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HP ProBook 4530s review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £671
inc VAT

A business laptop for the masses maybe, but home users can find better value elsewhere

HP’s ProBook range sits between the business-focused EliteBook series and the more consumer oriented Pavilion laptops. The 4530s is a good example: its brushed-metal finish, simple yet sleek design and high performance components won’t look out of place in the boardroom, but the dedicated graphics card, DVD optical drive and spacious 640GB hard disk make it a potential multimedia powerhouse too.

HP ProBook 4530s keyboard

Powered by an Intel Core i5-2410m running at 2.3GHz and paired with 4GB of RAM, the 4530s is about what we would expect from a mid-range laptop. The processor can use Turbo Boost to speed up to 2.9GHz when running intensive applications such as our multimedia benchmarks. An overall score of 52 is slightly lower than other Core i5 laptops we’ve seen, but still more than enough for everyday tasks such as web browsing, word processing and image editing.

Because it has 1GB of dedicated video memory, the AMD HD 6390M graphics card is a welcome step up from the processor’s integrated chip. Both can handle high definition video, either at 720p on the laptop or 1080p on an external display, but only the AMD chip could manage games. A stable 26fps in our Dirt 3 test proves most games should be playable at 720p as long as you’re sensible with the detail options. Thankfully, the dedicated graphics don’t impact significantly on battery life and five-and-a-half hours in our light-use test is respectable for a 15in laptop.

HP ProBook 4530s right

We had no trouble using the 4530s in direct sunlight thanks to the matt finish on the 15.6in display. The 1,366×768 resolution is just about large enough for working on two documents side-by-side, but we would have liked to have seen a slightly higher resolution at this price. Brightness was reasonable, but colours hardly popped off the screen without a glossy finish. There was ample screen tilt, but viewing angles were only average.

The downward-firing speakers produced reasonably loud audio of average quality. Although mid-range notes were clear, the high-end was overly tinny and there was no audible bass. Although this is fine for watching streaming internet video, we would still recommend connecting a set of speakers when watching a movie.

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Basic Specifications

ProcessorIntel Core i5-2410M
Processor clock speed2.3GHz
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory8GB
SoundRealtek HD Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad


Viewable size15.6 in
Native resolution1,366×768
Graphics ProcessorAMD Radeon HD 6490M
Graphics/video portsVGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory1,024MB


Total storage capacity640GB
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports4
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11n
PC Card slotsExpressCard/34
Supported memory cardsSDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo
Other portsminijack audio output, minijack microphone input


Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 7 Professional 64-bit
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includedMicrosoft Office 2010 Starter Edition
Optional extrasnone

Buying Information

Warrantyone year collect and return

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