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The 6550b replaces the 6540b as the 15.6'' small business notebook of the HP ProBook line.

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Pros

good business laptop

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handles multitasking of many applications gracefully, plenty of RAM for handling many large files at once

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keyboard is spill resistant, can handle small spills without losing a key, easy to clean

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durable build, can take some bumps while being carried around

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built-in Protect Tools effectively keep information secure, but get out of the way when ready to work

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much of the included software is useful and productive

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battery lasts a long time between charges

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Cons

heavier than many other laptops of the same size

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2.6kg makes it little heavy to carry around and battery life of the inbuilt (6cell, may be) is not enough if u play some songs/videos

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The 6550b replaces the 6540b as the 15.6'' small business notebook of the HP ProBook line. This is a larger version of the 14.0” 6450b offering the same range of hardware and operating system choices. As with the 6450b, the only hardware difference that sets the 6540b and 6550b apart is the replacement of an USB2.0 port by an eSATA/USB combo port and the availability of the cheaper Intel Core i3 processor.  The new ATI HD5xxV series graphics cards are also offered. Weight and dimensions of this notebook remain unchanged. It offers similar components (bar the graphics card) that the more expensive EliteBook 8540p offers but at a lower price. What is missing from the 6550b in comparison to the 8540p is the sleeker and more durable structure (magnesium alloy chassis, anodised aluminum lid). The 6550b only offers 1 year parts and labor warranty as opposed to the 3 years offer by the more expensive EliteBooks. The ProBook 6550b is a well priced notebook aimed at small businesses with a range of high-end components to pick from. Whilst it might not be as rugged at the Elitebooks, the 6550b does a fine job as a portable desktop replacement.  

Features / Specifications
  • Windows 7 (Home Basic / Premium / Professional), Vista (Business / Basic), XP Professional
  • Intel i3 / i5 / i7 Processor options
  • Up to 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (2 SODIMMs)
  • Up to 320GB hard drive
  • DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL LightScribe; DVD-ROM (options)
  • 3X USB2.0, eSATA/USB combo, VGA out, Displayport out, Firewire, Expresscard 54, Media Card Reader
  • Optional 2 Mega Pixel Webcam with dual microphone
  • Intel / Broadcom Wireless a/b/g/n options, Intel Gigabit Eithernet, optional HP Mobile broadband (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon)
  • 6 / 9 cell battery options available
  • TPM 1.2 Embedded Security Chip
  • 1 Year parts/labor warranty
     
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Anonymous
11/05/2010 10:39

I am buying this baby. It'll be my first HP laptop and I hope it will prove me wrong for not wanting to buy HP sooner because their midprice models always seemed to have poor quality build and kinda sucky design.

JThornton
06/21/2010 03:10

The 3-year (3/3/0) warranty is currently available as an option on custom configurations of the HP ProBook 6550b.

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