HP has built a solid foundation of smart and efficient business notebooks and if you don't want to spend the extra money needed for one of the EliteBook range, then the latest in the junior ProBook selection may well appeal to the more limited budget.

The ProBook 4310s comes in five model specifications, ranging in price from 468 to 693 (plus VAT) and we were given one of the higher end versions to examine. Black, glossy plastic seems to equate these days with ‘chic business sex appeal' but it also acts as a fingerprint magnet which is far less cool; so you might prefer to opt for the more seductive Merlot alternative.

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Overall this is a somewhat curious machine that tries to be a bridge between purely functional business needs and fun personal use. Thus you have a 13.3-inch, 16:9 ratio widescreen display with a native resolution of 1366 x 768 that is fine for watching HD movies on Blu-ray (and our review model came with a Blu-ray optical drive), yet viewing angles deteriorate rapidly after about 45 degrees.