It has 250 SSD, 8GB RAM, BLUETOOTH, WIRELESS, KEYBOARD LIGHT AND BACK UP FOR OVER 5 HOURS, 12 INCHES SCREEN SIZE
HP has equipped the 2170p with free-standing keys, which lie in a two-millimeter recess. This way, the keys are at the same height as the palm rest. The keyboard base is extremely solid, which provides a firm, almost hard impact. Typing is almost silent. HP has also thought of accuracy and has given the keys a slight concave curvature. It is barely visible, but provides the fingers enough orientation while typing.
We quickly got accustomed to the forcibly reduced 11.6-inch layout. Because the Enter, Shift (right and left) as well as Backspace and Tab are only marginally smaller than usual, we've had no problems with the layout. This comes at the expense of the smaller Fn and F keys, but that did not bother us.
Key travel and pressure point are both clear. The crisp pressure point gives a very good feedback. The keyboard has backlighting, which can only be turned on or off, which is a shame, since in complete darkness, the brightness is too high. We would have liked an option to lower it.
The dual pointing device consists of touchpad and pointer stick and is considered standard not only for HP, but also for Lenovo and Dell. Technically, it consists of four devices, which all come with separate settings. Sounds confusing, but can be very practical: those that do not like the four mouse buttons, can deactivate one or two pairs, while still using the pad. There are a number of individual customization options.
The so-called Synaptics LuxPad V7.5 supports multi-touch gestures. The classical on-finger scroll bars are also adjustable. The pad and its buttons can be deactivated quickly via a double tap in the upper left corner. To confirm this, a small status LED lights up.
The pad has a smooth surface. Thanks to the sharp-edged recess and the large mouse buttons, it cannot be missed, even in complete darkness. We like the very long travel and flexibilityof the mouse buttons. The very clear pressure point and the cushioned, silent stop provide a pleasant feedback.
Flexible, rubberized pad buttons
The 11.6-inch HD screen of the EliteBook 2170p has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels (16:9). The panel is anti-glare. Clear work could be difficult because of the small screen height. Large Excel spreadsheets, website back-ends, or enterprise software with fixed dimensions (data collection, warehousing, ERP-Tools, SAP, MS Dynamics etc) reach their limits with only 768 pixels. As a result, we are annoyed by all the up and down scrolling.
Unfortunately, users do not have a choice with the 2170p: HP offers only this panel. Even the 12.5-inch 2570p offered no alternatives. It must be noted that consumer and professional business laptops (earlier 4:3) have adopted the 16:9 format a while ago. On the other hand, pixel density is more work suitable than the Full HD resolution of the Asus Zenbook UX21A. Business users do not want to read texts with the magnification tool. But here the requirement may vary.
The anti-glare prevents reflections, though the contrast is relatively low. This is not true for all matte screens, as the high-quality display of the EliteBooks 8570p (1600x900) shows. Samsung proves it with the Series 9 900X1B: a high-quality 11.6-inch HD panel is possible.
There are no surprises with the mobility dwarf of the EliteBook class: a 3G modem (HP hs2350 HSPA+) is on board. But there's more: Draft-N WLAN and Gigabit Ethernet are also mandatory.
The smartcard reader can be used for login. Invisible, but still here is the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and Intel's AMT for remote maintenance and unique identification of the subnotebook in networks. In terms of software, HP has provided everything the business class needs: such as the ProtectTools Administrator Console and Security Manager. Encryption, authentication, or privacy: detailed settings are available