Do you want a laptop that’s more capable than your typical Celeron rig with 200 bucks price tag? In that case, you might’ve noticed the HP Probook 350 K4L55UT. It boasts a Core i7, the flagship processor of Intel, with enough room to grow for basically everyone. The CPU is of course not everything there is to this HP. So let me present you my opinion about this laptop’s good and bad sides.
The Intel Core i7-4510U is a dual-core, 2.0GHz processor which looks rather typical based on these specs only. But that’s not all, there’s a set of features that makes this CPU a real beast: Hyper-threading up to four threads, turbo boost of 3.1GHz and Intel HD 4400 for increased gaming capabilities. The processor is a 2014 model, and can run most applications without ever bogging down. An obvious choice for a power user, but as said above offers a future proof solution for everyday users, too.
As expected, the memory amount in HP Probook 350 K4L55UT is also top notch. It comes with 8GB DDR3L installed and supports up to 16GB memory in case you want to expand. In total two memory slots are available on the mainboard.
500GB is the size of internal storage in this HP. It is quite average, although the 7200RPM speed allows the drive to operate somewhat faster than a typical 5400RPM drive. Of course, the speed of a modern SSD would beat this regular HDD with flying colors, but the half a terabyte size is an alright choice for someone with lots of big files like movies, music and photos.
For all the Windows 7 fans: this laptop has Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) pre-installed. In addition, there’s also a license for Windows 8.1 in case you want to make the switch. I consider this as an advantage because you essentially have two operating systems with a price of one.
Display and gaming
HP Probook 350 K4L55UT screen size is 15.6 inches. The resolution is 1366×768 which might sadden some advanced users. You might get a Full HD laptop for this price, but probably not with a Core i7 processor. As such, I don’t give minus points for the screen. It’s an average display that does its job well for uses this laptops is intended for.
The Intel HD 4400 chip is the graphics engine for Core i5 and i7 processors. Running many games with it – especially when Core i7 and 8GB RAM are backing you up – works well. Most recent titles (BF4, AC4 etc) would reach at least 25-30 frames per seconds on low settings. Minecraft and other older games even more, and for those you could up the resolution and eye candy without making sacrifices to the FPS.
HP Probook 350 K4L55UT has three USB ports, the usual number in many low to mid range laptops. Two of those are USB 3.0 for faster speeds. VGA and HDMI outputs are also available if you’re keen on using an external monitor with your notebook.
A wireless adapter with Bluetooth support and a Gigabit Ethernet port are available for networking.
A DVD burner and an SD/SDHC/SDXC card reader are installed on this Probook. Also a HD webcam is there, allowing for high quality video meetings.
What else to keep in mind?
A powerful laptop doesn’t have to weigh a lot. This one weighs just 5.1 pounds which is typical for a 15 inch notebook. Battery life isn’t listed anywhere, but I’d expect the usual 4 hours operating time from the 4-cell, 41WHr battery.
The keyboard has a numeric keypad on the right. As far as I know, the keyboard is not backlit.
A trial for anti-virus program is pre-installed. Also some bloatware is, but uninstalling it is a trivial task.
HP Probook 350 K4L55UT is quite a good deal considering the current price. The fact it has a Core i7 with 8GB RAM shows it’s geared towards advanced users who are still not willing to pay prices closer to (or even over) thousand dollars from their rig. As it is, I don’t see many negatives about the HP – perhaps size of the hard drive could’ve been bigger than 500GB. But there are positive things about the notebook: great computing power and an option to choose between Windows 7 and 8. So you might want to give this HP a try if a laptop with upgraded performance is what you seek.