HP EliteBook Revolve 810 review: Sturdy little business flip-top with touch

An inevitable note on security features: the EliteBook Revolve 810 uses a vPro Intel Core i5 processor and supports TPM, plus a core set of HP security features and software. You can buy the Revolve with Windows 8 or Windows 7 installed.

Our $1,449 configuration of the Revolve 810 has an Intel Core i5-3437U processor, 4GB of fused RAM, and a 128GB SSD. The entry-level $1,249 version has a Core i3-3227U processor. Configurations come with up to a 256GB SSD, and you can upgrade the RAM to 12GB.

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Performance and battery life
The included Core i3 and i5 processor options aren't part of the latest fourth-gen Haswell family of Intel processors. That doesn't mean much for overall speed, but it could be a factor in the unimpressive battery life results. In our benchmarks, this Revolve 810 with its slightly different Core i5 processor came out slightly ahead of the similar Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, and was faster than the IdeaPad Yoga 11S.

Built-in Intel HD 4000 graphics combine with the Core i5 to provide a suitably zippy environment for everyday computing: the Revolve is quick to start up and launch programs, and feels fast enough.

Battery life is another story: we only eked out 4 hours and 45 minutes in our video playback test. The included six-cell battery is removable, but the ThinkPad Helix, similarly sized, had two batteries providing far better battery life (7 hours, 37 minutes). The Helix, in tablet mode using one battery, matched what the Revolve 810 provides in a larger form.

You can imagine that a Haswell processor would help battery life, much like it has with most laptops we've seen. That would be a big deal: under 5 hours on a 2013 laptop is hard to recommend.

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The best things the EliteBook Revolve 810 has going for it are clean design and comfortable feel, plus system speed. Price and battery life are the weaknesses. You might love this laptop landing on your desk in a little business briefcase, but the battery life just won't quite do it. That makes the Revolve 810 a little tough to suggest above other laptop-tablets. It's a cute but professional laptop-tablet hybrid in need of a boost to match our battery-life expectations.

Regular consumers need not apply; business travelers might find it intriguing, but be aware there plenty of equivalent options already out there. It is, however, a nice, solid design step forward for HP. Keep an eye out for the next version.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
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Adobe Photoshop CS5 image-processing test (in seconds)
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Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
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System configurations

HP EliteBook Revolve 810
Windows 8 Pro (64-bit); Intel Core i5-3437U; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 32MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 4000; 128GB SSD

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
Windows 8 (64-bit); Intel Core i5-3427U; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 32MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 4000; 128GB Toshiba SSD

Lenovo Yoga 11S
Windows 8 (64bit); 1.5GHz Intel Core i5-3339Y; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 32MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 4000; 256GB Samsung SSD

MacBook Air (11-inch, June 2013)
OSX 10.8.4 Mountain Lion; 1.3GHz Intel Core i5-4240U; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 1,024MB (shared) Intel HD Graphics 4000; 128GB Apple SSD

Sony Vaio Pro 11
Windows 8 (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 1,748MB (shared) Intel HD Graphics 4400; 128GB SSD