HP Compaq 2510p review: HP Compaq 2510p

Compared to other recent ultraportables, nearly all of which use CPUs from the same Intel ultralow-voltage family, the HP Compaq 2510p performed on par, with the exception of the Sony VAIO TZ150, whose collection of resource-hogging bloatware led to generally lagging scores. Surprisingly, the Averatec 2371, a sub-$1000 ultraportable powered by a 1.6GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-52, easily matched or outclassed ultraportables costing nearly three times as much. Although the Averatec's poor battery life, when compared with the ULV Intel systems, shows that the AMD laptop may not have been playing on equal footing.

While the company sells the HP Compaq 2510p with a nine-cell battery, our review unit arrived with two batteries, a three-cell and a six-cell unit, which it offers on other 2510p configurations but not on the model we reviewed. We tested both batteries. Like the nine-cell battery, the six-cell battery extends beyond the end of the system, but ran for an impressive 3 hours, 24 minutes on our demanding DVD battery drain test. You can expect even longer life under typical usage scenarios. We attribute the long battery life chiefly to the Compaq 2510p using an ultralow-voltage Intel CPU. Competing ultraportables from Sony and Toshiba with similar or identical ultralow-voltage Intel processors ran longer, but we believe most users will be content with the 2510p's battery life, particularly since you can safely assume the standard nine-cell battery will run even longer. The three-cell battery that's available on other 2510p models sits flush with the back of the system and ran for 1 hour, 38 minutes, or roughly half the time the six-cell battery lasted.

HP includes a decent, three-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system, although the battery is only covered for the first year. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, an HP has a robust online knowledge base and collection of driver downloads, especially for their business systems.

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Multimedia multitasking test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
In seconds  
Averatec 2371
1,650 
HP Compaq 2510p
1,748 
Averatec 1579
2,301 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
In seconds  
HP Compaq 2510p
492 

Apple iTunes encoding test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
In seconds  
HP Compaq 2510p
350 

DVD battery drain test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
In minutes  
HP Compaq 2510p
204 
System configurations:

Averatec 1579
Windows Vista Home Premium; 1.06GHz Intel Core Duo Ultra Low Voltage U2400; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB Intel Mobile Express 945GM; 120GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm

Averatec 2371
Windows Vista Home Premium; 1.6GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-52; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 667MHz; 64MB Nvidia GeForce Go 6100; 120GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm

HP Compaq 2510p
Windows Vista Business; 1.2GHz Intel Core Duo Ultra Low Voltage U7600; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 80GB Toshiba 4,200rpm

Sony VAIO TZ150N/B
Windows Vista Business; 1.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Ultra Low Voltage U7500; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 64MB Mobile Intel 945GM Express; 100GB Toshiba 4,200rpm

Toshiba Portege R500-S5002
Windows Vista Business; 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Ultra Low Voltage U7600; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 945GM Express; 120GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

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  • Release date Jul 1, 2007
  • Installed Size 1 GB
  • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo U7500 / 1.06 GHz
  • Resolution 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
  • Weight 2.9 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW / DVD-RAM
  • Graphics Processor Intel GMA X3100