Our EliteBook 2760p review unit came with a second-generation Intel Core i5-2540M (2.60 GHz, 3MB L3 cache) processor, and a Core i7 is available as an optional upgrade. This is the second convertible we’ve tested with an Intel Sandy Bridge processor, and we are still blown away by the performance. You’ll notice our EliteBook configuration bests the Lenovo X220 Tablet we tested earlier in the year in some of the benchmarks, but that probably has something to do with the faster hard drive (7200 rpm) in the EliteBook Review unit.
3DMark06 measures gaming performance (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark05 measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
CrystalDiskMark storage drive performance test:
All EliteBook configurations have Intel HD Graphics 3000, which will have no trouble running many older games and some new ones at lower settings.
Heat and Noise
The minute I started running the benchmark software, the fan kicked in, which is not uncommon, especially when testing graphics performance. The good news is that the fan is extremely quiet, and the 2760p remains remarkably cool during everyday use. I could feel the warm air being forced from the left side, but the keyboard or notebook bottom never rose to temperature levels I would describe as uncomfortable. If you want to wear short shorts and run benchmarks with the laptop on your exposed thighs, you won’t suffer any burns from the 2760p.
However, should you choose to really tax the 2760p, the temps can reach 98-degrees Fahrenheit, but I only saw that after running successive benchmarks and never during actual use.
The HP EliteBook 2760p performed very well in our battery tests, which involve setting the screen to 70% brightness, turning Wi-Fi on, setting Windows 7 power to “balanced” and reloading the same web page every 60 seconds. It lasted 4 hours and 50 minutes. HP also offers a thin battery slice that adds includes a pass-through for the aforementioned optical drive base, and that upped the battery life to 11 hours and 20 minutes.