June 17, 2011
- Professional, sturdy design
- Advanced security features
- Solid performance
- Good battery life
- A little heavier than similar laptops
- Limited viewing angles
The HP ProBook 4530s is a 15-inch notebook with a brushed-aluminum design that makes it look sleek and professional. It also has a powerful Intel Core i5 CPU with a speedy 500GB hard drive. To cater to some business users, it has some security features, like biometric and face-recognition security.
The HP ProBook 4530s measures 14.8 x 10.1 x 1.1-inches (wdh) and weighs about 5.6-pounds, which makes it a little heavier than some similar notebooks, so it's probably best not to carry this around with you on a long day. However it isn't heavy enough to prevent some light portability, especially around the house or office.
The chassis is built from magnesium and has a brushed-aluminum finish, which really makes it look clean and professional. It has a sturdy lid and body, which helps it absorb some light bumps and bruises. It has gray metallic accents throughout and a dark-black bezel around the display.
The black chiclet-style keyboard is quite roomy and provides a lot of feedback while typing, which makes for a comfortable experience. The keyboard's buttons seemed to all be adequately sized, so we never had any issues there. The 3.6 x 2.1-inch Synaptics touchpad is also quite nice as it provides a decent amount of friction without slowing down your finger. The touchpad is quite offset to the left side, which did disappoint our left-handed user because his palm and other fingers would either hit or fall off the edge of the palm rest. The touchpad supports multitouch gestures and there are also two left & right mouse buttons below the pad.
HP's 15.6-inch LED-backlit display has a native resolution of 1366 x 768-pixels and has a matte finish, which really helps to cut down on glare and reflections. We did notice some issues with the viewing angles if more than one person is looking at the display. Overall, however, we were pleased with the quality of the display.
If you're a business user who wants to have some added security (or just a home user who wants to keep their data secure), you'll be pleased with the HP ProBook 4530s's offering of advanced security features. These include a fingerprint reader, smart card adapter and facial recognition using the laptop's Webcam. You can use any of these three features to replace the typical Windows log-in password and also passwords for other things, like Websites. The hard drive can also be securely encrypted by means of included software in addition to be trackable in the case of a theft by included Computrace software. This software also allows you to remotely wipe the hard drive if you choose.
In terms of connectivity and ports, you'll find four USB ports (1 is USB 3.0), HDMI-out, VGA-out, Ethernet, and a 6-in-1 memory card reader on the front. Also, there's an Express Card Slot/34 and a SuperMulti DVD optical drive too. Wireless options include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0.
Internal specifications of the HP ProBook 4530s include an Intel dual-core i5-2410M CPU (2.3GHz), 4GB of RAM, a 320GB 7200RPM hard drive and Intel integrated HD 300 graphics. Performance with this notebook was quite admirable, mostly due to the latest Intel CPU and speedy 7200RPM hard drive. If you want more space, an upgrade to 500GB is available without sacrificing any speed. HP includes Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) as the operating system.
The integrated Intel graphics don't leave much room for gaming, but it does work quite well for viewing streaming HD movies from the Internet. If you want to do some gaming, an upgrade to a discrete video card is available (AMD Radeon HD 6490M w/ 1GB RAM).
Battery life with the included 6-cell battery provides about 5 hours of battery life, which is slightly more than other similar notebooks.