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Why HP’s ProBook Series is Ideal for Small Business Owners

Harry Stewart
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What are the crucial considerations when shopping for a small business laptop? For many British entrepreneurs, it’s about striking the right balance between power, portability, and price.
There are many other factors to think about, from customisation to connectivity and sturdiness to security. The HP ProBook series ticks all the above boxes, and is custom-designed with tiny companies in mind. Best of all, an affordable sticker price puts this cost-effective device within reach of up-and-coming yet budget-conscious companies.
Here’s why the HP ProBook is the best laptop for a small business owner like you.

Customisation and choice

Every small British business has unique needs. While some workers require state-of-the-art specs, others make do with modest processing power. The HP ProBook comes in a broad range of models, so you can pick the perfect computer for each employee’s needs.
Within each model, you can alter the hardware configuration to further customise your device. Reckon you’ll need more RAM? Upgrade the memory before purchasing your preferred model with a click of a button.
In addition to hardware configurations, users can choose from two widely popular screen sizes. Look for the 440/445 models for a 14-inch screen or the 450/455 for a roomier 15-inch display.

High-performance hardware

While it can’t match premium workstations like the ZBook, the ProBook series is no slouch. HP designed its best-selling work laptop to provide optimal performance at an affordable price. The precise specs vary between models, but here’s a rough idea of what to expect:
  • Processor: 13th Generation Intel® Core™ i3 to i7 or AMD Ryzen™ 5 to Ryzen 7
  • RAM: 8GB to 16GB
  • Storage: 256GB to 512GB
  • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics, Intel Iris® Xe, or AMD Radeon™
With that kind of horsepower under the hood, fast-paced professionals get enough "oomph" to cruise through everyday tasks. All but the most specialised staff will find that these hardware specifications suffice.

Affordability

Small British businesses don’t have enterprise-sized budgets to splurge on top-end tech. Despite its high-performance hardware, the ProBook retails at an affordable mid-range price, perfect for up-and-coming companies with limited resources.
The business-orientated ProBook costs more than most home-use laptops. However, expect to spend far less than you would on a premium business laptop like the EliteBook Series. The precise cost, of course, varies widely between models. Take a peek at current ProBook prices on the HP UK Store.
Note that the HP ProBook doesn’t ship with a dedicated GPU. By forgoing this pricey piece of hardware (which most professionals don’t even need), HP can wrangle a more enticing sticker price.

C-suite-ready aesthetics

probook asthetics
Appearances are important in the business world. Sporting a slick corporate-friendly design, this understated silver-aluminium-coloured laptop will fit seamlessly into any boardroom setting. Narrow bezels afford a stylish slimline aesthetic with a generous 87% screen-to-body ratio.
Matt black keycaps create a vivid contrast against the aluminium chassis, while a shimmering HP logo on the top cover adds a sophisticated touch. Eco-conscious consumers will be pleased to hear the ProBook contains 30% to 50% recycled plastics in the bezels and keycaps.

Lightweight chassis

Portability is a critical consideration for every on-the-move professional. Rather than staying stationary all day, roving British workers lug their laptops between conferences and on-site client meetings, not to mention rigorous business trips. The ProBook’s slimline design and lightweight chassis make moving meeting-to-meeting much easier.
Weighing 1.38 kg and 1.79 kg, respectively, the HP ProBook 440/445 and 450/455 are lighter than most other 14 and 15-inch laptops. This petite, easy-to-carry frame makes life immeasurably more pleasant for workers on the go.

Near-eternal battery life

Grams aren’t the only factor for portability. In addition to a slim, lightweight frame, a portable laptop must have a long-lasting battery. After all, the lightest laptop in the world won’t be much use when you run out of juice without a power socket nearby.
Most HP ProBooks come with a long-life 3-cell, 51Wh Li-ion battery. Thanks to the ProBook’s energy-efficient internal components, this gives you up to 10 hours of power while running apps or surfing the web - enough to get through an entire workday. When the battery does run flat, a 65W USB Type-C adapter will bring it back to 100% in no time.

Long-lasting design

On-the-go professionals need a durable laptop they can rely on; the last thing you want is a major malfunction minutes before a crucial client meeting. That’s why HP designed the ProBook to withstand the rigours of the road.
Sporting a sturdy aluminium chassis that passes strenuous 19 MIL-STD testing, the ProBook offers military-grade durability for business workers on the move. Its reliable internal components aren’t prone to going haywire in transit or at the office.

Streamlined collaboration

Conference calls exploded during the COVID era and remain a core part of a typical professional schedule today. The HP ProBook simplifies online collaboration with a high-quality webcam and microphone.
Depending on the model you pick, you’ll get a 5MP IR camera or 720p HD camera. Dual array microphones offer crisp, static-free audio when you don’t have a headset handy. Combined with its power and portability, this high-performance webcam-mic combo makes the ProBook a go-to laptop for hybrid workers.

Hassle-free connectivity

Despite its slender stature, the HP ProBook sports a plethora of ports to plug in all your favourite peripherals. Wireless connectivity is a strong suit, too. An in-built Intel WiFi 6E AX211 ensures lightning-quick internet, while the speedy Bluetooth 5.3 wireless card supports a one-gigabit data rate.
Here’s a short list of typical ProBook ports:
  • 2 USB Type-A 5Gbps signaling rate (1 charging, 1 power)
  • 1 AC power
  • 1 HDMI 2.1
  • 1 stereo headphone/microphone combo jack
  • 1 RJ-45
  • 2 USB Type-C 10Gbps signaling rate (USB Power Delivery, DisplayPort™ 2.1)

Top-tier security

Last but certainly not least, the HP ProBook ships with state-of-the-art security features to keep you safe online. Cybercrime is an ever-persistent threat in the UK, and small businesses are a prime target due to their limited cybersecurity budgets.
A one-year license to HP Wolf Pro Security Edition provides enterprise-level protection for small British businesses. This preconfigured, always-on solution negates the need for an expensive IT-managed PC environment. Complimentary security measures, such as HP Sure Sense and HP Sure Click, provide hardware-enforced protection to stop malware in its tracks.

Best HP ProBooks for small businesses in the UK

You now understand why the ProBook is our best-selling laptop among small British businesses. So, let’s take a quick gander at three enticing options.

HP ProBook 450 G10 15.6" - Core i7

Small businesses with bigger tech budgets should invest a little more in this HP ProBook 450 G10. Powered by a potent 13th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, this high-performance device is optimised for everyday productivity. A generous 32GB of RAM makes multi-tasking a painless endeavour, even running high-intensity apps.
HP ProBook 450 G10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 1355U (13th Generation)
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Display: 39.6 cm (15.6”), FHD (1920 x 1080)
  • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics

HP ProBook 440 G10 14" - Core i5

Investing a couple of hundred quid less gets you an Intel Core i5 laptop such as this HP ProBook 440 G10. While it won’t match the raw processing power of the aforementioned model, most users find it provides plenty of grunt for their needs. Note you still get a generous 16GB of RAM.
HP ProBook 440 G10
Rather have a bigger screen? Try this 15-inch HP ProBook 450 G9 instead.
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 1335U (13th Generation)
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Display: 35.6 cm (14”), FHD (1920 x 1080)
  • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics

HP ProBook 450 G10 15.6" - Core i3

Small British businesses with modest hardware requirements can save considerable coin by opting for a lower-end ProBook. Retailing at a wallet-friendly price point, this HP ProBook 450 G10 offers sufficient performance for basic day-to-day workflows. Users still get the same high-level security, durability, and aesthetics one would expect from a business-oriented laptop.
HP ProBook 450 G10
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 1315U (13th Generation)
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Display: 39.6 cm (15.6”), FHD (1920 x 1080)
  • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics

Summary

With top-tier hardware crammed into an ultra-portable chassis, the ProBook is an affordable business laptop ideal for small British businesses. Slick, boardroom-ready aesthetics exude a professional look for in-person meetings, while a high-quality webcam-and-microphone combo facilitates stress-free remote collaboration.
Like other respectable small business laptops, security sits at the forefront. HP includes a free one-year subscription to HP Wolf Security and complementary malware-crushing software like HP Sure Click and Sure View.
A petite, lightweight chassis and a long-lasting battery make the ProBook a hit among workers on the move. Its durable military-grade frame ensures the device can withstand the rigours of the road.
Does the HP ProBook laptop sound like a suitable addition to your small business? Take a moment to revisit our three recommendations or see what other HP ProBooks are available in the UK Store.

About the Author

Harry Stewart is a Tech Takes contributor covering everything from laptop reviews to how-to guides.

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