May 12, 2011
- Well-designed keyboard
- Updated specifications
- Solid performance
- Boxy, boring look
- Thick body
The all-new HP ProBook 6360b is a 13-inch laptop with updated internals, including an Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. It is definitely designed for the business user, which is most evident by its rather bland looks.
The HP ProBook 6360b measures 12.7 x 8.7 x 1.3-inches (wdh) and weighs about 4.5-pounds, which makes it quite portable. However, it is thicker than we'd like to see, which makes it feel a little chunky. The design of the laptop feels quite sturdy and well-designed (it is magnesium-reinforced), so it can definitely withstand some daily, portable use. The color is a greyish-black matte finish that really makes it look "business".
The keyboard is chiclet-style and provides a rather comfortable typing experience. The keys are well-spaced and well-sized, so there shouldn't be any complaints about the keyboard. The touchpad under the keyboard is also quite wide, which allows more than enough room. On the right side of the laptop's deck, there is a fingerprint reader for biometric security. Above the keyboard, there are dedicated buttons for Wi-Fi, audio and Internet.
HP's 13-inch widescreen display has a native resolution of 1366 x 768-pixels, which is above 720p HD resolution for those that care about that sort of thing. The screen has an antiglare coating which really helps to cut down glare from ambient light or sunlight. The quality of the screen is rather nice for a business-geared laptop and it offers a very wide viewing angle. Rather surprisingly, there is also a 720p HD webcam above the HP ProBook 6360b's screen.
In terms of connectivity, this laptop doesn't leave much out. You'll find 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0/eSATA combo port, mini-FireWire, Ethernet, headphone/microphone jacks, an ExpressCard/54 expansion slot and an SD card slot. Noticeably lacking on such a new laptop is USB 3.0, but that feature is still not mainstream yet. There is also a DVD burner optical disc drive and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.
The internal specifications include an updated Intel Core i5-2410M (2.3GHz) CPU, 4GB of RAM, an Intel GMA HD graphics processor and a 320GB (7200RPM) hard drive. We really liked to see the updated Intel CPU, 4GB of RAM and speedy 7200RPM hard drive on this laptop. Those three components really help this computer's performance when it comes to multitasking and business-related tasks.
There are also some business-oriented hardware features, which includes the fingerprint reader mentioned above, as well as a TPM chip and Intel's vPro platform. There is also a dock connector on the bottom of the laptop to connect it to an existing laptop dock.
There is no dedicated graphics card in the HP ProBook 6360b, which means you have to settle for integrated graphics. Because of that, you can count out playing any of today's 3D games, but it is good enough for some video editing and watching HD content online.
The included six-cell battery will provide about 5:30-6:30 hours of battery life, which is about average for other laptops of similar caliber.