These days, we have to admit that many people purchase laptops (and other gadgets for that matter) with the word “bling” in mind. While that may be a sweeping statement, we cannot deny the fact that looks do play a large part in making the decision to purchase a new laptop. I would go as far as to say that this is one reason that Apple continues to attract many new – and returning – customers.
If you are looking for a laptop without looks or flashiness in mind, however, there is one feasible alternative: the HP ProBook 6560b. This laptop was seemingly created with no nonsense business purposes in mind. One look at the HP ProBook 6560b, and I think that you will agree with me. There really isn’t much to remark about the laptop’s look – it isn’t fugly, but it is not beautiful as well.
What does make it interesting is the fact that it delivers all the functionalities that a businessperson will need, plus the reliability that HP normally gives its customers. The HP ProBook 6560b is also not a fragile device – it has a magnesium-reinforced chassis, which will ensure that the occasional bang against the wall or table will not wreck it.
What I like is the keyboard, which is waterproof. If you accidentally spill coffee – or whatever your energy boosting beverage may be – on the keyboard, the water will drain off via the built-in grates. God knows how often this happens when tired humans stay up till the wee hours of the morning crunching some numbers!
And speaking of numbers, the HP ProBook 6560b has a number pad at the rightmost part of the keyboard. I don’t deal much with numbers, but when I do, I sometimes find myself wishing for the number pad in the “normal” keyboard. Then there is the choice between a large touchpad (with multi-touch support) and a pointer nub (I never got into this, to be honest).
As for performance, the HP ProBook 6560b is nothing to sniff at. You can choose from the second-gen Sandy Bridge processors – Core i3, i5, and i7. It has 4GB of RAM, which is upgradable to 16GB. As for the screen, it is 15.6 inches – a bane for eyes sore from overworking.
So if a workhorse is what you need, the HP ProBook 6560b just might be what you need.