The HP ProBook 4520s is a stylish 15-inch business laptop. It is based on the Intel Core i3-350M processor, offers very good performance, and marries one-of-a-kind looks and design with adequate business features without upsetting your budget overmuch.

HP ProBook 4520s: Useful Extras

HP deploys a very unique ProtectTools console on the HP ProBook 4520s which lets you do a lot of critical stuff in terms of security.  You can encrypt your hard drive, secure onboard data, even have a pre-boot security step to prevent unauthorized access to the ProBook 4520s. There's also a very useful File Sanitizer feature which lets you overwrite your hard drive multiple times with meaningless data to make sure deleted data is gone for good. What's more, with biometric features like face detection and fingerprint swipe, logging in to the system is extremely easy. A comprehensive security services and feature suite that we haven't seen on any other business laptop in some time.

The HP ProBook 4520s also comes with a PC Dock which lets you customize. HP Advisor, another proprietary software, lets you launch the ProBook 4520s' backup tool, look for driver updates, and a whole lot of things.

HP ProBook 4520s: Performance

The HP ProBook 4520s performs pretty well. With a WorldBench 6 score of 89, PC Mark 05 score of 4992, and Cinebench score of 5778, the ProBook 4520s represents scores similar to our Top Mainstream Laptop recommendations. With the ProBook 4520s' business laptop billing and its lack of a dedicated graphics, gaming is not an option on this laptop. However, you can tune into that occasional movie while taking a break from work, and the ProBook 4520s does a pretty good job here. Both 720p and 1080p HD videos played smoothly on the HP ProBook 4520s, and its audio-visual experience was good. Its onboard speakers - placed between the keyboard and hinge - provided loud but thin audio playback. The HP ProBook 4520s comes with useful business features and has the hardware specs and performance of a regular mainstream laptop.

Battery life is the only problem we uncovered in the ProBook 4520s' otherwise impressive package. We managed to extract 1 hour 10 minutes on high performance mode and full screen brightness on a single charge from its six-cell battery, which is pretty average - nothing great. However, while browsing the Web over Wi-Fi, we managed to squeeze just over 3 hours.

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The HP ProBook 4520s was tested in the Labs.


HP ProBook 4520s: Specs

  • Intel Core i3-330M
  • up to 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • Windows 7
  • up to 500GB SATA II (7200rpm) hard drive
  • DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL LightScribe
  • 15.6in diagonal LED-backlit HD Anti-Glare 1366x768
  • 3 USB 2.0 1 AC power 1 eSATA/USB 2.0 Combo 1 HDMI 1 RJ-11 (optional) 1 RJ-45 1 stereo headphone/line-out 1 stereo microphone in 1 VGA
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 with 512 MB dedicated video memory
  • 2.39kg
  • 371.8x249.6x27.7mm

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