HP Probook 5330m Review — Business and Beats Sounds Good
9 December 2011
Excerpt: The HP ProBook 5330m is a business notebook, but if you didn’t know that, you might confuse it for a very nice consumer notebook thanks to a number of user-friendly features. Unlike many business notebooks, the HP ProBook 5330m has backlit keys, good Beats Audio and a premium on looks. Pros A durable frame with good looks wraps up a decently powerful notebook with features like Beats Audio, backlit keys, enhanced security options, pay as you go 3G and good performance.
Summary: Silver Worker. With the ProBook 5330m, HP is updating the smallest of its ProBooks. Aside from a completely new aluminum design, there's also a solid hardware update. There's a new high end dual core processor from Intel and an SSD drive, to speed up your work on this subnotebook even further.
Pros: Stylish design, High quality material choices, Good keyboard (pleasant typing feel, back lit), Matte display, UMTS+ WAN, Many security features, Low weight, Good performance, SSD drive, The sheer processing power HP stylishly packaged in this small notebook.
Cons: Poor display (dark, poor contrast), Paltry interface selection, Cheap mouse buttons, No docking station connector, A brighter display. HP didn't do itself a favor opting for such a cheap display.
Summary: The redesigned HP ProBook 5330m is meant to be a stylish rethinking of business laptops. We've heard that before. In the case of this ProBook, it hits the basics but is not really that much of a reinvention.
Pros: Compact and solidly-built, the HP ProBook 5330m is a cleanly made 13-inch business laptop with up-to-date processor specs and a glare-free matte screen.
Cons: A spare design and underperforming battery may disappoint road warriors, and it lacks USB 3.0. The Beats Audio improves headphone listening, but speakers still sound middling.
Conclusion: Taken on its own, the HP ProBook 5330m seems like a reasonable laptop. Business travelers will be pleased by the sturdy construction, matte display and excellent performance At least, that is, until other mile-high executives pass by in the airport with their own choices. Suddenly the flaws in this product start to reveal themselves. The Lenovo X220 offers better battery life and a more portable size at a nearly identical price.
Pros: Versatile matte display, Durable chassis, Robust suite of security software, Great performance
Summary: Tough business. The 5330m packs a standard voltage Sandy Bridge Core i5 CPU with a healthy amount of security software, all wrapped in a 13.3-inch magnesium alloy case. See how the features stack up and if this notebook is a worthy successor to the 2009 ProBook 5310m.
Pros: Tough chassis, Good CPU performance, Quiet keyboard, Low fan noise (if not stressed), The magnesium alloy chassis and additional layers of security features are standout attributes of the HP 5330m.
Cons: Mediocre screen quality, Low battery life, Rubbery Touchkeys, Outdoor use could be difficult, The SIM card expansion has been removed. The screen quality and notebook lid could have been better.
Excerpt: Straddling small-business and enterprise laptops, this ProBook offers solid performance and high style at a very low price. Still, it's missing a few key elements, so know what you're getting—and not—before buying.
Pros: Solid, striking metal chassis, Moderate price, Fine productivity-apps speed, Better-than-average sound
Cons: Short battery life, No USB 3.0 port, No optical drive
HP ProBook 5330m review: A $999 business laptop with good build quality and security, but short battery life
Good Gear Guide.au
21 October 2011
Summary: We think that the 13.3in ProBook 5330m is a very good notebook overall, thanks to its solid build quality, decent performance, backlit keyboard and useful security features. However, its battery life is too short and it lacks USB 3.0.