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HP 6730b

(3 customer reviews)

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HP Compaq 6730b Notebook
The Compaq 6730b is outfitted with a 15.4-inch (1280×800) widescreen display
Intel P8600 (2.4GHz) processor
160GB hard disk,
Windows 7 professional


15 in stock

The 6730b was one of HP’s first notebooks to be released on the Centrino 2 (Montevina) platform. From the looks of it, the 6730b is a typical business book with an average size/weight for a desktop replacement and middle-of-the-road (yet up-to-date) components. It’s not exactly the type of notebook you would find on someone’s wishlist, but it is the sort of general purpose workhorse that so many of us rely on.

The Compaq 6730b is outfitted with a 15.4-inch (1280×800) widescreen display, an Intel P8600 (2.4GHz) processor, 2GB RAM, a Hitachi Travelstar 7K200 160GB 7200RPM disk, and Windows Vista Business. There is an Intel WiFi Link 5100, Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics, webcam, 6-in-1 card reader, and fingerprint reader. Options include a 1680×1050 display, mobile broadband, wireless n, and the DVD burner can be swapped for a 250GB hard drive if you want more storage. The notebook measures (at front) 1.32×14.02×10.46-inches and starts off at 5.9lbs. The starting price for this notebook, which HP puts in its “Balanced Mobility” category, is $1045 (about $1500 as tested).

From the exterior, the 6730b is just another business book. The gunmetal gray is nicer than some colors we’ve seen before, but it is clearly intended to go with your slacks. The outside feels sturdy enough, though there is a fair amount of flex on the LCD cover when pressure is applied. The bottom, on the other hand, is quite solid. Exterior features include mic/headphone jacks, a card reader, DVD burner with LightScribe, a serial port, a Kensington lock port, ethernet, model, VGA-out, S-video out, FireWire (1394a), four USB slots, and an ExpressCard/54 slot. On the bottom, an area which is normally uninteresting, the notebook has a docking connector, secondary battery connector, and extremely easy access to the hard drive and memory. All told, the notebook has a lot of features, most of which will appeal to business users, but this is a system built for versatility.

When it comes to using the 6730b I was pleasantly surprised by most of what it offered. The keyboard is generously sized and the palm rests are sturdy, with a very nice texture to them. Despite the reasonable starting price of this notebook HP did a nice job with the materials. The interior LEDs are a cool blue-green that HP is using on the EliteBooks as well. The display is large and easy to read, as a 15.4-inch panel should be, but the resolution is not very high so screen real estate is limited. It is manageable, but the move to 1680×1050 would be a nice upgrade for those intent on productivity. Above the keyboard are touch-sensitive controls that not only add to the looks of the system but actually work well, something a number of manufacturers have had problems with. Also in the notebook is a webcam and dual array microphone. The only problem in here are the rubbery buttons below the trackpad, which are raised and seem rather out of place.

From a performance standpoint the 6730b is no slouch. Outfitted with the right components it will offer strong performance for the price, but the use of integrated graphics puts a cap on how appealing the notebook will be for users looking for a desktop replacement. For most people the P8600 with 2GB of RAM will be more than enough to get by though. Performance was competitive with other notebooks in its category, but what’s more important is that the 6730b felt like it had a lot of power under the hood, it ran Vista like a champ, and overall desktop multitasking went quite smoothly. The PCMark Vantage score was 3378.

One great thing about HP is that there are options available: users who want to save money (and potentially increase graphic performance) can go with the AMD-powered 6735b while people who want to spend a bit more on power and the chassis can upgrade to the EliteBook 6930p. There is also the 6730s which is cheaper because it is the small business model. It does not have the 6730b’s security features, connectivity, or docking options. The 6730s uses an Intel processor, while the 6735s moves to AMD.

The battery life for a system like the 6730b is going to depend heavily on what you are working on, even more so than a fancy ultraportable because you might be tempted to do some serious work on the 15.4-inch display. The battery on this notebook should last about 4-5 hours, depending on how liberal you are with the power-saving features.

{ad}The 6730b may seem like any other 15.4-inch business notebook, but a few tweaks here and there really brighten things up for it. A nice selection of materials (albeit mostly plastics), solid keyboard, bright display, and new components were able to get this reasonably priced notebook and make it seem a bit different from the rest of the pack. It would be great to see a discrete graphics option and many of the features will only appeal to business users (serial port anyone?) but overall HP is taking its notebooks in the right direction with their Montevina rollout.

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Product description
The HP Compaq 6730b Notebook PC offers costeffective business computing without compromising on performance or connectivity. Also, includes features such as a the latest wireless technologies, enhanced security, and compatibility with a range of HP Universal Accessories.
Product features


Mobile Intel GE45 Express Chipset ICH9M-Enhanced

note: This chipset is equivalent to the Intel GM45 Express Chipset, with the addition of support for S-video.


Intel Core 2 Duo Processor:

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T 9600 (2.80 GHz, 6 MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB)*
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T 9400 (2.53 GHz, 6 MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB)*
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P 8600 (2.40 GHz, 3 MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB)*
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P 8400 (2.26 GHz, 3 MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB)*

note: * Intel’s numbering is not a measurement of higher performance.
Processor speed denotes maximum performance mode; processors will run at lower speeds in battery optimization mode.


Standard: 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, two slots supporting dual channel memory 1024 MB, 2048 MB, or 4096 MB
Maximum: Upgradeable to 8192 MB with 4096 MB SODIMMs in slots 1 and 2
Dual-channel: Maximized dual-channel performance requires SODIMMs of the same size and speed in both memory slots.

Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
Microsoft DirectX 10 capable


15.4 inches diagonal WXGA anti-glare (1280 x 800 resolution)
15.4 inches diagonal WXGA BrightView (1280 x 800 resolution)
15.4 inches diagonal WXGA+ anti-glare (1440 x 900 resolution)

External: Up to 32 bit per pixel color depth

VGA port supports resolutions up to 2048 x 1536 at 75 Hz, and lower resolutions at up to 100 Hz
DVI-D (single link) video signal available through DVI port in optional HP Docking Station

note: Resolutions are dependent upon monitor capability, and resolution and color depth settings.


The 101/102-key compatible keyboard features an industry standard, full-pitch key layout with desktop keyboard features, such as the isolated inverted-T cursor control keys, editing keys, both left and right control and alt keys, and 12 function keys. U.S. and International key layouts are available. Other features include an integrated numeric keypad, hotkeys for instant access to power conservation, brightness, and other features, 19 x 19 mm key pitch (center-to-center spacing), 2.5 mm stroke, and comfort-dished keycaps.
Pointing device

Touchpad with scroll zone, two pick buttons.
Expansion card slots

ExpressCard/54: Supports ExpressCard/54 and ExpressCard/34.
Optional Integrated Smart Card Reader (replaces ExpressCard/54 slot): Compatible with ISO 7816 compliant Smart Cards PC/SC interface support

Internal Storage Device:

120/160/250 GB 5400 rpm SMART SATA II
160 GB 7200 rpm SMART SATA II

note: These hard drives are customer removable and will withstand multiple insertion/removal cycles. Up to 10 GB is reserved for the system recovery software.

HP 3D DriveGuard: The hard drive is mounted directly to the notebook frame, reducing the transmission of shock to the hard drive. Uses three-axis digital motion detection with intelligent sensitivity to help protect the hard drive during normal use from shock and vibration. The digital accelerometer temporarily halts all data transfer and parks the hard drive when abrupt motion is detected.
Upgrade Bay Fixed 12.7 mm SATA optical drive :

DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL LightScribe Drive
DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive

Second hard drive: 250 GB 5400 rpm SMART SATA II Hard Drive
Power Supply

External 65 W Smart AC adapter, 1.8 mt (6 ft) power cord included

Stand-Alone Power Requirements (AC Power)

Nominal Operating Voltage: 18.5 V
Average Operating Power: TBD W
Max Operating power: < 90 W


HP Integrated Module with Bluetooth Wireless Technology

Bluetooth Specification: 2.0 Compliant
Dimensions: 1.02 x 0.55 x 0.22 in (26 x 14 x 5.7 mm)
Bluetooth Software Supported:
Broadcom Bluetooth for Windows
Microsoft Windows XP Bluetooth Software

V.92 56K Data/Fax Modem

Form Factor MDC: 1.5 Daughtercard
Power Management Support: APM Revision 1.2, ACPI


High Definition Audio support with 24 bit DAC
Integrated stereo speakers
Integrated microphone
Touch-sensitive controls for volume up, volume down, and mute
Stereo headphone/line out
Stereo microphone in
Optional VGA webcam


Power Conservation

Intel Display Power Saving technology (models with integrated graphics)
ACPI compliance

Wireless devices
Support for a broad range of secure, integrated wireless LAN and wireless WAN options featuring support for the latest industry standards. Wireless LAN is factory configurable or available as an option to be added later. Broadband Wireless (WWAN) requires Windows Vista Business or Windows XP Professional and is available in select countries as a standard, factory configurable feature only. Integrated Bluetooth is also available (factory configurable only) and can be combined with any of the supported wireless LAN and wireless WAN options.

All 802.11 integrated wireless LAN options

Wi-Fi certified
Cisco Compatible Extensions support
Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) support up to 128 bit keys
Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and WPA2 support
802.1x authentication support, including EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, PEAP-GTC, PEAP-MSCHAPv2, and LEAP
Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) support
Dual antennas integrated in the display enclosure

Intel WiFi Link 5100

Integrated support for 802.11a, b, g, and n draft 2.0* Up to 450 mbps data rate
Broadcom 4322AGN 802.11a/b/g/draft-n Wi-Fi Adapter

Integrated support for 802.11a, b, g, and n draft 2.0* Up to 300 mbps data rate
Broadcom 4312G 802.11b/g WiFi Adapter

Integrated support for 802.11 b and g Up to 54 mbps data rate
HP Integrated Module with Bluetooth Wireless Technology

Bluetooth Specification v2.0 compliant Works with a wide range of Bluetooth devices

note: * The specifications for 802.11n draft 2.0 are draft specifications and are not final. If the final specifications differ from the draft specifications, it may affect the ability of the notebook to communicate with other 802.11n WLAN devices. In countries where n draft 2.0 is not allowed, this capability is not enabled.

Expansion card slots

ExpressCard/54 slot

Supports ExpressCard/54 (54 mm x 75 mm x 5 mm)
ExpressCard/34 (34 mm x 75 mm x 5 mm)

Physical specifications

Dimensions (H x W x D)

1.32 inches (at front) x 14.02 x 10.46 inches
33.6 mm (at front) x 356.0 mm x 265.4 mm


Starting at 5.93 lb (2.69 kg)

note: Height varies depending upon where on the notebook the measurement is made. Weight varies by configuration and components. Weight includes 6-cell battery, hard drive, and optical drive. Weight varies by configuration and components.



32° degree to 95° degree F (0° degree to 35° degree C) (not writing optical)
41° degree to 95° degree F (5° degree to 35° degree C) (writing optical)

Non-operating: –4° degree to 140° degree F (–20° degree to 60° degree C)
Relative Humidity

Operating: 10% to 90%, non-condensing
Non-operating: 5% to 95%, 101.6° degree F (38.7° degree C) maximum wet bulb temperature

Operating: 125 G, 2 ms, half-sine
Non-operating: 200 G, 2 ms, half-sine
Random Vibration

Operating: 0.75 grms
Non-operating: 1.50 grms
Altitude (unpressurized)

Operating: –50 to 10,000 ft (–15.24 to 3,048 m)
Non-operating: –50 to 40,000 ft (–15.24 to 12,192 m)

Based on 3 reviews

3.7 overall

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