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HP Elitebook 2760p- finally HP rolls out a new business convertible

By Mark , updated on June 4, 2014

The Elitebook 2760p is a new convertible computer from HP, launched around the same time as the 2560p.

The 2760p is actually some sort of a replacement for one of the previous convertible computers (2740p, to be exact), but comes with improvements in terms of hardware, rather than with a design and size revamp.

So if you’re familiar with the 2740p, you’ll know that the new iteration remains true to the 12.1 inch screen and the 16:10 aspect ratio. The design remains basically the same, meaning you get a solidly built machine, that weighs at least 1.79 kg. It has a brushed metal finish and feels sturdy throughout; it’s not one of those rugged netbooks/tablets, as the classy finish makes it more a choice for suits looking to impress clients and colleagues.

But the major changes are happening under the hood. The 2760p takes a leap forward and comes with second generation Core i5 or i7 processors, which are dual core processors especially good at multitasking and power management. The system comes with integrated Intel HD graphics, which should be good enough for some fancy slide shows and pretentious UI, but you shouldn’t think as far as gaming or something. Of course, HD video playback is in order, but that’s not such a big thing on a 1.500 bucks machine.

The capacitive screen comes with a chemical treatment that eases use in extreme conditions

The capacitive screen comes with a chemical treatment that eases use in extreme conditions

The screen has also been improved, especially when it comes to the touch experience. It’s more responsive and has a chemical treatment that makes it usable in all types of environments (who knows, maybe you have to do a power point presentation on a sinking ship). The aspect ratio is 16:10, which diverges a little from the 16:9 standard, but HP reps said that they listened to customers, who wanted more screen space for writing applications.

About writing- you get a capacitive stylus, stored under the folding screen, for writing directly on the display or going through applications faster than by writing. As a 12.1 inch notebook, the 2760p is equally efficient and optimized, as it has a solid keyboard and large touch pad. The convertible supports as much as 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, but the basic model will most probably come with 2 or 4 GB.

The storage capacity goes as far as 320 GB, 7200 rpm SATA II, or if you’re quite the autonomy freak, you can choose between two SSD versions- 128 and 160 GB. Mobile connectivity will come from carriers such as Verizon and AT&T, but you can settle only for built in WiFi and blue tooth ( I have a feeling it won’t be the case for most on the go professionals).

The convertible comes with a bunch of ports, like USB, card reader and the works, but there’s no HDMI port. This is another clear sign that this is not a consumer device, but a specialized gadget for those less likely to watch HD videos straight off the notebook. As software goes, you can choose between 64 and 32 bit versions of Windows 7 Professional. Of course, there’s a lot of additional software that HP throws in the mix, like security applications and fancy organizers.

Sure looks good

Sure looks good

As we said, the base model costs $1.499, so if you’ll want the full package, be prepared to spend around 2 grand (or just put it on the company’s tab, they can afford it). The 2760p is currently available in the US  with other territories soon to follow.

To round things up, this 12.1 inch convertible is another top business machine from HP. OK, it might not be great (a little too heavy, a little too expensive), but it tries to put in as many features as possible in a portable device and provide some unprecedented horse power thanks to Sandy Bridge offerings.

Mark is an Editor here at tlbhd.com . He's studying Screenwriting and Production in "sunny" London and in his spare time, he works as an IT editor for a couple of mobile publications, like this one.

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