Conclusion: The price is reasonable and HP includes reliability extras - hard-disk impact protection, disk encryption - that not all laptop makers offer. As for functionality, the 4510s does the job for all but the most media-intensive tasks.
Excerpt: One of the bigger trends in laptops over the past year or two has been the growth of small business notebooks. Many manufacturers have started to segment their business products between those designed for large business and small/home businesses in order to better address the demands of each. Small business notebooks, generally speaking, have been dropping expensive enterprise features, as well as focusing more on versatility and keeping costs down.
Summary: As the flagship model of HP's new budget-friendly business line, the $699 ProBook 4510s is an attractive, durable machine with good productivity performance and a variety of security features. We also suggest considering the Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 ; for $639 you'll get similar specs and performance, albeit a smaller hard drive and screen. But when it comes to affordable 15-inch business notebooks, the HP ProBook is strong choice.
This HP business notebook is inexpensive yet performs well and is solidly built
Good Gear Guide.au
28 July 2010
Summary: We like the looks, performance and user-friendliness of the HP ProBook 4510s Notebook PC (VA033PA), as well as its competitive price. We think it's a great choice for any business user (particularly an accountant) who wants something that isn't a typical, drab-looking business notebook.
Pros: Good value, well built, good performance, good battery life, stylish, light for a 15.6in notebook
Cons: Slow hard drive, annoying touchpad buttons, no full-sized ExpressCard/54 slot
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Excerpt: Thanks to its glossy, piano-black lid and square edges, the ProBook 4510s looks both smart and businesslike. HP has also opted to preinstall Vista Business, which means you can upgrade to Windows 7 Professional, the middle version of Microsoft's new OS. The 15.6in display has a native resolution of 1,366x768 and is one of only two screens on test without a glossy coating.