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Douglas Bagnall (email@example.com)
The 6450b is a relatively heavy 14 inch laptop with 2010 hardware and (in most configurations) an anti-glare screen. The tested sub-model is an XD154PA; as usual there are a zillion slightly different variations sharing the name.
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|Name||HP Probook 6450b (XD154PA)|
|RAM||2GB standard (tested with with additional 2GB)|
|HDD||250GB 7200rpm sata|
|Graphics||Intel HD (Radeon with dedicated ram also available)|
|Network||Gbit ethernet, Intel 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth)|
|Screen||Yes||Matte screen. Lights turn off when blank|
|Graphics||Yes||External VGA works. DisplayPort not tested.|
|Sound||Yes||tested speakers, headphones, and internal & external mics – all work well. Headphones mute speakers.|
|Wireless||Yes||only tested 802.11g|
|Bluetooth||Not Tested||seems to be recognised by software|
|56K Modem||Not Tested||Probably doesn't work: they never do. I turned it off in BIOS anyway.|
|Card Reader||Yes||tested with SD only|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Not Tested||Turned off in BIOS|
I first tried Debian testing AMD64, and a few things, including wifi, weren't working out of the box. Then I installed Ubuntu 10.04 x86_64, and everything appears to work with no fiddling.
Suspend and Hibernate both work. Power management seems to work well in general – the machine is quiet running on the battery, the screen dims, etc.
The battery gives me over 4 hours of text editing, or 3 hours of intensive use.
The option for two finger scrolling on the trackpad is greyed out. It seems that this is a hardware limitation.
The machine is “certified” for SUSE, but not sold with it (in contrast with the slightly smaller 4320s, which is sold with SUSE in some places).
It seems good.