The arrival of the Apple iPad has brought the tablet PC revolution to the forefront of the computer world, and not just the portable PC world. These sleek and stylish pieces of technology are battling for supremacy in just about every computer related market across a wide swatch of categories. Machines like the HP EliteBook 2730p are some prime examples of just how these units can be used for everyday computing needs. A review of the HP 2730p Tablet PC proves this is a powerful tool that can function well for business and leisure customers.
According to tabletpcreview.com, the HP 2730p Tablet PC has some impressive specs, but can be optioned out upon purchase. The 1.86 Ghz Core Duo processor provides ample horsepower for even the most taxing of applications. Everything from word processing and spreadsheets to basic video and other high performance processes can be easily handled by the chip. The 3GB of ram help keep the system from bogging down, and keep the response time fast regardless of how much is going on at the same time. Two USB ports allow for plugging and unplugging just about any device fast. The express card slot is a nice feature that allows for any number of different cards to be swapped in and out, granting the 2730p a degree of customization users can not get out of an entry level laptop or netbook. In addition, the 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi card makes connecting to the Internet a breeze. However, the real gem here is the 12.1″ screen with Anti-Glare Digitizer. The screen features impressive resolution and keeps colors vibrant and clean. Because the 2730p can function as a tablet or a laptop, the hinge allows for locking the screen over top of the keyboard. This makes the unit function in two distinct modes: tablet and traditional laptop. When in tablet mode, the included pen performs all of the desired interfaced control work that the touch pad performs when in laptop mode. The cool part of this machine is the keys are actually well lit, which makes typing in the dark a lot less of a chore.
A quick spin on Google products shows prices for the HP EliteBook 2730p from a number of retailers for around $1500. For the function and muscle and the degree of portability the unit offers that puts this entry pretty much near the top of the tablet PC price range. Still, having to plug in an air card or portable network card to surf and stream on the go just adds to the monthly cost of the unit. All things considered though, depending on the user demands, this may be the right unit for a lot of folks. The downside is this particular unit will likely get buried by the soon to be released Slate, just as it has already been overshadowed by the much sexier iPad. Still, potential buyers should give the HP EliteBook 2730p a look before committing to a less powerful competitor.