Another positive design feature is the included plastic flip-screen cover. The detachable, transparent cover pops onto the top of the device, and again, the durability theme continues here. It's strong, and it remained scratch-free during our tests, although it's prone to fingerprints and smudges. Of course, the whole purpose of this armor is to protect the hx2750's gorgeous 3.5-inch TFT screen. While it's only QVGA level (compared to the hx4700's and Dell Axim X50v's high-resolution VGA screens), it displays 64,000 colors, and we were surprised by the vibrant images and sharp text (see Performance). Beneath the display are four programmable shortcut keys--Appointments, Contacts, Inbox, and iTask, by default--and a four-way navigation toggle with a center Select button. And like the h5550, the hx2750 features a biometric fingerprint reader for enhanced security.
The rest of the device is standard PDA fare. Finishing out the face of the device are a power button; a speaker; a microphone; and two tiny LEDs that blink orange when the hx2750 is charging, blue for wireless mode, and green for alarms. On the left side is a lone voice-record button, and you'll find a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, dual expansion slots (CompactFlash and SDIO/MMC), and the stylus holder on top of the device. A small Reset button and a USB connector reside on the bottom, and a battery-release switch is on the back.
HP delivers the hx2750 with just the essential extras, including an AC adapter and a USB desktop-sync cradle. Although you get the plastic screen cover, we were disappointed the device didn't come with a protective leather case. However, if you want to carry a backup power source, a higher-capacity 2,880mAh lithium-ion battery with charger is available for $129.99.The HP iPaq hx2750 is well appointed in the features department. The handheld boasts Intel's zippy 624MHz XScale processor, and sure, the quickness is nice, but a bonus is the chip's SpeedStep and Wireless MMX technology that optimizes battery life and multimedia performance. The PDA has memory aplenty too. You get 128MB of ROM and RAM and a total of 192MB of user-accessible memory, 80MB of which are available through the included iPaq File Store. If your work calls for more storage, the hx2750's CompactFlash and SDIO/MMC slots should meet your needs.
For wireless connectivity, take your pick: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, IR, or all since you can use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth simultaneously. As with HP's latest crop of Pocket PCs, the hx2750 comes with the iPaq wireless utility so that you can access networks, configure network adapters, and more. You also get a separate Bluetooth Phone Manager for connecting to the Web via a Bluetooth-enabled mobile.