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HP (Hewlett-Packard) ProBook 4530s 15.6"

Post 08 September 2011
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HP ProBook 4530s is a budget Windows laptop.  This model will be perfect if your budget is around $800 or less and you need smart security software with competitive performance.   ProBook 4530s has 15.6-inch screen and solid aluminum/plastic chassis. Cheap laptops rarely serve up surprises and this machine is not an exception. ProBook provides standard feature set.

The core components are the same as most laptops under $750 have:  500GB of hard drive, 4GB of memory, IntelCore i5-2410M CPU, tray-loading DVD burner and integrated Intel graphics. The closest example of similar notebook is Lenovo G570.

Speaking about weak points, it should be noted that there is no eSATA connectivity as well as USB 3.0 port. Also after the purchase you will be provided only one year warranty.

The keyboard looks spacious despite included number pad.  Ctrl keys are the only keys, which are shortened in order to suit the number pad.

Despite the fact that ProBook 4530s has standard budget laptop features, it distinguishes through the stylish metal lid. Metal and plastic combination makes this notebook to look more expensive. It will be good for an office but not for everyday usage. The thing is that ProBook weighs 5.7 pounds.

It is typical for a machine with the screensize 15.6 inches. But that’s not all. It measures 10.5 inches thick along the back edge.   So, it may seem very cumbrous to handle on a regular basis.

If you need frequent data transfer between the laptop and external drives, ProBook won’t be a good choice.  Unfortunately it lacks eSATA and USB 3.0 ports, so you won’t be able to get speed faster than USB 2.0.

The networking features are also standard. These are internal Wi-Fi radio and a Gigabit Ethernet jack. Though ProBook 4530s doesn’t have the latest USB configuration, it supports the modern version of Bluetooth 3.0 +HS Combo.

The native resolution of 15.6´inch display makes up 1,366x768 pixels.  The matte finish decreases reflectivity and glare, though colors don’t look as they look on a glossy display.

A built-in HD Cam captures 720p video. Besides, if you like, you may use the laptop’s facial-recognition feature in order to log in to Windows easily and securely.

As most of business laptops, ProBook 4530s is too weak for being a gaming laptop.  However there is nothing to worry about if your favorite games are flash-games.

Sound-output isn’t very impressive.  We strictly recommend using headphones, because at any volume stereo speakers sound muddy.

The preinstalled software bundle includes Microsoft Office package, and one month trial of Norton antivirus and other applications in order to keep you productive and protective.

HP six-cell battery runs almost 3, 5 hours during the DVD Battery-RunDown Test, which is normal for a standard laptop.

This small business laptop hardly wins any speed races, however its security features, nice chassis and mix of specs make this machine worthy to buy.

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