My new laptop from HP has been my live machine now for a few days and I have to say I’m liking it a lot. The one before was the faithful tc4400 which I was also a fan of but I’m really enjoying the smaller and lighter 2710p (£1015 + vat but that is with only 1Gb RAM and I’ve put 4Gb in). It is 2.8×29.0x21.2cm and weighs 1.6 kg. The screen is great, really bright and sharp widescreen (1280×800). The whole PC is superbly portable and I liked the rubberised backing too – a small thing but its easier to hold than slippy black plastic and it makes it very nice to hold and carry with one hand.
The 2710p has a built in webcam that works really well and a rather silly keyboard light next to it. It comes with a built in arial for 3G if you have a sim which is very cool. The ultraslim battery extender (£112 +vat) is amazing – very slim indeed and even with it on, the laptop still looks thin and will still click onto the docking station. Battery life seems pretty good and I never bother bring power with me to meetings. The tablet screen feels precise and calibrates well.
Downsides, it is a little underpowered with the Intel® Core™2 Duo Ultra Low Voltage (up to 1.2 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache) processor and the lack of a touch pad is a bit annoying. It is a shame too that there is no dvi output on it or the docking station. Also only 2 usb ports. I also find it hard to open with one hand – which is a small point but the catch is more fiddly than on the tc4400. However these niggles are not that important to me. No problems with drivers after a clean install of Vista Ultimate – everything was there on the HP site for Vista and worked fine.
I have very quickly adapted to using it and the ultra portable, designed for working on the move, approach has quickly worked it’s way into my tecky heart.