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HP ProBook 5330m review

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

HP probook 5330m

Snapping at the Lenovo ThinkPad X1's heels is HP's latest ultra-portable business PC laptop, the ProBook 5330m.

The 1.9kg aluminium frame is just 28mm thick and surprisingly tough, but can it deliver the kind of top performance we'd expect from a modern business machine?

We liked

The light and compact body means the HP ProBook 5330m is no chore to carry around. Despite the slender build, Intel's Sandy Bridge Core i5 processor provides excellent performance, able to multi-task with ease. You won't need to replace this laptop any time soon.

Security is also a highlight. You can log in using your fingerprints or even your face, and easily encrypt your data using HP's pre-installed software.

But it isn't all about work. Movies look great on the bright, sharp and colourful 13.3-inch screen, despite the lack of a glossy Super-TFT coating. Even the built-in Beats speakers are decent, although a little weak on top volume. You can carry around a decent-sized media collection thanks to the 500GB hard drive.

HP probook 5330m

We disliked

While the Intel processor on the HP ProBook 5330m is impressively powerful, it also has to handle graphics, because there's no dedicated GPU. If you want to play the latest games or edit some video, this isn't the machine for you.

We were also disappointed to see the battery deplete after little more than two hours of regular use. Cut back to basic operations and you'll squeeze a little more life from it, but this is a big shame considering the ultra-portable build.

The design also split opinions, and we would have preferred a more curved, friendly appearance. The word 'desirable' can't be thrown at the boxy shell, no matter how durable or slim it is. We also found the occasional key press didn't register, despite the otherwise excellent build quality.

Verdict

Performance and build quality are what we'd expect, and if you need a secure and portable business machine then the HP ProBook 5330m is a good option.

Unfortunately, the niggly usability is irritating and the poor battery life means you'll be lugging the charger around.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 3000
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time5.75 Hour
Finger Print ReaderYes
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
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
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
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