Having launched a slew of laptops, all-in-ones and hybrid devices for the consumer segment, Hewlett-Packard (HP) recently brought enterprise-oriented products to the market. Its newest products are the HP ProBook 430, a durable business laptop for Rs 39,000, and EliteBook Revolve 810, a convertible laptop for Rs 90,000. The EliteBook Revolve derives its name from its 11.6-inch touchscreen, which rotates 180 degrees and can be folded flat. This makes it useful as a tablet and as a full-fledged laptop. Targeted at business users, HP says this laptop is durable, portable and has good battery life. Let’s see if those claims are true.
The EliteBook series is known to be sturdy and the Revolve is another good example in the range. The Revolve has a durable magnesium-alloy chassis and has a rubbery scratch-resistant finish that gives a nice grip. This is good for those who have to keep moving from one conference room to another as the laptop is easy to carry. The machine weighs 1.3 kg, which is lighter than most laptops in the market. When folded, the thickness is less than 0.87 inches, so most users will have no trouble packing it in backpacks or shoulder bags.
The touchscreen is made of Gorilla Glass, which is scratch-resistant and does not break easily. The hinges of the rotating screen are made of stainless steel and seemed fairly strong during tests. Although this may be a problem with the review unit, sometimes the hinges failed to keep hold the screen in place. For instance, the screen was open at a 135-degree angle when I had to move to another room. When I picked up the laptop, the screen fell to 180 degrees. Again, this may be because the review unit had loose hinges, but units with such flaws should not be making it out of HP’s quality control centres.
The keyboard is backlit and spill-resistant. So you can type in the dark and not worry about accidentally spilling liquids on the keyboard—they won’t seep in. The display is decent, with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. Apart from a reflective screen, this