HP Compaq 6735s review
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||1 yr return to base|
|Dimensions||360 x 264 x 42mm (WDH)|
Processor and memory
|Processor||AMD Turion X2 RM-70|
|Motherboard chipset||AMD 780G|
|SODIMM sockets free||1|
|SODIMM sockets total||2|
Screen and video
|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|
|Internal disk interface||SATA/300|
|Hard disk||Toshiba MK1652GSX|
|Optical disc technology||DVD writer|
|Optical drive||HL-DT-ST GSA-T30L|
|Replacement battery price inc VAT||£0|
|Wired adapter speed||1,000Mbits/sec|
|802.11 draft-n support||yes|
|Integrated 3G adapter||no|
|Wireless hardware on/off switch||yes|
|Wireless key-combination switch||no|
|PC Card slots||0|
|USB ports (downstream)||4|
|PS/2 mouse port||no|
|9-pin serial 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|
|Pointing device type||Touchpad|
|Audio chipset||SoundMAX HD Audio|
|Speaker location||Above keyboard|
|Hardware volume control?||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|