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HP Compaq 6735s review

ATI graphics give this laptop a boost, but it comes with extremely limited features

Our Verdict

A bit light on features for the average user but this would suit someone looking to get gaming on-the-go for a budget

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800

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For

  • Good graphics performance
  • Solid chassis

Against

  • Lacking in features

HP's Compaq range is aimed at corporate workers and combines sturdy build quality with strong usability. While the 6735s provides powerful graphics performance, it unfortunately falls short of its rivals in many other areas.

Rather than use the same integrated Intel graphics card as all the other machines around this price, HP has used a dedicated ATi chip. This more than doubles the power of its rivals and makes it a good choice for photo and video editing and even basic gaming.

Unfortunately, this is where the power ends, as the AMD processor and 2048MB of memory provide poor office performance. Word processing and internet browsing are possible, but the system immediately lags when running multiple applications simultaneously.

Tough chassis

Average mobility is provided by the 188-minute battery life but, as with the other three laptops, the 2.6kg chassis is large enough that you won't want to carry it for long. It is impressively tough, however, and more than resilient enough for regular home and travel use.

The keyboard is equally well made, with large keys and a comfortable typing action. We noticed no flex, even when typing quickly and firmly, and the board is not only responsive but the keys also move quietly at all times. Frequent typists are sure to like what's on offer here.

HP 6735s

This machine comes pre-loaded with Windows Vista rather than Windows 7 – Microsoft's latest operating system. Vista is known for its poor quality, so you may want to factor an extra £63 into your budget to upgrade to Windows 7.

Although the 15.4-inch screen lacks the true widescreen aspect ratio, quality is impressive. Images are bright and sharp, with vibrant colours. Black levels aren't as deep as we would have liked, however, leading to darker images appearing slightly washed out.

Storage is capable yet unexceptional. The 160GB hard drive will suit basic use, but both the Lenovo and Advent double its capacity.

A 5-in-1 card reader is fitted at the front of the chassis for accessing data from compact flash storage cards. There is no HDMI port for connecting to an HDTV and it is also missing an integrated webcam which are now common at this price.

Software is also disappointingly lacking, with no tools included for home office use or internet security.

Ultimately, this is what flaws the 6735s. While it is well made with a vibrant screen, great graphics and strong usability, unless you really need the strong 3D power, you will get more for your money by choosing one of the other laptops here.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity160 GB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 3200
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Maximum Battery Run Time3 Hour
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
Product FamilyBusiness Notebook 6735s
Processor ModelSI-40
Operating SystemWindows Vista Home Basic
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed2 GHz
Processor TypeSempron
Screen Size39.1 cm (15.4")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory2 GB
Cache512 KB
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset ModelM780G
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Labeling TechnologyLightScribe
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyBrightView
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Height32 mm
Width358 mm
Depth267 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product Series6735s
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product NameBusiness Notebook 6735s
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineBusiness Notebook
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberKU219EA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing InformationFinancially Smart. AMD Business Class solutions, Wi-Fi Certified WLAN and an impressive combination of mobile office features make the newly designed HP Compaq 6735s Notebook PC an affordable productivity tool.
Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Business Notebook 6735s
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter