For the past 6 months I have been imaging and deploying these ‘HP ProBook 4540s Notebook”. This particular model is a descent budget friendly notebook and the price point is very reasonable. Looking back at this notebook, it is known as the ‘S’ series. The ProBook 4540s i3 has been in the market for about 1 year and a half. In the technology world it is considered to be an old model, but you can still find them online at http://www.amazon.com or best buy online and the price would be around the 530ish or even lower depending on the vendor.
It started in April 2009 and HP ProBook S-Series was born in which resided of the Intel 4410s, 4510s, and 4710s with the screens, respectively – 14”, 15.6” and 17.3”. The S-Series was updated in 2010 with Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors, a beautifully crafted brushed aluminum case, a descent Chiclet keyboard and multitouch ClickPad – meaning (Physical buttons for right-click and left-click actions, the ClickPad consist of single, continuous surface. The ClickPad surface is plain or it has graphical demarcations to indicate different actionable regions).
In my honest discovery, the 4540s-i3 is for that everyday grinding task notebook dealing with Microsoft excel spreadsheet, create power point presentation, checking emails, video conferencing with Skype or yahoo messaging, and descent enough for your complicated remote CITRIX session “Go to Meeting” or remote accessing your desktop computer at work. This reminds of the story “The little Engine that could” keeps you moving no matter how difficult the project is at hand.
We should move on, get down to business and began with the pure guts of this Notebook.
- Release Year; 2013
- 3rd generation Intel Core i3-3110M 2.40GHZ processor.
- 4GB of DDR3 memory which provides impressive multitasking.
Meaning; DDR3 SDRAM, an abbreviation for double data rate type three synchronous dynamic random access memory. A modern type of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) with high bandwidth. DDR3 is a DRAM interface specification. The primary benefit of DDR3 SDRAM over its immediate predecessor is its ability to transfer data at twice the rate (eight times the speed of its internal memory arrays), enabling higher bandwidth or peak data rates.
- 500GB HDD; stores massive files easily.
- DVDRW drive; burns and plays optical discs. SuperMulti DVD+/-RW dual layer.
- Widescreen HD LED Backlit Anti-glare Display.
- Screen size; 15.6 inches.
- (1) VGA; port.
- HD Webcam.
- Media card reader.
- (1) HDMI – 1.4
- (2) 3.0 USB / (2) 2.0 USB / stereo microphone / headphone/line out.
- (1) Realtek 10/100 Ethernet controller / RJ 45.
- Wireless: supports – 802.11 b/g/n.
- Fingerprint; reader.
- Operating System; Windows 7 64-bit Home or Windows 8 depending on the vendor. Standard Windows 7 then the option to upgrade to Windows 8. Check and verify with the vendor.
- The price point is not too bad, and you can find them under 500 it all depends where you shop. You get what you paid for when it comes to Intel Core i3 in the realm of the notebook class.
- Craftsmanship; with brushed aluminum case.
- Satisfactory screen size; 15.6
- All-purpose laptop; daily task – Excel spreadsheet, power point presentation, emails, Skyping (built-in Webcam), and surfing the web. Gaming? Not so much.
- Wireless friendly; an actual ‘Wireless’ button above the keyboard to enable or disable.
- Satisfactory storage; 500GB.
- Satisfactory memory; 4GB for an i3 family.
- Intel processor; which is slightly better than its predecessor (AMD).
- Battery life; for my experiences juiced up without the power adapter; a good solid 4hrs.
- Weight; 5.47 pounds – little bit on the heavy side. Due to all of the input devices all cramped in. By eliminating the DVD Rom drive, can make the difference. But, look at it for what it’s worth.
- i3 processor; never been a fan. If anything go for the i7, but for the money it’s workable for everyday purpose notebook.
- Hard drive failure; I’ve been working and testing these models. A few I would fine to have hard drive problems – looping and blue screened. Note: the BIOS (Upon boot up – Basic Input Output System) have the capability to run a diagnostic test such as Memory and Hard Drive. This is a plus before calling the tech support line. When it comes to laptops, always good to have an extended warranty plan. When hardware fails, Do it yourself attitude does not cut it and not worth it! Call HP Tech Support for warranty repairs.
- Power fan noise; At times you would come around a lemon from 1 out of 10 of these which I have been testing and deploying for the last 6 months. A loud fan noise arises, best solution is to immediately contact HP Support line and have them repair or replace under your warranty plan.
A good budget laptop with everyday task – surfing the web, play videos, emails, Skyping (VoIP), Microsoft office task with Excel and Word. Scale from 1 to 10, I would give it an 8.5 rating. I would say a perfect fit for college students, the work-alcoholic executives, and beginner’s alike. Hope you enjoy this review and have a great day!