Thanks to the HP EliteBook 2170p, taking out your laptop in the security line at the airport will have never been easier. The newest business-directed notebook from HP is its smallest yet, sporting an 11.6” screen and weighing just less than 2.9 pounds.
Among the business-friendly features of the 2170p are a backlit keyboard for low-light conditions and easy docking with other laptops – other HP laptops, that is. The 2170p is also built to take at least a little bit of a beating, so there’s a good chance one drop won’t kill it immediately.
Most intriguing is built-in 3G and 4G network compatibility. 4G comes in both HSPA+ and LTE forms, though whether or not you have access to LTE yet isn’t up to HP. In order to access those connections, you’ll need to work out a separate contract with a service provider, but if you’re willing to put down the cash, it’s hard to argue against 3G and 4G access on a laptop being a very convenient feature.
The EliteBook 2170p also features a low-voltage processor that keeps battery consumption down, lengthening the battery life and making the notebook pretty handy for long flights.
There are no surprises with specs – the 2170p runs on your choice of Intel 3rd generation core processor. The option of having as much as 16 GB of DDR3 RAM is a very nice prospect for those who need to run more graphics-intensive programs. The machine is USB 3.0 compatible, and graphics processing is handled by Intel HD graphics.
The EliteBook 2170p is being marketed as a tool for the traveling businessman or woman, and for good reason. Anything that lightens the traveler’s load is a welcome addition. The fact that the 2170p manages to do that without sacrificing much in the way of quality is a nice thing to see. There are no specifics available yet about pricing or a release date, but HP’s website says it is coming soon.