If you are looking for the latest Windows based computer system, but don’t want to break the bank, the HP ProBook 4530s XU015UT 15.6″ LED Notebook is may just be for you. Of course, it is important to go over all the hardware specifications of the laptop computer, as well as the pros and cons, just to make sure the computer is right for you. You don’t want to spend a large amount of money and later discover it is not the best system for you. Of course, with all the features available on the HP ProBook 4530s, you may just discover it is able to perform any and every task you require.
The computer has a USB 3.0 connection. This is a brand new connection and provides one of the fastest data transfer rates available on any computer system.
The HP ProBook 4530s has some excellent cable connections, with the HDMI input/output being one of them. With this cable, you can directly connect a high-definition device, so you can view your HD video content from the laptop on a television screen.
The HP ProBook costs less than $600, which is a steal for a computer that is able to perform a wide variety of tasks, with an HD monitor and extensive RAM provided.
Windows 7 Premium edition comes pre-installed on the laptop computer, so you save a considerable amount of money going out and purchasing the new operating system and installing it yourself (which is also rather time consuming).
The monitor isn’t full HD, but the 720 lines of horizontal resolution on the monitor still provide exceptional picture quality.
The lack of a blu-ray drive is really a down side, especially with an HD monitor built right in. It doesn’t make any sense why HP would leave this off.
The touchpad placed to the left is going to interfere with the left hand of any individual, which results in some messy typing, unless you are able to keep your hand elevated and off the touchpad while using the computer.
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The HP ProBook 4530s comes with a 15.6 inch, high definition video screen. The LED display has a near 720 horizontal resolution, so it is not full high definition (1080 lines of horizontal resolution is true high-definition). Of course, this is still an upgrade on most computer systems and should greatly improve the viewing capability of video games and movies. The stereo speakers are adequate and produce suitable amounts of audio from the left and right of the monitor, although for videos and games, you probably want a connected set of headphones.
Display and Spekers
The HP ProBook 4530s has a built in webcam, perfect for chatting with friends online. In addition to this, the laptop has a built in digital media reader for importing images directly from a digital camera. One of the sad aspects of the laptop though, is even though it does have a high-definition monitor, it only has a standard-definition DVD drive (no blu-ray). The computer has three USB 3.0 ports and a single USB 3.0 port. USB just came out in 2011, and is only available on newer computer models. On top of this there is one VGA and another HDMI port for hooking up external video sources. The HP ProBook 4530s has a standard touchpad on the front of the laptop, offset to the left. The touchpad is of decent size, and is no smaller or larger than most laptops of similar design. The downfall to the touchpad being on one the left side is individuals may be more likely to accidentally move their mouse as part of their wrist often rests on the touchpad. Generally this isn’t an issue, until you are in the midst of typing, when suddenly you move the mouse cursor and the text appears in a different area of the document.
Ports and Connectivity
The laptop computer is built for video game play and even video editing. The Windows 7 Premium edition has over four gigabytes worth of standard memory, allowing you to run the latest games and editing program, without the computer slowing down. There is only a 320 gigabyte hard drive though, so if you are into video editing, it is a wise decision to connect an external hard drive in order to back up all the created and uploaded data.
Keyboards and touchpad
The battery life on the HP ProBook 4530s XU015UT 15.6″ LED Notebook is a standard six hours. This is about the middle of the pack when it comes to battery life. It isn’t extensive like some batteries, but other laptop computers only have a battery life of less than four hours, so six hours allow you to make most domestic flights without fear of the battery dying out on you.
The side and back of the laptop is well ventilated, so it does not become over heated all to often. With this being said, if you play video games for an extended period of time, or if you edit videos for several hours, the bottom of the laptop is going to become heated, and even hot to the touch. It is best to take a break from high-end gaming and video editing every few hours, in order to ensure the computer does not damage itself from the extensive heat. Because the computer is well ventilated, the fan does not need to kick on all that often, which reduces the overall noise created by the laptop computer.
All in all, the HP ProBook 4530s XU015UT 15.6″ LED Notebook is able to perform just about any major computing task you need, from surfing the Internet and reading documents, to editing videos and playing games. Although there are some downsides to the laptop, it is possible to install a new HD blu-ray drive to the computer, which does allow you to view HD video content on the HD monitor. Outside of this issue and the touchpad not directly in the middle, there really isn’t any other bad things to say about the laptop. Anyone who needs a laptop and doesn’t want to spend a great deal of money is going to find this laptop perfectly suitable for all their computer needs.