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Review HP ProBook 4340s H4R47EA Notebook

Sebastian Jentsch, 06/11/2013

"Compact business partner with a bit of everything". HP has constructed a ProBook Light according to this slogan: solid aluminum surfaces, few connections, functional input devices, middle class performance, full security features and an average display panel. Is this enough to convince in the business world?

HP ProBook 4340s (H4R47EA): Premium office or is it more style than substance?
HP ProBook 4340s (H4R47EA): Premium office or is it more style than substance?

For the original German review, see here.

Simple office laptops can be found everywhere. However, what if you don't think much of devices that are under 400 Euros (~$524)? You want to grab a "decent" device and are willing to spend a few more Euros? Then the ProBooks under 600 Euros (~$787) are right for you. HP has reduced the features to a minimum (e.g. no docking port, no DisplayPort), but at the core it is still a solid work horse for private or business users. We won't disclose too much at this stage. You can read about the advantages and disadvantages in our review.

The competitors of the HP ProBook 4340s are primarily  inexpensive 13- or 14-inch units which are offered by the manufacturers Dell and Lenovo (under 650 Euros retail price, ~$853). Their entry-level ranges are labeled as Vostro and ThinkPad Edge respectively. 

Case

Wie wir testen - Gehäuse

The case seems familiar to us because compared to the predecessor ProBook 4330s, the construction remains completely unchanged. Well, not completely. Due to the omission of the Express Card 34 mm, the respective recess on the left bottom chassis is now gone. The matte, brushed aluminum surfaces and the high-class seeming plastic (smooth display framework) remain the same. Why change something which works well? The high stability and the tight hinges are further characteristics. For a detailed description of the manufacturing see the review for the HP ProBook 4330s.

Maintenance: simply push the cover upwards
Maintenance: simply push the cover upwards
Office style: matte plastic and aluminum finish
Office style: matte plastic and aluminum finish

Connectivity

Wie wir testen - Ausstattung

Compared to the predecessor, the HP 4340s upgrades with USB 3.0 (3 ports), however, the Express Card 34mm slot is removed (extension cards). The 13-inch unit still doesn't have a docking or battery port. Those ports are somehow inconveniently located, because they are concentrated in the front left and right side of the notebook. The back possesses no interfaces at all. A USB or an HDMI plug can therefore obstruct the operation of an external mouse.

Front: card reader (SD, MMC), 2x audio
Front: card reader (SD, MMC), 2x audio
Left: Kensington, VGA, RJ45, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0
Left: Kensington, VGA, RJ45, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0
Right: 1x USB 3.0, USB 2.0, DVD
Right: 1x USB 3.0, USB 2.0, DVD
HP Protect Tools
HP Protect Tools
Admin Console
Admin Console
Connection Manager
Connection Manager
Security Manager
Security Manager
Theft Recovery
Theft Recovery
Power Assistant
Power Assistant
Windows Settings
Windows Settings

Communication

1,000 Mbit Ethernet adapters and Draft N WLAN are standard in this price category, even with most consumer notebooks. The difference can be found in the detail. First of all, the Ralink RT3290 802.11n (1x1) Wireless Network Adapter comes with Bluetooth 4.0.  Unfortunately, this model cannot work with the extended 5 GHz frequency band. Users could switch to that band, if the standard band is working at full capacity and causes disturbances. With the ProBook 6475b (Broadcom BCM943228HM4L 2x2), this is possible. 

Apart from that, the reception is also slightly poorer than its sibling 6475bAt a distance of 40 meters, the Ralink RT3290 loses connection; at 15 meters there were only 2 bars in the Windows icon. The transmitting power of our router (Fritz!Box 7270) was reduced to 50% during all tests.

An HSDPA modem (3G) is missing in our 4340s. An empty mini PCI Express Slot with existing antennas refers to a 3G version, even though HP doesn't list a respective model in some countries. The HP Connection Manager combines the management of WLAN/Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Here, the user can create different login profiles for different locations. 

Security 

The BIOS can be protected by a password, however, a TPM Embedded Security chip is not on board. This cryptographic key for clear identification of the computer is standard with more expensive and better equipped ProBooks. HP bundles its safety solutions in ProtectTools Security Manager. Here, the user can activate drive encryption or individual devices can be turned off. The keyboard is splash-proof, i.e. the keys are in a small shallow pan. However, there is no drainage mechanism.

Accessories

The HP 4340s must do without a suitable hardware docking solution. Thanks to USB 3.0 it can be connected to USB 3.0 docks which can output to an external monitor via HDMI without delays. We were reviewing the Fujitsu USB 3.0 replicator.  HP offers the HP 3005pr (H1L08AA) (incl. DisplayPort, HDMI, RJ45).

Windows 8 Pro Recovery DVD is supplied to restore the system. However, Windows 7 Pro comes preinstalled, which is on the recovery partition of the non-removable drive. Also, the device is supplied with a carrying bag, which doesn't really convince us in terms of quality, because we miss a certain firmness. 

Maintenance

To remove the base cover, one only has to push a plate. This releases the bottom cover and it can be pushed away. The interior is then exposed, revealing main memory and a mini PCI Express Port (WLAN). The Hitachi hard drive is a slim type with a height of 7 mm. Most SSDs in the market have the same height. HP gives a maximum RAM capacity of 8 GB, which requires both sockets to be inserted with 4 GB. The fan and the CPU cannot be accessed as easily for maintenance purposes. This was better implemented in the ProBook 6475b.  

Warranty

HP offers a 12 month standard warranty for its ProBooks. The two-year guarantee remains unaffected by it. See FAQ: Warranty, guarantee, return policy. The warranty extension to 3 years on-site support (Care Pack services) costs approx. 235 Euros (~$308).

Webcam: 1280 x 720 starkes Rauschen, überbelichtet
Webcam: 1280 x 720 starkes Rauschen, überbelichtet
Fotos sind unbrauchbar, selbst bei gutem Licht
Fotos sind unbrauchbar, selbst bei gutem Licht
Reference Canon EOS 1100D
Reference Canon EOS 1100D

Input Devices

Wie wir testen - Eingabegeräte

The mouse and keyboard are 100% identical to the predecessor 4330s.  Even the yielding above the optical drive can be confirmed again. A small update comes with the Synaptics LuxPad V7.5: The traditional horizontal and vertical scroll bars can be activated again via software. The pad possesses a small sensor, which recognizes a resting palm and which switches the device off temporarily. Thus incorrect inputs are avoided during typing. By tapping the small point on the top left, the user can deactivate the Touchpad. 

However, the 4340s doesn't come close to the professional input devices of the ProBook 6475b or EliteBook 8470p, the same goes for the Vostro models. The curved keys are missing, as well as the Trackpoint and the rubberized mouse buttons. This does not apply to the ThinkPad Edge rivals, which possess these two characteristics. 

A more detailed description of the mouse and keyboard can be found in the predecessor review ProBook 4330s.

Keyboard
Keyboard
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

Wie wir testen - Display

HP offers for its 13.3-inch unit a TFT resolution of only 1366x768 pixels (16: 9). This is desired and sufficient for most business jobs. Higher resolution TFTs are more of a consumer feature (middle and high price ranges). 

The display is of course coated against glare and achieves a luminance distribution of 81%.  That is not a particularly good value, but on the weak display (contrast 245:1), we couldn't detect any halos or marks. All the competitors have a similarly low contrast, as well as a lower average brightness in some cases. Our 4340s achieves 231 cd/m², even in battery mode. In the past, HP laptops would reduce brightness levels during battery mode (not changeable by users), so the change is well received. The ThinkPad Edge E335 only achieves 189, the Vostro 3360 only 177 cd/m².

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230
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212
cd/m²
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207
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
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X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 230 cd/m²
Average: 206.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Center on Battery: 231 cd/m²
Black: 0.939 cd/m²
Contrast: 245:1

The following images show the color space (compared to sRGB etc.) as well as the color analysis with the i1 Pro 2 photo spectrometer and CalMAN 5 software. Color space and TFT calibration are a topic for professional image editors, who would look for other notebooks. The sRGB area is only covered to a small degree, however, most office notebooks are the same. Even high contrast Full HD IPS panels are subject to the same issue (1st row, image 3).

ICC HP 4340s vs. sRGB(t)
ICC HP 4340s vs. sRGB(t)
ICC HP 4340s vs. AdobeRGB(t)
ICC HP 4340s vs. AdobeRGB(t)
ICC HP 4340s vs. Latitude E6530 FHD TN(t)
ICC HP 4340s vs. Latitude E6530 FHD TN(t)
Contrast: very low, good luminance
Contrast: very low, good luminance
Grayscale: strong deviations (sRGB) (DeltaE up to 14)
Grayscale: strong deviations (sRGB) (DeltaE up to 14)
Color saturation: strong blue tint with cyan and magenta (DeltaE 12-14)
Color saturation: strong blue tint with cyan and magenta (DeltaE 12-14)

The display is only of limited suitability for external usage. There are no disturbing reflections, however, the average brightness causes viewing problems in the sun. Despite the 231 cd/m², the display is too dark in the centre, making it unpleasant to work with. A shady place solves the problem.

View from the sides, max. luminance
View from the sides, max. luminance
View from the sides, direct light
View from the sides, direct light
View from the front, max. luminance
View from the front, max. luminance

The viewing angles carry certain restrictions, owing to the TN panel type. Viewing angles indicate whether colors or text can be recognized when viewing the display from the sides. With the ProBook 4340s we do not have a wide viewing area. If the view deviates vertically, then the colors already start to fade, starting from the smallest deviation (approx. 10 degrees). Horizontally, we can deviate up to 50 degrees from the centre. Only at this point do the colors invert and the TFT becomes clearly darker.

Viewing angle HP ProBook 4340s H4R47EA
Blickwinkel HP ProBook 4340s H4R47EA

Performance

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The ProBook 4340s is based on a rather low performance Core i3 configuration, which is sufficient and standard for office usage. HP also offers the 13-inch unit with an i5-2450M, which would represent the pinnacle of performance for this model. SSD versions are not offered by the manufacturer, and hard drives have a capacity of 500 GB. As for the display resolutions, there are no other options either. However, customers have the choice between Linux (C5C75EA) or Windows 8 Pro (Windows 7 preinstalled, Windows 8 recovery media).

Systeminfo CPUZ CPU
Systeminfo CPUZ Cache
Systeminfo CPUZ Motherboard
Systeminfo CPUZ RAM
Systeminfo GPUZ HD 4000
Systeminfo HD Tune
DPC Latency Idle OK
System information HP ProBook 4340s H4R47EA

Processor

CPU Benchmark Cinebench R11.5 Multi @2.5 GHz
CPU Benchmark Cinebench R11.5 Multi @2.5 GHz
GPU Benchmark Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL @1100 MHz
GPU Benchmark Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL @1100 MHz
AES-Support: TrueCrypt 247 MB/s
AES-Support: TrueCrypt 247 MB/s

An Intel Core i3-3120M is operating in our 4340s. The CPU belongs to the Ivy Bridge processor series. It works with a base speed of 2.5 GHz, a turbo only applies to the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 (350 - 1,100 MHz). We have examined the latter and could confirm it during the OpenGL Test (Fig. 2, same as in battery mode). 

The Cinebench benchmark is completed by the processor using its default clock rate (same as in battery mode). The results in the CPU benchmark are slightly above those of other Core i3s, but are clearly above AMDs E2-1800 (B575e) and Pentium B980 (F55A). We only list the discount office notebooks, in order to show the performance difference. There are no adequate competitors (manufacturing, materials, and input devices). On this performance level, we do have a relevant alternative, the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E335 (E2-1800), which can be purchased at a price starting from 400 Euros (~$525). 

Interesting: The core i5-3317U (Vostro 3360) is slightly exceeded, the i5-3210M (Vostro 3460) is only 18% faster as well. We use the opportunity and compare the Core i3-3120M on the basis of AES Encryption (Advanced Encryption standard). The AMD APU A6-4400 in the ProBook 6475b supports this feature, but the i3 does not. The APU (+ 168%) achieves 663 MB/s, our i3 reaches 247 and 1,200 is achieved by a low voltage Core i5 (+ 386%). The Core i3 is therefore not the best choice for encoding work.

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP ProBook 4340s H4R47EA
HD Graphics 4000, 3120M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2.44 Points ∼14%
Lenovo B575e
Radeon HD 7340, E2-1800, WDC Scorpio Blue WD5000BPVT-00HXZT3
0.64 Points ∼4% -74%
Asus F55A-SX099D
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), B980, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
1.82 Points ∼10% -25%
Fujitsu Lifebook S752
HD Graphics 3000, 2328M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD3200BPVT-16JJ5
2.12 Points ∼12% -13%
Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E330 NZS4RGE
HD Graphics 3000, 2370M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT007-9ZV142
2.31 Points ∼13% -5%
Dell Vostro 3360
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT007-9ZV142
2.4 Points ∼14% -2%
Dell Vostro 3460
GeForce GT 630M, 3210M, Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500423AS
2.88 Points ∼16% +18%
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB (sort by value)
HP ProBook 4340s H4R47EA
HD Graphics 4000, 3120M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.247 GB/s ∼3%
HP ProBook 6475b
Radeon HD 7520G, A6-4400M, Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500423AS
0.663 GB/s ∼8% +168%
Fujitsu Lifebook S752
HD Graphics 3000, 2328M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD3200BPVT-16JJ5
0.204 GB/s ∼2% -17%
Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E330 NZS4RGE
HD Graphics 3000, 2370M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT007-9ZV142
0.222 GB/s ∼3% -10%
Dell Vostro 3360
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT007-9ZV142
1.2 GB/s ∼14% +386%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
4431 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
9597 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
4765 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.98 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.44 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
12.88 fps
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System Performance

The PCMark Vantage benchmark determines a total score of 5,536 points. That is on par with other, technically simple Core i3 systems, such as the Lifebook S752 or the Edge E330. The latter achieves a higher HDD Sub Score (+ 11%) and thus a slightly better total score due to its faster rotating 7200 rpm hard drive (+ 8%). The 4340s only operates with a 5400 rpm HDD.

If a dedicated GPU and an i5 are added the Vantage would only increase by around 10 to 15% from experience. The gap becomes greater if an SSD or SSD cache improves the reading and writing procedures of the hard drive, like with the Vostros 3360 and 3460, which each have a 16 GB cache on-board. This affects the results in the 4K test in particular, as we will analyze shortly.

PCMark Vantage
1024x768 Result (sort by value)
HP ProBook 4340s H4R47EA
HD Graphics 4000, 3120M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
5536 Points ∼23%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E335 NZT5YGE 33555YG
Radeon HD 7340, E2-1800, 320 GB - 7200 rpm
2529 Points ∼11% -54%
Fujitsu Lifebook S752
HD Graphics 3000, 2328M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD3200BPVT-16JJ5
5108 Points ∼22% -8%
Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E330 NZS4RGE
HD Graphics 3000, 2370M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT007-9ZV142
5991 Points ∼25% +8%
Dell Vostro 3360
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT007-9ZV142
6650 Points ∼28% +20%
Dell Vostro 3460
GeForce GT 630M, 3210M, Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500423AS
7297 Points ∼31% +32%
1024x768 HDD Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 4340s H4R47EA
HD Graphics 4000, 3120M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
3759 Points ∼6%
Fujitsu Lifebook S752
HD Graphics 3000, 2328M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD3200BPVT-16JJ5
3256 Points ∼5% -13%
Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E330 NZS4RGE
HD Graphics 3000, 2370M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT007-9ZV142
4161 Points ∼6% +11%
Dell Vostro 3360
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT007-9ZV142
4001 Points ∼6% +6%
Dell Vostro 3460
GeForce GT 630M, 3210M, Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500423AS
16174 Points ∼24% +330%
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Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
6.9
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
5
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.3
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage5536 points
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Storage Solution

HD Tune 87 MB/s reading seq.
HD Tune 87 MB/s reading seq.
CrystalDiskMark 97 MB/s reading seq.
CrystalDiskMark 97 MB/s reading seq.

Here, the 4340s works slightly sluggish and takes a relatively long time for starting programs or installations. HD Tune and CrystalDiskMark show typical throughput of a 5400 rpm HDD87 and 97 MB/s during reading/writing. In this regard, the 5400 and 7200 HDDs are fairly similar. They both have the poor test results in the 4K and 512K tests in common. In simple terms, this involves the reading and writing of small files scattered on the HD. For this, the write & read heads must first move to the right position, which causes the throughput rate to fall to 0.3 to 0.8 MB/s. SSDs are able to achieve up to 20 MB/s in those 4K tests (Vostro 3460 SSD cache: 18 MB/s reading; 0.7 MB/s writing).

Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
Transfer Rate Minimum: 51.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 111.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 87.2 MB/s
Access Time: 20.1 ms
Burst Rate: 162.4 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1 %

Graphics Card

The HD 4000 GPU is part of the Intel processor. Its strength is not gaming performance or high processing power, but a very low idle clock rate (350 MHz) and the accordingly low battery consumption.  We have already tested numerous benchmarks and games on the HD 4000.  Please refer to the GPU data sheet. 

Its performance is low, compared to current dedicated entry-level solutions, such as the HD 8730M or GT 730M. In the new Cloud Gate Score of 3DMark, they have achieved 57 and 80% more points. The same applies to the old 3DMark06, which depends on the CPU: A GT 730M achieved 56 to 125% more performance, depending on the accompanying processor. The HD 8730M leads with +70%, however, we only had two devices in our reviews.

3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
5074 points
3DMark Ice Storm24414 points
3DMark Cloud Gate3318 points
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Gaming Performance

Mobile gaming is definitely not a strength of our test unit. Dedicated GPUs are suited better for gaming ambitions. Those can sometimes be found in business laptops, such as the Acer TravelMate P643-MG (+ 108% in 3DMark06) with a GeForce GT 640M

The integrated GPU creates minimum details at lowest resolutions at best. This is not guaranteed as shown in Sim City or Medal of Honor. The data sheet of the HD Graphics 4000 shows its gaming suitability for various games in detail. Due to the lack of dual channel RAM, the performance of the aforementioned HD 4000 becomes rather modest. Therefore, gaming performance will be in the lower range of possible HD 4000 performance.

low med.high ultra
Mass Effect 3 (2012) 19fps
Diablo III (2012) 442621fps
Fifa 13 (2012) 6533fps
Medal of Honor: Warfighter (2012) 1913fps
SimCity (2013) 21118fps

Emissions

Wie wir testen - Emissionen

System Noise

Fan exhaust
Fan exhaust

Unfortunately, the 4340s doesn't behave as inconspicuously as we would have expected from a low-power office companion. The fan runs continuously, which results in a noise level of 34 dB(A). During office usage with little load and a lot of idle time, the notebook doesn't get any louder, the constant air flow is sufficient to deal with short performance bursts. 

In battery mode, the fan operates in sonorous mode. Why is it like that? As usual, HP has activated the BIOS option "Fan always on when plugged in". If turned off, one only experiences the quiet noise of the hard drive at 30 dB(A). At least occasionally, because at long, but irregular intervals, the fan speed starts to increase all of a sudden, which we measured at a noise level of 34.8 dB(A).  This behavior lasts for approx. 30 seconds, then it returns to a calm state for 10 minutes. The flaring up of the fan arises only if the above BIOS setting was deactivated. 

During a 3DMark06 test, we measured 37 dB(A), during medium load, experienced in everyday operation (gaming, copy processes, rendering). Under constant high load (stress test), the 13-inch device doesn't get much louder. The noise level rises marginally to nearly 40 dB(A). The fan spins smoothly. The Dell Vostro 3360 produces a similar volume, but with a slimmer casing. Genuine ergonomic devices are the ThinkPad Edge E330 and particularly the Edge E335 (E2-1800). Only during the stress test is the latter as loud as our ProBook 4340s is during idle operation.

Noise Level

Idle 30.1 / 33.7 / 34.8 dB(A)
HDD 30.8 dB(A)
DVD 36.7 / dB(A)
Load 37.3 / 39.7 dB(A)
 
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silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Prime95 & Furmark Stress test: 2.5 GHz (constantly)
Prime95 & Furmark Stress test: 2.5 GHz (constantly)

Does the fan cool the casing adequately at least, if it won't stop running in standard mode? This is the case, even though the palm rest area warms up noticeably. As soon as it comes under load, the temperature moves slightly upwards, the average temperature on the upper surface rises by only °C (around 6 °C in absolute figures).

The temperature image (idle/load) shows an almost homogeneous surface with temperatures of just about 30 and 33 °C. After the two hour stress test (Furmark plus Prime95) the upper surface of the casing remains below 40 °C, the lower surface is even cooler. Operation on the lap is therefore not a problem. 

Everything is OK on the outside and the same goes for the inside. The sensors only indicate 73 °C at the processor core. The clock rate remains constant at 2.5 GHz. A 3DMark06 test which was run consecutively led to the same result as after a cold boot.

Max. Load
 36.6 °C33.1 °C27.9 °C 
 33.8 °C37 °C28.6 °C 
 32 °C35.1 °C31 °C 
Maximum: 37 °C
Average: 32.8 °C
28.5 °C30.9 °C35.3 °C
28.4 °C34.74 °C34.3 °C
29.6 °C32.8 °C35.1 °C
Maximum: 35.3 °C
Average: 32.2 °C
Power Supply (max.)  43 °C | Room Temperature 23.9 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The sound, which is produced by the two speakers located above the keyboard, could not convince us. Although HP advertises "SRS Premium Sound", the sound is only below average amongst our review units. Most laptops struggle due to small loudspeakers (low performance, tiny membrane) with metallic sound and non-existent bass. The volume is sufficient to fill a medium-sized meeting room temporarily. At high tones and maximum volume, the loudspeakers produce cracking noises.

Power Management

Wie wir testen - Akkulaufzeit

Energy Consumption

With the 4340s, we experience the usual average power consumption for a 13-inch unit with processor graphics. According to our measurements in numerous laptops, we know that the idle power consumption of standard voltage systems (i3, i5, i7), are fairly similar. A very economic one is the ThinkPad Edge E335 (AMD E2-1800), which is satisfied with 5-9 Watts (idle mode min./max.). However, the TFT's brightness of the E335 is also slightly lower. The Intel configuration (E330) with i3 requires 6 -10 Watts at a similar TFT brightness. The lowest idle power consumption occurs when the communication modules are inactive, lowest brightness and in energy saving mode.

The large difference between the idle values and the maximum power consumption in the stress tests and middle load is to a large extent because of the turbo boost of the GPU as well as the energy saving mode of the i3. Under moderate load it is 38 Watts, during the stress test it becomes 45 Watts (2.5 GHz, GPU @1100 MHz). The economic E335 operates at 25 Watts.

The 65 Watt power adapter is suitably designed for this power consumption. It requires two hours to complete charging. The power adapter reaches 43 °C at max. (stress test, empty battery).

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.1 Watt
Idle 9.6 / 13.2 / 14.5 Watt
Load 38 / 45.6 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 960

Battery Life

The 13-inch device is equipped with a 51 Watt-hour battery (4,530 mAh). According to the manufacturer, this is sufficient for a battery life of 8.5 hours. It is not too far from the truth, we measured about 9 hours 15 minutes in idle mode. For this test, the brightness of the display was set to the lowest setting, radio modules were deactivated and the processor was in idle state. The battery life could have been extended by deactivating unused devices in the BIOS (e.g. USB 3.0, webcam, DVD drive).

Closer to reality is the simulated internet browsing (Luminance 150 cd/m²), which stops after 4 hours 32 minutes.  Compared to other competitors, this is not ample battery life. The colleagues Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E335 (4 h 48 m, 63Wh) and Edge E330 (5 h 45 m, 63Wh) are able to hold out longer. The Dell Vostro 3360 is on par (4 h 18 m, 49Wh).

Charging: 118-127 minutes (3 cycles)
Charging: 118-127 minutes (3 cycles)
WLAN browsing: 272 mins
WLAN browsing: 272 mins
Idle operation: 555 mins
Idle operation: 555 mins
DVD movie: 278 mins
DVD movie: 278 mins
Load: 110 mins
Load: 110 mins
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
9h 15min
WiFi Surfing
4h 32min
DVD
4h 38min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 50min

Verdict

Wie wir testen - Fazit

How many compromises does one need to make in order to own a ProBook for 570 Euros (~$748)? Quite a lot, we will summarize: No WXGA++ display, only basic connections as found in consumer laptops, a bad webcam and no high performance configurations (i5 rarely, no i7, no SSD option). 

So do we have a weakened ProBook which could be replaced by any consumer office unit? Not at all: Manufacturingstability and high-quality materials are within the upper league, and the input devices put the weak and flimsy keys of consumer units to shame.

Strengths include the low heat emission, usable battery life and the still sufficient security features (apart from TPM). If one can accept the few weaknesses, such as the occasional flaring up of the fan, then they will get a well-built office notebook for this price range. 

With regard to the display, the competition (ThinkPad Edge E335 and Edge E330, Vostro 3460/3360) doesn't have much more to offer either. On the contrary, the Vostro 3360 has even lower brightness; the same applies to the Edge E335. If one can't do without an excellent keyboard, then they should stick to the Edge E330 /E335 (cone-shaped, Trackpoint). The best and slimmest manufacturing among the competitors is offered by the Vostro 3360. However, the spongy feeling when typing will deter many buyers.

HP ProBook 4340s (H4R47EA): Gutes Basic-Office - an die Allrounder-Stärken eines
HP ProBook 4340s (H4R47EA): Gutes Basic-Office - an die Allrounder-Stärken eines
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In Review: HP ProBook 4340s H4R47EA
In Review:  HP ProBook 4340s H4R47EA

Specifications

HP ProBook 4340s H4R47EA
Processor
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 4000, Core: 650-1100 MHz
Memory
4096 MB 
, 1 x 4096 MB PC3-12800 DDR3 Single Channel, max. 8 GB
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, LG Display 0354, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM76 (Panther Point)
Harddisk
Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380, 500 GB 
5400 rpm
Soundcard
HD Audio
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Line Out, Microphone , Card Reader: SD, MS/MS-Pro, MMC, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: HDD Shock Sensor,
Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Ralink RT3290 802.11n Wireless Network Adapter (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVD+/-RW GT80N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 36 x 326 x 229 ( = 1.42 x 12.83 x 9.02 in)
Weight
2.011 kg ( = 70.94 oz) Power Supply: 407 g ( = 14.36 oz)
Battery
51 Wh Lithium-Ion, 10.8 V 4530 mAh, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 8 h
Price
599 Euro
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit) + Windows 8 Pro (64 Bit)
Additional features
Webcam: 1.3 MP 1280x720, Speakers: 2 x Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Spill-resistant, Keyboard Light: no, Carry case, Trial Microsoft Office 2010, Recovery Manager, Support Assistant, Hotkey Support Software, Power Assistant (Windows 7 only), Connection Manager (Windows 7 only), Wireless Hotspot (Windows 8 only), Wireless Assistant (Windows 7), ArcSoft Total Media Suite, 12 Months Warranty

 

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In comparison to the recently tested ProBook 6475b,
In comparison to the recently tested ProBook 6475b,
the ProBook 4340s is more of a "business-light" version.
the ProBook 4340s is more of a "business-light" version.
The 13.3-inch unit is also slightly smaller in size
The 13.3-inch unit is also slightly smaller in size
and a bit more flat in terms of its height.
and a bit more flat in terms of its height.
Compared to notebooks which are less than 25 mm thick, the 36 mm ProBook looks like a dinosaur.
Compared to notebooks which are less than 25 mm thick, the 36 mm ProBook looks like a dinosaur.
The technical details are fortunately less old.
The technical details are fortunately less old.
Core i3-3120M and HD Graphics 4000 (IGP), both from Intel.
Core i3-3120M and HD Graphics 4000 (IGP), both from Intel.
We reviewed the weakest configuration of the ProBook 4340s series.
We reviewed the weakest configuration of the ProBook 4340s series.
With the Core i5-2450M (B6M52EA/B6M37EA) model and HD 3000, the performance limits are reached.
With the Core i5-2450M (B6M52EA/B6M37EA) model and HD 3000, the performance limits are reached.
The stability of the chassis is on a good level,
The stability of the chassis is on a good level,
the matte surfaces are suitable for an office computer.
the matte surfaces are suitable for an office computer.
The anti-glare coated TFT is a must.
The anti-glare coated TFT is a must.
The brightness has improved compared to earlier ProBooks, but is still not perfect.
The brightness has improved compared to earlier ProBooks, but is still not perfect.
HP provides a carry bag with this 13.3-inch unit.
HP provides a carry bag with this 13.3-inch unit.
Whether it had to be such a heavy one is debatable.
Whether it had to be such a heavy one is debatable.
The quality is standard at best (retail price 10-20 Euros, ~$13-$26).
The quality is standard at best (retail price 10-20 Euros, ~$13-$26).
Software is also provided, Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) is preinstalled, Windows 8 Pro (64-bit) is supplied via recovery media.
Software is also provided, Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) is preinstalled, Windows 8 Pro (64-bit) is supplied via recovery media.
Once the bottom cover is removed, the maintenance options become numerous.
Once the bottom cover is removed, the maintenance options become numerous.
On the cover there are instructions for changing the hard drive.
On the cover there are instructions for changing the hard drive.
Here is the WLAN module, the optional 3G modem
Here is the WLAN module, the optional 3G modem
and main memory (2 sockets, one occupied).
and main memory (2 sockets, one occupied).
The small 65 Watt power adapter should not be left at home.
The small 65 Watt power adapter should not be left at home.
The 51 Wh battery is not enough for a day's work,
The 51 Wh battery is not enough for a day's work,
but with 4 h 32 m, it can still be fairly useful (WLAN test).
but with 4 h 32 m, it can still be fairly useful (WLAN test).
There is no battery interface to "dock with" like the ProBook 6475b.
There is no battery interface to "dock with" like the ProBook 6475b.
The bottom does not support this form of extension (no battery port).
The bottom does not support this form of extension (no battery port).
Based on the 14-inch siblings 6475b and 6470b, the connections are sparse.
Based on the 14-inch siblings 6475b and 6470b, the connections are sparse.
Docking port or eSATA are non-existent, but at least we have three USB 3.0 ports.
Docking port or eSATA are non-existent, but at least we have three USB 3.0 ports.
Could be either useful or bulky: a 1.5 meter power cable (80 cm is usual).
Could be either useful or bulky: a 1.5 meter power cable (80 cm is usual).

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Pro

+High-class materials
+Simple design
+Solid construction
+Good keyboard/mouse combination
+Cool casing
+Good battery life and power consumption
+Carry case is included
 

Cons

-Continuously running fan (BIOS)
-and flaring-up fan (irregular)
-Only 12 months standard warranty
-Low-contrast display
-No docking port

Shortcut

What we like

Basic office device focusing on the essentials. HP saves on some upselling elements, but provides some teasers into the ProBook portfolio. 

What we'd like to see

A constant, but quiet fan. The brightness must be higher with such a weak contrast. 

What surprises us

How it is possible to cut corners on business elements in such an elegant way.

The competition

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E335 (E2-1800); Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E330 (i3); Dell Vostro 3460 (i5); Dell Vostro 3360 (i3); Fujitsu Lifebook S752 (i3).

Rating

HP ProBook 4340s H4R47EA
04/03/2013 v3
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
85%
Keyboard
88%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
69%
Weight
88%
Battery
89%
Display
72%
Games Performance
68%
Application Performance
88%
Temperature
90%
Noise
81%
Add Points
85%
Average
83%
84%
Office *
Weighted Average
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Author: Sebastian Jentsch, 2013-06-11 (Update: 2013-06-25)