HP EliteBook Revolve has convertible design, Win7 option

Windows 8 convertibles are all the rage these days, and HP has a new one designed specifically for the business crowd. The EliteBook Revolve’s screen twists and folds flat onto the keyboard, transforming the 11.6″ system from notebook to tablet. Although the press release doesn’t mention the panel technology used for the display, the touchscreen should support both finger and stylus input. Too bad about the resolution, which is only 1366×768.

Under the hood, the Revolve offers a choice between several Ivy Bridge-based processors. The system features up to 256GB of solid-state storage, and it has a USB 3.0 port for an external drive. This puppy is loaded with wireless options, too, including NFC and cellular broadband connectivity. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi aren’t listed in the press release, but I don’t imagine either has been left off the menu.

HP says the Revolve tips the scales at about 3 lbs and measures less than 0.9″ thick. A magnesium chassis should make the system feel sturdy, while Corning Gorilla Glass keeps the screen free of scratches. Users can also look forward to an auto-dimming screen and a backlit keyboard that’s purportedly “full-sized.” No doubt due to corporate concerns, it looks like you’ll be able to order the Revolve with either Windows 8 or Windows 7. If you listen closely, you can hear the faint sound of Modern UI haters rejoicing.

We don’t know how much the EliteBook Revolve will cost yet, but the machine isn’t due out for a few months. HP says US customers will be able to get their hands on one in March. I suspect the Revolve will also be on display at the Consumer Electronics Show next month.

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    • BIF
    • 7 years ago

    With a low screen resolution as this is, will somebody please tell me how this is a better convertible than ANY ARM-based tablet with a case mounted keyboard that folds out?

    Oh yeah, I can plug USB devices into it. Nevermind!

      • A_Pickle
      • 7 years ago

      USB 3.0 devices, at that, and you’re able to run a plethora of x86 software. I still don’t see the point of ARM tablets.

      • indeego
      • 7 years ago

      x86/64-bit+Legacy. That is all that needs to be said. It’s freaking vital compared to the toy programs that spy on you on ARM.

    • Chrispy_
    • 7 years ago

    I have nothing nice to say about this. It’s neither new, light, thin, practical and it’s unlikely to be cheap.

    “Corporate tablet” has been the iPad for a while now (because of App support, plus all the execs/partners/managers bought one for themselves [i<]years[/i<] ago.) Thinkpads are still the default route for "corporate tablet PC's". Your IT department is either not bothering to check the market, or locked into a purchase contract with someone like Dell/HP else if you are using something else.

      • BIF
      • 7 years ago

      Wrongo, Mongo!

      True, my employer moved away from Dells a couple years ago, but not “to Thinkpad”. Nope, the default configuration is an HP elitebook. If you are a bigwig, you might have a choice; I know one person who uses a Mac of some sort, and several people who have either a Thinkpad or a Dell or something other than the default Elitebook.

    • rgreen83
    • 7 years ago

    Why does the world think convertibles are something new all of a sudden? The healthcare field has been using these type machines for 10 years or more, they are nothing new at all, some of our customers are on their second and third life cycle of convertibles.

    Although windows 7 and earlier were poorly designed for the touch interface, i strongly feel windows 8 is poorly designed for the kb/m interface. To me and most all the customers i deal with, windows 8 should have been perfect, if they had the regular windows interface for when its a laptop and automatically switch to the metro/touch interface when converted but without requiring separate metro apps.

    As is I feel windows 8 is doa for most businesses. Ive downgraded every machine we’ve purchased to 7 and most likely will until 9 or longer (good for microsoft i guess, they get to sell 2 licenses!)

      • Voldenuit
      • 7 years ago

      I don’t think Win8 is as great with a touchscreen/tablet as the hype machine has built it up to be. I installed Win 8 Pro on my wife’s thinkpad X230T (kb/trackpoint/touchpad/touchscreen/stylus). If anything, it has the trifecta (pentafecta?) of input devices (all it’s missing is kinect for PC), but it is still klunky to use as a touch/pen device. In some regards, it’s even worse than win7 which we had before.

      An egregious standout is that the pen input bar takes up half the screen, compared to the win7 version, which was a lot more compact and more amenable to resizing. Worse, the pen input/touch keyboard doesn’t pop up when you click on a text field with the pen, instead, you have to tap it with a finger to bring it up, [i<]then[/i<] write with the stylus. Lastly, the touch keyboard/pen input is buggy and will sometimes refuse to show up at all until a reboot. The touch/pen interface is also incomplete and buggy. In many ways, kb+mouse is more effective in windows 8. It is easier to more consistently drag and kill MUI apps with the kb/mouse than the touchscreen, which will sometimes misregister drags or ignore my input. I've been looking for a way to get to the win+x menu for weeks with the touchscreen and keyboard, but haven't found anything (it doesn't help that the OS is sorely missing user input cues and live tutorials). Windows 8 is a step backwards in UI for me, and the sad part is that the touch/pen interface is even worse than the gimped (compared to older windoes versions) kb+mouse interface.

      • Washer
      • 7 years ago

      Healthcare? Just in general they’ve been available for 10+ years. Heck. HP had a consumer model line of convertibles for quite a few years. None of this is new.

    • link626
    • 7 years ago

    lemme just speak for everyone…

    no 2560×1600 resolution. FAIL

    7″ tablets should have 1600p. 10+” tablets should have 3200p resolution.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      11.6″ ultraportables should have 6400p

    • odizzido
    • 7 years ago

    push that down to 10 inches, keep the resolution the same, shave off a pound, and you would have me interested in at least seeing the price. Looks like it might be nice for people in the market for 11+ inch laptops though.

    • ashley01x93
    • 7 years ago
      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      SPAMMER!!!

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 7 years ago

    That monitor resolution isn’t getting any of my money!

    • cartman_hs
    • 7 years ago

    i would like to get one! at 499…

    • gmskking
    • 7 years ago

    HP sucks

      • geekl33tgamer
      • 7 years ago

      Well that was informative. /sarcasm

      • Yeats
      • 7 years ago

      Are you that guy from the IE 10 commercial?

        • superjawes
        • 7 years ago

        Well he didn’t say, “HP sucks….less,” so we can’t know for sure.

    • Shouefref
    • 7 years ago

    If you listen closely, you can hear the faint sound of Modern UI haters rejoicing.

    ->

    listen closely? The whole building is roaring!

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      COOL STORY. ON POINT!

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]We don't know how much the EliteBook Revolve will cost yet, [/quote<] Ruh-Roh....

    • l33t-g4m3r
    • 7 years ago

    Lol. This isn’t even the type of computer that users would care to use windows7 on. Desktops and bulky performance laptops are what need that option, not hybrid tablets.

    If they can’t sell win8 to tablet buyers, then MS has a real problem.

      • brute
      • 7 years ago

      it clearly isnt intended for leet gamers, but instead for people who have jobs and work

        • l33t-g4m3r
        • 7 years ago

        Right~. I don’t think those people would be buying this system, and if they were why wouldn’t they go with windows 8, since windows8 is the bee’s knees for productivity. All the best reviews say so.

        Either way, 8 is more efficient than 7 on slower hardware, and this is making me feel dirty for promoting 8. W/E. It’s your choice.

        • l33t-g4m3r
        • 7 years ago

        jobs / work. Well I guess that disqualifies SSK.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          TOTES BRAH. hey, i can always comfort myself with an understanding of volcanoes.

            • l33t-g4m3r
            • 7 years ago

            Why don’t you go jump in one?

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            lol i’ll plus that!

    • yogibbear
    • 7 years ago

    1366×768… No thanks.

    Why is there something always wrong with a laptop?

      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      In a 15″ notebook I’d agree with you, but this has an 11.6″ screen where 1366×768 is fine. Something tells me that if it came with a 1080P or higher screen you’d be on here complaining that the icons are hard to read.

        • trieste1s
        • 7 years ago

        Erm, does nobody here know how to adjust DPI upwards?

    • codedivine
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]purportedly [/quote<] We meet again, my friend!

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    i hear the screen attachment isn’t amazing, and i’m sure it will cost WAYYY more than it should.

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