HP ProBook 4720s

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 May, 2010, 12:00am

If you've grown tired of your low-power netbook, and want something with enough power to run those processing-intensive applications and a display big enough to look at for extended periods, HP has got the answer.

The new HP ProBook 4720s offers a huge, 17.3-inch display (there are also models with 13, 14 and 15-inch displays in the ProBook series) with the latest Intel Core i5 processor running at 2.53 GHz.

You also get a dedicated graphics chip - the ATI Mobility Radeon HD4350 - as well as 512MB of memory, 4GB of DDR3 RAM running at 1,066MHz, a 500GB hard disk drive, wireless LAN, Bluetooth and Windows 7 Professional OS.

The configuration is comparable to most desktops on the market today, but you get it in a package that is only 28.2mm thick and weighs just 2.97kg.

At the same time, you also get many of the extras that come with desktops, like HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet port, and a DVD Super Multi DL drive, as well as a 2-megapixel webcam. The standard battery is a six-cell unit to accommodate the big screen, and there's also a nine-cell version available if six hours just isn't enough.

The only thing that you don't seem to get with the ProBook 4720s is a touchscreen, so you'll still have to rely on the touchpad for control.

Of course, for all that power and screen real estate, you'll be paying a premium: the ProBook 4720s cost the same as a desktop, at HK$9,980.

Pros: desktop-like configuration - fast processor, lots of RAM, big display, full-featured

Cons: no touch display, expensive