HP ProBook 6540b review: HP ProBook 6540b

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Good connectivity. Nice keyboard. 7200rpm hard drive.

The Bad Small arrow keys. Average battery life.

The Bottom Line The HP 6540b is a great value business laptop that offers a plethora of connectivity options while providing the latest hardware to help improve your productivity. It won't win any style or performance awards, but it does its job well.

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The metallic matte grey cover of the 6540b with the silver HP logo looks all nice and stylish from a distance, but on closer inspection is made out of plastic. This may sadden some, but you can rest assure that the plastic cover will be strong enough to withstand the odd bump while travelling.

While the cover of the laptop is made out of plastic, the lid hinges are metal and sturdy enough to not be of concern. Another little detail is HP's use of a screen latch to secure the 15.6-inch, 1366x768 screen to the body of the laptop when not in use.

The shortcut buttons, which allow quick access to functions such as Wi-Fi, volume, email and the calculator, are situated on a thin strip in their usual spot above the keyboard. In a touch of ingenuity, these buttons have been designed in such a way that they could easily be mistaken as plain status lights, but are in fact touch sensitive.

The ProBook 6540b is yet another addition to the keyboard-with-number-pad crowd. HP's take on this popular trend is to decrease the size of the cursor keys to tiny proportions. So much so that the size of the keys may be an issue for those with larger fingers that rely on the arrow keys a lot. That being said, the keyboard was solid and felt as if it could survive quite a bashing. The recessed trackpad and mouse buttons were both sensitive to the touch, with the mouse buttons raised in the middle to make clicking that much easier.

Our unit came equipped with Intel's mid-range i5 520 dual-core processor running at 2.4GHz, along with 4GB of DDR3 RAM, Intel's integrated graphics and a 7200rpm 250GB hard disk drive.

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Where to Buy

HP ProBook 6540b

Part Number: CNETHP ProBook 6540b

Typical Price: $1,599.00

See manufacturer website for availability.