HP ProBook 4515s review

Will HP's pro machine do the business?

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Our Verdict

A feature-packed and usable business machine, but performance is mixed

Product features

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

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  • Some great extra features
  • Good graphics power
  • Excellent battery life


  • Sub-par processor performance
  • Build could be better

The HP ProBook 4515s (£369 inc. VAT) strikes an effective balance between power and mobility and proves a success despite minor flaws.

While the 2.5kg chassis quite wide, the use of lightweight plastic means it isn't very heavy. If the size doesn't put you off, you can work quite comfortably on the move, thanks to the excellent 205-minute battery life.

While build quality is suitably sturdy for most use, it has a slightly low-quality feel to it and lacks the resilience we'd like to see in a business machine. Glossy plastics are used on the lid and throughout the user interface, and are quickly covered by smudges and fingerprints, requiring regular cleaning.

The 15.6-inch panel's 16:9 aspect ratio is ideal for watching movies, and multi-tasking. Images are sharp and bright, but colour and contrast are weak, making the screen often appear washed out.

Unlike its rivals, the keyboard uses a so-called isolation design, whereby each key protrudes through a hole in the chassis. This provides plenty of space between the keys and typing is always comfortable. The board rattles very slightly when typing, however.

Unusually, this laptop uses an AMD processor and a dedicated graphics card. The CPU provides very basic performance, so don't expect to multi-task with any degree of speed. Conversely, the GPU is powerful enough for photo and video editing and also playing HD videos.

Storage is average at 160GB, but it will still hold large quantities of files. Data can also be saved to CDs, DVDs and memory cards via the DVD rewriter and 5-in-1 card reader.

Extra features

Where this laptop really stands out is its excellent extra features. The DVD drive provides full LightScribe functionality. This allows you to burn images and text directly on to the surface of compatible discs, providing an easy and tidy way to catalogue your discs with style.

HP probook 4515s disc drive

The hard drive features 3D DriveGuard technology to protect your data. Should the laptop be dropped, the disk automatically parks its heads to prevent scratching the disk's surface. Finally, an integrated camera is fitted above the screen for live video-conferencing.

Overall, the ProBook 4515s is a feature-packed and highly usable laptop. Its mixed performance and low-quality build mean that it's not ideal for intensive use, but for an affordable, fully-featured business laptop, it's a great choice.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelMobility Radeon HD 3200
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Maximum Battery Run Time3.50 Hour
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
Product FamilyProBook 4515s
Processor ModelRM-76
Operating SystemWindows Vista Business
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed2.30 GHz
Processor TypeTurion X2
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, ENERGY STAR, EPEAT Gold
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset ModelRS780MN
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 2.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Height31.5 mm
Width371.8 mm
Depth249.6 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product Series4515s
Product NameProBook 4515s Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineProBook
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNX460EA_FY749AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing InformationAffordable Style. ProBook 4515s Notebook is designed for small business professionals who want a stylish, affordable, 15.6" diagonal notebook with a larger display to work on big documents and spreadsheets and features a separate numeric keypad.
Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • ProBook 4515s Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • 18.5" Display
Limited Warranty1 Year