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HP ProBook 6550b

alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 reviews of HP ProBook 6550b. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Opinions about the keyboard and price are overall positive. The screen and performance are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the touchpad and reliability. There are some mixed reviews about the energy efficiency.

usability, performance, screen, price, keyboard

reliability, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP ProBook 6550b is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for HP ProBook 6550b

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 user reviews of HP ProBook 6550b from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the performance and portability. The screen and price also get good views.

usability, price, screen, portability, performance

93% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

Review HP ProBook 6550b Notebook

 

Professional companion. The HP ProBook 6550b is geared toward small to mid-sized businesses and therefore comes with a comprehensive package of security features. But its not only there that the notebook scores highly, but rather also impresses in...

Overall robust design, Very good display, Good keyboard, Numerous security features (hardware and software), Decent performance, Good connectivity, Good battery life, The extensive array of connections and the numerous security features of the...

Small touchpad without multi-touch, The lid isn't as stable as the other notebooks, In our opinion, an illuminated keyboard would have been a sensible supplement for the ProBook 6550b

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (goodgearguide.com.au)

HP ProBook 6550b 15.6in business notebook

 

An HP business notebook that's packed with features, performs well and is comfortable to use

Good mix of old and new connectivity, sturdy build quality, good performance

Slightly 'sticky' touchpad, 32-bit version of Windows 7, touch-sensitive buttons are slow and sometimes unreliable

If you're a business user that absolutely must have as many connectivity features built into a notebook as possible, then HP's ProBook 6550b is worth looking into. Not only do you get modern facilities such as eSATA and DisplayPort, you also get...

Oct, 2010

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras, PCWorld.idg.com.au (techadvisor.co.uk)

HP ProBook 6550b review

 

The HP ProBook 6550b has everything from a built-in DVD burner to a FireWire port, and you even get a 56Kbps modem and a serial port, which are components from an era when terms such as 'BBS' and 'IRQ conflict' were in everyday use. It's this mix of...

The HP ProBook 6550b's 6-cell, 55 Watt-hour battery lasted 2hr 12min in our rundown test, in which we disable power management, enable Wi-Fi, maximise the screen's brightness and loop an Xvid-encoded video. This is only two minutes off what the ProBook...

Oct, 2010

Consumer review by: Janice C. (newegg.com)

Bad battery

 

No I will not be buying one of these again

There is a defect in the screen which blocks part of the view and the battery will not charge so it has to be used on the power cord all the time.

It is inconvenient to have to use the power cord all the time and I would think a battery that would charge would be part of the expectations in a purchase.

Feb, 2016

Consumer review by: Sher (newegg.com)

No compatibilty with third party Hardware and Software

 

Technical Support indicated clearly this is an incompatible condition and has no solution. We need to return this laptop asap and get a refund or a replacement from other brand, since it is not useful to us.

All as usual

Is not compatible with some third party data acquisition hardware and software. Device Manager shows Hardware PCI cards installed via express card / 54 slot connection, yet when the handshake between software and hardware is initiated for actual data...

Dec, 2010

Consumer review by: MCreviere (newegg.com)

Does everything well

 

I can not say enough good things about the 6550b line of laptops. HP Probook series machines are reliable, well constructed, perform well, and the price is hard to beat for what you get. Also, as a Systems Engineer, the addition of a built-in serial...

Standard warranty is lacking, opt for the 3 year onsite if this is a business critical machine

Nov, 2010

Consumer review by: zohaibjutt (mouthshut.com)

HP ProBook 6550B

 

All HP laptops are good and have better processing speed. I am using hp probook 6550B. It has discrete and integrated graphics. It contains intel quad core processor and intel dual core processors. The screen is 15 inch. It also contains finger print...

Feb, 2016

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio:HP Premier Sound; Integrated stereo speakers; Integrated microphone (dual-microphone array when equipped with optional 2 MP webcam); Touch-sensitive controls
Audio included:HP Premier Sound; Integrated stereo speakers; Integrated microphone (dual-microphone array when equipped with optional 2 MP webcam); Touch-sensitive controls
Audio system:HD / HD PS / HP Premier Sound / HP Premium Sound / Premier Sound / Ps
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:51 / 55 / 93
Battery capacity (Watt hours):51 / 55 / 93
Battery life (max):5.45 / 5.7 / 5.75 / 6 / 6.3 / 6.5
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6 / 9

Camera

Front Camera:N

Certificates

Certification:EPEAT Gold
Energy Star certified: / No / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Silver / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Intel segment tagging:Enterprise
Product type:Notebook

Disk Drive

Hard disk drive type:320 GB 7200 rpm SATA II / 500 GB 7200 rpm SATA II

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:15.6 / 16
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1600 x 900
Display surface:Gloss
HD type:HD+
LED backlight:No / Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

AC adapter power:65 / 90

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.512
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 540v / AMD Radeon HD 540v / Intel HD / Intel HD Graphics / No / UMA
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.5
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:500
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):667 / 766
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics

Hard Drive

Hard disk drive type:320 GB 7200 rpm SATA II / 500 GB 7200 rpm SATA II

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard type:Full-sized spill-resistant keyboard with drain and separate numeric keypad / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad / Touchpad + Scroll zone
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:2 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory layout:1 x 2 / 2 x 1 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 / 2 x 1 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM
Memory upgrade:8

Networking

3G:No / Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: Yes
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:10/100/1000 / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / Integrated Intel 82577LC Gigabit Network Connection
Networking topology:Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 95

Optical Drive

LightScribe: Yes
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL

Other Features

Audio system:HD / HD PS / HP Premier Sound / Premier Sound / Ps
Battery Type:6-cell (55 WHr) Li-Ion
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Dimensions (WxDxH):14.6 x 9.76 x 1.37
Display: / LCD / LED
Energy efficiency compliance:
Expansion Slots:1 Express Card/54; 1 Media Card Reader\nAn optional Integrated Smart Card Reader is available and replaces the ExpressCard/54 (or ExpressCard/34) slot.
Graphics adapter family:AMD / Intel
Hard drive controller type:SED SATA II (7200 rpm)SATA II (7200 rpm) / SED SATA II (7200 rpm)\nSATA II (7200 rpm) / Solid State Drive\nSATA II (7200 rpm)
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem:No / Yes
Manageability features:HP 3D DriveGuard
Maximum hard drive capacity:500
Minimum hard disk space:250
Modem Speed:56
Modem Type:V.92
Operating temperature (T-T):41 - 95
Operating temperature range (T-T):41 - 95
Power Requirements:100 - 240V / 100 - 240V AC / 65W HP AC Adapter; HP Fast Charge / 90W HP AC Adapter; HP Fast Charge
Power supply type:AC / AC/DC
Size:14.6 / 15
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Weight:Weight varies by configuration and component.\nStarting at 5.5 lb
Weight (imperial):Weight varies by configuration and component.\nStarting at 5.5 lb
Wireless Technology:Broadcom 802.11b/g/n; HP Integrated Module with Bluetooth 2.1+EDR Wireless Technology / Broadcom 802.11b/g/n; HP Integrated Module with Bluetooth 2.1+EDR Wireless Technology; HP Mobile Broadband (powered by Gobi) with GPS / Wi-Fi / WiFi / Wireless LAN

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Handheld remote control: No

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:No / Type III
CardBus PCMCIA slots quantity:2
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
eSATA ports quantity:1
eSATA/USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:3 USB 2.0; 1 eSATA/USB 2.0 Combo; 1 external VGA monitor; 1 DisplayPort; 1 1394a; 1 serial; 1 stereo microphone in; 1 stereo headphone/line-out; 1 AC power; 1 RJ-11 (select models); 1 RJ-45; 1 docking connector; 1 secondary battery connector
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port: No
Serial ports quantity:1
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter power:65 / 90

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM57 Express / Intel QM57 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):17 / 18 / 19 / 20
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
L2 cache:3
L3 cache:3
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM57 Express / Intel QM57 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
PCI Express configurations:1x16
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:81
Processor:I3-350M / i3-370M / I3-380M / i5-450M / I5-460M / I5-480M / I5-520M / i5-560M
Processor boost frequency:2.66 / 2.8 / 2.93 / 2.933 / 3.20
Processor cache:0.512, 3 / 3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Arrandale
Processor cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i3-3xxx / Intel Core i3-xxx / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Core i5-xxx / Intel® Celeron®
Processor frequency:2.26 / 2.4 / 2.53 / 2.66
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I3-350M / i3-370M / I3-380M / i5-450M / I5-460M / I5-480M / I5-520M / i5-560M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-400 series / Intel Core i5-500 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1288 / BGA956 / PGA988 / Socket 988
Processor threads:4
Stepping:C2 / K0
System bus data transfer rate:2.5 / 4.8
System bus rate:2.5 / 4.8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:105 / 90

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:1.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36 / Yes
Processor ARK ID:43529 / 47341 / 49020 / 49022 / 49653 / 50178 / 50179 / 52952
Processor code:SLBPL / SLBTT / SLBTZ / SLBUK / SLC22 / SLC26
Processor package size:34 / 37.5 / rPGA 37.5x 37.5, BGA 34x28
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1/4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Password protection:HDD / Yes
Password protection type:HDD / Y
Security management:HP ProtectTools Security Manager; Enhanced Pre-Boot Security; HP SpareKey; One-Step Logon; Setup Password; TPM 1.2 Embedded Security Chip; TPM Enhanced DriveLock; HP Disk Sanitizer; Lock slot; Support for Computrace LoJack Pro for HP ProtectTools
Security management description:HP ProtectTools Security Manager; Enhanced Pre-Boot Security; HP SpareKey; One-Step Logon; Setup Password; TPM 1.2 Embedded Security Chip; TPM Enhanced DriveLock; HP Disk Sanitizer; Lock slot; Support for Computrace LoJack Pro for HP ProtectTools
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Software

Bundled software:HP ProtectTools Security Manager\nHP ProtectTools for Central Management\nHP Quick Launch Buttons Software\nHP QuickLook 3\nHP QuickWeb\nHP Power Assistant\nHP Connection Manager 3.1\nHP Wireless Assistant\nHP DayStarter / HP Recovery Manager\nHP Support Assistant\nHP ProtectTools Security Manager\nHP ProtectTools for Central Management\nHP Quick Launch Buttons Software\nHP QuickLook 3\nHP QuickWeb\nHP Power Assistant\nHP Connection Manager 3.1\nHP Wireless Assistant\nHP DayStarter\nHP Webcam-Software\nSkype / Microsoft Office 2010
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional
Pre-installed software:Microsoft Office 2010
Trial software:McAfee Total Protection (60) / Microsoft Office 2010, McAfee Total Protection, WinZip 14 / Microsoft Office Professional 2007, McAfee Total Protection, WinZip 14 / Microsoft Office Professional 2007,\nMcAfee Total Protection / Microsoft Office Professional 2007McAfee Total Protection WinZip 14 / Microsoft Office Professional 2007\nMcAfee Total Protection\nWinZip 14

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:160 / 250 / 320
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:160 / 250 / 320 / 500

Technical Details

Power supply type:AC/DC

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10 / 9.76
Depth (imperial):9.76
Height:0.137 / 1 / 1.37 / 1.38
Height (front):1 / 1.37
Height (imperial):1.37
Height (rear):1.37
Weight:5.51 / 5.53 / 7
Width:14.6 / 14.7 / 15
Width (imperial):14.6