HP Compaq 2510p Review

The HP Compaq 2510p is a 12.1" screen ultraportable notebook designed for business people that are frequently on the go. The Compaq 2510p replaces the older nc2400 ultraportable offering from HP. The 2510p improves upon the nc2400 by offering a touchpad, LED backlit display, the Intel Santa Rosa platform and a fresh new design look.


If you recall back to late May of 2007 when HP released its entire new business notebook lineup, we discovered the new naming convention for business notebooks to have the following classification based on number grouping:

  • Ultra-Light (2000)
  • Balanced Mobility (6000)
  • High Performance (8000).

While the letter designations at the end of a model number indicate the following:

  • s = standard
  • b = business
  • p = professional
  • w = workstation

So by this formula the 2510p is classified as an ultra-light professional level notebook. The "professional" connotation means that you'll get a slightly stronger build than a consumer notebook, more security features, less bloatware, better technical support and a finish that's more appropriate for a business environment.

The Compaq 2510p starts at a price of around $1,549 from the business store and can be configured in various manners, though being an ultraportable you are somewhat limited in processor choice -- you can choose between the Intel U7500 or U7600 ultra low voltage processor. Integrated graphics is the only choice you'll have and the hard drive is a slowish 1.8" 4200RPM variety, so there's no path to a super duper performance system. Rumor has it SSD might show up as an option at some point for this machine though.

The performance isn't really what you're looking for in an ultraportable though. It's the utility factor and how capable it is for on the go work that matters with such a machine. The integrated optical drive, light weight, great screen, nice keyboard and overall good design will serve therefore serve as a focus in this review.

HP 2510p Specs as Reviewed:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo U7600 1.20GHz Ultra Low Voltage processor
  • Chipset: Mobile Intel GM965
  • Memory: 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, one user accessible slot
  • Hard Drive: 1.8-in PATA 100GB 4200RPM
  • Graphics: Intel GMA X3100
  • Wireless: Intel 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth (built-in WWAN is an option through Verizon or AT&T in the U.S.)
  • Communications: Intel Gigabit Network Connection
  • Expansion Slots: 1 Type I/II PC Card slot, Secure Digital slot
  • Ports: 2 USB 2.0 ports, VGA, stereo microphone in, stereo headphone/line out, FireWire, power jack, RJ-11 modelm, RJ-45 ethernet, docking connector for HP 2400/2500 ultra-light docking station
  • Input: Full-sized ekyboard, dual pointing device
  • Dimensions: (h x w x d) 0.97-in x 11.11 in x 8.38 in
  • Weight: starting at 3.2lbs
  • Power: 9-cell (83 WHr), 6-cell (55 WHr) or 3-cell (28 WHr)
  • Warranty: 3-year limited, 1-year on battery

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