Windows 8 has brought with it all manner of screen implementations. The HP EliteBook Revolve 810 has opted for a central pivot to swivel its 11.6-inch screen around from a laptop-like position into a more tablet-esque, touchscreen-favourable position.
HP calls the EliteBook Revolve 810 a tablet, but we're not so sure it's quite as cut and dried as that. For starters, the thickness added from the keyboard makes it thicker than just a tablet. We don't have a problem at all in terms of what this device is... but it's not as simple as "a tablet", and as full Windows 8 is on board it's more versatile than many RT-only tablets out there.
Swivelling the Revolve 810's screen around is super easy. The keyboard can remain flat in its location while you grab and spin the screen around. We can't think of another device with a faster way of doing it - or at least, not compared to one with a removable keyboard dock such as, say, the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity.
At around 1.4kgs in weight, the HP EliteBook Revolve 810 succeeds in being lightweight for what it is, but part of that is because of its plasticky construction. It's unlikely to turn many heads straight out of the bag, until, that is, you show off its cool screen-swivel mechanism.
The Gorilla Glass-coated screen offers a 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution, which can manage 720p HD files and is about standard for 11.6-inch screen sizes these days. It's touch sensitive, and we found it responsive in our brief hands-on time with the product.
HP's been a little shy with showing off its EliteBook range. We're not sure why. We already think that the ElitePad 900 looks top, and the Revolve 810 will also capture a chunk of not only the business audience, but also the kind of users who want work and play all in one place.
Revolve options include Intel Core i7, i5 or i3 processors, up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of SSD storage, so there's plenty of optional power should you want it. Prices are yet to be determined.