When it comes to thickness and weight, HP Elitebook 2560p is 1.08 inches thick and weighs 3.7 pounds. Apple Macbook Air on the other hand is thinner with 0.68 inches thickness and lesser weight of about 2.4 pounds. Both the Ultrabooks use aluminum for the chassis but Elitebook also makes use of Magnesium as well. Apparently, Elitebook is elite when it comes to performance thanks to its Core i5 Sandy Bridge 2410M 2.3 GHz processor. Apple Macbook Air was impressive although it has a comparatively low ranked Intel Core 2 Duo ULV 1.6GHz processor and was found faster than Elitebook surprisingly.
Elitebook has a matte 12.5 inch display. So obviously the glossier Macbook Air 11.6 display will grab more attention and is brighter. One biggest advantage of Elitebook is that it sports built in 3G technology, which would be absolutely reliable if you travel a lot. Although HP claims about 8 hours of battery life, rigorous usage of Elitebook would actually make it go out of juice in almost the similar time of that of a Macbook Air. Elitebook also comes with Optical drives which the Macbook lacks. Elitebook and Macbook Air keyboards are both awesome and comfy and there isn't much to say about them.
When it comes to touchpad, Macbook Air dominates with a smooth multi-gesture touchpad while that of HP Elitebook is smaller and disappointing. Scrolling in Elitebook touchpad is not simple because you have to be precise with the scroll to make it right, which makes it quite irritating. With the Docking station which Macbook Air lacks, Elitebook is the best option when you move around so many places with your iPod besides the 2560p.
But the docking station and other hardware make Elitebook comparatively less portable while Apple Macbook Air pretty much fits the ultraportable title. Elitebook has a 320 GB HDD which doesn't stand a chance with Macbook's 128 GB SSD making it super fast in boot ups and reading data. Both the devices come with 4GB RAM, USB and display ports.
HP Elitebook 2560p is price in India around Rs 54,000/- while Apple Macbook Air is available for a slightly greater price in India of Rs 62,000/-.