May 27, 2013
- Attractive, durable design
- Good keyboard design
- Responsive touch screen
- Speedy boot times
- Slightly below-average battery life
The HP EliteBook Revolve 810 is a revival of the convertible laptop design that never really caught on several years ago. This model has a good exterior, a comfortable keyboard and a high-quality touch screen. It is expensive and has below-average battery life, however.
When Windows XP Tablet Edition launched in the early 2000s, there was a small convertible laptop category. This concept never really caught on but did find some popularity in niches, like college students. It's a a great way to use a tablet for note taking and have a conventional laptop for other tasks.
The design of the EliteBook Revolve 810 has a magnesium and aluminum chassis that has a soft-touch finish. It makes the laptop both comfortable to hold as well as sturdy too. The silver finish hides fingerprints and looks sleek. It measures 11.2 x 8.4 x 0.8-inches (wdh) and weighs 3-pounds, so it's lighter than your average notebook but heavier than a tablet. So the size and weight of the Revolve 810 is another reason that it falls right between conventional tablets and laptops. When you use the laptop as a tablet, it does feel very thin for its size.
The display is an 11.6-inch model with a 1366 x 768-pixel resolution. HP chose Corning Gorilla Glass 2 to cover the display, so it's extremely durable and strong. We found the display to be very vivid and had an excellent level of brightness. Viewing angles were also good.
As for the touch screen aspect, it supports 10 simultaneous touch points and seemed highly responsive during our use. Performing Windows 8 touch gestures was a breeze and worked very well. The included stylus also made drawing and handwriting notes really easy. The accuracy of the stylus was good enough for note taking with natural-looking handwriting.
We found the HP EliteBook Revolve 810's keyboard to be extremely good. It is an island-style design with large, well-spaced keys. There was absolutely no flexing and keys gave a solid click. The keyboard is also spill-resistant for added durability. We liked that the keyboard is backlit too.
During our use, we found the click pad to be too sensitive at its default setting, but at a dialed down sensitivity, it was much better. At the default setting, our palms moved and clicked the cursor frequently while typing.
For ports, the Revolve 810 offers two USB 3.0 ports, DisplayPort-out, Ethernet, a headphone jack, a dock connector port and a microSD memory card slot. Wireless includes both 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. For even more wireless connectivity, there is a micro SIM slot to connect to mobile broadband networks. There is no optical drive.
Internal specifications of this convertible laptop include a 3rd-generation Intel Core i5-3437U (1.9GHz) CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB solid-state drive and integrated Intel 4000 HD graphics. In a PCMark 7 benchmark, it earned a score of 4,550, which is around a 1,000 points higher than the ultraportable category average. Because of the solid-state drive, Windows 8 booted up in a blazing 8 seconds on average, which is way faster than most other ultraportables.
Graphics performance with the integrated Intel system was good for the usual activities, including watching HD streaming media, but won't be sufficient for any 3D gaming.
Battery life clocked in at about 5:15, which is almost an hour shy of the ultraportable category average.
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