Since the HP ProBook 4510s is less of a premium-class business laptop and more of a general-purpose workhorse, the design is decidedly basic. Taking a no-nonsense approach to design, the laptop maintains clean lines and a corporate black look and feel. The laptop is decidedly square and boxy with a flat top cover and rounded corners. Utilizing a lightweight plastic chassis to further drive down manufacturing costs, the laptop offers a very comfortable and accurate raised-island or chiclet style keyboard, complete with a numeric keypad. The track-pad is a bit small though but stays out of the way of the keyboard for the most part.
Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo T6570 the HP ProBook 4510s keeps cost down by offering just enough power to get the job done. This includes 2GB of DDR2 memory, a 250GB hard disk drive and Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics. There are quality components though as businesses need a steady connection through the laptops’ wireless-n WiFi connectivity, a LightScribe capable DVD combo drive and the choice between a 6-cell and an 8-cell battery.
While the HP ProBook 4510s has solid build quality its plastic chassis does have a little bit of flex. This means that despite the shockproof hard disk drive protection, dropping the laptop is definitely not a good idea. It can take falls from desks full-on though and comes bundled with a number of security features for passwords and so forth. Connections include a Gigabyte Ethernet LAN port, four USB ports, a VGA port, a HDMI port, a modem port, a media card reader and an ExpressCard slot.
Performance is good all-round for the HP ProBook 4510s, especially as a desktop replacement laptop. While at 5.8 pounds the laptop is quite lightweight it’s not the toughest of laptops out there. Its 15.6-inch screen and respectable built-in speakers do allow for good presentations with 1366 x 768 pixel resolutions. It can handle most office and business applications perfectly. However, the lower-end graphics means you won’t be enjoying HD movies or doing any gaming on the laptop anytime soon which is good considering it is targeted at Small to Medium scale Businesses. The 8-cell battery provides good mobility with up to five hours and a bit more on a single charge.
All in all, the HP ProBook 4510s delivers on all levels for business owners looking for a no-nonsense business laptop or as workhorse laptops for the general workforce. The great keyboard offers great typing for your workers, especially if they like to do number crunching using the numeric keypad. While it isn’t the toughest most powerful laptop out there, it does its role as a general SMB workhorse laptop quite well, offering a number of features that maintains your laptop’s security without breaking the bank.
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