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  1. 1. 04/01/2012 15:03 HP ProBook 4430s Reviews B ig businesses and corporate IT departments a coat of black soft-touch rubberized paint, which may be able to afford to spend a grand or two provides a better grip and traction than bare metal. when purchasing a business laptop, but the latest offering from HP caters to the little guy; the While most of the laptop features metal construc- small business with a correspondingly small budget. tion, you’ll find black plastic surrounding the 14-inch For the price of an entry-level consumer laptop, you screen. The display offers 1,366-by-768 resolution, can pick up the HP Probook 4430s ($620 street), a which is average for this size screen, but the SRS slim, portable business laptop that won’t embarrass Premium Sound does provide better than average you in front of a client or leave you high and dry sound, whether listening to music or teleconferen- during a major project. cing. Speaking of teleconferencing, an HD webcam sits just above the screen, ready for use with Skype or your preferred video conferencing tool. It’s also commuter friendly, weighing only 4.75 pounds, nearly the same as the Dell Vostro 3350($741 direct, 4 stars), though it’s a bit bigger, measuring 1.11 by 13 by 9.26-inches (HWD). Design The HP ProBook 4430s has an all-metal design that brings to mind the MacBook Pro, but deeper ins- pection shows a myriad of differences. Unlike the MacBook Pro, with its silver unibody and rounded corners, the 4430s has a design that’s all right angles, and a two-tone look that shows off its two metal constructions. The lid and palm rest of the sport bare brushed aluminum, but the frame is made of The 4430s has a chiclet-style keyboard, and its light and tough magnesium alloy. The underside matte-black keys are actually rather stout. Where is magnesium alloy as well, but it’s hidden behind many laptops use low-profile keys for a light and Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 Page 1
  2. 2. 04/01/2012 15:03 HP ProBook 4430s Reviews effortless typing experience, the keys of the Probook feel sturdy under the finger tips, and no comfort in typing is lost. It’s also spill resistant, so you can use it during a working lunch without experiencing be- verage anxiety. Below the keyboard is a multitouch trackpad that lets you scroll, swipe, and zoom with two or three fingers. The trackpad is covered with a layer of chemically-strengthened glass, which feels superb beneath the fingers, as do the separate right and left mouse buttons. Features The 4430s has a full feature set, offering three USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, VGA and HDMI outputs, Microphone and Headphone jacks, a multi-format card reader (SD, MMC, MS/Pro), and an Express- Card slot on the left hand side of the laptop. You also get a full selection of networking options, with Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 3.0. The 4430s is equipped with a DVD +/- RW dual-layer The only feature that was missing was WiMAX or optical drive, though configurations are also avai- another wireless 4G broadband solution, as on-the- lable with Blu-ray. A 320GB 7,200rpm hard drive go connectivity is a must have for many business offers enough storage for all your daily work, and is users. In addition to the regular collection of ports the same size and speed as the hard drive found in and connectors, the ProBook also features HP’s the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 ($1,399.99 direct, 3.5 stars). ProtectTools, a built-in security suite that includes HP protects this hard drive with its 3D DriveGuard, everything from secure log-in with fingerprint or which automatically slows or stops the spinning facial recognition to full disk encryption and BIOS- disk when the laptop is moved or dropped. They level password security. further protect the laptop with a one-year warranty covering parts and labor. Performance The 4430s is available in a variety of configurations, with a wide selection of processors, graphics so- lutions, and drives to meet whatever your speci- fic needs may be. Our review unit, however, was equipped with an Intel Core i3-2310M processor, a 2.1GHz dual-core CPU from Intel’s second-genera- tion line-up. With 4GB of RAM, this combination offers significant productive power while still fitting into the budget of a small-business. In our PCMark 7 benchmark, the 4430s scored 1,988 points, on par with the consumer focused Toshiba Satellite L745- Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 Page 2
  3. 3. 04/01/2012 15:03 HP ProBook 4430s Reviews S4210 ($639.99 list, 3.5 stars) (2,035) and indicating also cranked through our Photoshop CS5 test in 5 that the system is well equipped to handle any bu- minutes 37 seconds, beating the Toshiba L745-S4210 siness task you throw at it. In our CineBench R11.5 (6:35) and HP dv6-6013cl (5:48), but failing to match processor speed test, the 4430s scored 2.02 points, the Lenovo X1 (3:55) and the Dell 3350 (4:17). While but it fell behind the speeds of other portable bu- this performance won’t match anything used by siness systems that were equipped with Core i5 and professional graphic designers, you can rest easy i7 processors. For example, the Lenovo X1 scored knowing that you can still do multimedia work on 2.25. the road with the 4430s. Despite relying on Intel’s integrated graphics, the 4430s still produced respectable scores in our gra- phics benchmark tests. In 3DMark 06, the 4430s scored 3744 points at medium resolution settings and 3181 points at full 1366 by 768 resolution. These scores show a huge improvement over the integra- ted graphics found in previous Intel systems, like the Dell Latitude E5510 ($884 direct, 4 stars), which scored only 1,864 (medium) and 1,418 (native). Even if you don’t plan on gaming with the Probook, the graphics capabilities are enough that you could, with the 4430s producing 13.78 frames per second in Crysis and 13.1 fps in Lost Planet 2 when running at medium resolution settings. While neither game is playable at this level, and neither would even run at native resolution, these scores indicate that The 4430s comes equipped with a 6-cell 47Wh bat- gaming is not out of reach for lighter 3D games like tery. In our MobileMark 2007 battery-life test it las- Team Fortress 2. More importantly, the underlying ted 3 hours 31 minutes. This actually beats out the capability is strong enough to handle the graphics Lenovo X1, which managed only 3:10 with its 40Wh load of most any business application. battery, but other systems are better equipped for the road, like the Dell Vostro (9:37, 80Wh), which If your work ever ventures into the realm of mul- offers a battery twice as large and lasts three times timedia presentations, you’ll be pleased to know as long. that the 4430s handles those demands as well. It completed our Handbrake video encoding test in For small businesses having to make do with a tight 2 minutes 23 seconds, besting consumer oriented budget, the HP ProBook 4430s provides a competent, laptops like the Toshiba Satellite L745-S4210 (3:10) professional looking laptop that can meet the de- and HP Pavilion dv6-6013cl ($649.99 list, 4.5 stars) mands of a busy professional, whether in the office (3:13), and even edging past the Dell 3350 (2:33). It or on the road. While you’ll still feel the compromise Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 Page 3
  4. 4. 04/01/2012 15:03 HP ProBook 4430s Reviews in a few areas, like the lack of mobile broadband or the 3:31 battery-life, overall the 4430s is a solid solution for small business and home-based profes- sionals. Anyone who demands faster performance or a better feature set will probably be better off with the Editors’ Choice Dell Vostro 3350. You may also like: Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 Page 4