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Although the ProBook is mostly clear of third-party applications, HP made sure to bundle a ton of their own software. I counted no less than 24 HP-specific programs of which HP ProtectTools is the most important. The security suite is meant to be used by enterprises when deploying notebooks to employees, among other things it centralizes security management and aids in the event of password loss or if the machine gets stolen.
Another software feature, HP QuickWeb allows you access to the internet, email, contacts and calendar at the touch of a button without having to wait for Windows to load up. This is similar to what we have seen on desktop motherboards for a while now. HP Power Assistant is similar to Lenovo’s Power Manager 3 in that it lets you configure profiles and view power data about the laptop’s usage and battery. New out of the box, the ProBook took 57 seconds to boot into a fully usable state of Windows.
We have run our standard suite of benchmark tests on the ProBook 6360b to give you an idea of how the system performs under load. It's worth noting that Intel's Turbo Boost 2 is enabled during testing. Found in second-gen Core series processor, the feature is designed to better manage workloads by dynamically adjusting individual core speeds depending on the processing power is needed. The Core i5-2410M in our unit is clocked at 2.3 GHz and should ramp up to 2.9GHz as needed.
|Synthetic Tests||ProBook 6360b||ThinkPad X1||Envy 14||IdeaPad U260|
|3DMark Score||3951 3DMarks||3750 3DMarks||6866 3DMarks||1148 3DMarks|
|PCMark Suite||5859 PCMarks||7607 PCMarks||6840 PCMarks||3557 PCMarks|
|Application Tests||ProBook 6360b||ThinPad X1||Envy 14||IdeaPad U260|
|iTunes Encoding Test||01 min 23 sec||01 min 15 sec||01 min 34 sec||02 min 39 sec|
|File Transfer Test|
|Small files||1 min 18 sec||1 min 23 sec||01 min 20 sec||1 min 42 sec|
|Large file||55 sec||1 min 2 sec||1 min 14 sec||1 min 31 sec|
The iTunes encoding tests consist of converting 14 MP3s (119MB) to 128Kbps ACC files and measuring the operation's duration in seconds. For the file transfer test, we measure how long it takes to copy two sets of files from one location to another on the same hard drive. On the small files test we transfer 557 MP3s, totaling 2.56GB. For the large file, these same MP3s were zipped into a single file measuring 2.52GB.
|Gaming Performance||ProBook 6360b||ThinkPad X1||Envy 14||IdeaPad U260|
|Far Cry 2|
|1024x768 Medium Quality||26.23 FPS||26.59 FPS||--||--|
|Native Resolution, High Quality||17.95 FPS||17.94 FPS||--||--|
|1024x768 Medium Quality||14.90 FPS||15.23 FPS||--||--|
|Native Resolution, High Quality||10.90 FPS||10.42 FPS||--||--|
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