I’ve been hunting for basic notebook as my backup portable pc for months now, still ended up buying HP Probook 4445s. A basic business laptop powered by AMD A6 4400M for around $510, got mine with free HP laptop bag.
- AMD A6-4400M, 3.2 GHz maximum
- Graphics UMA HD 7520G
- 4GB RAM (upgraded mine to 8GB) & 2 RAM slots (supports dual channel and 1333 & 1600 MHz DDR3)
- 500GB 7200rpm 2.5″ Hitachi Hard Disk.
- 14.0” WXGA Hi-Def HP BrightView (1366×768)
- SuperMulti DVDRW drive
- SRS Stereo speakers
- Integrated webcam (720p HD)
- Card Reader Supports: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMC+, and Memory Stick
- 1Gbps Lan, Wifi b/g/n and Bluetooth v4
- USB 3.0 (x2) and USB 2.0 (x2)
- VGA (1600×1200 at 75 GHz) and HDMI
- Integrated fingerprint reader and supports Kensington security lock
- 6-cell Li-ion battery
- Weight: 2.2kgs
Battery Life. Upto 4 hours when just browsing.
Sound. So-so, typical laptop quality.
Video. Can play HD quality videos. Played Raw MTS videos from my digital camera without hitch.
Gaming. It can run latest games in very low-medium settings.
- NFS Most Wanted 2012. Lagging.
- Sniper Elite v2 (2012). Medium Settings.
- Test Drive Unlimited 2 (2012). Medium Settings.
- Anno 1404 (2009). Lower resolution with medium setting.
- The Last Remnant (2009). Medium settings.
- Will update game list once I run more games.
HP Probook 4445s is a good basic laptop suitable for basic activities such as browsing, watching videos on youtube, editing photos in Photoshop (can handle loading large files simultaneously), office works, light to moderate gaming and so on. It has brushed aluminum finish on top cover and palm rest for serious business look sharing a similar appearance with its expensive counterpart HP Folio Ultrabook. HP has security software for this series available for download on their website, It also has finger print reader and supports kensington lock for security.
Update (04/27/14) = After more than a year, the optical drive can no longer read discs. I clean up some dusts but it still won’t read dics. Kinda dead now.