HP Compaq Business Notebook 6735s

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HP Compaq Business Notebook 6735s

AMD business class solutions and an impressive combination of mobile office features make the HP Compaq 6735s notebook PC an affordable productivity t...

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Review of "HP Compaq Business Notebook 6735s"

published 14/12/2008 | LuckyDenverMinty
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Excellent
Pro Slick and easy to use, very good all rounder. Wont break the bank
Cons System can be a little patronising, bad battery life
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Robustness & Durability

"All work and all play ..."

Summary (In case you haven't got time for the full review)
Specifications (the model I purchased)
Processor: AMD Athlon™ X2 Dual-Core 1.9GHz OS: Windows Vista® Home Premium
Ram: 4Gb DDR2 Hard Drive: 250Gb SATA CD/DVD: DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL LightScribe Drive Display Size: 15.4" Connectivity: Broadband Wireless, Network and 56K

Those are the basic specifications, I could go on about the ATI Radeon™ and the Enhanced pre boot security but I won't. Suffice it to say that I have never had a serious problem with it, or even many minor ones. Anyway from the point of view of a student who needs a large hard drive for his music library, decent gaming ability and ease of use for work it seems ideal.

Price and Other Buying Matters
Well, you can see the various options and the best price up to the left, however I'm reviewing my particular laptop which I bought from a reputable distributor (not sure if I'm allowed to give the name) for £379.98 which I thought was a pretty cushy price as it came with a year's drop in warranty. When I looked on ciao I was a bit bummed to see that I could have saved a good 80 quid if I'd have paid attention to the 'cheapest offer' box in the review so let that be a lesson to you all :-)

Basic Use
I bought mine because I was having problems with my old desktop, I hadn't cared for it enough and it was starting to get difficult to use not to mention old with viruses popping up. Having had my new laptop since the beginning of November it seems that it may be impossible to let it get that bad even if I wanted to, there's a whole heap of security and ease of use features (follow the link at the end of the review for full specs) which mean that using the computer can be as easy as using a toaster. This can be a problem for some people; Vista had a lot of computer whiz's usually pallid faces red with anger at it's over the top ease of use and this can be especially bad with HP laptops which have their own such software. But I found that the more irritating ones (like the pop-ups that ask you if you're sure every time you run a program) can be turned off so it's not so bad. At the end of the day the software can be fairly easily altered to suit all skills except maybe at the very top level and it is also available with Vista® Business operating system if that suits.

The processor, RAM and hard drive can all easily cover any kind of eventuality or need that might arise in everyday use, you can store huge amounts on the hard disk and the processor and memory are great for gaming as well as the epic needs of Windows Vista itself. The bandwidth of wireless that the system can handle means great surfing prospects, if you're away from home (like me) and want to see and chat to your family (unlike me :-P ) there is an inbuilt web cam and microphone, if that's not enough for you there are four USB ports for anything else you may need.

All work … (Business use)
Software wise, there is the usual Windows-fodder, as well as this the system comes with a test version of Microsoft Office®. Which basically means you can use it for free for 60 days, then if you still want it you can shell out 283 Euros (?!?) to carry on using it or otherwise delete it. Of course you workaholics will know that hard labour often means sitting in front of your PC for long periods of time, believe it or not I've done this a bit and I'd say that it is worth investing in a USB laptop mouse as it makes everything much easier. I would warn you, if you're sat in front of your PC while on the go with your USB mouse at your side you may well encounter the other big problem with this system: battery life, three hours is kind of middle of the road which would be OK … if the thing actually had three hours battery life which in my experience it doesn't, not even close at about one hour. If you're a jet-setter and used to working in business class on the redeye then this may not be the laptop for you. As I've already said there are no shortage of USB ports and the system is pretty much network ready, there are three different security modes for personal, public and business networks respectively. In fact security is one of the strong points of the laptop and you can have it as stringent or as open as you want.

… and No Play … (Gaming)
So you want to be blown away by awesome graphics, highly synchronised sound and an alien with an improbably sized rocket launcher? For those familiar with graphics cards the one in this system is an ATI Radeon™ HD 3200, which is a very decent card. Its not top of the range but then powerful modern graphics cards can often be very expensive. On the other hand its far from dull, I know from experience that it can run games like Quake Wars and Oblivion at high graphics setting. For you graphics card familiar peeps: Its got a core and shader speed of 500MHz and up to 512Mbs of memory (shared with RAM), for you less familiar peeps that means it's pretty good but it does take away from your 4Gbs of memory rather than running separate. The sound card produces high quality, crystal clear sound which I personally choose to amplify through separate speakers rather than use the less than amazing on-board ones. For those who like to play on-line the large bandwidth will come in useful, the computer is network ready so you can start brutally slaughtering your friends almost from day one.

...Make Jack a Dull Boy, or not in the case of this laptop (The Summary)
Compared to my previous PC I'm incredibly happy about this laptop, the ideal description of which seems to be sleek. It looks sleek with it's shiny black finish, the functionality is sleek and it's so easy to use it could be a games console. My only complaints would be the inbuilt touchpad and the battery life which in real terms is only about an hour or so despite what HP claim. For it's price it excels in almost every area and I cant think that I've ever been left wanting in any serious way. It's highly recommended for students looking for a decent laptop, particularly if you like to keep it reasonably simple, if you go in for the more intense IT functionality best steer clear but otherwise go for it.

For full specifications from HP got to: http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/uk/en/sm/WF06a/321957-321957-64295-89315-893 15-3687621.html

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  • firedragon911 published 24/05/2009
    very good review.very informative
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Product Information : HP Compaq Business Notebook 6735s

Manufacturer's product description

AMD business class solutions and an impressive combination of mobile office features make the HP Compaq 6735s notebook PC an affordable productivity tool, also ideal for students. This sleek notebook is newly designed and equipped with enhanced security and excellent battery life, making it one smart investment. An array of multi-layered, customizable security solutions help defend your network, your applications, and your data. Drive encryption for HP ProtectTools encodes all information on your hard drive so that your sensitive information is unreadable to an unauthorized person if your notebook is lost or stolen. Experience web conferencing and other multi-media content with no additional hardware to buy or carry. The HP SoftPaq download manager provides a simple, powerful way to download software updates to your PC environment in as few as three steps. HP 3D DriveGuard, using a three-axis accelerometer which detects any sudden movement and initiates protective action, helps protect your notebook's hard drive against impact, bumps, or drops so your critical information is easily protected while you are on the move. HP business notebooks undergo over 95,000 hours of rigorous quality testing to ensure your notebook is ready to go the distance.

Product Details

Product Description: HP Compaq 6735s - 15.4" - Turion X2 RM-70 - Vista Business - 2 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD

Product Type: Notebook

Operating System: Vista Business

Processor: AMD Turion X2 mobile processor RM-70 / 2 GHz / 1 MB Cache

Memory: 2 GB DDR2

Storage: 160 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Optical Drive: DVD SuperMulti DL

Display: 15.4" 1280 x 800 / WXGA

Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200

Networking: Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, 802.11a/b/g/n (draft) , 10/100 Ethernet , fax / modem

Battery: 6-cell

Dimensions (WxDxH): 35.8 cm x 26.7 cm x 3.2 cm

Weight: 2.5 kg

Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess Licence Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

Localisation: English / United Kingdom

Environmental Standards: ENERGY STAR Qualified , EPEAT Silver

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

General

MPN: KU221ET#ABU

Product Type: Notebook

Recommended Use: Small business, corporate business

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Business

Processor / Chipset

CPU: AMD Turion X2 mobile processor RM-70 / 2 GHz

Number of Cores: Dual-Core

Cache: L2 - 1 MB

64-bit Computing: Yes

Chipset: AMD M780G

Memory

RAM: 2 GB ( 1 x 2 GB )

Max RAM Supported: 8 GB

Technology: DDR2 SDRAM

Form Factor: SO DIMM 200-pin

Slots Qty: 2

Empty Slots: 1

Storage

Main Storage: 160 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Interface: SATA 1.5 Gb/s

Optical Drive: DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - fixed

Read Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)

Write Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 2.4x (DVD+R DL)

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed: 16x (CD) / 4x (DVD±RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)

Disc Labeling Technology: LightScribe Technology

Display

Type: 15.4"

Resolution: 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )

Widescreen: Yes

Audio & Video

Graphics Processor: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200

Memory Allocation Technology: Shared Video Memory (UMA)

Sound: Stereo speakers , microphone

Codec: AD1984A

Compliant Standards: High Definition Audio

Input

Type: Keyboard, touchpad

Communications

Wireless: Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, 802.11a/b/g/n (draft)

Bluetooth Class: Class 2

Wireless Controller: Broadcom 4322AGN

Network Interface: 10/100 Ethernet

Compliant Standards: IEEE 802.1x, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED

Modem

Protocols & Specifications: ITU V.21, Bell 212A, ITU V.22, ITU V.22bis, ITU V.29, ITU V.32, ITU V.32bis, ITU V.34, ITU V.17, ITU V.23, ITU V.27ter, ITU V.8bis, Bell 103J, ITU V.92, ITU T.30, ITU T.4, ITU V.250, ITU V.251, ITU V.80

Fax Compatibility: G3

Max Transfer Rate: 56 Kbps

Battery

Technology: 6-cell Lithium Ion

Capacity: 47 Wh

AC Adapter

Input: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

Connections & Expansion

Slots: 2 x memory ( 1 free ) ¦ 1 x ExpressCard/54 ( 1 free )

Interfaces: 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x audio - line-out/headphones - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11 ¦ 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45 ¦ 4 x USB 2.0 - 4 PIN USB Type A

Memory Card Reader: Yes ( SD Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card )

Software

Software Included: Intervideo WinDVD, HP Quick Launch Button Software, HP ProtectTools Security Manager, HP Client Manager Software (free download), HP Wireless Assistant, Synaptics Touchpad Driver, HP Universal Print Driver, Microsoft Office Professional 2007 (60 days trial), HP Help and Support Center, McAfee Total Protection for Small Business(60 days trial), Roxio Creator Business Edition

Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess Licence Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

Miscellaneous

Features: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately), system password, power-on password, memory change alert, HP Disk Sanitizer, HP 3D DriveGuard, Enhanced Pre-Boot Security, HP SpareKey

Compliant Standards: CSA, UL, VCCI, BSMI, GOST, SABS, CCC, MIC, FCC, A-Tick, ICES

Localization: English / United Kingdom

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 35.8 cm

Depth: 26.7 cm

Height: 3.2 cm

Weight: 2.5 kg

Environmental Standards

EPEAT Compliant: EPEAT Silver

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year ¦ Limited warranty - battery - 1 year

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 5 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 35 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 10 - 90%

Shock Tolerance: 125 g @ 2ms half-sine pulse (operating) / 200 g @ 2ms half-sine pulse (non-operating)

Vibration Tolerance: 0.75 g @ RMS (random) (operating) / 1.5 g @ RMS (random) (non-operating)

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