HP ProBook 5330m Packs Many a Good Feature; Shortcomings Too

June 9, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

With the promise of packing some awesomely impressive features, here comes the all new 13-inch ProBook 5330m from HP. Aimed mainly at business users, the device is seen as a rival to the ThinkPad X1 from Lenovo and Toshiba’s Portege R705. The device is also compared to the MacBook Air in some cases because of the 13.3-inch display made from metal.

This also makes it easily mistaken for an Apple product. What we like about the HP ProBook 5330m is that it comes across as a better concept than the average business notebooks. Folks at Engadget have gone deep into the device to do a review of the device, thereby bringing to the fore some salient aspects of the device.  Prominent specs include Intel Sandy Bridge processor, backlit keyboard, and high-end audio from Beats as well as a stunningly stylish, compact design.

The notebook also packs security features like Trusted Platform Module and Intel’s VPro technology, which were absent in the earlier ProBooks. The solid-state drive (SSD) options help to speed up boot-up and resume times and also the durability of a drive that lacks any spinning parts.

The laptop has got its own drawbacks as well. One major flaw in this regard is the poor battery performance. It is rated as worse than the ThinkPad X1, Samsung Series 9, MacBook Air, ASUS U36Jc, Dell Vostro V13 or even R705.

HP ProBook 5330m is being offered for a $799 starting price. As you can make out, it is $500 cheaper than the ThinkPad X1.  But this fact alone does not earn more customers. It does not appear that people would go for cheaper price compromising on the quality. Well, let us know your take on this. Would you go for the ProBook?

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