Review: HP EliteBook Revolve takes the Ultrabook for a spin
Professional-grade laptop-tablet convertible combines solid build, superior performance, and a surfeit of business featuresFollow @syegulalp
My biggest usability gripes revolve around the touchpad, which doesn't sport separate buttons. Instead, the whole touchpad works as a physical click zone, which makes two-handed use (point with one hand, click with the other) a little awkward. Right-clicking is also particularly difficult with this touchpad, as the included software doesn't let you adjust the zone on the touchpad that registers as an actual right-click. The Revolve lacks an HD activity light, as well, although I find the only time I really miss one is during boot-up and shutdown.
Among HP's selling points with the EliteBook for corporate fleets is a feature I also saw in the HP ElitePad 900 and liked a great deal: the ability to service the units in-house, via an optional disassembly dock.
The HP EliteBook Revolve packs plenty of power and plenty of bang for the buck. It's plenty usable too, my touchpad peeves notwithstanding. If you're thinking of using the Revolve as a tablet, though, note that while the display does revolve, it doesn't detach. If you're not hung up on having all the oomph or the business-class features of the Revolve, you might look into HP's Envy X2 with its detachable keyboard dock and second battery.
|Price||Starts at $1,249 ($1,449 as tested with Windows 8, Core i5 CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD)|
|Processor||Intel Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 with Turbo Boost Technology|
|Memory||4GB to 12GB DDR3L PCe-12800 SDRAM|
|Storage||128GB or 256GB mSATA SSD|
|Weight||Starts at 3.08 pounds|
|Dimensions||11.22 x 8.35 x 0.80 inches|
|Display||11.6 inches @ 1,366 x 768 LED|
|Netflix battery rundown||5 hours|
|Ports etc.||2 USB 3.0, 1 RJ-45, 1 DisplayPort, 1 audio, 1 MicroSD, 1 Micro-SIM, 1 720p HD front-facing camera|
|Radios||802.11a/b/g/n (2x2), Bluetooth 4.0; EV-DO/HSPA/HSPA+ mobile broadband options also available|
|Touch UI||5-point capacitive multitouch|
|Management features||TPM, security lock slit|
|Sandra 2013 score||4.51kPt|
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