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HP ProBook 4535s review

Bad performance plus bulky build equals best avoided

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Matte screen
  • Decent battery life
  • Large HDD

Against

  • Poor performance
  • Bland design
  • Crapware installed by default
  • Lack of features
  • Slow to boot

There's no shortage of quality in the laptop market at present, which is a great thing for those looking to buy a new machine.

However, the explosion of Ultrabooks has served to expose the swathes of poor quality, bulky and slow laptops that have plagued consumers over the last few years, and the HP ProBook 4535s is one such machine.

The polished silver lid offers a hint of quality when you first approach the ProBook but that's where the positives end. The inside is grey and lifeless, lacking any kind of personality. The trackpad is small, but responsive, and the keys basic, black, and plasticky.

If you're more interested in performance than looks, things aren't much better on the inside. The ProBook features a quad-core AMD Vision A6-3400 processor, which has a clock speed of just 1.4GHz.

There are all kinds of power-boosting tech inside, which should bring performance up to over 2GHz without impacting battery life, but we found the ProBook struggled in terms of performance. The benchmark scores don't reflect this, however: it performed in the labs on par with many Ultrabooks, thanks to that power-boosting technology.

But, more importantly, we found the ProBook to be much slower in real terms. We timed a boot from cold to be over four minutes until the system was usable. After running Windows Update, we did take this down to 2 minutes - but it's still a very painful experience.

Crapware is a huge part of this performance drain. Annoyingly, HP has pre-loaded the ProBook with a host of applications which ruin performance.

Elsewhere the ProBook has 4GB of RAM, a huge 640GB drive which is good value at this price point and integrated graphics on the AMD Vision chip, which packs enough power to play HD movies.

It's often unfair to rate a system that's not aimed at the home user on how it performs on leisure tasks, but the ProBook isn't a great business laptop either. There's no added security such as a fingerprint reader, and at 2.6kg, you won't want to have it on the road with you while working.

The only saving grace is that the HP ProBook has a matte screen, which is good for working in direct sunlight.

The battery score of 174 minutes is also impressive, and will equate to around four hours of web surfing and basic office based tasks, if you do lug it away from the office.

In short, the HP ProBook 4535s is a basic laptop which suffers from a low quality build, without really offering a pay-off for home or business users. There are much better machines around for the price, and we can only hope that the Ultrabooks of this world can put an end to this kind of bland, unloved laptop to bed forever.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity640 GB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 6480G
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Maximum Battery Run Time5.25 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyProBook 4535s
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelA6-3420M
ColourMetallic Grey
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.47 kg
Cache4 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, IT Eco Declaration, REACH, ENERGY STAR, EPEAT Gold
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset ModelA70M
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height28.7 mm
Width375 mm
Depth256.2 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series4535s
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product NameProBook 4535s Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineProBook
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberA6E40EA#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Balance Work and Personal PC Needs. Accomplish work and personal tasks on this durable laptop that's optimized for Genuine Windows 7 Professional. Work confidently knowing your PC is powered by AMD Technology and your data is protected. Create impressive graphics on the 39,6 cm (15.6") diagonal display. Watch multimedia files at the office or home. Get it all done.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • ProBook 4535s Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • Limited Warranty1 Year