HP ProBook 650 G1
Reviews for the HP ProBook 650 G1
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Excellent waterproof backlit keyboard; good connectivity; fingerprint scanner; decent performance. Negative: Low brightness and contrast of the screen; short battery life; relatively expensive.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/22/2014
The ProBook 650 G1 is a business laptop by HP. It comes with a docking port, which is usually used to easily connect or disconnect the laptop to existing peripherals in office. The design is very executive-like with a silver chassis and DualPoint keyboard. There is an option to downgrade from Windows 8.1 Pro to Windows 7 Pro depending on the user or organization.
The laptop supports the Intel Core i5-4300M with a HD Graphic 4600 graphics processor, 4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM and 320 GB storage. This specification will vary depending on the selected configuration. The display is a 15.6 inch LED FHD SVA anti-glare panel and has no webcam.
There is a DVD burner and the audio is not great as expected from a business class laptop. Battery life on the other hand is good and will last around 7 hours depending on the usage with its 6 cell Lithium-Ion battery. In conclusion, this is a laptop for everyday tasks in organizations. There is nothing to shout about but it will certainly get the job done.
Series: The HP ProBook 650 Series consists of mainstream notebooks designed for business use. The models are largely made of plastic and are sturdy and stable. In addition, they are slim and lightweight with a weight from 2.32 kg. The 15.6 inch display either features a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels or 1920 x 1080 pixles. Users are given the option to customize performance with a wide range of Intel Core processors, up to 16 GB and an internal storage capacity of up to 1TB. With graphics rendered by the Intel HD Graphics 4600, its capacity to deliver stunning visuals is unquestionable. Some models use a dedicated AMD RadeonTM HD8 8750M (128-bit) with 1 GB GDDR5 VRAM. Sound quality is beyond average thanks to HD Audio with DTS Studio Sound.
An appealing feature of the Probook 650 series are its security features. It is enhanced with HP BIOS protection, which protects the laptop from virus attacks to the BIOS as well as other security threats, and is also designed to help prevent data loss and reduce downtime. There are plenty of interfaces including an HDMI port, 5(!) USB 3.0 ports (one charging), 1 DisplayPort, 1 VGA as well as a combo audio jack. In addition, there is a media card reader on board. The battery life depends on the selected hardware and battery option.
AMD Radeon HD 8750M: Mid-range graphics card based on the GCN architecture.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
4200M: Haswell-based dual-core processor clocked at 2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.1 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4600 GPU and a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.
The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, often allows high resolutions and thus offers rich details on the screen, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact - simply the standard compromise.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
HP: Founded in 1939, the US company is a major server and printer manufacturer and one of the leading IT companies in the world. Until 2015, the company was called Hewlett-Packard Company. After a split, the computer division was renamed HP Inc.
In 2023, HP had an approximate market share of 22% of global PC sales, making it number 2 after Lenovo.
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