HP ProBook 430 Review

The HP ProBook 430 could be positioned between the business and consumer classes. It appeals to enterprise users with the mobile broadband card, data encoding software and fingerprint reader; while average consumers would find the display appealing.

The ProBook 430 boasts a stylish design with recessed glossy HP logo and rubber display cover. Nevertheless, some of the positive impression could be negated by the fact that quick touches would leave behind grease marks and smudges. Its chiclet keyboard is built on top of the matte synthetic material. Due to the cramped layout, the cursor keys are crowded together, so it’s recommended to look twice before users hit one.

HP uses a standard 13-inch (1366 x 768) display; although it has relatively more limited work area, texts should be sufficiently legible without requiring user to scale it up. The ProBook 403 is powered by the Intel Core i5 4200U Haswell processor with 15W TDP. Depending on application load, the processor could run anywhere between 1.6GHz and 2.6GHz. The main storage unit is the Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 500 GB HDD at 5400 rpm.

Users always have the option to swap it with a more responsive and efficient SSD. The Intel HD Graphics 4400 is a great improvement over Ivy Bridge’s HD Graphics 4000. Nevertheless, scoring at 4,649 points with 3DMark06, we could say that the ProBook 430 isn’t really designed as a gaming machine.

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