Good for business. HP delivers a stable business notebook for the entry-level segment with the ProBook 6570b. For around 1050 Euros (~$1400) the package includes an Intel dual-core processor from the Ivy Bridge generation, a dedicated AMD graphics card and a matte 15.6-inch display with HD+ resolution.
15-inch notebooks represent the lion’s share of the business segment portable devices. Many manufacturers continually fill the market with new versions of the most popular models. The US computer manufacturer, Hewlett Packard also wants to have a piece of the delicious business pie, and has been producing the successful ProBook series for several years. In these laptops, a stable chassis with good manufacturing quality meets an abundance of features and good performance.
Also the newest incarnation of the ProBook series represents these values to more or less the same extent as its predecessor, the HP ProBook 6560b, and is available for under 1000 Euros (~$1300) with Windows 7 Professional – something that should be especially interesting for small business customers. Altogether, HP is currently offering 27 different configurations with prices ranging between 910 and 1282 Euros (or about $1200 and $1700 RRP). The ProBook 6570b (B6P88EA) we had for testing costs around 1160 Euros (~$1530 RRP), and represents the vice-flagship model in the portfolio. The 123 Euros (~160) more expensive ProBook 6570b (B6P89EA) differentiates itself due to a different mobile broadband module.
For a retail price of around 1060 Euros, our reviewed device includes a dedicated Radeon HD graphics card from AMD, an Intel Core i5 processor with vPro technology, an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics chip, and an abundance of memory and fast RAM. A DVD burner meanwhile, handles optical media, and a matte HD+ display along with a comprehensive array of business suited interfaces complete the package. Whether the ProBook 6570b is also able to provide adequate performance will be determined in our review.