Whenever a laptop maker comes up with a new model they always seem to pit it against the MacBook Pro. However, in the HP ProBook 5330m review it is looked more as a rival to the ThinkPad X1 and Portege R705 from Lenevo and Toshiba respectively. This does make perfect sense, as all three are aimed at the business user.
The 5330m is more like the MacBook Air in some cases, as it has a 13.3-inch display and has been made from metal. However, the $799 starting price means that the laptop will be lacking in some key areas. The design has left a lot to be desired, so we do not believe that Apple have to worry about that side of things.
Engadget has said that the HP ProBook 5330m tries too hard to be something that it is not; although it could have got away with that a few years ago with its dated design and the weight of the device might put some off, as it weighed more than the X1, but not by much.
Looking at the battery performance the ProBook 5330m performs worse than the X1, Samsung Series 9, MacBook Air, ASUS U36Jc, Dell Vostro V13 and finally the R705. Having said all that, we do seem to forget the price of HP’s latest laptop, as the starting price is $500 cheaper than the ThinkPad X1. Choosing which laptop from the three listed above will come down to just one thing – money. Check out our Thinkpad X1 review.
Would you pay $500 more to get the ThinkPad X1 instead of the HP ProBook 5330m?