GBM Shortcut: HP Elitebook 2760p Bluetooth Audio Streaming from iPhone
Every time I think I’m done with the HP Elitebook 2760p, something new pops up. It’s like a Swiss Army knife or the Martian Manhunter packed with abilities. This time, it’s Bluetooth pairing with an iPhone or iPad for audio streaming and control.
While pairing my iPhone to the 2760p to test face + Bluetooth login, I accidentally discovered that I could stream audio to the PC through via Bluetooth and control it on the PC side via on-screen control.
By now some of you are questioning why this is even noteworthy. Couldn’t I just hack an Android device to do the same? Maybe, but the key element here is not on the phone side but the PC side. Of my three PCs with Bluetooth, not one is able to stream and control audio from my iPhone, and that includes my HP media PC. They all returned the “drivers could not be found” error. By contrast, the 2760p made the connection without me even trying.
I’ve got Bluetooth on two Tablet PCs. Neither of them are capable of streaming and controlling audio from my iPhone or using Bluetooth for security authentication. The 2760p can do these out of the box. That’s how wireless connections should work.
BTW, if anybody can tell me how to enable this on other PCs, please let us know in the comments. I’ve got three Windows 7 PCs begging to get this functionality.
The Last Word on the 2760p
As you can probably tell by the breadth of my coverage, the 2760p gave me a lot of features to evaluate. There were the usual asked-about features like outdoor visibility and battery life, but I also spent time on seemingly common features like the webcam and Bluetooth connectivity, things that are standard on most notebooks and tablets. So what made these stand out to me? The fact that HP made them useful out of the box.
Yes, you can get Bluetooth on any notebook, but how many are pre-loaded with the necessary software to stream and control audio from a connected device or use that device for login authentication? This machine is not only packed with hardware features but also the software to make them useful out of the box. Assessing this machine was not a matter of asking what hardware it has, but what its hardware can do. This, to me, is what separates the 2760p from the pack. I hope the focus segments of my review were able to get that across to you.