Used HP EliteBook 2530p

The 12" HP EliteBook 2530p has the advantages of a small notebook computer and the features of the larger models on the market today. The primary difference which many users absolutely love is the fact that it actually has an optical drive. This is the unfortunate point of the smaller netbooks; they do not have any optical drive in them because they are so small. Not only does the EliteBook have one though, it has a fully functional CD/DVD rewritable drive. So there is no need to have to worry about getting any external drives like you would have to do with the netbooks if you need an optical drive.

HP EliteBook 2530p

The weight is still super light compared to 15-17 inch laptops so this can be a good option if you have been in-between deciding on which is more important, features or size. The 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo has a 6MB cache and the system uses a 1066MHz Front Side Bus so it is also comparable to even some of the larger size budget used laptops under 300 dollars today. However there is more functionality which you might not expect to find in smaller laptops like this.

If you want to either install, or order this laptop with Windows 7 64-bit edition then you do have the option to utilize all 8GB of RAM which this system can handle. It is important to keep in mind that if you do want to upgrade to the full 8GB then you will only be able to utilize it with the 64-bit version of Windows 7, not the 32-bit version. The 32-bit version will not be able to use all 8GB so it would not be beneficial to install all of that RAM unless you do plan to use the 64-bit version of the OS. This is not unique to this laptop though, it applies to any computer which can handle 8GB of RAM.

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The hard drive options are actually pretty diverse comparatively speaking. The laptop comes with a standard 250GB hard drive, but it can be upgraded to an SSD if you want. The benefits here will depend on how you plan to use the laptop but it is a good option to have when comparing all of the features of various laptops. This like many other HP laptops has a good, solid design so since the SSD can take more moving around and rougher treatment and it may be worth getting for heavy travelers.

Whether these laptops are purchased new or used, there will be varying degrees of the warranty which comes with the purchase. For instance the HP new laptop warranty in the Business Class can be extended out for two years or more and is popular among business clients both large and small. The refurbished laptop models as well as the used models are where the warranties will typically be shorter, generally in the 6 month range. Either way you acquire one though the 12" EliteBook does fall within a great position between the feature rich larger laptops and the lightweight smaller models designed for easy traveling. If finding a $300 laptop or under is your goal then there are several options for used or refurbished models in our HP listings. As an all around sturdy and versatile laptop computer goes, the EliteBook brings a lot to the table in a crowded world of notebook options these days.