HP Compaq 6730b


HP Compaq 6730bNotebook: HP Compaq 6730b
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels, glossy: no
Weight: 2.5kg
Price: 900 euro
Average Score: 76.1% - good
Average of 10 scores (from 13 reviews)
price: 66%, performance: 69%, features: 73%, display: 72% mobility: 76%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 66%, emissions: 63%

Reviews for the HP Compaq 6730b

80% Hewlett Packard - 6730b on Orange Business Everywhere review
Source: IT Reviews English
Mobile broadband is really starting to take off. You have two options here: you can either opt for a laptop with SIM support built in or buy a laptop and add a ‘dongle' from your favourite operator, which will slot happily into any USB port. Hewlett Packard's 6730b fits into the former category, and Orange is giving it away if you take out a £45-per-month mobile broadband contract. This is a solid enough notebook, and getting online with the Orange SIM was easy. We aren't sure we like the idea of being tethered to one provider or one notebook for two years, though.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/24/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% HP Compaq 6730b
Source: Inside HW English
It seems that difference between “B” and “S” series of HP notebooks was never more distinctive then in recent period at least when it comes to quilt quality. HP Compaq 6735s didn’t impress us but HP 6730b is worthy to represent its famous manufacturer. Big difference between those two series can be noticed after first contact. Chassis of HP Compaq 6730b is very stiff and whole notebook looks like robust and reliable piece of hardware thanks to roll-cage that is reinforced by magnesium alloy. Our impressions of HP Compaq 6730b are very favorable. Since it isn’t small and light it is suited for an office table more than to be carried around. HP reliability and quality build are guarantees that with HP Compaq 6730b you won’t be disappointed.
90, Verarbeitung 80, Mobilität 50,
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/20/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% features: 80% mobility: 50%
80% HP Compaq 6730b on Orange Business Everywhere
Source: Trusted Reviews English
With the notable exception of the Dell Latitude E6400, business notebooks tend to be slightly boring. Unlike consumer notebooks, the emphasis is on substance over style - which is of course is a good thing, just not very exciting. Orange's Business Everywhere mobile broadband plan partnered to HP Compaq's 6730b with integrated 3G/HSDPA makes for an interesting and relatively good-value combo for any business user that needs to stay connected wherever they are. As with most bundles though, it's not for everyone, and you'll need to check carefully if this combination is what your business needs.
80, Preis 70, Leistung 80, Ausstattung 80
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/04/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 80% features: 80%
83% HP Compaq 6730b
Source: PC Pro English
There's no mistaking this is a laptop designed for business use. Sensible grey-black styling with just a hint of corporate chic; a screen with a matte anti-glare finish rather than a glossy video-orientated affair; and a fingerprint reader to complement to the TPM 1.2 module all serve to lay the 6730b's corporate cards on the table. You get a 3G mobile broadband modem too. Beyond that, the machine makes a fine first impression. On the face of it the price isn't competitive, but the 6730b is a tempting business machine even so.
5 von 6, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 40%
70% HP Compaq 6730b
Source: Gadget Zone English
Overall we’re very pleased with the design and features of this versatile business model. Unless you’re in the market for a smaller, more lightweight model of notebook, the HP Compaq 6730b’s business-savvy features should keep your data safe, and be a welcomed addition to any office arsenal.
3.5 von 5, Ausstattung gut, Mobilität mäßig
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/14/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% features: 80% mobility: 60%
80% HP Compaq 6730b Notebook
Source: English
The 6730b may seem like any other 15.4-inch business notebook, but a few tweaks here and there really brighten things up for it. A nice selection of materials (albeit mostly plastics), solid keyboard, bright display, and new components were able to get this reasonably priced notebook and make it seem a bit different from the rest of the pack. It would be great to see a discrete graphics option and many of the features will only appeal to business users (serial port anyone?) but overall HP is taking its notebooks in the right direction with their Montevina rollout.
Gut, Display gut, Preis gut, Ausstattung zufriedenstellend,
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/12/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% features: 70% display: 80%
72% HP Compaq 6730b Laptop
Source: Computer Shopper English
It may not have much graphics muscle, but the HP Compaq 6730b business laptop combines nice looks with impressive battery life to give users a road-worthy travel companion.
7.2 von 10, Leistung mäßig, Mobilität exzellent, Preis schlecht, Display schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/20/2008
Rating: Total score: 72% price: 40% performance: 60% display: 40% mobility: 95%

Foreign Reviews

Ohne Netzteil durch den Tag
Source: c't - 14/09 German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: performance: 60% display: 70% mobility: 90% emissions: 70%
Test HP Compaq 6730b Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/02/2008
Rating: display: 80% mobility: 90% emissions: 80%
80% Aktuell und bezahlbar
Source: Notebook / Organizer / Handy - 11-12/08 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% display: 80% emissions: 40%
48% Test: HP Compaq 6730b
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/14/2008
Rating: Total score: 48% price: 26% performance: 63% features: 40% mobility: 81% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 42%
78% Test: HP Compaq 6730b (Notebook)
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/23/2008
Rating: Total score: 78% price: 100% performance: 68% features: 85% display: 84% mobility: 65% ergonomy: 90%
HP Compaq 6730b
Source: PC Go - 11/08 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/16/2008
Rating: price: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%


Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD: Onboard (shared Memory) GPU built in the GM45, GE45 and GS45 chipset (Montevina). Because of two more shaders and a higher core clock, much faster than the old GMA X3100. Still not advisable for gamers (DirectX 10 games not playable or only with very low settings). The integrated video processor is able to help decode HD videos (AVC/VC-2/MPEG2) , e.g., for a fluent Blu-Ray playback with slow CPUs.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.


Middle class dual core CPU with a TDP of 25 Watt. For high end gamer the performance could be not sufficient (for class 1 graphic cards).

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

15.4": 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. Nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.5 kg: This notebook is lighter than the average of all notebooks. It is too heavy for sub-notebooks. 14 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

HP: The Hewlett-Packard Company, founded 1935, commonly referred to as HP, is a technology corporation headquartered in California, United States. HP specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, storage, and networking hardware, software and services. Major product lines include personal computing devices, enterprise servers, related storage devices, as well as a diverse range of printers and other imaging products. Other product lines, including electronic test equipment and systems, medical electronic equipment, solid state components and instrumentation for chemical analysis. HP posted US $91.7 billion in annual revenue in 2006, making it the world's largest technology vendor in terms of sales. In 2007 the revenue was $104 billion, making HP the first IT company in history to report revenues exceeding $100 billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

HP reviews

76.1%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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