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HP ProBook 5320m laptop review

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The HP ProBook 5320m benefits from a stylish and robust chassis

The ProBook 5320m benefits from a solid and good-looking chassis, with a highly-usable keyboard and trackpad. It also comes with decent core specifications, allowing it to be used for a multitude of business-related tasks. However, its portable nature is let down by its relatively poor battery life, which makes it unsuited to business users who are frequently on the road.

Pros:

Highly portable and attractive design; fast hard drive; decent processor.

Cons:

Poor battery life.

Overall Rating:

4 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £733

Manufacturer: HP

The ProBook 5320m marks yet another addition to HP's ever-increasing business notebook range. It’s a lightweight device that combines high-end functionality and a sleek design.

There are various versions of the laptop, with prices starting from £639 + VAT. Our review sample was the WS995EA model, which sits in the middle of the line-up with a price tag of £733 + VAT.

The laptop, which measures 320 x 210 x 20mm, has a sturdy feel to it yet at 1.72kg is light enough to be comfortably carried for extended periods.

Once opened, the device boasts a 13.3in 1366 x 768 display with an LED backlight, which HP claims helps boost battery life. The display is housed in an attractive frame that also contains a built-in 2-megapixel webcam.

Typing on the island-style keypad is smooth and fluid, while the trackpad's two buttons have a responsive and solid feel to them that’s vastly superior to those featured on two recently-reviewed laptops from the Samsung Q series (the Q330 and Q530).

The overall design of the 5320m is well executed, with a nice matted finish covering the surfaces and arrangement of key buttons well thought out.

A neat addition is the inclusion of three buttons along the right edge of the keyboard: one for accessing email, another for the internet, and one for turning Wi-Fi on and off.

ProBook 5320m

On the Wi-Fi side, the device comes with 802.11a/b/g/n connectivity, while options for connecting peripherals include three USB ports.

However, two of the USB ports are located so close together that we were unable to get two separate USB sticks into the slots at the same time, which is disappointing.

Intel Core i5-540M, 4GB RAM, 13.3in display (1,366 x 768), Intel HD graphics, 802.11a/b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth, 500GB hard drive (7,200rpm), four-cell battery, Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) Premium, 1.72kg

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Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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