Review HP Compaq 6710b Notebook

Office Professional. Besides the big 17 inch series HP also offers a new series of compact 15 inch notebooks. One of these is the HP Compaq 6710b. Equipped with Core 2 Duo CPUs and integrated Intel X3100 video cards, the 6710b is a reasonable beginner's notebook of this series. This article provides further information beyond detailed hardware specifications.

HP Compaq 6710b Logo

Case

The new 15 inch business series by HP does not only look alike its bigger competitors by HP, the 17 inch series. It also resembles the 17 inch series regarding quality.

The case, which looks typical HP decent, and business-like, has a good pressure resistance and is very flexural rigid. Although the case is, besides the display cover, mainly made of plastics, the haptics is still alright. While handling the notebook, we could not detect any striking creaking noises or deflections.

Also the display's pressure resistance and flexural rigidity and its hinges are alright. However, the ramshorn hook cannot completely prevent a slight wobbling, if the notebook is closed.

Regarding interfaces, an office base equipment is provided by the 6710b. Besides 4 USB ports at the notebook's sides also VGA and S-Video out are provided at the back side. Especially the USB ports are a little bit too far to the front, and can, so, depending on the attached device, limit the user's area of operation.

Nevertheless, the notebook is equipped with a docking port at its bottom side. So, the Compaq 6710b's interfaces can be enhanced via a docking station. This can also solve problems with cable spaghetti.

Front Side: No Ports
HP Compaq 6710b Interfaces
Left Side: Power Connector, Fan, 2xUSB, Audio Ports, Firewire, PCCard
HP Compaq 6710b Interfaces
Back Side: Kensington Lock, Battery, LAN, VGA-Out, S-Video
HP Compaq 6710b Interfaces
Right Side: 2xUSB, Cardreader, DVD Drive, Modem
HP Compaq 6710b Interfaces

Input Devices

The keyboard of the HP Compaq 6710b is attached tightly to the case. Its keys are spacious and the layout is clear. Especially the cursor pad is clearly separated.

Alike other HP notebooks typing faces a clear point of pressure, which makes typing nearly feel jerky. Furthermore, a clear clicking noise can be heard, which, however, does not really disturb.

A new feature of this new business series by HP are hot keys which are sensible to touch provided above the keyboard. The hot keys can be used by a slight touch and usage is visualized by activated LEDs.

The touch pad reacts well and furthermore, its surface's haptics is comfortable. Especially its buttons are very user-friendly, because they have a long, soft travel.

Touch pad
HP Compaq 6710b Touch pad
Keyboard
HP Compaq 6710b Keyboard

Display

Colour Diagram
Display Measurement

The base version of the HP Compaq 6710b is equipped with a non-reflecting WXGA display with a resolution of 1280x800 Pixel. A BrightView version is also available, but, has a reflecting surface. Furthermore, a  WSXGA+ display with a resolution of 1680x1050 is also available.

The measured maximum brightness of the provided displays (1280x800, non glare) was 154.5 cd/m². Despite the brightness diminishes at the upper corners to about 135 cd/m² the illumination is still good at 86%.

1) measurement 2) measurement
298.2
cd/m²
295.2
cd/m²
298.6
cd/m²
293.0
cd/m²
278.6
cd/m²
297.4
cd/m²
333.4
cd/m²
332.0
cd/m²
345.4
cd/m²
Information
Maximum: 345.4 cd/m²
Average: 308 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Black: 0.6 cd/m²
Contrast: 464:1
Distribution of brightness
132.9
cd/m²
147.2
cd/m²
135.2
cd/m²
135.6
cd/m²
154.4
cd/m²
144.1
cd/m²
135.9
cd/m²
154.1
cd/m²
139.2
cd/m²
Information
Maximum: 154.4 cd/m²
Average: 142.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Black: 0.9 cd/m²
Contrast: 172:1
Distribution of brightness

The black value of 0.9 cd/m² and the measured maximum brightness of somewhat above 150 cd/m² give a maximum possible contrast of moderate 172:1. The speed of reaction is alright.

Outdoor Operation
HP Compaq 6710b Outdoor

During our outdoor tests the display stayed legible, even if its total brightness is a little bit low in bright environments. Of course the matt surface contributes to the good rating outdoors.

Regarding viewing angles the area of operation is spacious horizontally, and rather narrow vertically, outside it the display darkens respectively whitens as usually.

HP Compaq 6710b Stability to the Vantage Point
HP Compaq 6710b Stability to the Vantage Point
HP Compaq 6710b Stability to the Vantage Point
HP Compaq 6710b Stability to the Vantage Point
HP Compaq 6710b Stability to the Vantage Point
HP Compaq 6710b Stability to the Vantage Point
HP Compaq 6710b Stability to the Vantage Point
HP Compaq 6710b Stability to the Vantage Point


Video of Display's Viewing Angles

Performance

The HP Compaq 6710b is designed a beginner's notebook. Although, you can choose between CPUs from T7100s to T7500s, the Intel GMA X3100 rather limits the 3D performance.

The provided equipment is designated for office and Internet applications without high performance demands. In this field this notebook rates good, also because of its low emissions.

If you demand high 3D performance you should rather choose a notebook of the 8510p/w series. Although otherwise identical, these are equipped with an ATI Mobility Radeon X2600 or a NVIDIA Quadro FX 570M or an ATI Mobility FireGL V5600 video chip. With these video cards also CAD and the one or other game should not be a problem.

Furthermore, the 6710b is equipped with 1 GB main memory and a 120GB hard disk with 5400 revs/min. Furthermore, a software bundle with more or less useful applications is also provided.

Further information about the video card can be found  here or in our comparison of mobile video cards. Detailed information about the Core 2 Duo CPU can be found here.

Please also look at our benchmark list of mobile processors or at our benchmark list of mobile video cards, in order to compare this notebook to other configurations.

Benchmark Comparison 3DMark
Benchmark Comparison 3DMark
Benchmark Comparison PCMark
Benchmark Comparison PCMark
3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE4455 points
3DMark 031237 points
3DMark 05707 points
3DMark 06
 
411 points
Help
3DMark 06 in comparison
Sony Vaio VGN-FS485B (min)
 740, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
54
   ...
HP Compaq 6720s
 T7250, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
387
HP Envy x2 11-g000eg
 Z2760, PowerVR SGX545
401
HP 6710b
 T7300, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
411
Toshiba Satellite L40-14N
 T2310, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
413
Lenovo 3000 N200 0769BBG/TY2BBGE
 T2330, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
419
   ...
Alienware M18x R2 (max)
 3920XM, Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
29496
PC Mark
PCMark 053396 points
Help
PCMark 05 in comparison
Acer Aspire One 751 (min)
 Z520, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
692
   ...
Lenovo 3000 N200 0769BBG/TY2BBGE
 T2330, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
3379
Lenovo Z61m
 T7200, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
3379
HP 6710b
 T7300, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
3396
Toshiba A9
 T7500, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
3402
MSI Megabook GX600
 T9300, GeForce 8600M GT
3406
   ...
Fujitsu Celsius H710 WXP11DE (max)
 2820QM, Quadro 1000M
13842
120 GB - 5400 rpm
Transfer Rate Minimum: 22 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 45.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 34.8 MB/s
Access Time: 15.9 ms
Burst Rate: 92.3 MB/s
CPU Usage: 2.1 %

Emissions

Loudness

In idle mode the noise of the fan is alright. Although the fan runs permanently, it is not really annoying. Under load the noise level clearly increases, but, during office application the maximum noise level will seldom be reached.

Noise Level

Idle 32.6 / 38.1 / 34.8 dB(A)
HDD 34.3 dB(A)
DVD 37.6 / dB(A)
Load / 42.6 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:     (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The surface temperature is very low. The measured maximums were 31.6 °C at the top side and 36.9°C at the bottom side. The average values are yet clearly below them.

Upper side

palmwrist: 26.7°C max: 31.6°C avg: 27.8°C

Bottom side

max: 36.9°C avg: 31.9°C

Speakers

The sound of the two speakers of the 6710b , located at the front edge, is passable and their maximum volume is alright. The slightly dull sound and the weak basses do not mind, because it's a business notebook.
The sound output via the stereo headphones port is trouble free and provides a good sound.

Battery Runtime

The 55Wh battery provided a very good runtime in our tests. This is basically because of the moderate equipment of the Compaq 6710b. The minimum runtime of about a little more than 1 hours is clearly exceeded multiple times by the maximum runtime of more than 7 hours. You can assume, that the runtime will be below the maximum in practice, but, nevertheless, it will be usable.

Battery runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
7h 20min
DVD
2h 40min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 25min

Verdict

The HP Compaq 6710b was the first representative of the new 15 inch business series we reviewed. Overall, we had a positive impression. We liked the slightly redesigned hot keys and that the successful qualities like robust and stable case persisted.

Also the input devices, i.e. keyboard and touch pad were comfortable and proper for intensive use. Maybe the touch pad is a little bit too low compared to the surrounding case, however, this is also a matter of taste.

The measured parameters of the provided 1280x800 standard WXGA display were passable. However, it could be a little brighter for outdoor usage. The also available WSXGA panel with a resolution of 1680x1050 pixels could be an interesting alternative.

Regarding performance the HP Compaq 6710b is an office notebook with base equipment. In this fields the notebook rates good, also because of its low emissions. Surface temperature and the noise level of the fan stay always alright.

Finally, also another important criterion for office notebooks rates good: The battery runtime of up to 7 hours is remarkable. But, take care, under load the Core 2 Duo processor and the integrated X3100 relatively quickly empty the battery.

Overall, the HP Compaq 6710b notebook reaches a very good result of  88% in our rating. Such a rating is not often reached by office notebooks (especially considering the input devices, emissions, and battery runtime).

HP Compaq 6710b
HP Compaq 6710b

 

Many thanks to the company Planet Notebook, who kindly provided us with the reviewed notebook. Here you can configure and also buy this notebook.

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Specifications

HP 6710b

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel GM965
:: Memory
1024 MB, DDR2 PC5300 667Mhz SDRAM, 1x 1024MB, max. 4096MB
:: Graphics adapter
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100, Core: 200 MHz, shared Memory - dynamische Zuweisung
:: Display
15.4 inch 16:10, 1280x800 pixel, WXGA TFT Display, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
120 GB - 5400 rpm, 120 GB 5400 rpm Seagate Momentus ST9120822AS: 120GB, 5400rpm
:: Soundcard
Analog Devices 8280 HD Audio
:: Connections
1 PC-Card, 4 USB 2.0, 1 Firewire, 1 VGA, 1 S-Video, 56K Modem, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: Mikrofon, Kopfhörer, TPM 1.2, Fingerprint Reader
:: Networking
10/100/1000 LAN Card (10/100/1000MBit), Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG (a b g ), 2.0 Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
TSSTcorp DVD-RW TS-L632D
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 34 x 357 x 264
:: Weight
2.78 kg
:: Battery
55 Wh Lithium-Ion, 55Wh (10.8V) Litium Ionen Akku
:: Price
1200 Euro
:: Additional features
HDD: 120GB, 5400rpm, Seagate Momentus ST9120822AS, Analog Devices 8280 HD Audio, TSST DVD-RW TS-L632D,

 

As representative of the new HP business series...
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...we first of all reviewed the HP Compaq 6710b.
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The case of this notebook is as usual robust and solid...
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...in decent business look.
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The haptics are alright too, even if the case is, besides the display cover made of plastics.
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The provided interfaces provide a base equipment for office,...
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..., but, additional interfaces can be provided by a docking station.
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In general the input devices are alright, but, typing feels odd at first.
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We were pleased by the hot keys which are sensitive to touch.
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The provided WXGA display rated good in our tests.
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The performance is sufficient for internet and office applications.
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If you demand high 3D performance, you should rather look for a notebook of the 8510 series by HP.
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In idle mode the fan was quiet.
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Also the surface temperatures stay low.
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Finally, also the battery runtime of up to 7 hours could convince.
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Pro

  • Robust case, good workmanship
  • Good input devices
  • Matt display
  • Very low noise and temperature emissions
  • Very good battery runtime possible
  • Contra

  • Somewhat unreasonable order of ports
  • Moderate performance
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    Rating

    HP 6710b
    08/31/2007
    J. Simon Leitner

    Chassis
    90%
    Keyboard
    90%
    Pointing Device
    94%
    Connectivity
    84%
    Weight
    78%
    Battery
    88%
    Display
    86%
    Games Performance
    55%
    Application Performance
    92%
    Temperature
    83%
    Noise
    88%
    Add Points
    92%
    Average
    85%
    88%
    Office *
    Weighted Average

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    Author: J. Simon Leitner, 2007-08-28 (Update: 2013-05- 8)