time. PCMark 7 test to measure the overall performance of the device, it is 2734 points. Behind the average value of this category 3204, but is only slightly lower than the X230 2838 stars. Lenovo X230 equipped with a 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5-3320M processor, 4GB memory and 320GB 7200 rpm hard drive. Dell XPS 12 is equipped with a 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 4GB of memory and 128GB SSD, a score of 4727, finished the burst 2170p and X230.

The LAPTOP File Transfer test, copying a 4.97GB of music, video and photo files folder with 2 minutes 35 seconds, the equivalent of an average transfer rate of 32.8MBps. Than X230 (a score of 30Mbps) than the category average of 76MBps half. The XPS 12 copy the same folder as the rate of up to 150MBps.

It start the Win 8 Professional with 23 seconds, super in this category, the average time of 34 seconds. However, XPS 12 only took 15 seconds to 8 seconds. The X230 takes 37 seconds, but it is running Win 7.

OpenOffice spreadsheet test, 20,000 names and addresses match took 5 minutes and 37 seconds. This XPS 12 (5:34) about 1 minute 35 seconds faster than the average. X230 took 4 minutes and 29 seconds, a minute or so slower than 2170p.

 

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Graphics performance

This Elitebook 3DMark 11 test score of 585, than the average of 763 low 178 points. XPS 12 and the X230 is also equipped with the same GPU (Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics) performance than its slightly better. XPS 12 score of 602, while X 230 score to 618.

If you are a business people love the “World of Warcraft” Please note, you can not play “World of Warcraft” device. When the visual effects of the game is set to “Good”, 1366 x 768 resolution, 2170p frame rate is only 25 frames per second. Is lower than the average of 44 fps. Under the same conditions, X230 frame rate is 41fps (but that was before the release of “Panda mystery”). XPS 12 in the updated release of “Panda mystery”, a frame rate of 38 fps.

When our visual settings to “Ultra”, EliteBook can only reach 14 fps, below the category average of 22 fps. In the same test, the XPS 12 framerate is 14 fps, and X230 only 20fps.

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Life time

Our laptop battery test (the display brightness set to 40% continued to use Wi-Fi Internet), the device 48 wHr battery adhere to 6 hours and 44 minutes, 25 minutes more than the class average of 6:19. than XPS 12 5 hours 46 minutes, much longer, only more than the X230 6 hours 56 minutes 12 minutes shorter.

Unfortunately, HP does not offer a larger capacity battery. In contrast, Lenovo provides X230 a 9-cell battery, can persist in 12 hours and 17 minutes, also provides battery plate, can extend the battery life to 20 hours and 46 minutes.

Software

EliteBook 2170p does not have much extra software. Most noteworthy is Cyberlink utility, it YouCam, PhotoDirector photo editor, and the entertainment consumption Tools Media Suite. In addition, it pre-installed Evernote and PDF the Complete.

Rapid Storage Technology warnings and errors can occur in the storage system. When this happens, the system will put the hard drive temporarily to stop, to minimize the risk of data loss. HP SoftPaq Download Manager checks the hardware updates. Addition to the previously mentioned the ProtectTools, so you fingerprint recognition security settings.

Configuration options

HP offers four versions of the EliteBook 2170p. We tested the $ 1,099 configuration equipped with a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5-3427U processor, 4GB memory, 500GB 7200 rpm hard drive, 64-bit Win 8 Professional and integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics card. The cheapest configuration for $ 999, equipped with a 1.8 GHz Intel Core i3-3217U processor. The high-end model retails for $ 1399 CPU upgrade to a 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5-3427U, doubled to 8GB, hard drive upgrade to 180GB the SSD memory increases.

You can also customize the configuration 2170p, but custom machine cost significantly more than the pre-configured version.

Warranty

Equipment warranty period of 90 days, and the main battery warranty period of 1 year.

Summary

$ 1,099 HP EliteBook 2170p design is lightweight, durable, easy to carry, the life time is above average. Our most dissatisfied with Win 8 is to perform with its trackpad gestures uncomfortable. In this price range, we prefer the Lenovo ThinkPad X230, although it is slightly larger weight, the price is $ 100 lower, and has a longer life, brighter display, and better pointing stick. However, with the popular compact portable HP EliteBook 2170p is a competitive product.