HP has done it again, but this time they turned it up a notch with the newly released 2710p Tablet PC. This 12.1″ tablet has a solid design that is sleek and very appealing. It’s not all eye-candy either, with its 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo processor and solid chassis. I mean there is no flex in this tablet at all and the brushed aluminum trim around the keyboard definitely catches the eye. My first impressions of the 2710p are good and I have only spent a few hours with it.
The HP Compaq 2710p Tablet PC. (view large image)
The HP Compaq 2710p Tablet PC specs as reviewed (price as tested $2,300)
- Intel Core 2 Duo ULV processor U7600 1.2GHz
- Intel GMA X3100 graphics
- 80GB (4200 rpm) hard drive
- 2GB DDR2 SDRAM
- 12.1″ Illumi-Lite, WXGA UWVA, anti-glare with Digitizer
- 2 x USB 2.0
- IEEE 1394
- Microphone in
- Express Card/54
- SD slot
- Docking connector
- Battery connector
- External VGA monitor
- AC power
- Intel 802.11a/b/g
- Bluetooth 2.0
- OS: Windows Vista Business
- Dimensions: 11.42 x 8.35 x 1.11 in
- Weight: 3.7 pounds
- Battery: 6-Cell Lithium-Ion
Design and Build
The 2710p weighs in around 3.7 pounds, which is quite impressive considering it has such a solid chassis. It has a silver finish, but as I mentioned before the brushed aluminum trim around the keyboard is a nice touch, especially for those of you who like to show off during business meetings or class presentations.
The 2710p converting into tablet mode. (view large image)
The hinge is sturdy and doesn’t allow much wobble. It converts into tablet mode in seconds and the screen automatically changes orientation for your convenience. There isn’t any dedicated tablet function buttons on the screen, but this thin and light tablet is still easy to use and it does have a unique volume pad above the keyboard, which you can adjust with your finger.
The active digitizer works great with the pen. In fact the pen itself has a nice design. It is made of solid plastic, so it doesn’t feel cheap and it is about the same size of a standard ink pen.
The 2710p in tablet mode. (view large image)
The display is normal for a tablet, with the slight graininess, but when the brightness is at the highest level colors are bold. It is less grainy then my Asus R1 and I personally love the widescreen. It has great viewing angles and no glare.
There is no optical drive, but how often do users really use their optical drives? The 2710p is perfect for traveling or taking to class for notes. There is the optional HP 2700 Ultra-Slim Expansion Base with 7mm DVD+/-RW SuperMulti Drive, if you can’t do with out.
The keyboard is silver and the keys are flat. The design is very minimalistic. It has a pointstick instead of a touchpad and no unused space. It also hides dirt very well, actually the entire tablet does. You don’t have to worry about those grimy fingerprints anymore.
The 2710p keyboard, as you see no touchpad. (view large image)
Performance wise the 2710p did great. I haven’t ran all the benchmark tests yet, so you will have to check back for those results and the hands-on video in my complete review next week. Overall this is a solid little tablet from both the build and design perspectives. It may not be full of features, but it has all the essentials.
Front view of the HP Compaq 2710p. (view large image)
Right side view of the ports. (view large image)
Left side view of the ports. (view large image)
Back view of the HP Compaq 2710p. (view large image)
Under side view of the HP Compaq 2710p. (view large image)