Summary: Business Sale? HP is selling their no longer new ProBook 4530s for prices significantly lower than 500 Euros (~$651). Through utilizing their cash-back offer the current price is reduced to 398 Euros (~$518). Our test reveals whether or not this is an opportunity to take advantage of.
Pros: Cheap price, Good keyboard, Good screen, Comprehensive warranty options available, Windows 8 upgrade for free, The case, the display, the good keyboard
Cons: Comes with only a 12 month warranty, Fan runs constantly at an audible level, A quieter fan.
Conclusion: Given this laptop's $729 price, however, adding one of these warranty upgrades might still keep you safely within your budget. The lack of high-speed USB 3.0 or eSATA ports might be a deal-killer for some users, but for most business users looking for a mobile office-mate, the HP ProBook 4530s gets plenty right, providing current, capable components inside a sturdy and stylish case.
Pros: Sturdy, stylish metal chassis, Affordable price, Competitive performance, Includes strong proprietary software
Cons: Only one-year warranty, No USB 3.0, eSATA ports, Weak audio output
Summary: Down-to-earth. That's the best way to describe the new HP entry level business notebook. A new case design, solid construction, and up-to-date hardware, as well as a 15.6 inch display, are the most important prerequisites. Is the HP ProBook 4530s with a price tag of around 700 Euros (RRP) also good value for money?
Pros: Simple and elegant design, Good manufacturing quality and stability, Easy to upgrade, 3G UMTS module optional, Good interface selection, Good input devices with alphanumeric keypad, Battery life and power consumption, The new design of the 2011 ProBook series, as well as the case stability, and the numerous configuration options.
Cons: Meager accessories, Only 12 months warranty, Average display characteristics, Cooling constantly active (idle) and loud under load, A standard 24 month warranty with Pick-Up & Return service, as well as a better display as standard.
Summary: The HP ProBook 4530s hits the sweet spot. At $729, it offers a durable and sleek brushed-aluminum design, solid security, and Core i5 power for a price that's right. We're not fans of the small arrow keys, and those who want discrete graphics will have to pay more. Overall, though, business users looking for a stylish but seriously powerful laptop need look no further.
Pros: Attractive sturdy design, Comfortable keyboard and touchpad, Strong security features, HD webcam, Loud speakers
Cons: Small arrow keys, Images on display look a bit washed out
Excerpt: When we first reviewed this laptop late last year it cost around £100 more than it does now. Back then we said it was sturdy and versatile. We hold to that, though we should note that the build isn’t what you might first expect. See also: Group test: what's the best laptop?
Conclusion: A stylish business notebook with decent performance, which is not too heavy given its size. It would make a good desktop replacement system since it is too bulky for day-to-day carrying around. But it is missing USB 3.0 or eSATA ports for fast data transfer to removable storage.
Excerpt: HP's consumer laptops look stylish, so it is no surprise that we're beginning to see a new flair for design in the company's enterprise models as well. With its rounded corners and plenty of brushed aluminium, the ProBook 4530s certainly stands out from other business laptops, but does it sacrifice usability for style? Tom Morgan finds out.