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After laying eyes on HP's ProBook 4310s for the first time, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd travelled back through time to an age when laptops were square and practical, but never particularly pretty. But despite the fact that there's hardly a curve to be found on its chiselled, retro-styled figure, the ProBook 4310s has an eccentric charm all of its own.
It isn't particularly attractive, with a thick-set, glossy black frame that stands 40mm proud of the desk, but the 13.3in display makes it reasonably compact while just tipping over the 2kg mark. It's a shame the battery life isn't better, though; with a little over four hours of light use and 1hr 19mins of heavy use, you'll need to carry it back to the mains on a fairly regular basis.
Get your hands on the ProBook, however, and you might just be pleasantly surprised. The keyboard might look a touch suspect, but it's much better than appearances suggest. The large, square keys have a nice positive action, and the wide spacing between each key helps keep typos to a minimum. Only the trackpad has room for improvement, with the hinged buttons occasionally feeling somewhat awkward under the finger.
For all its seriousness, though, the ProBook has a lighter side. There are both VGA and HDMI ports at the side, and the ATI graphics even allow a little bit of light gaming, despatching our least taxing Crysis test at 39fps. General performance isn't to be sniffed at either, with the 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo processor and 7,200rpm hard drive helping to earn the HP a score of 1.03 in our benchmarks.
Well just got this laptop in last few weeks and have to say as far as value for money and functionality goes it's all good. It lightweight and comes with all the usual accessories, back pack...charger and variety of adapters. HP have made a name in the laptop markert of producing cheap affordable andf user friendly lap tops that offer value for money with all the new spec and this does not dissappoint....i found the start up process quick and easy even for a beginners and the range of software that came with the laptop enough to manage the day to day uses that i will be using it for... the screen is bright and clear and inportantly the battery life is good (which makes a change) usually 2hrs is the limit when running these... ive got 4 hours out of this without the thing just turning off....and as with other HP Laptops you even go intot a reduced power mode that gives you time to grab your charger or at least save the applications your are running at the time. HP have allowed great scope for upgrades so this should last a good few years...i would recommend this to anyone who need to work in a flexible environment...or on the move and due to the price would say that there are better options out there for the more serious user but if you will only be using it for email, browsing watching DVD's facebook u tube then this is ideal....