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HP ProBook 6540b

alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 reviews of HP ProBook 6540b. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the connectivity and keyboard. The screen and performance also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the image quality and size. Comments about the price and touchpad are different.

usability, performance, screen, keyboard, connectivity

reliability, size, image quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the HP ProBook 6540b is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for HP ProBook 6540b

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of HP ProBook 6540b from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the design. The usability also gets good feedback.

usability, design

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP ProBook 6540b, 15.6" HD+ LED, Intel Core i5-430M, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD, DVD-RW, WiFi, Bluetooth, Webcam, Windows 7 ProfessionalHP ProBook 6540b, 15.6" HD+ LED, Intel Core i5-430M, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD, DVD-RW, WiFi, Bluetooth, Webcam, Windows 7 Professional

Jan, 2019

Expert review by : Kat Orphanides (expertreviews.co.uk)

HP ProBook 6540b review

 

We loved its matt display, battery life and build quality of this laptop, but its extra business-oriented features mean that it's expensive and you can get a better-specified laptop for less.

May, 2010

Expert review by : Mike Jennings (itpro.co.uk)

HP ProBook 6540b review

 

It’s not flashy, but the dour-looking ProBook ticks the right boxes elsewhere: Intel’s Core i5 processor means that there’s plenty of power available, battery life is on the right side of five hours, and build quality is top-notch. Couple this with an...

Apr, 2010

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (goodgearguide.com.au)

HP ProBook 6540b (WH431PA) business notebook

 

A well stocked, well priced HP business notebook

Easy-to-use management features, plenty of connectivity, comfortable to use, 7200rpm hard drive, hard drive encryption

Touchpad buttons stuck when pressed, low screen resolution

HP's ProBook 6540b is a well-priced business notebook with plenty of features. Its performance and battery life are more than adequate and the management software that comes with it is very easy to set up and use. The only problem with our review unit...

May, 2010

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (pcworld.idg.com.au)

HP ProBook 6540b (WH431PA) business notebook

 

A well stocked, well priced HP business notebook

Easy-to-use management features, plenty of connectivity, comfortable to use, 7200rpm hard drive, hard drive encryption

Touchpad buttons stuck when pressed, low screen resolution

May, 2010

Expert review by : Sebastian Jentsch (notebookcheck.net)

Review HP ProBook 6540b WD690EA Notebook

 

Office decathlete. The 15.6" ProBook wants to hold its ground in

High performance for applications; Rapid hard drive; Stable case; Matt display; Good contrasts; Good feedback from the keyboard and touchpad; Good battery life; Many connection ports (Serial !); Minimal heat loss

High audibility under load; Single-speaker

Toshiba Tecra A11-125: For 760 Euro also with a good keyboard but only in HD-Ready. Fujitsu Lifebook S710: For 900 Euro extremely quiet but with a low-grade construction.

Apr, 2010

Expert review by : Damien Virulhapan (cnet.com.au)

HP ProBook 6540b

 

HP's ProBook 6540b may seem like every other business laptop that has come our way, but it manages to hold a few surprises, both odd and pleasing.

Good connectivity. Nice keyboard. 7200rpm hard drive.

Small arrow keys. Average battery life.

The HP 6540b is a great value business laptop that offers a plethora of connectivity options while providing the latest hardware to help improve your productivity. It won't win any style or performance awards, but it does its job well.

Oct, 2010

Expert review by : Damien Virulhapan (zdnet.com.au)

HP ProBook 6540b

 

HP's ProBook 6540b may seem like every other business laptop that has come our way, but it manages to hold a few surprises, both odd and pleasing.

Good connectivity ; Nice keyboard ; 7200rpm hard drive

Small arrow keys ; Average battery life

Jun, 2010

Expert review by : Harley Ogier (pcworld.co.nz)

HP ProBook 6540b

 

HP's ProBook 6540b is a full-sized 15.6-inch notebook, with a keyboard far better suited to long hours of office work than most of today's size-conscious portables.

The real advantages of the ProBook 6540b are its screen size and keyboard quality. Its high performance does make it useful as a potential desktop replacement, though this usefulness is limited by the integrated graphics. A good option for general...

Apr, 2010

Expert review by : admin (blog.laptopz.com )

HP Pro Book 6540b review

 

Major notebook vendors have introduced the latest i processor with Intel launched Intel Core I series Duo processor. In all I processors, Core i5 positioning moderate, it is bound to become the first choice of mainstream configuration. Today we review...

As a HP introduced the first processors with Core i5 business  notebook, HP Pro Book 6540b revirw will stop here, and I simply say the following strengths and weaknesses.

Mar, 2010

Product Specifications

Tailored for business. For professionals needing a notebook that balances innovative business features with mobility, productivity and value; it features a 15.6-inch diagonal HD LED-backlit display and the latest Intel processors.

Audio

Audio included:High Definition Audio, stereo speakers, stereo headphone/line out, stereo microphone in
Audio system:HD / HDA / High Definition Audio
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Audio Input

Type:Microphone/Stereo microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):55
Battery life (max):6.15 / 6.3
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6
Run Time (Up To):6.25hour(s)
Technology:Lithium Ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:3MB

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):2

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
Wi-Fi certified: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black / Black, grey / Black, Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Intel segment tagging:Enterprise
Product colour:Black / Black, grey / Black, Silver
Product Type:Notebook

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:23.6cm
Height:3.4cm
Weight:2.5kg/2.6kg
Width:33.9cm

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:39.6 / 40
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1600 x 900
HD type: No
LED Backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen: No

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:15.6in
Diagonal Size (metric):39.6cm
Max Resolution:1366 x 768/1600 x 900
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.512
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4550 / Intel GMA / Intel GMA HD / No
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.5 / 512
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:500
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):667 / 766
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / No

Hard drive

Hard disk drive type:320 GB 7200 rpm SATA II

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:United Kingdom
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Hewlett-Packard
Model:6540b
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP ProBook

Input Device

Type:Touchpad / Keyboard

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard type:Full-sized
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:2 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1333
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM
Memory upgrade:8

Modem

Cellular Enhancement Protocol:EDGE / UMTS / GPRS / GSM / CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO Rev. A / WCDMA / HSPA / CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO Rev. 0/WCDMA / CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO Rev. A / UMTS / GPRS / GSM / EDGE / HSPA / CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO Rev. 0
Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Mobile Network Supported:Built-in
Protocols & Specifications:ITU T.4 / ITU V.251 / ITU V.250 / ITU T.30 / ITU V.80 / Bell 103J / ITU V.29 / ITU V.8bis / ITU V.92 / ITU V.22 / Bell 212A / ITU V.21 / ITU V.34 / ITU V.32bis / ITU V.22bis / ITU V.17 / ITU V.23 / ITU V.27ter/ITU V.80 / ITU V.251 / ITU V.250 / ITU T.4 / ITU T.30 / ITU V.92 / Bell 103J / ITU V.8bis / ITU V.27ter / ITU V.23 / ITU V.17 / ITU V.34 / ITU V.32bis / ITU V.29 / ITU V.22bis / Bell 212A / ITU V.21
Type:Fax / modem/Fax / modem / cellular modem

Networking

3G:No / Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1 / 2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data Link Protocol:IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11n / Bluetooth 2.1/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11n / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR/IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Bluetooth 2.1/IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Marvell Ethernet PCI Controller (10/100/1000 NIC)
Networking standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3U
Networking type:GigabitEthernet, WLAN
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi:No / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1/802.11b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95

Optical Drive

LightScribe: Yes
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL

Optical Storage

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed:16x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Type:DVD
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Edition:Windows 7 Professional
Family:Windows 7
Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

Other features

Audio system:HD / HDA / High Definition Audio
Battery Type:6-cell (55 WHr) Lithium-Ion battery / 6-cell (55 WHr) Lithium-Ion Battery, 9-cell (93 WHr) Lithium-Ion Battery, optional 12-cell (95 WHr) HP Ultra-Capacity Battery, optional 8-cell (52 WHr) HP Extended Life Battery, optional 3-cell (47 WHr) HP Long Life Battery / Lithium Ion Battery 6-cell
Compatible operating systems:Genuine Windows 7 Enterprise 32; Genuine Windows 7 Enterprise 64; Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 32; Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 64; Genuine Windows Vista Enterprise 32; Genuine Windows Vista Enterprise 64; SuSE Linux Enterprise 10
Dimensions (WxDxH):0 x 370 x 250 / 339 x 236.2 x 33.8 / 371 x 248 x 35 / 371.4 x 248 x 34.8
Display:LCD / LED / TFT
Docking solution:HP Docking Station, HP Advanced Docking Station, HP Monitor Stand, HP Basic Adjustable Stand, HP Adjustable Notebook Stand
Expansion slots:1 Express Card/54; 1 Media Card Reader / 1 Express Card/54; 1 Media Card Reader\nOptional Integrated Smart Card Reader (replaces ExpressCard/54 slot)
Graphics adapter family:ATI / ATI, Intel / Intel
Hard drive controller type:SATA II (7200 rpm)
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: Yes
Manageability features:HP 3D DriveGuard
Maximum hard drive capacity:500
Minimum hard disk space:160
Modem Speed:56
Modem type:56K v.92 modem / V.92
Operating temperature (T-T):41 - 95
Power requirements:6-cell (55 WHr) Lithium-Ion Battery, optional 12-cell (95 WHr) HP Ultra-Capacity Battery, optional 8-cell (52 WHr) HP Extended Life Battery, optional 3-cell (47 WHr) HP Long Life Battery / External 65-watt Smart AC adapter (integrated graphics); External 90-watt Smart AC adapter (discrete graphics); HP Fast Charge / External 65W HP Smart AC Adapter / External 65W HP Smart AC Adapter, HP Fast Charge\n6-cell (55 WHr) Lithium-Ion battery
Size:33.9
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Weight:Weight varies by configuration and component.\nStarting at 5.5 lb
Weight (imperial):Weight varies by configuration and component.\nStarting at 5.5 lb
Wireless option type:Y
Wireless Technology:Broadcom 4312G 802.11b/g WiFi Adapter; Intel 802.11b/g/n; HP Integrated Module with Bluetooth 2.1 Wireless Technology / IEEE 802.11b/g/n / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u IEEE 802.3ab / Intel 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:AC

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
DC-in jack:No / Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1 / Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:3 USB 2.0; 1 eSATA/USB 2.0 Combo; 1 external VGA monitor; 1 DisplayPort; 1 1394a; 1 stereo microphone in; 1 stereo headphone/line-out; 1 AC power; 1 RJ-11; 1 docking connector; 1 secondary battery connector / 4 USB 2.0; 1 DisplayPort; 1 external VGA monitor; 1 1394a; 1 stereo microphone in; 1 stereo headphone/line-out; 1 AC power; 1 RJ-11; 1 RJ-45; 1 serial; 1 docking connector; 1 secondary battery connector
Line-in: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port: No
Serial ports quantity:1
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:65 / 90

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:DMI
Clock Speed:2.26GHz/2.4GHz/2.53GHz
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):17 / 18
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Manufacturer:Intel
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):17.1
Memory channels supported by processor:2 / Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:800,1066
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 800/1066 / DDR3-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM57 Express / Intel QM57 Express
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing Die size:81
Processor boost frequency:2.53 / 2.93
Processor cache:3
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L2 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Arrandale
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i5-xxx
Processor frequency:2.26 / 2.4
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:I3-350M / I5-430M / I5-520M
Processor Number:I3-350M/I5-430M/I5-520M/I5-540M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-400 series / Intel Core i5-500 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1288 / BGA956 / PGA988
Processor technology:Intel vPro
Processor threads:4
Stepping:C2
System bus rate:2.5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:105
Type:Core i3/Core i5

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): No
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): No
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): No
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36 / Yes
Processor code:SLBPL / SLBPM
Processor package size:34 / rPGA 37.5x 37.5, BGA 34x28
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1/4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

RAM

Installed Size:2GB/4GB
Max Supported Size:8GB
Technology:DDR3 SDRAM/GDDR3 SDRAM

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / N / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Security management description:470 x 140 x 510 / Pentium 4 @ 3.2 GHz/Athlon 64 3000+ / Standard: HP ProtectTools, TPM Embedded Security Chip 1.2, Enhanced Pre-Boot Security, HP Spare Key (requires initial user setup), HP Disk Sanitizer, Enhanced Drive Lock, Drive Encryption for HP ProtectTools, Credential Manager for HP ProtectTools, File Sanitizer for HP ProtectTools; \nOptional: LoJack for HP ProtectTools, HP Fingerprint Sensor, Smart Card Reader (replaces ExpressCard), Kensington Lock slot, HP Privacy Filter, McAfee Security Solution

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Software

Bundled software:E4300. / HP Recovery Manager (available with Windows 7 or Vista only) • HP Support Assistant (available with
Drivers included: Yes
Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.
Operating System Architecture:32-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Professional / Windows XP Professional

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD
Hard Drive Capacity:320
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Hard drive speed:7200
HDD Capacity:320
HDD interface:Serial ATA II
HDD Speed:7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of HDDs installed:1
Storage Media:HDD
Total HDDs capacity:320
Total Storage Capacity:250 / 320

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:250GB/320GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Recommended Use:Corporate business / Small business/Small business / Corporate business
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader

Technical Details

Display Type:TFT

Video

Video card features:Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel HD Graphics

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:23.6 / 24.8 / 25 / 28.4
Height :3 / 3.48 / 37
Height (front):3.38 / 3.48
Weight:2.51 / 3
Width:25 / 33.9 / 37 / 37.1