HP EliteBook Revolve 810 first impressions: Solid convertible notebook

HP EliteBook Revolve 810 first impressions: Solid convertible notebook

Summary: The HP Revolve is a solid small laptop designed for the enterprise worker who sometimes needs a touch tablet.

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HP EliteBook Revolve 810 -- All images credit: James Kendrick/ZDNet

HP has long served up good laptops for the enterprise and the 11.6-inch EliteBook Revolve is a highly portable model for the business professional. Its styling is reminiscent of the convertible notebooks of old with a screen that swivels around to form a touch tablet.  

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When you tap the closed lid of the Revolve it feels like cheap plastic but in reality the laptop meets the MIL specifications for ruggedness. The construction is durable yet the laptop only weighs in at just over three pounds to keep things light. The 11.6-inch screen means the Revolve is only slightly bigger than the industry standard for size, the MacBook Air.  

Hardware specifications as reviewed

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 (not Haswell), 1.9GHz
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB (SSD)
  • OS: Windows 8
  • Display: 11.6-inch (1366x768) 
  • Networking: Intel 802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth
  • Ports: 2 USB 3.0; DisplayPort; headphone/microphone combo; power; docking connector; RJ-45
  • Slot: microSD
  • Camera: 720p webcam
  • Dimensions: 8.34 x 11.22 x 0.80 in (212 x 285 x 22.2 mm)
  • Weight: 3.08 lb (1.4 kg)
  • Battery: 6-cell Polymer Battery (44 WHr), up to 8 hours
  • Price: $1,449
Twisty screen
Swivel screen mid-swivel

The HP EliteBook Revolve is an old-school convertible notebook with a screen that swivels around to cover the keyboard. In this configuration it is a decent touch tablet (no pen support), although it's a bit heavy to use for extended periods.

Update: HP has informed me that the Revolve does support the pen but requires the purchase of a $49 pen from HP.

The keyboard is quite good which makes the Revolve a decent laptop with a touch screen to take full advantage of Windows 8. Windows is controlled handily with the touch screen, keyboard, and responsive touchpad. 

The display is not high resolution (1366x768) but it works well with the relatively small screen (11.6in). The viewing angles are reasonable and the swivel screen allows working in a variety of configurations. The hinge is easy to move the screen around and feels durable for long-term use.

The laptop has a good range of ports as expected in a business-class device. There are two USB 3.0 ports, a DisplayPort for working with projectors, and a jack for wired ethernet connections. Controls (power, radio on/off, and volume) are on the side of the unit to be accessible in both laptop and tablet modes.

There is an optional docking station ($199) for turning the Revolve into a desktop system when docked. This dock adds four USB ports, which means it serves as a hub of sorts. HP did not supply a docking station for this review.

The HP EliteBook Revolve has the quality one comes to expect from the company's business laptop line. It is expensive compared to consumer products ($1,449) but has a lot of enterprise security features included to meet corporate requirements.

Pros:

  • Rugged construction
  • Fast
  • User-replaceable battery
  • Convertible to tablet

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Heavy for tablet use

Previously: Lenovo puts latest ThinkPads on diet, adds hot swappable batteries 

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Tablet mode
Tablet configuration

 

Ports
Ports (Left-Right): RJ-45; USB 3.0; Lock; DisplayPort; USB 3.0; Power
Side controls
Controls (Left-Right): Power, Radio on/off; Volume rocker

Topics: Mobility, Hewlett-Packard, Laptops, Reviews, Windows 8

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  • Looks promising

    but I feel it as a bit expensive. I will wait for Lenovo, Dell, Asus, Samsung and decide.
    Ram U
    • It is all about the touch

      I was at the meeting recently and two had new Lenovo and one had a Sony Duo. I watched from the side as both crossed swords with their new toys. I have an old Surface Pro so no one cared. The winner was because of the touch display. I did not realize it before but noticed during the fight that Sony uses the Wacom system the same as Surface Pro. Using Microsoft OneNote with a pen the Yoga failed miserably. From now on I will look for the Wacom touch before buying a tablet.
      MichaelInMA
      • Good Point

        I too don't see issue with OneNote on my Surface Pro.
        Ram U
  • Typo - EliteBook Revolve

    Agree. This device is on the heavy side for an ultrabook/tablet spec. Although, still a nice Win 8 PC.
    MAB22
    • Fixed

      Thanks for catching this.
      JamesKendrick
  • It's a solid machine. I like it. (But I think you misspelled its name)

    Unless it has a different name in different markets its the Revolve 810...

    I've been using one for a month or so now. Great unit. Good weight and feel. Very responsive display. Fast. Minor gripe that the lid only has a fingernail flange on one side making it a bit difficult to open especially with one hand.
    geemoo
  • I stopped at...

    ...not Haswell.
    dsf3g
  • Nice device but..

    ..WAY too expensive.
    Hemo2
  • Pick your poison....

    Either have it in one form factor or have 2 devices (ultrabook and tablet). About the same price.
    MAB22
  • Against a MBA

    The screen is about the same but battery life is a lot less than the Haswell MBA (on par from the earler MBA's). Backlight keys are good, as is the key spacing and there is no difference in typing on this as compared to an MBA. Performance is very good, and, as with the MBA, there are just enough ports (I would like to see a mini-display port, but the included DisplayPort is better than simple HDMI), and the inbuilt SIM is a nice addition.

    The main issues from my usage are 3 things:
    1) The trackpad doesn't come close to that of the MBA, so you will want to carry a mouse.
    2) Opening the unit requires 2 hands - there is no cut-out on the lower clamshell so you have to insert a fingernail between the clamshell halves to open
    3) Slow volume controls - as with the Trackpad this is most likely a Windows issue

    Overall a very solid unit but the usability nits ping you each and every day.
    paddle.
  • A chromebook pixel looks cheap

    $1450 for a low res, small screen laptop, with a processor that is already deprecated... sounds very uninteresting.
    AleMartin
  • Not as good as Surface Pro and costs 40% more

    Windows 8 needs HD (1920x1080) to use side-by-side view, which works very well with email and browser and is a real advance in usability over Windows 7 / Desktop style. This ElitePad has a lower resolution screen and cannot use this important capability of Windows 8.

    I am an HP fan, but this ElitePad would be disappointing at half the price.
    tca9
    • don't need Full HD screen to do splitscreen in win8

      All you need is 1366x768.
      Every win8 tablet/pc is coming with this as a minimum.
      warboat
  • HP must have IDIOTS in MARKETING!!!

    Why would I pay $1449 for a 11" revolve when I can get a 13" YOGA for $800 ... IDIOTS
    amasys
  • Table/laptop

    It would be a great tool if it were half the price.
    hayneiii@...
  • I don't get it

    Most of the new product releases seem to be out of whack with the market realities. Why would you go for a Haswell or this HP 810 when the specs are not significantly better than something like the Acer Iconia W700 (i5, keyboard case model) or a Lenovo Yoga 13, all between $800-$900? So far haven't seen much that beats either of them.
    Desaum
  • It's a tech dead end.

    If you want a tablet AND a laptop, get a tablet and laptop, no need to play silly games with old-fashioned devices.

    Many Windoze companies don't seem to have learned that it's dead easy to link two devices without having to physically connect them.

    Wifi anyone? Cloud anyone? Heck, if they're too much, get a USB stick!!
    Heenan73
  • Definitely

    Definitely not as slick as some of the others out there.
    chichan31
  • HP is awesome

    great one...wish i can own one. http://compraallinone.weebly.com/
    mickjonesd
  • HP Revolve 810 WIDI

    How can you look on the specs for an HP Revolve 810 and tell if it has WIDI?
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