12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2009
Excellent tablet! I'm running Windows 7 RC on mine, and it's got the horsepower to do it right. I added 4GB of RAM and a 16GB solid state drive in the expresscard slot for ReadyBoost, and the difference is notable, although I haven't run any benchmarks to back up my perception. There are plenty of video reviews as well as reviews of the features under Windows XP and Windows Vista out there on the internetz; like everyone else - I can't get the panel display to auto-rotate in tablet mode under Windows 7, nor does the rotate "hot key" button work, but I found iRotate at [...] to mange my display, and it works like a charm. I bought mine from HP Direct on a scratch 'n dent sale for some serious savings, but it's worth every penny of the list price!
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2013
I got this as a surprise for my daughter to play the Sims on. I could have sworn that I saw two sites that said this computer comes with a CD-ROM drive. It doesn't. It's a cute computer though, the look was good, the swivel option was nice. I never got around to checking the pen options though, I returned mine. I'm just writing this because, a guy on another review just reminded alot of us how much we depend on each others opinions when purchasing these products.
My deduction- Good if you travel or sketch alot and want something compact that can fit easily into a bag or large purse.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2014
CS6 DOES NOT run well on this GPU.
This computer DOES come with 4 memory bays. However, if the laptop/tablet uses the Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family's Intel GMA X4500HD... (In which case, the Elitebook 2730p DOES use this GPU)....
THEN NO. CS6 WILL NOT FUNCTION AT 100% PERFORMANCE. Nor will CS5 or CS4... Regardless of how much Ram you put in it...
The CPU, a Core 2 Duo L9400 1.86GHz, IS above the minimum requirements for CS6 and will yield 350% performance PROVIDING that the GPU is ... something else entirely. IN OTHER WORDS...
Your fair warning is that you should avoid the Elitebooks with this crappy GPU. However, I do not know what GPU works well with a CS6 tablet...
As far as I know, you'll need one compatible with the Elitebook 2730p's motherboard. HAD I KNOWN THIS... I would've DEFINITELY not spent the money on it. If you do not believe me, go look it up on game-debate on the software analysis for CS6. What the heck is this thing for if you can't use it for professional graphics design? I THOUGHT THAT WAS THE WHOLE POINT OF A TABLET. Had I known this, I would've gotten a GALAXY NOTE 4 NEXT MONTH. This thing is borderline USELESS to me. :)
PaintToolSAI works, so will Drawpile. I had to settle with installing CS3 because nothing better would run. However, good luck trying to run any kind of Photoshop or CorelDraw on it without at least upgrading the RAM. Pretty certain that trying to run Maya or any kind of 3D editing software would outright crash this thing. The $2,800 markup on what you get for this tabletcraptop is outrageously high and deceptive. You might as well go buy a Nintendo DS Lite if you want to use a stylus, because it can do way more. I'm unimpressed, and it's not the seller's fault. They need to fix that markup, I could've just bought the Macbook Pro instead. Grateful that I only spent $200 on a used one. Please don't spend a lot of money on this, it really isn't worth it. My old Toshiba Satellite could even run Photoshop CS4! This thing can't.
If you do buy this, make sure that the seller has upgraded the RAM and is selling it with a x64-bit OS installed. If it is a 32-bit OS, then it won't be able to use the upgraded ram. If you check other websites, then you'll know that nobody is selling this for more than $500. $500 for this should get you maxed out ram, intel i5 processor, and the dock. It's a fairly dated machine that should not be priced in the same range as a high-end notebook from this year.
Since this notebook does not use DDR3 Ram, you'll end up spending about $150-200 dollars for 2x4gb sticks of SO DIMM 200-pin DDR2. So at the end of the day, ask yourself, is this worth $400? Or would you rather just go buy a newer laptop that can get the job done. If you are stuck with 32-bit, your best bet is to get 4 gb of ram. If you have 64-bit, then one 2gb and one 4 gb stick is good enough if you're short on cash. 8gb with x-64 is optimal for this as a workstation.
To sum it up, you should probably invest in a notebook that uses DDR3 ram because you would be paying $200 for much better larger ram upgrades if you did vs only gaining a few gb of DDR2 ram for a crazy price. Impulse buys suck, don't they? At least this one came with a built-in microphone and webcam. If you need to run Microsoft Word, then just get a cheap laptop. There are no clear advantages to spending $2,800 for this outdated thing that will cost you even more of your cash to upgrade the expensive outdated ram... For that price you could get the nicest webcam on the market and a very nice, brand new Wacom Cintiq tablet. I hope this review helps someone.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2014
For my usage, this is a great little combo unit. I like the fact, that I can write invoices and it converts
it to text