The HP Elitebook 6930P is the latest business notebook from HP’s stables. It competes directly with Dell’s new Latitude series. It is equipped with the power of Intel’s new Centrino 2 platform. the 14.1″ Elitebook 6930P offers you a mix of stylish and elegant design, sturdy build quality and superb performance in a slim form factor. It is one of the best business notebooks currently available in the market.
Above the keyboard are touch-sensitive controls for HP Info Center, which contains ProtectTools Security Manager and Connection Manager, Wi-Fi, Presentation Options, mute, and volume settings. The touch controls responded immediately and didn’t require much pressure; all we had to do was tap. However, some may prefer traditional buttons.
The HP Elitebook 6930p battery, which has a comfortable textured finish, was easy to type on and made little noise. Although the touchpad is well sized and has the right amount of friction, the touch buttons are far too narrow and aren’t very tactile; often we had to press them deliberately to make the computer respond.
- Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 Processor (2.53GHz, 6MB L2 cache, 1066MHz FSB)
- 2GB 800MHz DDR2 RAM
- 160GB Seagate 7200.2 HDD
- WXGA+ 1440x900 matte display
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD3450 256MB
- Integrated 2 megapixels webcam
- Keyboard light (HP Nightlight)
- Intel 5300 ABGN wireless
- Bluetooth 2.0
- Dual pointing devices with keyboard
- 6-cell battery
- UpgradeBay DVD+/-RW with Lightscribe
- Integrated Fingerprint reader
- Firewire 1394a
- HP 3D Driveguard HDD Protection
- VGA Connector
- Three USB Ports
Once you flip the lid up you're faced with a 14.1-inch Illumi-Lite LED display with a native resolution of 1280 x 800 which will adjust its brightness according to prevailing light conditions. On the whole this is reasonably sufficient, though you might feel it's advantageous to spend a bit more for the 1440 x 900 variation. One handy little extra is a keyboard light which pops up above the display should you want to type, say, on board a darkened 'plane.
The review sample we had came with a 2-megapixel HP webcam which was better than expected, producing good flesh tones but poor audio quality. There's no shortage of cursor controllers, with a firm (possibly too firm?) pointing stick, a TouchPad with north-south scrolling and no fewer than two sets of left-right mouse buttons; another touch of overkill? Above the keyboard is a series of touch-sensitive controls for Information, WiFi, Presentation, Mute and a Volume slider, while to the right of the TouchPad is a fingerprint scanner for extra security.
HP, the world's number one laptop manufacturer, makes an enormous range of machines, including what they describe as business-rugged models. The EliteBook 6930p battery is one such laptop and is designed for use by small, medium and large businesses.
The 14.1-inch produces a sharp enough image for reading and editing office documents. Unlike the Hi-Grade's screen, it doesn't feature a shiny Super-TFT coating, meaning there are no reflections in bright or rapidly changing light to worry about.
Currently HP differentiates between its categories of business laptops with three main groups. Whilst the well known HP Compaq range wins over the business middle-class with interesting interfaces for the price and performance, the ProBook series was established underneath it (cf. HP ProBook 4510s in our review), which stands out first and foremost through its particularly low-price models. The EliteBooks stand above them all, which sets standards for both case quality, equipment, and performance. Thereby the battery for HP EliteBook 6930p at hand ranks among the compact all-rounders with a 14" display and thoroughly respectable equipment with many different configuration possibilities.
There seems to be no way to adjust this setting in Windows XP, so you will need to turn the screen brightness back up using the keyboard shortcut. At the base of the display there is an ambient light sensor, which is a great feature for power saving. But if you like your display bright, you can also disable it via a keyboard shortcut.
Below the display is a set of touch controls that allow you to disable Wi-Fi, mute or change the sounds volume, change presentation setting and access HP's software "Info Centre". Below the mouse pad on the right is a fingerprint reader, which we see as still one of the best security features available on a laptop. Unfortunately, we tended to brush the fingerprint reader while typing, which brings up the HP Security Manager. This can can get really annoying really fast.
Like a fresh job candidate in a sharp suit, HP's new EliteBook gives a good first impression. With a shiny a magnesium alloy finish on the outside, its metallic sheen is faintly reminiscent of Apple's MacBook line, but not quite as flashy. The use of metal on both the top cover and side the laptop also shows a strong build quality.
This impression continues once you open the laptop. The keyboard is comfortable and the keys are slightly rough, giving the impression that this is a rugged laptop. There is both a 'nipple' mouse and a trackpad, which features horizontal and vertical scrolling.
The 6930p features a 14.1-inch 1280x800, matte display. Matte displays are always a plus, as they are not reflective and therefore much easier to see in bright light. Unfortunately, the display brightness on the 6930 darkens significantly, almost to the point of being unreadable, when the device is unplugged.
Toughened to Mil-Spec 810F against extreme temperatures, humidity, dust, bumps, and other torture, it also has DOD-grade file deletion. HP got rid of the Vista-only SideShow app launcher QuickLook from last year's laptop in favor of building its own startup OS. QuickLook 2 runs e-mail and other apps without starting the full OS, and it boots in just 10-12 seconds. (It runs on XP too.)
The 6930p's webcam doubles as a business card reader. Tilting the camera at a card wedged near the trackpad initiates a scan. The software loads the data from the business card into your address book automatically.
HP 6930p battery has dual commands which mean that it has touch pad and point stick as controlling device. Point stick was at first very hard to control but over time we got used to it but also the point stick got little but “softer” which resulted in very comfortable experience. Touchpad is precise and not too large nor too small for this type of notebook. Keyboard has slightly stiffer and very precise key strokes. No keyboard bending was noticed even when we tried little harder to bend it. Above keyboard is touch sensitive button strip that are responsible for Info, WiFi/Bluetooth, Presentation and volume controls.