HP ProBook 5330m review

A powerful ultra-portable laptop with an excellent screen, but it suffers from poor battery life

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HP probook 5330m

All business laptops place an emphasis on security, so if a chav child makes off with your precious portable, they can't access your fantastic plans for a space car powered by scotch eggs.

The HP ProBook 5330m is no exception, with a built-in fingerprint scanner. We see this feature on almost every modern business machine, and it's a good, quick alternative to remembering a number of complex passwords.

You also get HP's ProtectTools software suite, which helps you to manage your security settings, encrypt your hard drive and back up your mega-important files.

In fact, that's just one of the many tools HP pre-installs on its laptops. You also get the likes of HP Power Assistant, which helps you manage your power settings to get maximum performance or battery life, and HP QuickWeb, which gives you near-instant access to the web without having to boot up Windows.

More experienced users will no doubt refer to these software suites as 'crapware' and uninstall them on sight, which is fair enough. However, if the HP ProBook 5330m is your first laptop, you'll likely get some benefit from these packages.

HP probook 5330m

Like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1, there's no optical drive built into the HP ProBook 5330m. In this digital age there's less and less reason to carry sacks of CDs and DVDs around with you, so this shouldn't pose a problem.

The 500GB hard drive means you'll have plenty of space to cart around your media as well as your files and applications.

We streamed some HD content over the interweb and sat back to enjoy a film on the bright 13.3-inch screen. Despite using a matt TFT display, movies look fantastic. The HP ProBook 5330m plays HD video perfectly and images are crisp, thanks to the 1366 x 768 WXGA resolution.

Even sound quality impresses through the built-in Beats speakers. Top volume leaves a little to be desired, but the speakers pack more of a punch than the usual tinny efforts.

If you want to make use of a larger screen or projector, you have VGA and HDMI connections. You also get two USB ports and an eSATA port that doubles as a third USB connection.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 3000
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time5.75 Hour
Finger Print ReaderYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilyProBook 5330m
Operating System Architecture32-bit
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli3-2310M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed2.10 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size33.8 cm (13.3")
Number of Cells4-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.82 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, EPEAT Gold, RoHS, WEEE, IT Eco Declaration
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelQM67 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
vPro TechnologyNo
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height25.2 mm
Width328 mm
Depth225 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series5330m
Product NameProBook 5330m Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineProBook
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberLG717EA#ABD
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Thin, sleek, solid. Work on the go, without the extra bulk. Thin and lightweight, this secure, manageable HP ProBook with a 13.3-inch diagonal display delivers business performance in and out of the office.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
Package Contents
  • ProBook 5330m Notebook
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord