The ProBook 6360b is the latest addition to HP's “b” series notebooks and the first in a 13.3-inch form factor. The 6360b is tailored for business professionals with a robust software suite that includes HP ProtectTools, Power Assistant and QuickWeb. Business users will also appreciate the secure display lock, extended battery options, and docking station features.
Our ProBook evaluation unit is supplied with the Intel Core i5-2410M, a 2.30 GHz Sandy Bridge processor that allows Turbo Boosting of up to 2.90 GHz if required. Similar to the recently tested i5-2520M in the ThinkPad X1, this CPU has four processing threads and Intel HD 3000 Graphics with a maximum TDP of 35 W.
The system also contains 4 GB DDR3, a Hitachi 320 GB hard drive with 7200 rpm, Broadcom 802.11 a / b / g / n WLAN, a replaceable 6-cell Li-ion battery, an optical DVD +/- RW SuperMulti DL drive with LightScribe and a 13.3 "HD AG LED SVA display that is 1366 x 768. This is the equivalent of a 4.19 pound machine that is 1.32" ( front) x 12.68 in x 8.66 in. Despite being a 13-inch system, it's considerably thicker and slightly heavier than some of the ultraportables we looked at recently that have a 13-inch screen too. The system's list price is $ 899, although at the time of writing the system is available for just $ 750 from Newegg.
Before we move on to more pressing matters, it's worth noting that we usually want to compare a review product to something similar that we already have on hand. In terms of specs, the closest notebook to the ProBook seems to be the Lenovo ThinkPad X1, a 13.4-inch notebook with many similar features, albeit at a higher price. Compared to the X1, the ProBook 6360b has very similar display specifications, a slightly slower processor, identical graphics, and the same amount of memory and hard disk space.
The ProBook also has a removable battery and an optical drive, while the X1 has Bluetooth connectivity. And that's where the similarities end. The ProBook is admittedly sleek and bold, while the X1 is a sleek system that's more consumer-designed.