Notebook Computer Review: The HP ProBook 4720s

by John P. Mello Jr.

Looking for a small business notebook PC to replace your bulky desktop? HP's ProBook 4720s blends portability with power and a roomy 17.3-inch screen.

A desktop replacement PC used to be anything but portable. Happily times have changed and, as HP's flagship notebook computer demonstrates, a 6-pound small business notebook PC can still be svelte and comfortable. And with a 17.3-inch display, there's plenty of room for a full-sized keyboard. HardwareCentral has all the details, so be sure to click through to the full review.

Laptops designed to push desktops off the desk have come a long way from the behemoths of bygone times. A case in point: the HP ProBook 4720s ($1,025 as tested), a slick black beauty that can actually be used comfortably in a lap.

While 6.6 pounds may not sound light to some minds, it's positively airy compared to the old 10- to 14-pound desktop replacements of yore. Granted, you can't shrink the dimensions of a laptop much if you're going to build one with a 17.3-inch display -- the HP is 16.2 inches wide by 10.5 inches long -- but it's only 1.1 inch thick at its front edge, which together with its "expresso" brushed aluminum finish gives the 4720s a sleek appearance that belies its dimensions, as well as improving its durability.

Read the complete HP notebook PC review.

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This article was originally published on Wednesday Jul 21st 2010
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