HP 625 review

A business laptop with lots of safety features

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Our Verdict

A natural choice for the business user, thanks to a wealth of safety features

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Good business features
  • Usability


  • Average performance
  • No numeric keypad
  • No Gigabit Ethernet

HP is one of the world's best-selling laptop manufacturers and the 625 belongs to its business range. Boasting a wealth of features, if slightly underwhelming performance, this is a great machine for the corporate or home user after sheer functionality.

While the 15.6-inch screen isn't the brightest around, it offers enough space to make viewing word documents and spreadsheets a pleasure. There's also no shiny screen coating, making this laptop easy to view in all light conditions – especially under harsh office lighting.

The spacious keyboard provides a comfortable typing action, with the keys nicely spread out and with decent travel – regular typists will find it a joy to use. Strangely for a business laptop, there's no dedicated numeric keypad, although with better space management HP could certainly have found space for one.

The touchpad design is great and HP has steered clear of the frustrating format it employs on its consumer ranges. As a result, the pad is responsive and won't be accidentally brushed while typing.

The laptop is attractive enough and boasts a series of intelligent features designed to protect your data on the road. The keyboard is spill-resistant, for example, while HP's 3D DriveGuard technology protects the hard drive should you drop the laptop – ensuring, as far as possible, the safety of your data when on the road. This is ideal for those who regularly travel with data they cannot afford to lose or become corrupted.

These features are supplemented by the machine's excellent build quality, with the solid matt grey and black plastics proving resilient and very easy to keep clean.

Performance isn't poor, but it doesn't quite match comparable machines. Nevertheless, if you're a business user, it's likely you'll be chiefly interested in running office applications, as well as listening to music and browsing the internet, and this laptop will perform these tasks capably.

The 500GB hard drive offers significant amounts of storage, while the DVD optical drive features LightScribe technology, making labelling your CDs and DVDs easy.

High-speed wireless connectivity is provided by 802.11n Wi-Fi. Wired networking is poor, however, with 10/100 Ethernet on offer.

The HP 625 is a good business laptop with a wealth of features and good usability, but average performance. The only major omissions are its lack of a dedicated numeric keypad and its slow wired networking capabilities.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelMobility Radeon HD 4200
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time4 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEssential 625
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelP360
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed2.30 GHz
Processor TypeAthlon II
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.49 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, RoHS, WEEE, EPEAT Gold
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset ModelRS880M
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Labeling TechnologyLightScribe
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height27.5 mm
Width371.8 mm
Depth249.6 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series625
Product NameEssential 625 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineEssential
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberXN846EA#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Expect excellent performance with the latest VISION Pro Technology from AMD, HDMI port, bright 39,6 cm (15.6") diagonal HD 1 display, wireless support and 2 MP webcam that's all packed into the professionally-designed HP 625 Notebook PC.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Essential 625 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • Limited Warranty1 Year