HP Probook 6570b for sale - excellent laptop still in excellent condition (no marks, scratches, etc., and the screen is faultless)
Has Intel Core i5, 8Gb RAM, 500Gb HDD, CPU is 2.5GHz, screen 15.6"
Priced v competitively for quick sale - will post via Hermes for additional £7.29
After opening the notebook, a matte 15.6-inch display which precisely nestles into a matte black display frame reveals itself. The keyboard is also composed out of a non-reflective material, and the extremely stable palm resting area consists of brushed aluminum which only deforms inwards slightly above the optical drive with a lot of pressure. The chiclet keyboard contains a separate numeric keypad. Underneath the ProBook 6570b, the base unit is composed of matte black plastic which is very stiff. Via a sliding mechanism the large maintenance panel can be unlocked, which allows almost the whole of the bottom to be removed. Beneath this, nearly all the components are easily accessible. Along with the hard drive, there are also the WLAN and the WWAN modules, two RAM slots and the CMOS battery among other things. The cooling fan can also be reached just as easily, and can therefore also be cleaned if necessary. Even the processor and the graphics card can be upgraded. The 55 Wh battery can also be unlocked and removed via a separate sliding mechanism, revealing the SIM card slot under it. Alternatively, the ProBook 6570b can also be fitted with and HDD and an mSATA connected SSD simultaneously, in which case the UMTS module has to be forgone. The inherently solid manufacturing quality and high level of upgradability altogether leave a very good impression.
Five USB ports in total are included, and have been spread across both of the sides of the notebook. Two of these operate using the fast USB 3.0 standard, while there is also an eSATA/USB 2.0 combination port available. Fast data transfers are meanwhile facilitated by the USB 3.0 ports as well as the IEEE 1394a interface (Firewire). Furthermore, there are also two 3.5 mm audio sockets for a microphone and headphones, as well as an optical DVD drive (HP DVDRAM GT50N). On the left side of the notebook, a card reader for SD and MMC cards is available, along with the ExpressCard54 slot. Driving external displays such as monitors or a flat screen television can be achieved via the VGA or HDMI interfaces. The rear contains the power input, a DisplayPort, one RS-232 port and an optional RJ-11 socket for a modem.
Of course HP has also blessed the ProBook 6570b with a webcam which is located in the upper part of the display bezel as usual, and seems to be intended primarily for video chat with a resolution of 720p. .
Businesses depends on communication, which is why it is good that HP has equipped the ProBook 6570b with several possibilities for exchanging data and communicating with a company or private network. In this instance, an Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (10/100/1000 Mbit) LAN port handles the hard wire data transfers, while wireless connections take place via the Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 wireless LAN module which operates using the standards IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n. In addition to this, there is also a mobile broadband adapter available for communication via 3G/UMTS (HP hs2350 HSPA+ (WWAN)) while a Bluetooth 4.0+ EDR module completes the package. Optionally, the ProBook can also be equipped with a 56k modem for the RJ-11 socket.
The keyboard with a chiclet design utilizes almost all the width of the HP ProBook 6570b, so that there is enough space for a full-fledged numeric keypad. It is only the four arrow keys that have been curtailed a little in terms of size, although this doesn't stand out negatively, especially since the separate number pad can also be used for navigating comfortably.
The remaining keyboard area has the usual dimensions, and lives up to the high expectations of regular typing business customers - not surprising since the ProBook 6570b shares the same input devices as the premium EliteBook 8570p professional business notebook. The matte black keys have a clearly noticeable inflection point with a medium length travel, and provide the user with precise feedback at all times. In addition to this the typing sound is not excessively loud, even if some other competitor models like the ones from Apple are quieter. The effects of tiredness after a long working day with a lot of typing remain limited. Special features like the control of brightness or volume, are configured by using key combinations with the Fn button. The markings on the special keys - contrary to many other rivals - are white and are highlighted by an identically colored border. This should ensure very good legibility, even under dim lighting conditions. Unfortunately a keyboard backlight is not available for the ProBook series of notebooks. The water protection provided by a bottom-case drain should also protect against accidental spills or sudden bursts of rain outdoors. With these facilities available to minimize the risk of damage by liquids, the advisory should include the absence of food material in the work area.
The 110 x 56 mm touchpad is slightly recessed compared to the surrounding palm rest, and the matte surface has good gliding properties. At the top left corner, a small switch is integrated, which deactivates the touchpad when it is tapped twice, as indicated by a status LED. A further two taps switch the touchpad back on. Multi-touch entry and gestures such as pinch-to-zoom are accurately recognized. The touchpad has two separate mouse buttons with long travel but a clear inflection point. Altogether, the touchpad along with the special keys provides for reliable and precise navigation. Optionally, models of the ProBook 6570b are available that also have a Trackpoint along with the usual mouse replacement buttons - a feature that popular Lenovo ThinkPad's such as the Edge E530 also have.
The business series HP ProBook 6570b has a 15.6-inch (39.6 cm) display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, that uses LED backlighting. The maximum resolution of the HD+ LG Philips LP156WD1-TLD3 panel is 1600 x 900 pixels. There is something interesting for people who use multiple monitors. With an external monitor, it is possible to get a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels via the DisplayPort. Using the HDMI or VGA ports, a maximum resolution of 1980 x 1200 pixels is possible. More than three external monitors cannot be connected. The anti-glare surface of the display makes it less susceptible to reflections from direct light, so use outdoors or in bright rooms should not pose a significant problem, especially since the average brightness is 270.8 cd/m². In the middle of the display, our measuring device, the X-Rite i1Pro determined a maximum brightness of 310 cd/m², and while this value falls by up to 30 cd/m² towards the corners, it shouldn't be obvious during daily use.
The HP ProBook 6570b positions itself substantially ahead of its direct rivals with anti-glare displays. The older ProBook 6560b for instance, is significantly less bright with a measurement of 206.7 cd/m², the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E535 with 259 cd/m² and the Dell Vostro 3560 with 256.8 cd/m². It must be noted that the HP ProBook 6570b is significantly more expensive than the ones mentioned earlier.
HP has equipped the ProBook 6570b with an Intel Core i5-3320M processor that operates at a clock speed of 2.6 GHz and is manufactured using the 22 nanometer process. Turbo Boost meanwhile automatically overclocks the processor to up to 3.3 GHz, while the Level 3 cache has a capacity of 3 MB. The mobile dual-core CPU from the current Ivy Bridge generation represents the most potent processing engine available for the 6570b at present, with a Thermal Design Power (TDP) of 35 watts that would actually be shared with the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 chip if it was used. Further information as well as comprehensive benchmark tests relating to the i5-3320M can be found here.
The HP ProBook 6570b has a 322 g lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 5090 mAh. The 55 Wh battery with 6 cells lasts a maximum of 4 hours and 16 minutes during the synthetic Battery Eater Reader's Test using the most efficient settings with the wireless modules turned off and the minimum brightness. The Battery Eater Classic Test, which simulates fully utilized components, is completed by the HP ProBook 6570b after 89 minutes with the WLAN active and maximum brightness.
HP has made another office notebook which sets the standard for the competition in many respects with the 6570b. The first thing that stands out is the manufacturing quality. With aluminum and a comprehensive array of features and powerful components the 15 -inch notebook fits like a tailor made suit. On top of this, the bright display with a high contrast ratio and its anti-glare surface should make for a useful companion on the move. A further advantage is the bigger than usual selection of interfaces, which should serve as an example to other manufacturers.
The well rounded system performance should provide users in medium sized businesses as well as private users with a full-fledged office laptop, which is still transportable. In addition to this, the ProBook 6570b is exceptionally easy to upgrade thanks to its large maintenance panel, and the fact that even the CPU and GPU can be changed is very seldom in this segment.
HP seems to be competing against its own similarly priced EliteBook 8570p. Still, the HP ProBook 6570b (B6P88EA) represents an interesting business notebook which is able to claim many exclusive advantages for itself, and is certain to find many business customers.
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