HP Compaq 6730b review

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The 6730b is proof that HP Compaq still knows how to put together an impressive business laptop. The hardware is spot-on and the raft of software tools gives the whole package a feeling of integration that other laptops just don’t provide. It’s not quite light or small enough to be an easy carry-around machine for commuting, but if you’re not after the last word in portability it’s a fine business machine.

It’s not the cheapest laptop around especially when compared with the similarly-specified Lenovo SL500. But the HP’s better build quality, plus its feel of a professional computer built for professional people mean it’s still in with a shout.


Warranty 1yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions 266 x 356 x 34mm (WDH)
Weight 2.700kg

Processor and memory

Processor Intel Core 2 Duo P8400
RAM capacity 2.00GB
Memory type DDR2

Screen and video

Screen size 15.4in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,280
Resolution screen vertical 800
Resolution 1280 x 800
Graphics chipset Intel GMA X4500HD
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
HDMI outputs 0
S-Video outputs 0
DVI-I outputs 0
DVI-D outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0


Capacity 160GB
Optical disc technology DVD writer
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0


Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a support yes
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes
Integrated 3G adapter yes

Other Features

ExpressCard34 slots 0
ExpressCard54 slots 1
PC Card slots 0
USB ports (downstream) 4
FireWire ports 1
PS/2 mouse port no
9-pin serial ports 1
Parallel ports 0
3.5mm audio jacks 2
SD card reader yes
Memory Stick reader no
MMC (multimedia card) reader no
Smart Media reader no
Compact Flash reader no
xD-card reader no
Pointing device type Touchpad
Integrated microphone? yes
Integrated webcam? yes
Camera megapixel rating 0.3mp
Fingerprint reader yes
Smartcard reader no

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use 4hr 20min
Battery life, heavy use 1hr 39min
Overall application benchmark score 1.10
Office application benchmark score 1.06
2D graphics application benchmark score 1.21
Encoding application benchmark score 1.14
Multitasking application benchmark score 1.03

Operating system and software

Operating system Windows Vista Business
OS family Windows Vista
Recovery method Recovery partition

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