Heat and Noise
The 2560p was able to stay very cool even when the hardware was under pressure. The highest exterior temperature reading we took was 94 degrees Fahrenheit in the upper-left corner and the lowest temperature was 81 degrees. The palmrests stayed very cool as well, around the mid-80’s. There was virtually no noise to be heard from the notebook, surprisingly, even when playing an HD movie.
The 2560p provided great battery life during our standard life test. Our review notebook has a 6-cell 62Whr Li-ion battery, and users have the choice of adding the 9-cell 100Whr instead when customizing for even better battery life. During our tests we set the screen brightness down to 70%, turn the Wi-Fi on active (refreshing a web page every 60 seconds) and set to Windows 7 to the balanced power profile. The notebook stayed powered on for 7 hours and 45 minutes.
Battery life test results (higher scores mean better battery life):
The HP EliteBook 2560p is a good choice for business professionals on the go. The second-generation Intel Core i5-2410M dual-core processor and 4GB of system memory makes multi-tasking a breeze and users will be able to do any amount of work tasks with the system. Another reason this notebook will be able to perform on the go is that it was able to provide 7 hours and 45 minutes of battery life.
The build quality is exceptional–HP’s DuraCase with a layered magnesium alloy chassis as a support structure will put users at ease when traveling. It’s the kind of build that will hold up for years; this notebook most likely won’t need any structural repairs for a very long time. You get what you pay for, though, and the $1400-1900 price point shows it. The 2560p also has a comfortable keyboard with great key travel and flow, but the touchpad is a little on the small side and prove to be an annoyance. Also on the downside, the system doesn’t have USB 3.0 for faster flash performance, and when the audio is raised to higher volume levels users will be able to feel the vibrations through the palmrests.
- Amazing build quality (HP DuraCase/DuraFinish)
- Almost 8 hours of battery life
- Good performance
- Great deal of business features
- No USB 3.0
- Can “feel” audio playing on palmrests
- Expensive as configured