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HP Compaq 6735s review

Barry de la Rosa
16 Apr 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
489
inc VAT

HP's Compaq 6735s is the cheapest business laptop around

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HP's Compaq 6735s is the cheapest business laptop here.

This is partly due to the cheaper AMD processor. Although it runs at 2GHz like most other processors here, its real-world performance is slower: its PCMark Vantage Overall score was 16 per cent slower than the slowest Intel-based laptop. This is partly because Windows Vista Business doesn't have a built-in MPEG2 decoder, which our benchmarks require. However, if you're more interested in writing emails and office documents and browsing the web than you are in watching films, you'll find this laptop's performance more than adequate.

Unfortunately, other corners have been cut. The 6735s has the smallest hard disk here, with a capacity of 160GB. Plus, there's no webcam for videoconferencing and no Gigabit Ethernet. Bluetooth support, Draft-N WiFi and four USB ports go some way to making up for this.

The 6735s has a sensible design. There are no media control or short cut buttons, but there's a button to turn WiFi and Bluetooth on and off to maximise battery life. The battery lasted three hours and 18 minutes in our test, which is average.

The screen has a matt finish to minimise reflections but this makes colours look muted. The backlighting is even, but there's a slight blue tint; this suits office applications, but makes movies and photos look cold.

The keyboard has full-size keys and uses a standard layout. Its action isn't as springy as that of Asus's X59GL, but it has more feedback and is pleasant to type on. The touchpad is small but responsive and has rounded, raised buttons with plenty of travel.

The Compaq 6735s isn't as fast as others here and lacks hard disk space, but with its collect-and-return warranty it isn't a bad deal. Asus's X59GL is cheaper, has the best warranty and is better suited for multimedia, but if you need Draft-N wireless, Bluetooth and a slightly longer battery life, the 6735s is a good choice.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorAMD Turion X2 RM-70
Processor clock speed2.0GHz
Memory2.00GB
Memory slots2
Memory slots free1
Maximum memory4GB
Size41x358x266mm
Weight2.5kg
SoundSoundMAX Integrated Digital HD Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption idle29W
Power consumption active53W

Display

Viewable size15.4 in
Native resolution1,280x800
Graphics ProcessorATI Radeon HD 3200
Graphics/video portsVGA
Graphics Memory256MB

Storage

Total storage capacity160GB
Optical drive modelHL-DT-ST GSA-T30L
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports4
Bluetoothyes
Wired network ports1x 10/100
Wireless networking support802.11a/n
PC Card slots1x ExpressCard/54
ModemYes
Supported memory cardsSD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro, xD
Other portsminijack audio output, minijack microphone input

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows Vista Business
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includednone

Buying Information

Warrantyone year collect and return
Price£489
Detailswww.hp.co.uk
Supplierhttp://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk

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