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HP ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT Laptop Review

Eric Chiu, 03/15/2012

Work time. The ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT shares the model name of the ProBook 6465-LY433EA, and it's largely the same situation on the inside. HP's latest business notebook features entry-level specifications, but a competitive price tag.

If the HP ProBook 6465b looks familiar to you, it’s certainly understandable. Back in January, we reviewed the HP ProBook 6465b-LY433EA and found it to be a fairly capable — if cost-restrictive — business notebook. This iteration of the ProBook 6465b doesn’t vary too drastically, as the notebook features the same plastic and metal exterior, along with identical connectivity options. 

In addition, the keyboard deck and chassis are all the same.The big differences come in with the 6465b-LY433EA’s internals — it is based upon the AMD A4-3310MX CPU and features an integrated ATI Radeon HD 6480G GPU, among other internal changes. Despite the lack of major updates, though, is the HP ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT worth a purchase? Read on to find out.

Display

At 14 inches and 1366 x 768 pixels, the ProBook’s display doesn’t have immediately impressive specifications, but its performance is respectable. 

185.2
cd/m²
194.5
cd/m²
206.4
cd/m²
200.3
cd/m²
224.6
cd/m²
219.9
cd/m²
222.1
cd/m²
239.4
cd/m²
221.3
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
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X-Rite i1Display 2
Maximum: 239.4 cd/m²
Average: 212.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 77 %
Center on Battery: 143.8 cd/m²
Black: 1.3 cd/m²
Contrast: 173:1

As our brightness analysis shows, the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT’s display maintains a somewhat below average brightness distribution throughout all nine quadrants. The 6465B-LY433EA’s average brightness of 206.8 cd/m2 is only marginally lower than the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT’s average brightness of 212.6 cd/m2. However, the  LJ489UT's brightness on battery was significantly lower (212 cd/m2 versus 143.8 cd/m2).

ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT vs. Adobe RGB
ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT vs. ProBook 6565B-LY433EA
ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT vs. sRGB

The ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT’s color coverage capabilities are less spectacular. Against Adobe RGB and sRGB, there were significant gaps in coverage. In outdoor situations, though, the ProBook’s antiglare display works fairly well. During overcast and direct sunlight situations, we were still able to see onscreen details, though visual fidelity takes a minor hit.

The ProBook's non-glossy display compensates for a loss in visual fidelity while outdoors.
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Viewing angles are also as expected. At normal viewing angles, visual distortion was minimal. However, tilting the laptop’s display quickly results in color inversion and other visibility issues.

Blickwinkel HP ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT
Blickwinkel HP ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT

Software

Surprisingly, the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT’s comes with little unnecessary bloatware. HP has only bundled a few software packages, including Norton Internet Security and various HP branded utilities. Most of these programs are monitoring applications for functions such as power and security management.

Performance

On paper, the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT features components in line with most entry-level 13-inch business notebooks. Beyond the previously mentioned 2.1 GHz A4-3310MX and ATI Radeon 6480G GPU, our review unit also came equipped with 4GB of DDR3 1333MHz RAM and a 320 GB 7200 RPM hard disk drive. The ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT internal specifications are also within throwing distance of the ProBook 6465B-LY433EA.

Compared to the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT, the ProBook 6465B-LY433A features an AMD A6-3410MX CPU with an integrated Radeon HD 6520G GPU. In practice, though, our benchmarks show that the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT struggles to keep up against other notebooks that feature comparable internal components.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
2459 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
4702 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
3955 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
12.97 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.22 Points
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In Cinebench 10 and Cinebench 11.5, the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT’s scores were respectable, but regularly fell behind the scores of its competitors. Interestingly, the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT’s scores were mixed compared to the ProBook 6465B-LY433A — 64-bit scores for the ProBook 6465B-LY433A were 2190 points, 7209 points, 3327 points, 2.01 points, and 13.17 frames per second. This was due, in part, to several differences between each CPU. While the LJ489 relies on a dual-core APU compared to the LY433A's quad-core APU, its higher clock speed results in the higher test-by-test score.

However, the ProBook 6465B-LY433A and ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT both managed to eke higher Cinebench 10 and Cinebench 11.5 OpenGL rendering scores than other similar notebooks. For instance, both ProBook 6465B models scored around 13 frames per second in Cinebench 11.5’s OpenGL test — by comparison, the Intel HD Graphics 3000/Core i3-2310M Acer Aspire 3750-2314G50MNkk only scored 8.63 frames per second.

Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M
 SettingsValue
 1767 Seconds
wPrime 2.0x
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1024m1299.8 seconds
 32m41.5 seconds

System Performance

Against comparable Intel-centric laptops such as the Core i3-2310M/HD Graphics 3000-based HP ProBook 4430s-XU013UT, though, the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT was blown out by considerable margins in our PCMark Vantage and PCMark 7 benchmarks. In each program, the ProBook 4430s-XU013UT scored 5303 points and 1995 points, respectively. In addition, the Toshiba Portege R830-110 saw a similarly high PCMark Vantage score of 5186 points. 

Within wPrime and Super PI, benchmark results were similarly unexceptional. In both benchmarks, the ProBook's scores were nowhere near those for current Core-i3 based notebooks. For instance, in wPrime's 32M test, the ProBook's score of 41.5 seconds was closest to the Core 2 Duo-based HP EliteBook 2530p  (41.9 seconds) and the AMD Athlon II-based HP Compaq Presario CQ62-A04sg (40 seconds).

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Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
5.6
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
5.8
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage4389 points
PCMark 71492 points
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Mass storage

With its standard SATA-based hard drive, the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT also made few surprises throughout the rest of our testing. During CrystalDiskMark 3.0 and HD Tune testing, performance scores were virtually identical to other non-SSD hard disk drives in laptops such as the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E320.

DPC Latency Checker performance featured similarly few surprises. No major peaks or jumps were seen.

WDC Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT-60PVMT0
Transfer Rate Minimum: 45.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 103.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 81.3 MB/s
Access Time: 17 ms
Burst Rate: 80.9 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1 %

Graphics Solution

In 3DMark testing, the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT was much closer to its immediate competitors, scoring within extremely close margins to other Intel HD Graphics 3000 based notebooks. By comparison, in 3DMark 06 and 3DMark Vantage, the Intel HD Graphics 3000-based ProBook 4430s-XU013UT recorded scores of 3498 and 1504 points, respectively. 

Surprisingly, even the ProBook 6465B-LY433A — despite touting an ostensibly better GPU with the AMD Radeon HD 6520G — featured benchmark scores that were virtually the same as the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT in 3DMark 06, 3DMark Vantage, and 3DMark 11 (3322 points, 1588 points, and 552 points, respectively). After stress testing the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT and running 3DMark 06 a second time, we also saw no signs of performance throttling. Both the A4-3310MX and Radeon GPU ran at their advertised speeds.

3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
3514 points
3DMark Vantage1614 points
3DMark 11513 points
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Gaming Performance

The ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT’s ATI Radeon HD 6480G is intended to provide more graphical processing power when compared to other integrated graphics solutions. In practice, though, the picture is somewhat mixed.

While the HD 6480G can provide passable performance in older titles, it is incapable of providing adequate frames per second in more recent titles. For instance, when the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT was set to low graphics settings in F1 2011, the notebook performed smoothly, though barely past 30 frames per second. 

Once the graphics settings were increased within F1 2011, frame rates quickly nosedived. In newer games such as Alan Wake and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the HD 6480G saw similarly immediate performance struggles. in both titles, the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT was unable to come anywhere near 30 frames per second at the lowest possible graphics settings. Once graphics settings were increased, both titles quickly became unplayable due to nearly single-digit frame rates. 

low med.high ultra
F1 2011 (2011) 322114fps
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 21.812.28.9fps
Alan Wake (2012) 12.27.99fps

Emissions

System Noise 

In spite of the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT’s relative bulk and numerous ventilation points, the notebook was largely quiet. During casual usage, the notebook consistently operated at a low hum. The only point where the fan became noticeable was during stress testing — the fan was easily audible when we stood several feet away from the notebook. 

Still, it'd be a stretch to call the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT's fan consistently noisy. When the notebook was idled or used for casual Internet browsing, the fan operated at a virtually inaudible whirr. Even during times when the disc drive was in use, the fan noise remained largely unchanged. While we wouldn't bring the notebook into a quiet area when it's under load, it's not much louder compared to any comparable 14-inch entry level notebook.

Temperature 

Thanks to the numerous fan grilles placed around the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT’s chassis, heat dispersion is incredibly efficient for the notebook. As always, we ran the ProBook through a standard temperature stress test — Furmark and Prime95 were run simultaneously for 60 minutes and temperature measurements were taken at the start and end of the hour. 

Clearly, the power supply should be kept in a well-ventilated area — the power supply saw a 10.4-degree jump in temperature after an hour. Fortunately, this was as hot as the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT got — with few exceptions, the entire notebook stayed at around a relatively balmy 30 degrees Celsius following the stress test. Impressively, the area near the fan’s exhaust grill — the hottest part of most any notebook — peaked at an equally impressive 33 degrees Celsius. 

Max. Load
 29.2 °C30.6 °C33.0 °C 
 27.8 °C30.2 °C30.4 °C 
 27.0 °C27.6 °C29.2 °C 
Maximum: 33.0 °C
Average: 29.4 °C
31.4 °C31.2 °C29.4 °C
29.4 °C32.4 °C27.2 °C
28.8 °C27.8 °C26.8 °C
Maximum: 32.4 °C
Average: 29.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  41.8 °C | Room Temperature 26.2 °C | Fluke 62 Mini

Speakers

Even by the generous standards that most notebook speakers are judged by, the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT’s speakers leave a lot to be desired. The ProBook only relies on a set of tiny speaker grilles near the front of the notebook, and appropriately, they produce equally unremarkable audio. 

We ran multiple genres of music through the speakers, including The White Stripes’ “Icky Thump” and LCD Soundsystem’s “Yeah (Crass Version)”. Audio fidelity was extremely poor, as highs were reedy and thin. In addition, bass and low-end aspects of a song’s mix were virtually nonexistent. In conjunction with the speaker’s low volume output, headphones are definitely recommended on the ProBook for any type of audio.

Battery Life

The ProBook features a removable 55Wh battery.
The ProBook features a removable 55Wh battery.

Battery Life

The ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT’s 55Wh battery clocks slightly below batteries from competing laptops such as the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E320 (63Wh) and Dell Inspiron 14z (65Wh). Still, the ProBook’s battery managed to remain marginally competitive against similarly built notebooks. 

On the inside, the ProBook 6565B-LJ489UT's battery touts specifications that are to expected for an entry-level notebook. The HP CC06XL battery touts a six-cell structure and adds an additional .72 lb (.323 kg) to the ProBook. 

During all four tests, battery life was measured with Battery Eater Pro. We placed the laptop in several different usage situations to find how long the battery would last under different but discrete conditions. Under idle usage — where the ProBook was left on at minimum brightness and with WLAN disabled — the laptop lasted for 7 hours and 21 minutes. 

This came in slightly above HP’s own maximum battery rating of 7 hours and 15 minutes. In other areas, performance left something to be desired. During our WLAN surfing test, which intends to simulate the load that basic web browsing would place on the battery, the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT’s battery lasted for around four hours. Here, though, the battery’s limited capacity hit its first noticeable wall. During the WLAN test, the ProBook performed nearly identically to the Lenovo IdeaPad U400-09932DU (4 hours, 11 minutes), which touts both a Core i5-2430M CPU and a 54Wh battery. 

However, it also fell behind the similarly built Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E320. Although the ThinkPad features comparable internal specifications, the larger battery allows for it to garner a considerable lead against the ProBook 6465-LJ489UT — the ThinkPad pulled 6 hours and 58 minutes of battery life during its WLAN test.

Interestingly, this tendency didn’t stay consistent during our load testing. During this test, the ProBook had WLAN enabled and brightness maximized while an OpenGL rendering occurred to find the minimum time that a battery can last when the notebook is placed under load. Despite touting its larger battery, the comparably built Core i5-2430M-based Dell Inspiron 14z lasted nearly exactly as long as the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT (1 hour, 50 minutes compared to 1 hour, 51 minutes.) 

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
7h 21min
WiFi Surfing
4h 02min
DVD
4h 30min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 51min

Verdict

As their names might suggest, both ProBook 6465Bs share many things in common beyond aesthetics. The build quality remains similarly high on each model, but considering the assorted internal differences, the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT is more of an expansion than a complete evolution within the ProBook line. And in terms of performance, this ultimately presents a mixed picture. 

Within the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT, the AMD A4-3310MX CPU provides strictly entry-level performance. Cinebench 11.5 scores notwithstanding, benchmark results were largely near or below those from comparable Intel Core i3-based laptops. In addition, the ProBook’s ATI Radeon HD 6480G certainly makes it possible to play games other than Solitare, but the GPU’s limited processing power severely limits the notebook’s ability to run more recent titles.  Against the Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU, for instance, the advantage in gaming benchmark performance on the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT was virtually nonexistent. 

At the same time, though, the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT’s entry-level price tag ($649 USD) combined with respectable battery life and heat dispersion abilities add an important qualifier. Going strictly by performance benchmarks, the ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT doesn't possess an exceptional advantage when placed next to a comparable Intel-based counterpart. But at a relatively competitive price, the notebook offers a compelling alternative for consumers who place cost over performance. 

And, really, that sums up what you'll be getting from the ProBook 6565B-LJ489UT. While the ProBook’s AMD A4-3310MX CPU and integrated ATI Radeon HD 6480G GPU might not raise any eyebrows, the notebook’s competency virtually everywhere else makes it a consistent — if unimpressive — utility business notebook. 

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Specifications

HP ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT
Processor
AMD A4-3310MX 2.1 GHz
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon HD 6480G - 512 MB, Core: 444 MHz, Memory: 444 MHz, GDDR3
Memory
4096 MB 
, 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Display
14.0 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, LED, LP140WH1-TLD6, glossy: no
Mainboard
AMD A60M
Harddisk
WDC Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT-60PVMT0, 320 GB 
7200 rpm
Soundcard
IDT 92HD81B1X @ AMD A60M
Connections
1 Express Card 34mm, 1 Express Card 54mm, 4 USB 2.0, 0 USB 3.0, 1 Firewire, 1 VGA, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Modem, 1 eSata, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: Headphone, Microphone, Card Reader: SD/MMC, 1 Fingerprint Reader,
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Broadcom 802.11a/b/g (a b g ), 2.1 Bluetooth
Optical drive
HP DVD RW-AD7711H
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 34 x 338 x 231.3 ( = 1.34 x 13.31 x 9.11 in)
Weight
2.02 kg ( = 71.25 oz) Power Supply: 370 g ( = 13.05 oz)
Battery
55 Wh Lithium-Ion
Price
649 Euro
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
Additional features
Webcam: HD Webcam, Microsoft Office Starter, Norton Internet Security, 12 Months Warranty

 

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Pro

+Low price tag
+Efficient cooling
+Decent battery life
 

Cons

-Low-performing GPU
-Average benchmark results

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What we like

Good battery life and cooling capabilities.

What we'd like to see

Performance that's closer to comparable Intel-based notebooks.

What surprises us

The ATI Radeon HD 6480G's benchmark results. 

The competition

Dell Inspiron 14z

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E320

HP ProBook 6465b-LY433EA

Rating

HP ProBook 6465B-LJ489UT
03/27/2012 v2
Eric Chiu

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
80%
Pointing Device
75%
Connectivity
68%
Weight
88%
Battery
88%
Display
71%
Games Performance
66%
Application Performance
83%
Temperature
93%
Noise
85%
Add Points
83%
Average
80%
81%
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Author: Eric Chiu, 2012-03-15 (Update: 2013-06- 6)