Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Comparing the HP EliteBook 2730p vs. the 2740p convertible tablet PC

If you're thinking about buying the HP EliteBook 2740p convertible tablet PC, go for it! This is a great little tablet that takes all the features from the 2730p and makes it better. What's changed from the 2730p to the 2740p?  HP has made some significant improvements to both the inside and outside of this convertible tablet PC. Here are a few things that I've noticed so far:
  • Multi-touch screen (capacitive) to support Windows 7 gestures.
  • 3 USB ports on the 2740p instead of only 2 that's found on the 2730p.
  • Louder speakers that face the front on the 2740p, not the single speaker facing the bottom on the 2730p.
  • Nicer raised mouse buttons for the trackpad on the 2740p. The flat buttons on the 2730p are difficult to use.
  • The keyboard buttons are shaped slightly differently. They're approximately the same size on both the 2730p and the 2740p.
  • The camera and pop-out LED light on the display bezel are square on the 2740p instead of round on the 2730p.
  • The 2740p is slightly thicker than the 2730p, but you'll barely notice the difference.
  • The 2740p comes with faster processor options (Intel Core i7 or i5).
Like the 2730p, the 2740p uses a 1.8" SATA hard drive, so this makes the device very thin and light. That's one of the main reasons why I like the HP EliteBook over the ThinkPad tablet. The EliteBook is much smaller compared to my Lenovo ThinkPad X200 tablet PC.  Plus, the HP includes the LED light to illuminate the keyboard so that I can see what I'm typing when I'm composing my blog posts.

The ThinkPad still has a nicer keyboard because it includes full-size buttons and a standard layout, but typing on the ThinkPad is louder than typing on the keyboard found on the EliteBook.

You can expect several additional posts about this tablet as I spend more time with the HP EliteBook 2740p convertible tablet PC. My first impressions are very positive and the only major drawback that I'm finding at this point is the fact that the keyboard is not as nice as the keyboard found on the ThinkPad.

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