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

As expected, the HP ProBook 5330m features Intel's latest technology, the Sandy Bridge processor. It's a Core i5 2520M running at 2.5GHz, and combined with 4GB of RAM, it turned in one of the best ultra-portable benchmarking performances of recent times.

While the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 just inched ahead, the HP ProBook 5330m is more than capable of running any software you throw at it. Performance is strong enough to last you years, so you won't need to upgrade to a newer model any time soon.

Unless, that is, you suddenly develop a burning need to run complex video editing software or play the latest games.

The HP ProBook 5330m uses the Sandy Bridge architecture's built-in GPU to render images, and while the second-generation Core i5 processors are much more capable than their elder brethren, they're still limited compared to a machine with dedicated graphics.

So while you can comfortably play around with your photos and enjoy HD films, anything more complicated will likely result in shonky, shuddering performance.

HP probook 5330m

For instance, our 3D Mark benchmarking software struggled when it came to rendering cutscenes. Frame rates of 10fps were common, so recent titles such as Portal 2 are unplayable. Only older games can be played with anything resembling smoothness, and that's with the graphics settings on minimum.

With its thin and light body, we were hoping the HP ProBook 5330m's battery life would further boost portability. Unfortunately, the laptop died after just 139 minutes of watching video.

This is below average for an Intel Core machine, and we'd usually expect closer to three hours of life from a single charge. Only the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 gave more disappointing battery life recently.

If you cut back to basic usage – for instance, working on your accounts or bashing out emails – then you should manage just over three hours. However, considering our average daily commute is perilously close to that, we still found ourselves lugging the charger wherever we went.

3DMark 2006 – 3690
Cinebench - 10646
Battery Eater '05 – 139 mins

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