Design plays a big part in any laptop’s appeal. The 6465b takes a conservative approach with its charcoal black frame. It has an aluminum lid, like the Dell Vostro V131 (£799.99 direct, 4 stars) and HP ProBook 5330m (£899.99 direct, 3.5 stars), but lacks their livelier silver colors and slimmer profiles. Measuring 9.1 by 13.3 by 1.3 inches (HWD), the 6465b looks chunky compared with these two. But it’s a tough laptop, the top and bottom don’t give away when you press hard against them. At 5.3 pounds, it’s a lot heavier than the 4.8-pound Dell Vostro 3350 ($741 direct, 4 stars) and 4-pound HP 5330M, although the 6465b ships with a bigger 14-inch screen (the other two have 13.3-inch displays).
Another way the 6465b distinguishes itself from other 14-inch business laptops is with the screen’s 1,600-by-900 resolution, a rarity for its price point. Such high-resolution screens are usually reserved for enterprise-class laptops like the Dell Latitude E6420 ($1,788 direct, 4 stars) and HP 5330m. The screen is matte, too, a boon for those work in brightly-lit environments. The interior is covered with the same charcoal black aluminum found on the outside of the laptop and houses a responsive chiclet-style keyboard. The keyboard consists of flat-topped keys, as opposed to the slightly curved ones found in the Dell V131. Like an enterprise-class laptop, the 6465b has dual-pointing devices, which consist of a very stiff pointing stick (Lenovo makes a much better one), very roomy touchpad, and four large mouse buttons. The mouse buttons are incredibly soft and responsive.
HP made sure every feature was accounted for in the 6465b. There are the legacy features—like a DVD burner, modem jack, VGA, and FireWire port—for older peripherals. You won’t find a DVD burner or FireWire port in the Dell V131 and HP 5330m. There is also a DisplayPort for connecting the latest business LCD monitors. There are three USB 2.0 ports, and one of them is a combo USB/eSATA port, which if used with an eSATA external hard drive, transfers data at speeds much faster than over USB 2.0. For most professionals, the internal 320GB drive offers enough space to store your data. The 6465b also made room for security features, such as a fingerprint reader, SmartCard reader, and a Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Consumer-friendly features such as an HD webcam (which can shoot 720p video), media card reader (SD and MMC), and 802.11n Wi-Fi are also built-in.