HP Elitebook 2740p Tablet PC (video)

The Elitebook 2740p is HP’s latest convertible Tablet PC for business users. The 2740p is the first HP business tablet to come with a multi-touch display, making it easier to use when in slate mode. Another big change is that the 2740p will come with powerful Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors.

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The 2740p’s exterior is nearly identical to the 2730p, which was a relatively minor update to the 2710p. The industrial design was first introduced back in the spring of 2007. This Tablet PC can be used as a standard ultraportable notebook or can be converted into slate mode for note taking, drawing or reading. A thin extended battery can be attached to the base of the notebook. The Tablet PC, along with its extended battery, can be stowed in a docking station.

EliteBook 2740p

The HP Elitebook 2740p’s multi-touch display is a key upgrade. While the 2730p had an excellent “inking” experience, its lack of a touch-enabled display meant users had to use a pen to navigate and select items when in slate mode. The Wacom digitizer recognizes up to two fingers at a time. Common gestures such as zoom and rotate are recognized.

Previous HP business tablets used low-voltage (LV) or ultra-low-voltage (ULV) processors to maximize battery life. The 2740p is the first to come with Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors. While the new processors are more powerful, they won’t be as energy efficient. The benefit is that the 2740p will be more than powerful enough for most business users. Some owners of PCs equiped with ULV and LV processors find them to slow for processor-intensive tasks.

There are a few other minor updates that some users will appreciate. The 2740p’s trackpad buttons are rubberized, making them more comfortable. The keyboard lamp can be opened and closed by pressing it rather than using a latch.

With a starting price of $1,599, the Elitebook 2740p will be available starting in April through HP’s business store and authorized resellers. Since it’s a business product, you won’t find the 2740p at major retailers such as Best Buy.

While the HP Elitebook 2740p is aimed at business users, it has a lot of features that students, artists and others will appreciate. It can last for up to 11 hours (less at full-brightness or with moderate/high usage) on a single charge with the extended battery life, which means it’ll get you through an entire day of school or work without plugging in. The 2740p has gorgeous matte (anti-glare) display that eliminates those annoying reflections you’ll find on glossy displays.

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Operating system Genuine Windows® 7 Professional 32

Genuine Windows® 7 Professional 64

Windows XP Professional (available through downgrade rights from Genuine Windows® 7 Professional)

Genuine Windows Vista® Business 32


Processors available Learn more about HP notebooks and Intel Centrino vPro technology

Intel® Coreâ„¢ i7-620M Processor (2.66 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache)

Intel® Coreâ„¢ i5-540M Processor (2.53 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)

Intel® Coreâ„¢ i5-520M Processor (2.40 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)

Specialized Design HP 3D DriveGuard; Intel® Coreâ„¢ i5 with vPro/Intel® Coreâ„¢ i7 with vPro technology capable
Memory 2 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM

4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM

(Alll memory bus runs at a maximum of 1066 MHz)

Memory upgrade Upgradeable to 8 GB
Memory slots 2 SODIMM
Hard drive 160 GB 5400 rpm 1.8-inch SATA II

250 GB 5400 rpm 1.8-inch SATA II

80 GB 1.8-inch Solid State Drive

160 GB 1.8-inch Solid State Drive

Display size 12.1″
Graphics Intel® HD Graphics

Microsoft DirectX 10 (Shader 4.0) and OpenGL 2.0 capable

Integrated camera Optional 2 MP webcam with Business Card Reader Software
Audio, Slots, and Ports
I/O Ports 3 USB 2.0

1 external VGA monitor

1 1394a

1 combo stereo headphone/mic jack

1 AC power

1 RJ-11

1 RJ-45

1 docking connector

1 secondary battery connector

Slots 1 Express Card/34

1 Smart Card Reader

1 Secure Digital

Audio High Definition Audio support w/24-bit DAC; Integrated stereo speakers; Integrated dual-microphone array; Touch-sensitive controls for volume up, volume down, and mute; Combo headphone/mic jack
Communication features
Network interface Integrated Intel Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 NIC)
Wireless Optional HP Mobile Broadband (powered by Gobiâ„¢) with GPS; Intel Centrino 802.11a/b/g/n; Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/n; Broadcom 802.11b/g; HP Integrated Module with Bluetooth® 2.1 Wireless Technology
Broadband service provider AT&T, Sprint or Verizon Wireless
Product specifications
Weight Starting at 3.80 lb (1.72 kg)
Dimensions (w x d x h) 11.42 x 8.35 x 1.25 in
Energy Efficiency
Battery 6-cell (44 WHr) Li-Ion; HP Long Life 6-cell (39 WHr) Li-Ion
Power supply External 65-watt Smart AC adapter; HP Fast Charge
Security management Standard: HP ProtectTools, Integrated Smart Card Reader, HP Fingerprint Sensor, TPM Embedded Security Chip 1.2, Kensington Lock slot, Enhanced Pre-Boot Security, HP Spare Key (requires initial user setup), HP Disk Sanitizer; Enhanced Drive Lock, Drive Encryption for HP ProtectTools, Credential Manager for HP ProtectTools, File Sanitizer for HP ProtectTools

Optional: LoJack for HP ProtectTools, McAfee Security Solution

Service and Support
Warranty HP Services includes a one-year or three-year standard parts and labor warranty (depending on model), pick-up or carry-in, and toll-free 7 x 24 hardware technical phone support. On-site service and warranty upgrades are also available.

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