HP EliteBook Revolve 810 – Pricey office bound laptop
Previously, laptops could occasionally get converted to tablets but these products didn’t really come in to limelight. They came with rotating dispalys and touch. They were also business oriented. Back then, the only problem was that these laptops weren’t really useful and were mostly used only for specific apps.
However, times have changed now and there are a lot of hybrids products out there. We recently got the HP EliteBook Revolve 810 in our offices for review and the design no longer feels new because a lot of laptops these days come with same design. Lenovo has made laptops like this in the form on ThinkPad Twist, ThinkPad Helix, and IdeaPad Yoga. Twist is similar product and comes with proprietary swivel screen set up.
The design is good but the price might be a problem for some. For instance, this laptop starts at $1,249 and the review model which we got in our offices was priced at $1,449 for Core i5 processor and 128GB SSD. Prices like this always raise eyebrows especially when Apple products are less expensive. The aforementioned ThinkPad starts from $899. Revolve is priced higher and it is hard to recommend the laptop at a price like this even with goodies like vProand Gorilla Glass 2 touch screen. Battery life too is a concern: in our tests, this battery lived for close to around five hours which is less considering SSD inside.
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 was first seen at CES in January 2013 and we finally got the laptop for review in July. This laptop has come with new Haswell processor which promises better battery life. The starting price too is now lower than what it was in January. HP has done all it can to make this product more recommendable. Overall, it is a good and sturdy laptop but low battery life makes it hard for recommending this as an office laptop.
Before this we got the HP Folio 13 for review and we still remember it well. it was business compact laptop having rock solid feel and was very comfortable to use. HP EliteBook Revolve 810 isn’t an upgrade to Folio but there are some similarities. Also, it is now transformed in to multi touch tablet and it different than tablets which have keyboard just to pretend that it is a laptop. HP ElitePad 900 is another example of Atom based tablet having some laptop like goodies. However, HP EliteBook Revolve 810 is ultrabook level laptop having an expensive price tag and this device is as good as Surface Pro and some other laptops like ThinkPad Twist, Helix, and Yoga 11S.
This is a laptop which can be used as a tablet as well. it has good feeling to it. However, there isn’t anything supersexy or mind-blowing about it. The laptop feels like it is made for office use and has good industrial profile to it.
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 comes with soft touch feel with frame of magnesium alloy and this laptop feels very good on the hands. This laptop can easily take extreme temperatures, dust, drop, and vibration. But this laptop isn’t really rugged. We didn’t test it for durability but still it feels very solid as compared to other laptops out there.
As the name suggests, this laptop comes with display with centre hinge which can spin around. This lets you flip the screen to use the product as tablet. This idea has been around for a while and has got a bit old fashioned now. A lot of Windows 8 hybrids use this design. The design is more complicated than Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga but still has good screen adjust when you plant it on any table. You can spin the screen for showing anything to your clients or for watching any movies without keeping keyboard in the way. Hinge is smooth and doesn’t give any problems. However, it could not hold still when we moved the base part. You can swivel the display for use as tablet and can use it has handheld device.
This laptop is easy to grip and is quite light as well. at about 3.02 pounds, the HP EliteBook Revolve 810 is lighter than ThinkPad Twist and ThinkPad Helix 11. However, it is still heavier than Microsoft Surface Pro and 11 inches MacBook Air.
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 is smaller laptop and hence touch pad and palm rest zones are down sized. On the bright side, the keyboard size isn’t compromised and it has good backlighting as well. There are square and solid buttons and keyboard is edge to edge. There are no extra buttons and it doesn’t feel like the keys are crammed in to the board.
The key travel feels deeper and is better as compared to ultrabooks. This keyboard is spill resistant and there are drains on bottom tray to channel the liquids away. Clickable touchpad too is very user friendly.
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 screen is 11.6 inches big and the display is quite sharp. We didn’t have any problems with the viewing angles but the resolution is a bit low at 1,366×768 pixels. This resolution isn’t a problem for everyday home and office tasks but for this price, we expected something better. There are 11 inches laptops out there which come with full HD resolution of 1,920×1,080 pixels.
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 comes with auto rotate lock button, volume button rocker, power switch, HP side dock port, microSD card slot, and headphones jack. All this is located on right side and left side is all empty. All other ports are located on back like 2 USB 3.0 ports, DispalyPort 1.2, and Ethernet. One USB port can be used for charging your USB gadgets even when the laptop is sleeping. There is also power cable jack located here.
It is good to see that Ethernet port is located on back as it helps to keep your desk clutter free. However, HP should have given at least one USB port on sides.
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, microSIM card slot for HSPA/HSPA+ wireless broadband, and Bluetooht. Just like tablets, this one has sensors inside like NFC, compass, accelerometer, and gyroscope.
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 comes with multi touch capabilities and there is pen available separately. This laptop is good on the security front. It comes with vPro Intel Core i5 chip inside and has support for TPM with different HP security software. This laptop is available with Windows 7 or Windows 8.
Our review model was priced at $1,449 and it had hardware inside like Intel Core i5-3437 U chip, 128 GB SSD, and 4GB RAM. The laptop starts at $1,249 and the less expensive version has Core i3-3227 U chip. Storage memory can be upgraded to 256GB SSD and RAM is upgradable to 12GB.
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 comes with Core i5 and i3 processor options and they aren’t latest 4th gen Haswell processors. This means that the speed isn’t the best and battery life too could be low as older technology used is bound to consume power less efficiently. Still, in our tests, this laptop was better than Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S in terms of speed.
There are Intel HD 4000 on-board graphics which is good for standard computing tasks. It feels fast and there wasn’t much delay in starting and launching the programs.
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 battery life is a concern. In our tests, this laptop could survive for just four hours and 45 minutes. This is much less as compared to ThinkPad Helix (which comes with 2 batteries) having battery life of over seven and half hours. In tablet form with just one battery, the Helix gave us similar battery life to Revolve.
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 comes with an impressive design and it feels really comfortable to use. High price and low battery life are 2 main weaknesses. Other than that, this laptop is good for everyday office and home use and we would certainly recommend it if you don’t mind the high price. But if you look around, there are similar products available for lesser price.