Looking back I was very enthusiastic when I first recieved my HP Elitebook Revolve 810 ( 1st generation ).
This was way back in 2013 and a number ( read a lot ) of similar devices have been rolling into the market since then.
But let’s have a look at how the revolve looks now after over 3 years of intense use. And I mean intense as the device travels with me each day to a customer site and back.
The exterior :
-> Some edges show some chipped pieces but no “real” damage
-> Some minor scratches on the front due to “heavy” usage
-> It is still a catchy, elegant and stable device
So overall the device holds out ok.
The interior :
-> Well even according to today’s standards the device still performs ok, Windows 10 was a big improvement in terms of battery usage and even day to day operations like office perform faster compared to Windows 8.
-> I mainly use it in laptop mode, occasionally I read some items in tablet mode.
-> I use the mobile broadband connection quite a lot, the wireless projection to devices from time to time.
-> I don’t really use a stylus, somehow I prefer typing in onenote over writing with a pen.
The rest :
-> I boot using UEFI, secure boot and the device is encrypted by bitlocker.
-> For now it is Azure ad connected and I log on using my company credentials although that’s not really device related.
-> 2 available USB ports are a minimum but at certain sites I use external display, usb docking keyboard and mouse.
-> I update HP drivers and firmware regularly using HP utilities
The issues :
-> Well there were some issues with the fan. Now this is a “known” issue with this model so the fan was replaced and together with the latest chipset this has improved the spinning noise of the cooling a lot.
What I would like to see added :
-> Some kind of biometric authentication ( fingerprint or Windows hello capable camera )
-> more energy efficient processor or more battery power , no matter how much battery you have you always run out at a bad time 🙂