Review HP EliteBook Revolve 810 Convertible

Daniel Schmidt (translated by A Kammel), 09/18/2013

Convertible, premium-style. Hewlett-Packard presents us with a strong contender for the market segment of convertibles, a wolf in magnesium clothing. An ultrabook chassis, mobile internet and sturdiness are supposed to win over its potential customers. Our review will show whether this plan is poised to work out...

For the original German review, see here.

The HP EliteBook Revolve 810 is a convertible aimed at business customers, combining a compact laptop with full tablet functionality. According to Hewlett-Packard, our test device is not only supposed to deliver great performance and superb battery life, but also comes with a sturdy case. It is mostly made from a magnesium alloy, satisfying the US military standards according to MIL-STD-810 for the categories falls, vibrations, concussions, soiling, height and high as well as low temperatures.

The convertible comes in five different variants, being equipped with different CPUs, varying amounts of RAM and mass storage space as well as the availability of a WWAN modem. All systems ship with Windows 8 Pro, although a downgrade to Windows 7 Professional is possible as well. The Revolve also comes with an 11.6-inch swivel-type IPS display which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2.

The following table lists the different models. Pricing starts at 1769 Euros (incl. VAT, ~$2378). This variant has the exact same specifications as the one for 2055 Euros (~$2763) - no mistake, as this refers to a limited offer according to HP.

Price 1768 Euros (~$2387) 1958 Euros (~$2642) 2055 Euros (~$2773) 2157 Euros (~$2911) 2253 Euros (~$3041) 2321 Euros (~$3133)
Processor i5-3437U i5-3437U i5-3437U i5-3437U i5-3437U i7-3687U
RAM 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB
SSD 128 GB 128 GB 128 GB 256 GB 256 GB 256 GB
UMTS yes no yes no yes yes

Our test device is the one of the limited offer variety. It comes with an Intel Core i5-3437U, 4 GB of RAM, a 128 GB mSATA SSD and a WWAN modem. Like the Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX2 (approx. 2100 Euros, ~$2822), HP's convertible is positioned as a decidedly premium product, being equipped with a sturdy chassis and powerful ultrabook hardware. Due to their feature lists, other less resilient laptops are among the direct competitors as well, ranging from our current champion in the convertible segment, the Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E to other ultrabooks with business ambitions such as the Fujitsu LifeBook T902, the Dell Latitude XT3 or the Microsoft Surface Pro (when combined with its Type or Touch keyboards). Our detailed review will show how these high-end devices fare in comparison to the HP Revolve.

Case

How we test - Case

The magnesium alloy increases the perceived premium look of the device.
The magnesium alloy increases the perceived premium look of the device.
The lower part of the base unit has been rubberized.
The lower part of the base unit has been rubberized.
The hinge is sturdy, working reliably and without problems.
The hinge is sturdy, working reliably and without problems.

The display of the HP EliteBook Revolve 810 is clad in magnesium. Surprisingly, the alloy doesn't feel smooth to the touch, but rather soft and non-slippery. The panel lid is stable, feeling rock-solid. The swiveling components are pretty torsion-resistant, operating smoothly and without any noise. The touchscreen has been integrated into the chassis without any variable clearances, leading to a great fit and a perception of superb build quality.

The hinge has been made from the same magnesium alloy as the rest of the case, feeling extremely sturdy. It allows the display to be brought smoothly into the desired position without making a single noise. Even after strong vibrations have been applied to the base unit, no wobbling could be noticed. The hinge can be rotated by up to 180 degrees, but only clockwise, not counterclockwise. Doing so and pushing the rear part of the display down on the keyboard transforms the small laptop into a full-blown tablet.

The upper part of the base unit has been constructed from the same magnesium alloy, including the palm rest and the keyboard base. The blackish lower part has been rubberized, making it very easy to grip. The entire base unit feels even sturdier than the display lid. Perfect torsion-resistance, no creaking or cracking noises - if only all laptops were built like this.

When folded up (no matter whether in laptop or tablet mode), both components come to lie perfectly on top of each other, not least because there is a magnet keeping both parts close to each other. The test device measures 285 x 212 x 25 mm large (width x depth x height), weighing 1352 grams. It is thus a bit thicker, but also a bit lighter than what HP claims it to be.

As indicated, HP's engineers have performed hours and hours of tests in order to be able to comply with rigorous military standards. Still, HP does also state that these tests are not to be understood as a guarantee that the convertible will actually be able to withstand similar torture in real life. In addition, Hewlett-Packard doesn't specify which tests exactly have been conducted. At least a spilled cup of coffee shouldn't pose any problems, as the small drains cut into the case witness.

Those who want to be sure might want to take a look at the Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX2, a device which is certified to survive up to 100 kg of weight and falls from up to 75 cm high. Still, it seems likely that the sturdy feel of the Revolve 810 is more than just show. After all, it is no coincidence that the designation of the military standard, "810", makes an appearance in the laptop's name. Overall, we were extremely impressed with its build quality and its sturdiness.

Connectivity

How we test - Connectivity

A lot of thought has been put into the placement of the EliteBook's ports. Neither left-handed nor right-handed people should have to battle against cables being in the way as most ports are located at the rear of the notebook. The only disadvantage: Connecting external peripheral devices might become a bit more difficult. Both the power button and the rotation lock are not buttons, but sliding switches, making them less likely to be pressed accidentally.

There are just a few ports, confined to the basics: Two USB 3.0 ports - of which one is capable of charging a tablet or a smartphone even when the Revolve is turned off (this option can be deactivated in the BIOS), a DisplayPort for video output (even HDMI and D-Sub ports can be used with optional adapters), a docking port and a Gigabit Ethernet connector for quick integration into the workplace infrastructure.

Rear view: Ethernet, USB 3.0, Kensington lock, DisplayPort, USB 3.0, power connector
Rear view: Ethernet, USB 3.0, Kensington lock, DisplayPort, USB 3.0, power connector
Front view
Front view
Left: Fan vent
Left: Fan vent
Right: Power switch, rotation lock, volume rocker, card reader, audio jack, docking port
Right: Power switch, rotation lock, volume rocker, card reader, audio jack, docking port

Communication

Communication is definitely one of the Revolve 810's specialties, leaving no desires unfulfilled. Next to the Gigabit LAN port made by Intel, there are numerous wireless options.

One of the most important components is certainly the Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 Wi-Fi module which is capable of addressing both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands while being compatible with the IEEE-802.11 a/b/g/n standards. We measured a great effective range during real-life usage. Even 30 meters away from the router (separated by a thick wall), the connection quality was good, with websites loading quickly.

Frequent travelers will be happy to hear about the integrated WWAN modem made by Sierra Wireless, based on Qualcomm's Gobi 3000. Although it does not support LTE, being capped at HSPA+ download speeds of 14.4 Mbps, it does come with the killer feature of being able to connect to almost every cellular network on Earth (called "multi mode design"), supporting GPRS/GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz), HSPA+ (800, 850, 900, 1900 and 2100 MHz) and EV-DO/CDMA (800, 1900 and 2100 MHz), much more than what the Toughbook offers. "Pay-as-you-go" services such as HP's DataPass (currently only available in the US) which depend on the actual usage pattern enable easier mobile access to the internet, without the hassle of changing the micro SIM card.

The Revolve 810 also comes with a 0.9 MP (1280x720 pixels) HD webcam for video conferences. Despite of the modest resolution, image quality was actually very decent, especially under low-light conditions. The integrated dual-array microphones work reliably as well, delivering great speech quality with crisp, clear sound, even from a distance of approximately one meter. In addition, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC are also on board.

Security

In terms of security, the Revolve comes with a number of features, starting from the OS, Windows 8 Pro, which comes with additional security options while also being capable of connecting to networks with a domain. Hard drive encryption can be done with Microsoft's BitLocker or via Absolute Data Protect. In addition, HP offers a number of useful functions such as BIOS Protection, SpareKey, One-Step Logon, DriveLock and HP Client Security for free.

On the hardware side, the 810 ships with a Trusted Platform Module 1.2 and a Kensington lock. That's it - neither a fingerprint reader nor a Smartcard slot are available, not even as an optional upgrade.

Accessories

The Revolve 810 almost seems to ship in a bare box. Next to the device itself, only a power adapter (45 watts, TÜV- and GS-certified in Germany) and three small quick start guides concerning the laptop itself, Windows 8 and mobile internet usage can be found in it.

Things look similarly dire once we get to the optional accessories. Although several accessories can be had, all of them come with a very high price. A replacement battery (HP OD06XL) costs 202 Euros (~$270), the UltraSlim Docking Station (article number B9C87AA) can be purchased for 191 Euros (~$260) and even for the DisplayPort to VGA adapter (8460p), 32 Euros (~$40) has to be paid.

Maintenance

The battery of the HP EliteBook Revolve 810 is easy to unlatch and remove. Beneath, the micro SIM tray can be found. While the laptop can also be used without the battery (as long as the power adapter is connected), this is not to be advised as half the base unit is now missing.

Eight crosstip screws have to be loosened in order to gain access to the other components. Four of them are hidden beneath the battery, while the other four come with rubberized caps.

Now, the mSATA SSD can be replaced with a different one (careful: Windows 8 Pro does not ship on an optical disk, but only as a recovery partition), as can the radio modems.

The convertible is also easy to clean. The fan is handily accessible (and can even be swapped out without too much effort). The one unused memory bank can be equipped with a SODIMM module, bringing the total to up to 12 GB of RAM (the first one is soldered to the motherboard). A second memory module might actually be a worthwhile investment as it would enable dual-channel mode which is known to lead to a noticeable performance boost.

Warranty

The HP Revolve 810 comes with 36 months of limited warranty. Flexible HP care packs allow this to be extended to up to 60 months, including an optional domestic on-site service. This care pack can even be extended to cover more on-site service in more than 100 countries (these can be found on HP's website). In addition, there is also an optional insurance against accidents and theft (in the latter case, HP even takes on the responsibility to track and re-acquire the device via hardware tracking).

Concerning the care pack: The smallest possible variant of one year of extra warranty costs as little as 39 Euros (~$50). The all-inclusive variant for a total of five years, including near-global on-site service, DMR and extended insurance against accidents or theft costs a hefty 755 Euros (including VAT, ~$1016).

Input Devices

How we test - Input Devices

Keyboard

Due to the small size of the Revolve 810, no separate numpad can be included. Neither are exotic function keys. HP ships the Revolve 810 with just the basic 83 QWERTY-keys. The slightly conical keys come with a bit of travel and a distinct pressure point. They are also amply sized: 16 x 16 mm, with three millimeters in between. The keyboard base is very pressure-resistant and the keys remain almost silent. Our only complaint: the return key could have been a bit larger.

The upper key row housing the function and F keys has been reduced in size. The numlock and the capslock keys both come with a small white LED, while the airplane mode key (on top of F12) sports an orange LED. The entire keyboard ships with a two-step backlighting system. Our overall impression is very favorable.

Touchpad

The touchpad is 92 x 48 mm large. It feels great and sports superb sliding properties. Input commands are registered reliably and fast, with well-working mouse click areas which offer prompt feedback. Multitouch gestures are supported as well. A double tap in the upper left corner deactivates the touchpad (indicated by an integrated orange LED), while a second double tap reactivates it.

Touchscreen

The capacitive glare-type display can handle up to ten fingers simultaneously. Sliding across it works reasonably well, but the haptics could be better. There is no support for a digitizer.

Due to its rather low resolution of just 1366x768 pixels, all icons and input areas are amply-sized, allowing precise touch controls even while working in Desktop mode. In addition, there is always the physical Windows button below the display, especially useful in tablet mode. At the edge, a rotation lock and the volume rocker can be found.

The keyboard plus the touchpad
The keyboard plus the touchpad
The touchpad
The touchpad

Display

How we test - Display

The Revolve 810 ships with an IPS panel made by LG. Its resolution of 1366x768 pixels (leading to a pixel density of 135 ppi) is not satisfactory given the price point of the device. Many competitors such as the Sony Vaio Duo 13 and the Surface Pro sport Full HD displays. And while the workspace becomes more easily readable, it also becomes much smaller. At least the DisplayPort connector allows connection to external displays which work well with all common resolutions.

The maximum brightness of the display of 434 cd/m² and its brightness homogeneity of 91% are great values. Unfortunately, the peak brightness is reduced to 328 cd/m² while running on battery, but this is still a decent value. No bleeding lights could be found on our test device.

403
cd/m²
417
cd/m²
416
cd/m²
396
cd/m²
434
cd/m²
411
cd/m²
408
cd/m²
419
cd/m²
423
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1 Basic Pro 2
Maximum: 434 cd/m²
Average: 414.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 328 cd/m²
Black: 0.6 cd/m²
Contrast: 723:1

Its black levels of 0.6 cd/m² are not superb, not being able to deliver "true" blacks, but they are good enough to allow for a decent contrast ratio of 723:1. Our test device was already well-calibrated in its delivery condition.

Still, this calibration can be improved. Only blue and magenta remain inaccurate, leading to a slight loss in their brilliance. But this is no tragic flaw since the display with its coverage of just 61% of the sRGB color space isn't suited for professional graphics designers or photographers anyway.

Grayscale (uncalibrated, target color space sRGB)
Grayscale (uncalibrated, target color space sRGB)
Color accuracy (uncalibrated, target color space sRGB)
Color accuracy (uncalibrated, target color space sRGB)
Color saturation (uncalibrated, target color space sRGB)
Color saturation (uncalibrated, target color space sRGB)
ColorChecker (uncalibrated, target color space sRGB)
ColorChecker (uncalibrated, target color space sRGB)
Grayscale (calibrated, target color space sRGB)
Grayscale (calibrated, target color space sRGB)
Color accuracy (calibrated, target color space sRGB)
Color accuracy (calibrated, target color space sRGB)
Color saturation (calibrated, target color space sRGB)
Color saturation (calibrated, target color space sRGB)
ColorChecker (calibrated, target color space sRGB)
ColorChecker (calibrated, target color space sRGB)

During outdoor usage, the reduced peak brightness is quite noticeable. While the screen contents remain readable, doing so does get strenuous over time due to the highly reflective surface. The device remains perfectly usable in the shade.

The Revolve 810 in direct sunlight.
The Revolve 810 in direct sunlight.
Viewing angles - HP EliteBook Revolve 810
Viewing angles - HP EliteBook Revolve 810

Good viewing angles are especially important for frequent travelers, even more so in the case of the Revolve 810, since it is perfectly suited for presentations thanks to its swiveling display. HP does deliver in this regard, as even the most extreme viewing angles pose no problems (except for some reflections).

Performance

How we test - Performance

The HP Revolve is based on typical ultrabook internals in order to reach the best possible balance between great performance and long battery life. In our test device, an Ultra Low Voltage CPU is used next to 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD (a table of the different configuration options can be found in the introductory section of this review article).

HWiNFO64
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
DPC Latency Checker - Idle and Skype
AS SSD
System information HP EliteBook Revolve 810

Processor

The Intel Core i5-3437U Ivy Bridge dual-core ULV CPU sports a base clock speed of 1.9 GHz and a TDP of 17 watts. It has been manufactured with a 22 nm process, coming with Hyper-threading (thus being able to work on up to four threads at the same time) and Turbo Boost 2.0 technology which allows for a maximum clock speed of up to 2.9 GHz (single-core) or 2.7 GHz (dual-core).

Our Cinebench R11.5 multi-core test results of 2.67 points are pretty much what we would have expected, coming out on par with an Intel Core i5-2430M which is clocked at up to 3.0 GHz, but sports a much higher TDP of 35 watts.

Unfortunately, the laptop never exceeds its base clock speed while running on battery. Due to this performance loss, only 1.88 points is reached in the Cinebench R11.5 multi-core test, no more than what an Intel Core i3-3227U could do.

Cinebench R11.5
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Revolve 810
HD Graphics 4000, 3437U, Samsung MZ7PC128HBFU
2.67 Points ∼15%
Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX2
HD Graphics 4000, 3427U, Samsung MZMPC128HBFU
1.9 Points ∼11% -29%
Microsoft Surface Pro
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064M
2.39 Points ∼14% -10%
Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAGN mSATA
2.47 Points ∼14% -7%
Fujitsu Lifebook T902
HD Graphics 4000, 3320M, Toshiba MK3261GSYN
3.04 Points ∼17% +14%
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Revolve 810
HD Graphics 4000, 3437U, Samsung MZ7PC128HBFU
1.19 Points ∼43%
Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX2
HD Graphics 4000, 3427U, Samsung MZMPC128HBFU
0.99 Points ∼36% -17%
Microsoft Surface Pro
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064M
0.9 Points ∼33% -24%
Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAGN mSATA
1.15 Points ∼42% -3%
Fujitsu Lifebook T902
HD Graphics 4000, 3320M, Toshiba MK3261GSYN
1.33 Points ∼48% +12%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
4921 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
9969 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
4949 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3972
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
8269
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5112
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.19 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.67 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
12.29 fps
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System Performance

Thanks to the Solid State Drive (SSD), the overall system performance is great. Boot times, navigating the OS - everything felt snappy and stutter-free. The PCMark benchmarks corroborate this impression: 12,636 points in PCMark Vantage is no bad result. In no small part, this is thanks to the SSD, with PCMark reacting very sensitively to the presence of an SSD.

During actual usage, no hiccups occurred. Even converting videos with Intel's Quick Sync didn't seem to be too much of a challenge.

4.5
Windows 8 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
7.1
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4.5
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.2
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
8.1
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage12636 points
PCMark 74417 points
PCMark 8 Home2700 points
PCMark 8 Creative2333 points
PCMark 8 Work4513 points
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Storage Devices

A 128 GB mSATA SSD made by Samsung (MZ7PC128HBFU) is used, with just 60 GB of user-accessible storage space remaining after the OS and the recovery partition are deducted. It is also possible to decide in favor of the 256 GB variant or to swap the SSD on one's own.

Samsung's SSD is rather fast, especially when compared to conventional drives and when tasked with reading or writing of tiny 4K data blocks. 17.28 MB/s and 42.80 MB/s (4K read / write) and access times of less than 2 ms are pretty decent.

AS SSD
4K Read (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Revolve 810
HD Graphics 4000, 3437U, Samsung MZ7PC128HBFU
17.28 MB/s ∼13%
Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX2
HD Graphics 4000, 3427U, Samsung MZMPC128HBFU
14.73 MB/s ∼11% -15%
Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAGN mSATA
17.49 MB/s ∼13% +1%
Microsoft Surface Pro
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064M
19.09 MB/s ∼15% +10%
4K Write (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Revolve 810
HD Graphics 4000, 3437U, Samsung MZ7PC128HBFU
42.8 MB/s ∼32%
Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX2
HD Graphics 4000, 3427U, Samsung MZMPC128HBFU
33.31 MB/s ∼25% -22%
Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAGN mSATA
41.72 MB/s ∼32% -3%
Microsoft Surface Pro
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064M
39.11 MB/s ∼30% -9%
4K-64 Read (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Revolve 810
HD Graphics 4000, 3437U, Samsung MZ7PC128HBFU
252.36 MB/s ∼38%
Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX2
HD Graphics 4000, 3427U, Samsung MZMPC128HBFU
284.57 MB/s ∼43% +13%
Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAGN mSATA
263.14 MB/s ∼40% +4%
Microsoft Surface Pro
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064M
261.54 MB/s ∼39% +4%
4K-64 Write (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Revolve 810
HD Graphics 4000, 3437U, Samsung MZ7PC128HBFU
84.91 MB/s ∼16%
Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX2
HD Graphics 4000, 3427U, Samsung MZMPC128HBFU
78.97 MB/s ∼15% -7%
Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAGN mSATA
81.49 MB/s ∼15% -4%
Microsoft Surface Pro
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064M
81.63 MB/s ∼15% -4%
Samsung MZ7PC128HBFU
Transfer Rate Minimum: 293.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 315.4 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 305.7 MB/s
Access Time: 0.1 ms
Burst Rate: 183.8 MB/s
CPU Usage: 7.8 %

Graphics Card

The Revolve 810 makes use of the Intel HD Graphics 4000 clocked at 350 to 1200 MHz. It uses some of the RAM (shared memory) which is why it suffers a bit from single-channel mode.

Still, in everyday usage, the GPU is fast enough. Only modern 3D games or 3D CAD applications are too much for it to handle. Its 3DMark 11 result of 601 points lags behind that of its competitors. The Toughbook manages to achieve 9% more thanks to its dual-channel RAM while the Sony Vaio Duo 13 outclasses the Revolve 810 due to its newer HD 4400 card.

The full GPU performance can be accessed even while running on battery, though the clock speed gets reduced to 1050 MHz under continuous load.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Revolve 810
HD Graphics 4000, 3437U, Samsung MZ7PC128HBFU
601 Points ∼5%
Fujitsu Lifebook T902
HD Graphics 4000, 3320M, Toshiba MK3261GSYN
619 Points ∼5% +3%
Microsoft Surface Pro
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064M
626 Points ∼5% +4%
Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX2
HD Graphics 4000, 3427U, Samsung MZMPC128HBFU
655 Points ∼5% +9%
Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAGN mSATA
967 Points ∼7% +61%
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Revolve 810
HD Graphics 4000, 3437U, Samsung MZ7PC128HBFU
12.29 fps ∼11%
Fujitsu Lifebook T902
HD Graphics 4000, 3320M, Toshiba MK3261GSYN
13.61 fps ∼12% +11%
Microsoft Surface Pro
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064M
15.78 fps ∼14% +28%
Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX2
HD Graphics 4000, 3427U, Samsung MZMPC128HBFU
13.74 fps ∼13% +12%
Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAGN mSATA
17.01 fps ∼16% +38%
3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
4546 points
3DMark Vantage2917 points
3DMark 11601 points
3DMark Ice Storm30376 points
3DMark Cloud Gate3209 points
3DMark Fire Strike414 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme204 points
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Gaming Performance

Hardcore gamers will not be satisfied by the HD 4000, and even casual gamers might not be satisfied, since even less demanding games such as Diablo III can only be played smoothly with reduced resolution and everything set to low.

Tablet-optimized games as found in the Windows Store (Fruit Ninja, Solitaire, etc.) pose no problems. The large variety of sensors built into the Revolve 810 makes it even more fun to play such touch-based games.

low med.high ultra
Diablo III (2012) 382219fps
F1 2012 (2012) 282315fps
Total War: Rome II (2013) 25.619.4fps

Emissions

How we test - Emissions

System Noise

The HP EliteBook fares decently in this regard, especially while idle. In this scenario, no more than 28 dB(A) is reached, and sometimes the fan even gets deactivated (if the option "fan always on" is turned off in the BIOS), rendering the laptop completely silent.

Under medium load (such as during 3DMark06), the convertible gets up to 37.2 dB(A) loud. This is definitely audible, but not annoyingly so. Only under long-term full load does it ever reach 40 dB(A), but this will hardly be the case during real-life usage.

Noise Level

Idle 28 / 28 / 28 dB(A)
Load 37.2 / 40.3 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    PCE-322A (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

As expected, the temperatures remain rather low while the Revolve 810 is idle, with a maximum value of a lukewarm 35.5 °C at the bottom panel close to the fan vent.

Under load, these values climb to up to 45.8 °C near the center of the keyboard, close to the location of the CPU. Similar temperatures are reached next to the exhaust vents. Most of its competitors are on par with HP's laptop - only the Microsoft Surface Pro manages to stay noticeably cooler at no more than 40.6 °C.

During our stress test, both the CPU and the GPU are working under full load for at least one hour (this is done by running Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously). The CPU then reverts to its base clock speed of 1.9 GHz, while the HD 4000 plateaus at 1050 MHz. Still, the system remains stable at all times.

Max. Load
 38.1 °C43.7 °C41.5 °C 
 38.9 °C45.8 °C38.7 °C 
 33.4 °C31.5 °C34.3 °C 
Maximum: 45.8 °C
Average: 38.4 °C
45.4 °C44.3 °C45.6 °C
39.9 °C42.7 °C45.3 °C
36.1 °C35.4 °C33.6 °C
Maximum: 45.6 °C
Average: 40.9 °C
Power Supply (max.)  54.4 °C | Room Temperature 21.0 °C | Fennel Firt 550

Speakers

The two stereo speakers built into the device offer more than decent sound quality. Highs sound clean and clear although they do tend to over-modulate at high volume. The mids are quite thin and bass is weak, but audible when the laptop is placed on a solid surface.

This should be good enough for small-scale presentations as well as for Skype sessions. The 3.5 mm audio jack leaves a good impression too, working without problems.

Energy Management

How we test - Battery Life

Power Consumption

The Revolve 810 requires a surprisingly high amount of power while idle: 7.1 to 10.8 watts. Both the Haswell-based Sony Vaio Duo (3.3 to 6.6 watts) and the Panasonic Toughbook (4.9 to 8.2 watts) need a lot less, the only exception being the Surface Pro (8.0 to 11.8 watts).

Under load, power consumption increases to up to 41.1 watts, slightly less than what the Surface Pro requires (43.2 watts), but considerably more than most of its other competitors. Especially the Duo 13 (max. 31.3 watts) fares far better due to its newer processor generation.

Under extreme conditions, the power adapter is a bit on the small side with 45 watts. Normally, however, it should suffice.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idle 7.1 / 9.6 / 10.8 Watt
Load 35.2 / 41.1 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

The HP EliteBook Revolve 810 comes with a 44 Wh Lithium-Polymer battery which is supposed to survive for more than 8 hours on a charge. We have measured its maximum runtime using the Battery Eater Reader's Test where the display was set to minimum brightness (21 cd/m²), all energy saving options were activated and all radio modems were turned off. Still, the 7:38 h which we measured under these conditions is not a good result, not even living up to HP's claims. Both the Toughbook CF-AX2 (31 + 17 Wh) and the Vaio Duo 13 (47.4 Wh) beat it by a long stretch with maximum battery life of more than ten hours or even almost a full day respectively.

The minimum battery life has been measured with the help of the Battery Eater Classic Test, setting everything to maximum power consumption, resulting in a value of little more than two hours.

Closer to real-life usage scenarios is our Wi-Fi test where the display is set to 150 cd/m² for all devices, with activated energy saving options, activated Wi-Fi and a browser script which opens a new website every 40 seconds. And again, the 5:15 h of the Revolve 810 is nothing to write home about. Only Microsoft's Surface Pro (4:45 h) dies sooner while many other convertibles offer superior battery life, among them the ThinkPad Helix (7:18 h), Sony's convertible (6:51 h) and the Acer Iconia W700 (6:33 h).

Recharging the battery takes 2:15 h.

Battery Eater: Maximum runtime
Battery Eater: Maximum runtime
Battery Eater: Browsing via Wi-Fi
Battery Eater: Browsing via Wi-Fi
Battery Eater: Minimum runtime
Battery Eater: Minimum runtime
Battery Eater: Charging time
Battery Eater: Charging time
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
7h 38min
WiFi Surfing
5h 15min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 04min

Verdict

In Review: HP EliteBook Revolve 810 - test device provided by Hewlett-Packard Germany.
In Review: HP EliteBook Revolve 810 - test device provided by Hewlett-Packard Germany.

The HP EliteBook Revolve 810 is definitely no true all-rounder, but rather a decidedly premium convertible ultrabook which happens to be able to take a beating or two. Due to its unusual design, it will definitely attract attention.

It is extremely well-suited for presentations, serving as a great travel companion in today's business world (despite its mediocre battery life) due to its more than decent WWAN modem which is compatible with most cellular networks on Earth.

Its main disadvantage has to do with its premium price - which will likely be too much for the majority of small and medium-sized businesses, especially so since a number of crucial features such as a Smartcard reader have to be retrofitted via third-party offers.

Those in need for a somewhat ruggedized business laptop might want to have a look at the Panasonic Toughbook too. Graphics designers and photographers might be happy with the Sony Vaio Duo 13 which comes with an even better display with decent coverage of the sRGB color space.

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In Review: HP EliteBook Revolve 810 - test device provided by Hewlett-Packard Germany.
In Review: HP EliteBook Revolve 810 - test device provided by Hewlett-Packard Germany.

Specifications

HP EliteBook Revolve 810

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel QM77 (Panther Point)
:: Memory
4096 MB, soldered, one free bank (for up to 8 GB SODIMM)
:: Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 4000 - shared MB, Core: 350 - 1.200 MHz, Memory: 1.600 MHz, 9.17.10.2932
:: Display
11.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, capacitive, LG Philips LGD03CF, IPS, UWVA HD-Display with LED backlighting, Corning Gorilla Glass 2, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Samsung MZ7PC128HBFU, 128 GB mSATA, 60 GB free
:: Soundcard
Intel Panther Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
2 USB 3.0, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: combined Line In/Out, Card Reader: MicroSD up to 64 GB, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, compass, NFC, TPM 1.2 Security Chip
:: Networking
Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 (a b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth, HP un2430 EV-DO/HSPA Mobile Broadband (Sierra Wireless)
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25 x 285 x 212
:: Weight
1.352 kg Power Supply: 0.179 kg
:: Battery
44 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 6 cells
Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 495 h
:: Price
1768.99 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 0.9 MP (1280 x 720 Pixel), Speakers: Stereo speakers, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 45 watts power adapter (19.5 V, 2.31 A), CyberLink Media Suite, HP ePrint, HP PageLift, PDF Complete Corporate Edition, Skitch, HP Client Security Software: Drive Encryption, Absolute Data Protect, DriveLock, 36 Months Warranty

 

Magnesium as far as the eye can see.
Magnesium as far as the eye can see.
The Revolve 810 has been tested according to MIL-STD-810.
The Revolve 810 has been tested according to MIL-STD-810.
Unfortunately, no anti-glare coating has been applied to the display.
Unfortunately, no anti-glare coating has been applied to the display.
Due to a rather small resolution of just 1366x768 pixels, not much fits on the screen.
Due to a rather small resolution of just 1366x768 pixels, not much fits on the screen.
The display can be rotated clockwise by 180 degrees.
The display can be rotated clockwise by 180 degrees.
This makes it well-suited for presentations (if not too many people are present).
This makes it well-suited for presentations (if not too many people are present).
The maximum opening angle.
The maximum opening angle.
Power button, rotation lock, audio jack and docking port.
Power button, rotation lock, audio jack and docking port.
The capslock key comes with a white status LED...
The capslock key comes with a white status LED...
...as does the numlock key. In addition, an orange LED shows whether the airplane mode is activated.
...as does the numlock key. In addition, an orange LED shows whether the airplane mode is activated.
Keyboard backlighting (dimmed down).
Keyboard backlighting (dimmed down).
Keyboard backlighting (full brightness).
Keyboard backlighting (full brightness).
Luckily, most ports are located at the rear.
Luckily, most ports are located at the rear.
While quite thick for a tablet, this mode still provides useful extra functionality.
While quite thick for a tablet, this mode still provides useful extra functionality.
Large Windows button.
Large Windows button.
The base unit has been rubberized.
The base unit has been rubberized.
The Revolve sports a 44 Wh battery.
The Revolve sports a 44 Wh battery.
Eight screws have to be removed to be able to access the maintenance hatch.
Eight screws have to be removed to be able to access the maintenance hatch.
Without the battery, half the lower part of the laptop is missing.
Without the battery, half the lower part of the laptop is missing.
The fan is easy to clean.
The fan is easy to clean.
All major components are in reach.
All major components are in reach.
The stereo speakers offer decent sound quality.
The stereo speakers offer decent sound quality.
The power adapter.
The power adapter.
42% color space coverage for Adobe RGB...
42% color space coverage for Adobe RGB...
...and 61% for sRGB.
...and 61% for sRGB.
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Pro

+Good display with great viewing angles
+Gobi-based WWAN modem
+Superb input devices
+Premium build quality
+Sturdy chassis
+Excellent microphones
+Extensive software suite
 

Cons

-High price
-Crucial security features are missing
-Reduced display brightness while running on battery
-No Full HD

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What we like

Build quality and materials are top-notch. The input devices are every bit as impressive.

What we'd like to see

An increase in display resolution. Full HD is a must for such a pricy device.

What surprises us

The incomprehensibly high power consumption levels when compared to similarly-equipped competitors, leading to rather short battery runtimes (especially since the 3437U never exceeds its base clock speed while running on battery).

The competition

Competitors within the segment of convertibles are (among others) the Microsoft Surface Pro, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX2, the Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E, the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 3G, the Acer Iconia W700-53334G12as, the Lenovo ThinkPad X230T, the Fujitsu Lifebook T902 and the Dell Latitude XT3.

Ratings

HP EliteBook Revolve 810
03/20/2014 v4
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
93 / 98 → 95%
Keyboard
94%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
74 / 95 → 78%
Weight
71 / 78 → 84%
Battery
86%
Display
82%
Games Performance
56 / 85 → 66%
Application Performance
70%
Temperature
85%
Noise
95%
Audio
69%
Camera
54 / 85 → 64%
Average
78%
84%
Convertible *
Weighted Average

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Author: Daniel Schmidt, 2013-09-18 (Update: 2013-09-18)