HP ProBook 6360b - Core i5 2410M 2.3GHz - 13.3 review: HP ProBook 6360b - Core i5 2410M 2.3GHz - 13.3

The 4GB of RAM included in the ProBook 6360b is increasingly standard on mainstream Windows laptops, but the 320GB hard drive, albeit at 7,200rpm, feels a little small for the price now that we've become used to seeing 500GB.

The 2.3GHz second-generation Intel Core i5-2410M processor inside this ProBook is fast becoming the default processor in midrange mainstream laptops. We've seen it in an increasing number of models as of late. It's a very good processor: programs run fast and multitasking is a breeze. It does mean that, yes, we've seen laptops that run about as fast as the HP ProBook 6360b before, and we'll see them again. It provides a great computing experience for most people, and for any business laptop we'd feel the same. HP offers Core i3 and i7 options on its business computer portal, but the i5 feels like the best middle ground to us.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
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Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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There isn't a dedicated graphics card inside this ProBook, only Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics. As we've noted before, those are enough for work such as video editing and some low-to-midrange graphics-based work, but those in need of serious rendering horsepower will need to obviously look elsewhere. Still, we were able to play the long-in-the-tooth Unreal Tournament III benchmark at a very playable 59.7 frames per second at 1,366x768-pixel native resolution with graphics settings at medium.

Juice box
HP ProBook 6360b Average watts per hour
Off (60%) 0.46
Sleep (10%) 0.56
Idle (25%) 8.38
Load (05%) 40.83
Raw kWh number 39.14
Annual power consumption cost $4.44

The six-cell battery included in our configuration of the HP ProBook 6360b netted us a rock-solid 6 hours and 7 minutes of continuous video playback in CNET's video playback battery-drain test. That's excellent, but not quite as good as far thinner laptops such as the Toshiba Portege R835, which lasted 7 hours. For a laptop this thick, you'd expect an even more robust battery.

Video playback battery-drain test (in minutes)
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HP includes an industry-standard one-year parts and labor warranty with the system. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line and an online knowledge base and driver downloads. That would be fine for a consumer notebook, but the industry standard for business laptops used to be three years, and we've seen some PC makers cutting that down to one year and charging for a longer term as a way to keep starting prices low.

System configurations:

HP ProBook 6360b
Windows 7 Professional (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1,696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 320GB Hitachi 7,200rpm

Toshiba Portege R835-P56X
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1,696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 640GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420s
Windows 7 Professional (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1,696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 320GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Asus U31Jg-A1
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.53GHz Intel Core i3 380M; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 415M + 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Apple MacBook Pro - Core i5 Sandy Bridge 13.3-inch - 2.3GHz
OS X 10.6.6 Snow Leopard; 2.3GHz Intel Core i5; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 384MB (Shared) Intel HD 3000; 320GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

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HP ProBook 6360b - Core i5 2410M 2.3GHz - 13.3

Part Number: XU056UT#ABA

MSRP: $979.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • CPU Intel Core i5 (2nd Gen) 2410M / 2.3 GHz
  • Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
  • Weight 4.4 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - removable
  • Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000