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HP ProBook 6440b review

It may not be as eye-catching as some others, but this is still a solid business laptop

Our Verdict

Although this machine lacks some of the features of other laptops, this is aimed at business users looking for a reliable workhorse

Product features

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

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For

  • Good performance
  • Solid build quality
  • Decent battery life
  • Quality keyboard

Against

  • Relatively small HDD
  • Limited RAM

The HP ProBook series is targeted chiefly at small and medium-sized businesses, and although the ProBook 6440b may not boast some of the bells and whistles of some other laptops, it's still a solid choice for the business-minded user.

This is thanks to the various business features the laptop boasts. HP's 3D DriveGuard technology provides enhanced protection for your data, so that if you're carrying around vital business files and folders, you can relax safe in the knowledge that they will survive the odd bash and bump on the road.

The 14-inch TFT screen features a matt screen coating. This means you won't have to worry about distracting reflections in bright light.

Portable performer

The laptop also boasts a good battery life of 324 minutes. This means that you won't have to worry about running out of power mid-presentation, and also saves you lugging the charger around. The battery life is even more impressive considering the power on offer.

This laptop may only feature 2GB of RAM, but the Intel Core i3 processor provides decent enough power for all business tasks, and also for multimedia use.

Unfortunately, the integrated graphics card will limit you to pretty basic photo and video editing.

The 320GB hard drive offers average storage for your files and folders, but spins at 7200rpm, providing you with very fast access to your data and therefore decent performance.

An optical drive is also included, and features HP's LightScribe technology.

Solid build

Build quality is excellent, and we were especially impressed by the laptop's rock-solid keyboard. There is no dedicated numeric keypad, which may put off the serious number-crunchers, but the board is spill-resistant and liquid spilt on the keys is safely drained from a hole in the back of a machine.

HP probook 6440b

As you would expect for a business laptop, connectivity is top-notch, but this machine does not feature an HDMI port. Instead, HP has included a DisplayPort – an alternative to HDMI.

Unfortunately, it's not as common as the latter and will give you less flexibility when connecting to TVs and monitors.

In conclusion, we like the HP ProBook 6440b a lot. It may not be as flash as the Asus UL50VT, Sony VAIO VPC-EB1Z0E/B or Samsung R580 but, as a business machine, it is a solid choice and second to none here.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Finger Print ReaderYes
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
FireWire/i.LINKYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
DisplayPortYes
Product FamilyProBook 6440b
Processor Modeli5-430M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed2.26 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size35.6 cm (14")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM57 Express
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 TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Height33.8 mm
Width339 mm
Depth236.2 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series6440b
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product NameProBook 6440b Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineProBook
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNN225EA#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Smart new design. The HP ProBook 6440b NN225EA Notebook blends stylish design with innovative features, providing powerful and reliable performance with the latest Intel processor in a 14" diagonal HD, LED-backlit display.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • ProBook 6440b Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord