HP ProBook 4525s review

A feature-packed laptop let down by the terrible usability of its touchpad

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Product features

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

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  • Decent battery life
  • Good performance
  • Connectivity


  • Spongy keyboard
  • Awful touchpad

The HP ProBook 4525s is a solidly built laptop with some excellent features for the price, but suffers from a single infuriating flaw that tarnishes the overall package.

The all-black chassis is suitably solid, with a sleek metallic finish to the lid and plastic interior. It's a smart, fingerprint and smudge-resistant design and we noticed only a little flex on the main panels.

While the 2.6kg chassis is similar in build and weight to other laptops, this is still a highly portable laptop thanks to the 247-minute battery. Over four hours of use from a single charge is easily enough to keep you working on the daily commute.

The 15.6-inch screen is reasonably bright and has the same resolution as most other laptops at this price, so images appear crisp. This anti-glare screen can be comfortably used outdoors and is surprisingly vibrant, despite lacking a glossy coating.

Easy multi-tasking

Respectable performance from the AMD Turion II processor means you can comfortably browse the web, fiddle with your spreadsheets and listen to music at the same time. In our benchmarking tests, the HP matched the Samsung R530-JA02UK, and was only comfortably beaten by the Lenovo IdeaPad Z560.

An integrated ATi graphics card is also included and the HP has enough power to run high-definition video and older games, as well as the latest photo and video-editing suites. Again, only the Lenovo has more graphical power.

This laptop also has some excellent features not often found elsewhere at this price. An integrated fingerprint scanner boosts security, while a spill-resistant keyboard is employed.

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However, much like the PC NextDay ZooStorm 3389-9209/B, usability is this laptop's Achilles' heel. Although the keyboard is well sized and comfortable to type on, despite a spongy feel and cheap look, the touchpad is infuriating as the mouse buttons have been integrated into the pad itself.

Highlighting text or selecting a menu option is a battle of nerves, as the cursor often skips unpredictably when the buttons are pushed.

To compound the problem, we often found ourselves brushing the pad accidentally, which again causes the cursor to skip.

At 250GB, storage is enough to suit most users, but is a bit miserly for the price. However, plenty of ports are on offer, including eSATA and HDMI connections for connecting to external storage devices and HDTV's and monitor's.

The HP ProBook 4525s has some great features and performs well, and we could have genuinely recommended it. However, the touchpad is one of the worst we have experienced and raised our blood pressure considerably.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelMobility Radeon HD 4250
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Finger Print ReaderYes
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilyProBook 4525s
Processor ModelP520
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed2.30 GHz
Processor TypeTurion II
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/AuthorityENERGY STAR, WEEE, REACH
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
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 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10666
Height27.7 mm
Width371.8 mm
Depth249.6 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series4525s
Product NameProBook 4525s Notebook
Pointing Device TypeClickPad
Product LineProBook
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberWK505EA#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Take care of business with the stylish, affordable HP ProBook 4525s Notebook PC. This notebook has a 39.6 cm diagonal HD display, a spill-resistant keyboard and numeric keypad, and wireless connectivity options for on-the-go professionals.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • ProBook 4525s Notebook
  • Lithium-Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • Limited Warranty1 Year
    Bus Speed3600 MHz