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.

HP Compaq 6735s review

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

Warranty1 yr return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions360 x 264 x 42mm (WDH)
Weight2.570kg
Travelling weight3.0kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorAMD Turion X2 RM-70
Motherboard chipsetAMD 780G
RAM capacity2.00GB
Memory typeDDR2
SODIMM sockets free1
SODIMM sockets total2

Screen and video

Screen size15.4in
Resolution screen horizontal1,280
Resolution screen vertical800
Resolution1280 x 800
Graphics chipsetATi Mobility Radeon HD 3200
Graphics card RAM256MB
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs0
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0

Drives

Capacity160GB
Spindle speed5,400RPM
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Hard diskToshiba MK1652GSX
Optical disc technologyDVD writer
Optical driveHL-DT-ST GSA-T30L
Battery capacity4,700mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0

Networking

Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a supportyes
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapterno

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switchyes
Wireless key-combination switchno
Modemyes
ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots1
PC Card slots0
USB ports (downstream)4
PS/2 mouse portno
9-pin serial ports0
Parallel ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
3.5mm audio jacks2
SD card readeryes
Memory Stick readeryes
MMC (multimedia card) readeryes
Smart Media readerno
Compact Flash readerno
xD-card readeryes
Pointing device typeTouchpad
Audio chipsetSoundMAX HD Audio
Speaker locationAbove keyboard
Hardware volume control?no
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
TPMno
Fingerprint readerno
Smartcard readerno

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use3hr 25min
Battery life, heavy use58min
Overall application benchmark score0.77
3D performance (crysis) low settings17fps
3D performance settingLow

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows Vista Business 32-bit
OS familyWindows Vista
Recovery methodRecovery partition
Software suppliedWindows XP Pro downgrade disc, InterVideo WinDVD 8, Roxio Creator Business 10.1

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