Hewlett Packard 4510 SB

December 1st, 2009 Desktop, Mobile Computing, Tech

Price: $1,489

Normally there wouldn’t be a PC notebook for under two thousand dollars that could possibly find a home in a creative environment, but HP have broken new ground with the 4510 series and packed it all into a good looking chassis to boot.

The first thing we enjoyed was the keyboard. It’s a nice enough surprise to see a notebook with a full extended keyboard, but the 4510 takes some cues from recent rethinking in keyboard usability from companies like Apple and Toshiba (with their recent NB200 netbook).

It all comes down to mere millimetres. There’s a little space between each key and their surfaces only sit a tiny way up from the chassis. That mean you not only don’t have to strike a key as deeply, there’s less chance of mistakenly hitting the edge of the key next door. It makes typing on the shiny black body a rare tactile pleasure.

While the functionality makes it a good business machine, the specs might hold it back slightly from being your main production machine. Although the 2GB of dual-channel RAM can chew up most heavy uses like image manipulation and consumer video editing, you’ll soon wish you’d sprung for something with 4GB of RAM if you have a lot of processor-hungry creative work.

When it comes to sound and motion the 4510 series is a better option. There’s a 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo Intel chip and 512Mb graphics card (ATI Radeon HD4300) so it has no trouble with graphics-intensive games, and the large speaker strip at the top of the keyboard pumps out great sound to go with it.

With Windows users waiting for the arrival and maturity of Windows 7, people are still holding back from Vista in droves. HP appears to have heard the deafening silence and the system comes with Windows XP pre-loaded and a Vista installation included if you do want to make the jump before Windows 7 arrives.

The 4510s makes a selling point about a tool called Lightscribe, a labelling technology that lets you etch graphics or text onto the surface of a disc by putting it into the optical drive tray face down. Whether it was the software (from Roxio), the quality of the discs or something else that went wrong, importing our own background image was a dismal failure.

A subsequent try using only text and a simple template background working fine, but either way don’t be too swayed by Lightscribe. It’ll get better with time, and if you’re in design and produce a lot of disc media you should have a labelling system already (or are you still writing on blank CDs with black marker to send to clients and suppliers, shame on you?)

A raft of connectivity ports including HDMI means the 4510 can be the hub of media operations in your lounge or boardroom, and now-standard features like the integrated webcam are all there.


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