HP Compaq 6735s review

£440
Price when reviewed

Clad in matte black, there’s something undeniably stylish about the appearance of the HP Compaq 6735s.

Build quality does feel a tad plasticky, but given that it weighs in at a fairly portable 2.57kg it’s a transgression that’s easily forgiven.

Take a look through the HP’s specifications and its business credentials soon become clear. Gigabit Ethernet rubs shoulders with draft-n wireless, but the killer sign is the inclusion of Windows Vista Business as the OS.

Given this, it’s perhaps surprising that the HP uses an AMD processor rather than Intel – it’s the only manufacturer to make this choice. And, with a score of 0.77 in our application benchmarks, the HP is no speed demon. There’s room for a little expansion, though, with a spare SODIMM socket despite the 2GB of supplied RAM. And HP’s choice of AMD does lead to faster 3D graphics performance, with the integrated ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200 chip averaging 17 frames per second in our Crysis benchmark – not enough to sate the needs of true gamers, but it certainly shows plenty of after-hours potential.

The keyboard is well laid-out and the keys provide a nice action, which makes for comfortable touch-typing. The trackpad’s texture feels good under finger, and only the hinged buttons give any cause for complaint.

The 15.4in display is pleasant to gaze at too, with a matte finish and the usual 1,280 x 800 resolution. It’s noticeably less bright than the best displays in the group, but overall the quality is more than acceptable.

You won’t be spending too long away from the mains socket. Light usage left the HP deflated after just short of 3hrs 30mins, and the dropped to less than an hour with heavy usage.

As a budget business model the HP has plenty to recommend it, and it even boasts a capable graphics chipset. But it still can’t trump the all-round appeal of the Lenovo ThinkPad, which is well worth the additional £34.

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions 360 x 264 x 42mm (WDH)
Weight 2.570kg
Travelling weight 3.0kg

Processor and memory

Processor AMD Turion X2 RM-70
Motherboard chipset AMD 780G
RAM capacity 2.00GB
Memory type DDR2
SODIMM sockets free 1
SODIMM sockets total 2

Screen and video

Screen size 15.4in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,280
Resolution screen vertical 800
Resolution 1280 x 800
Graphics chipset ATi Mobility Radeon HD 3200
Graphics card RAM 256MB
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
HDMI outputs 0
S-Video outputs 0
DVI-I outputs 0
DVI-D outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0

Drives

Capacity 160GB
Spindle speed 5,400RPM
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Hard disk Toshiba MK1652GSX
Optical disc technology DVD writer
Optical drive HL-DT-ST GSA-T30L
Battery capacity 4,700mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0

Networking

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 no

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switch yes
Wireless key-combination switch no
Modem yes
ExpressCard34 slots 0
ExpressCard54 slots 1
PC Card slots 0
USB ports (downstream) 4
PS/2 mouse port no
9-pin serial ports 0
Parallel ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
3.5mm audio jacks 2
SD card reader yes
Memory Stick reader yes
MMC (multimedia card) reader yes
Smart Media reader no
Compact Flash reader no
xD-card reader yes
Pointing device type Touchpad
Audio chipset SoundMAX HD Audio
Speaker location Above keyboard
Hardware volume control? no
Integrated microphone? yes
Integrated webcam? yes
TPM no
Fingerprint reader no
Smartcard reader no

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use 3hr 25min
Battery life, heavy use 58min
Overall application benchmark score 0.77
3D performance (crysis) low settings 17fps
3D performance setting Low

Operating system and software

Operating system Windows Vista Business 32-bit
OS family Windows Vista
Recovery method Recovery partition
Software supplied Windows XP Pro downgrade disc, InterVideo WinDVD 8, Roxio Creator Business 10.1

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