HP EliteBook 1040 G4 Review

HP’s 14-inch EliteBook 1040 G4 is a solid business notebook that’s as good for play as it is for work. That’s because its bright, vibrant display offers great picture quality, and its Bang & Olufsen-tuned speakers produce solid sound. The high-powered, quad-core model offers a ton of speed, while the dual-core (Intel U-Series) model lasts over 10 hours on a charge, but neither is fantastic for typing. Still, there’s a lot to love about this laptop, especially if you will take advantage of its excellent audio.
Design

When closed, the aluminum EliteBook 1040 G4 looks like a sleek pair of silver wedges sitting on top of each other. Its matte lid and deck look somewhat standard, but its shiny, reflective edges stand out.

Weighing 3.4 pounds and measuring 13 x 9.2 x 0.6 inches, the EliteBook 1040 G4 is lighter and thinner than the 14-inch Lenovo ThinkPad 25 (3.6 pounds, 13.25 x 9.15 x 0.8 inches) and heavier than the 13-inch Dell Latitude 7380 (2.8 pounds, 12 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches).

The EliteBook splits its dual Type-A USB 3 ports between its left and right sides, and both of its power-drawing USB Type-C (3.1) ports are on the right side, next to its HDMI 1.4 port. The left side also has a laptop lock slot and a headphone jack.

Display

The EliteBook 1040’s 14-inch display offers crisp, vivid images. As I watched the teaser trailer for Avengers: Infinity War, I admired how it nailed the difficult-to-display purple of Thanos’ body, his gold armor and the blue glow from Black Panther’s spear. The 1920 x 1080-pixel panel is also crisp enough to show the intricate glowing patterns that emanated from Doctor Strange’s hands.

According to our colorimeter, the two EliteBook 1040 models we tested produced an average of 113 percent of the sRGB color gamut. . That beats the 101-percent average for thin-and-light notebooks and the 77-percent score from the Lenovo ThinkPad 25, but it’s less than the 144 percent we saw from the Dell Latitude 7380.

The two EliteBook 1040 models we tested emitted 278 and 292 nits (for the 7820HQ and 7500U models, respectively) of brightness. Those marks soar above what we recorded for the Latitude 7380 (267 nits) and the ThinkPad 25 (221 nits), as well as the 253-nit category average. That’s bright enough for a solid range of viewing angles, as I saw Doctor Strange’s red cape stay strong at 30 degrees to the left and right.

The touch-screen display on the EliteBook offers speedy input recognition, doing a fantastic job of keeping up as I rapidly doodled in Paint. The screen’s right and left sides correctly registered Windows 10’s gestures for navigating windows and opening side menus.

The touch screen is a $133 upgrade, and HP also offers an optional 4K (3840 x 2160-pixel) display for $145, a 4K touch screen for $287 and a Sure View privacy screen for $53.. Sure View, HP’s technology that makes it harder for people to read over your shoulder, isn’t available for either 4K display.
Security and Durability

The EliteBook 1040 G4 has several ways to keep your data secure. In addition to HP’s optional Sure View privacy screens, which can help prevent someone from stealing intellectual property from you by peeping at your screen, the EliteBook 1040 packs HP’s Sure Start technology, which automatically repairs your laptop’s BIOS (the root-level infrastructure of your system) in case of attack.

While every EliteBook 1040 G4 features an IR webcam for Windows Hello-protected logins, only certain models (those with Intel’s Core i5-7300U, Core i7-7600U and Core i7-7820HQ CPUs) include Intel’s vPro security technology for remote management by IT professionals. Fingerprint scanning and smart-card reading are notably missing; the former feature is optional for the Dell Latitude 7380, while both features are in the Lenovo ThinkPad 25.

HP promises that this EliteBook is durable. To ensure this, the notebook passed MIL-SPEC-810G testing — the rigors that U.S. military gear must pass — which HP says will keep it safe from “drops and minor spills.”

Keyboard and Touchpad

The EliteBook’s keyboard delivered a mixed typing experience. Testing out the EliteBook 1040’s keyboard on the 10fastfingers.com typing test, I hit a rate of 73 words per minute, a small drop from my 80-wpm average. The keys felt OK, with 1.4 millimeters of travel and 68 grams of required actuation force. (We look for around 1.5 mm and at least 60 grams.)

Annoyingly, the keyboard deck on the Core-i7 7820HQ model we tested had a sharp front edge, which distracted multiple Laptop Mag staffers during testing, leading one colleague to describe it as “cutting into his wrists.” This oddity wasn’t present in the Core i7-7500U model.

In contrast to these EliteBook keyboards, which we found to be somewhere between OK and frustrating, both the Lenovo ThinkPad 25 and the Dell Latitude 7380 pack amazingly comfortable keyboards, with the former also offering Lenovo’s TrackPoint nub.

The 4.3 x 2.5 touchpads on the EliteBooks tracked my input accurately as I navigated the desktop. It also correctly registered the navigational gestures in Windows 10 and web-page scrolling in Chrome.

HP Envy 8 Note Review

Let’s talk about Windows tablet with this new evidence, a very interesting test, not only because it allowed us to get their hands on a product not yet available on the Italian market but also because it provides us with a new and even “unprecedented hardware platform” in our evidence.

The new HP Envy 8 notes, in fact, uses the latest Intel Atom X5 hardware platform that improves particularly on the graphic side which was then the sore spot of the old generation of Intel processors always Z3000 series quad core.

It is a really interesting tablet also for its allocation of an integrated Wacom digitizer, which makes the device quite interesting as a new generation notebook that will give its best in combination with Microsoft OneNote. But let’s take a quick look before starting the device.

The device is characterized by an 8-inch screen with Full HD resolution. The specifications really include much stuff inside. While the usual Windows sin tab in some respects than Android models, here we have it all.

HP Envy 8 Notes has GPS, 4G and sensors of all kinds that are directly integrated on board. The hardware platform is the prerogative of Intel with its Atom fanless latest generation. Everything is integrated onboard, is the 2 GB of RAM 32 GB of expandable internal eMMC storage via microSD. The budget also includes 250 MB of 3G data traffic per month for two years.

Nice but very particular, it does not seem a product of the Envy series. This is the first impression that comes to mind when you see this tablet. It is a device with a design outside the box and he does not remember any competitive device.

However, the form size is a bit ‘out of time. A device that is not exactly the best of usability as it has been designed although the excellent materials and flawless solid construction and that it sends a premium.

The weight of this HP Envy 8 Notes is particularly good, just over 350 grams for a tablet still very portable and you can carry it without any problem. A certainly a bit ‘Young produced for its colors but when you look at the integrated Bluetooth keyboard detaches really much. Aluminum and silver, and the combination of blue, matt and glossy black is white really do not much but these are also very personal tastes.

Excellent in this regard the Bluetooth keyboard included in our offer, with a feedback of the keys really good and that is the envy of even the keyboards of some larger notebooks. The dimensions are in fact slightly lower than those of a standard keyboard.

Obviously not miss that lag typical of Bluetooth keyboards that go into stand-by. Excellent but autonomy but is actually an issue to consider is to recharge the keyboard. Bad touchpad, slow and does not support gestures, perhaps it would be better not to add at all.

The strong point of this HP Envy Notes 8 is the display. Excellent quality, good brightness of this IPS LCD panel that HP has decided to integrate on board of this device. Although some weaknesses we found it. Excellent color rendering of the panel, good color fidelity to reality. The panel is of good quality in all senses also for its high density of pixels per inch that thanks to Full HD resolution and 8-inch panel stood at high levels.

Conversely we can say is that it is not the best choice for this HP Envy 8 notes as a tablet. In fact, the aspect ratio is not really the best for a small Windows tablet. In fact, the interface does not fit in the best with these small widescreen dimensions.

HP Envy 15 (2015) Review

Aesthetically, HP Envy has, at least in part, the presence of high-quality materials: all the notebook is made of aluminum, except the plastic support. Despite its rounded design on the sides and wrapping, is not one of the smallest notebook in circulation and the weight is average: 2.5 Kg.

HP Envy 15, also because of its generous dimensions, it houses several ports to communicate to the outside. Well 4 port USB 3.0 arranged on the sides, Ethernet port, HDMI port, SD slot and 3.5 mm headphone jack. On the right side there is, in addition, a CD/DVD of which, objectively, now we can do without.

On the front is a great keyboard which includes the numeric keypad. The keyboard, all in all, it is really valid: the keys are well spaced out, is a little noisy and with a great answer. The only flaw seems to be the backlight, non-adjustable with precision.

Medium sized trackpad is cashed. However there doesn’t seem to be one of the best: both in the execution of simple gesture like scrolling a web page, either in the execution of more complex gesture that require the help of three or even four fingers, the trackpad doesn’t behave at best. In most cases, unfortunately, the gesture are not recognized. In the same area there is also a fingerprint sensor.

HP Envy 15 offers a large display IPS from 2015 “with Full HD resolution (1920 × 1080). In terms of resolutions is, without doubt, a great display, but not in line with the competition and, most importantly, the price at which it is proposed to market your notebook.

Objectively, the pixels are seen: this is not a Retina Display a MacBook Pro from Apple, or a display shortly handsome but, given the target price with which it is proposed the notebook, we expected something more.

The Panel, moreover, provides an important shielding anti-glare who succeeds perfectly in his intentions. However the viewing angle is very broad: there is a clear loss of rendition. Also regarding the brightness, HP Envy doesn’t seem to behave too well: not too high, probably because of the introduction of an all-too-anti-glare Panel.

In terms of hardware, HP Envy 15 can be placed in a medium-high but, certainly, it is not a top of the range.

The processor used in the model under test is a Dual Core Intel Core i7-5500U. Comes with a NVIDIA GTX 950 m and 16 GB RAM (standard and non-expandable).

Too bad for the hard drive 5400 rpm, a model from 1 TB is not in line with the rest of the hardware offered – having its slowness – and, above all, with the price at which it is proposed the notebook.

The tests carried out have seen HP Envy rather than 2015 involved intensive gaming or whatever, in days of work/study which characterize a use that could be called medium, and only in a few moments. Document management applications have been used, for taking notes, applications for processing PDF and PPT files. Of course also used for browsing the net, while remaining connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Overall, we can say that it never missed a beat in everyday use. It was found bizarrely inefficient until first configuration: upon insertion of the various user account configuration data, the notebook is inexplicably blocked several times, forcing a reboot.

The short test gaming sessions saw the use of video games do not particularly challenging but even mini-games. Anyway the Envy 15 has stood without any effort. With a little patience in the configuration and preparation at the sacrifice of some graphic details, even the latest headlines could be fluid and sliding on this notebook, but fans will certainly be disappointed.

Always remaining in the hardware side, in terms of multimedia, is a bomb. Is nothing short of exceptional handling the audio: speaking, specifically, of four speakers (stereo) and a subwoofer that promise and provide a rich user experience, in terms of audio, amazing. The credit goes, no doubt, even in Bang Olufsen, software configuration, and with regard to this aspect, replaced Beats Audio than previous models.

During first startup and configuration, we are faced with Windows 8.1 installed on board. The system is upgradeable to Windows 10 in a manner entirely free. Overall, runs very well. Hardly any slackening, sporadic situations of freezing, boot times really insignificant.

As regards autonomy, HP Envy 15 seems to be average despite expected more from a laptop like that. Compared to the previous model, the battery capacity has decreased slightly, but overall autonomy does not seem to have suffered much. My tests, the notebook is turned off after 5 hours of use not intense, but there are some details to consider. First, the brightness of the screen has always been tops. Then the keypad has remained active and connected a external hard drive for data transfer. Therefore, with some more tricks, you are unable to arrive at total 7 hours of use.

In light of the above, the note really sore appears to be the price: the price of HP offers the Envy 15 to € 1199 in its basic configuration (15 “). The price is very high and probably even above-calculated. Moreover, there are different offerings scattered throughout the network.

HP Elite x3 Review

HP Elite x 3 marks the return of HP to 10 Microsoft Windows platform with a smartphone capable of ridiculous to the rest. The Elite x 3 features a QHD AMOLED screen of 5.96 inches, 820 Snapdragon processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage expandable, cameras 16 MP and 8MP, 4150 mAh battery, fingerprint, iris and recognition support for Continuum, allowing you to turn it into a real workstation.

Today has been the event of HP at Mobile World Congress 2016 and finally official made the Elite HP x 3, a high-end device with Windows 10 Mobile you can use as a phablet, laptop and desktop computer with accessories that go on sale separately. We are talking about an intended terminal for the company that supports the Continuum.

Thanks to the Desk Dock will be like using a desktop PC. This accessory has a port for connecting an external monitor, two USB ports, a USB port type C and another to connect an Ethernet cable. The dock allows you to place the device in portrait mode.

Then there is the extend Mobile, transforms the HP Elite x 3 on a laptop with a 12.5-inch Full HD screen. Includes Bang & Olufsen speakers, microphone with noise cancellation, several USB ports type C, a Micro HDMI port and a 3.5 mm headphone output The weight of the fixture is considerable, about 1 kg. It is worth mentioning the HP Workspace, it is a catalogue of applications designed by HP to facilitate easy access to virtualized apps. Why?, allows you to create a virtual PC and gives access to run applications x 86 of the company through a virtualized solution.

HP Elite x 3 has certified IP67, which means that it is resistant to water – full immersion to 1 meter for 30 minutes – and is protected against dust. HP Elite x 3 has a screen size of 6 inches, with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. The screen is AMOLED. In addition, with protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4 you assure resistance against scratches and bumps.

In terms of technical features, the HP Elite processor x 3 is a Cortex A7 4 cores and a clock speed of 2.15 GHz. In the memory section, we have 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of internal memory or storage. The storage memory can be expanded via microSD. HP Elite x 3 has Windows Phone operating system, and on its release is version 10.

The rear Chamber of the Elite x 3 has a 16 Megapixel resolution. Equipped with LED Flash. The Elite x 3 also features front, 8-megapixel camera. The capacity of the battery of the Elite x 3 is 4150 mah. In terms of connectivity, and in addition to the technical specifications that you have left, we can tell you that the HP Elite x 3 uses a card nanosim. It is also Dual SIM, so you can use two cards at the same time. This HP Elite x 3 is compatible with networks 4G in Spain. It offers also NFC.

HP Pro Tablet 608 Review

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Another tablet Windows in our tests. It is a product Business in this case then certainly less accessible to the public consumer who maybe are reading this review but which can help everyone to choose the right product.

It is a device of the latest generation, HP Pro Tablet 608 is his name. A full tablet again of all, so many are the sensors on board and that often the Windows tablets of competition will not fit.

We will see then how it behaves compared to other HP solutions we could review recently and which are also very similar at the front of technical equipment and possibilities. But before leaving here is a little detail on the device and its best offers:

As we already mentioned in the introduction to this review, this tablet really has a very complete equipment that consists of a series of sensors that complement your tablet and would equate to other Android devices competition.

Even on this model indeed does lack GPS sensor, 4 g connectivity along with the usual connections available on a tablet of the latest generation. We also have a USB Type-C on the bottom of the tablet with a rapid recharge adapter to 3A.

Lacks a standard-size USB port or an adaptor that allows us to access it. On a Windows tablet this lack is felt more than others. Absent even a dedicated video output while not missing the audio jack and a proprietary dock connector for a variety of business accessories.

This is a design already seen on our pages, having already tried a few months ago the Pro Slate 8 HP always representing the Android version of this device that brings architectural differences anyway.

We therefore in principle what has already been said good about this type of chassis. This is a great choice that can enclose in very thin and compact design everything with a form factor very well usable in terms of ergonomics.

We therefore once again two large grills for two small front speakers and a chrome surround that very well with this new tablet that’s coloring became a little darker than the twin brother.

Weights though, this HP Pro Tablet 608 in fact takes up about 70 grams probably due primarily to a different processor architecture and an integrated 4 g modem that still needs his space.

In terms of temperatures the tablet gets quite hot when in use (especially if used while in Office) but still never becomes hot. We think it’s better this way than having an even more aggressive than throttling.

The display seems to be the same model units Android already tried. Great colors, great IPS technology used, indeed an noteworthy Panel this price range to which this device is offered to the market.

These dimensions are in fact much better than a classic notebook for your notes, far better than does the HP Envy 8 Notes that in spite of everything puts first the ability to write with the excellent Wacom pen.

And just FYI, provided we got a really big pen, in natural size, we could say, that works with the digitizer integrated on board but that turns out to be really poor when compared with the competition by Surface or Envy with the Wacom.

This in fact turns out to be very fluid and pretty accurate but it does not always work and the pen is not always detected if it is not perpendicular to the screen. Finally we noticed that sometimes stops responding after you restart the device (hopefully it’s only a software issue).

But returning to the display, the resolution to 2048 x 1536 is Full HD + edge pixels, the same as iPad Mini Retina to give you an idea. The Panel also has a glass with a reflectivity below the market average and that makes annoying many competing products.

The performance of this device are not bad at all. The processor is a low end SKUS Atom low-power quad core and low heat output even if this is not the first characteristic that is felt.

Performance level we can see that the eMMC memory is not particularly fast, indeed ranks behind devices of the same company and based on an equivalent platform and indeed even cheaper retail price level.

Apart from that the processor and graphics solution are anyway more than discreet and for a tablet of this magnitude is not that we can ask for much more. As you will appreciate firsthand, some tests allow us to see a difference not too marked with fifth-generation Core M solutions.

Compared to a sixth-generation Core solution the difference is huge, both on the chart on the computational “pure” so to speak. Pure benchmarks in this respect we show a difference of 50% less than the Core M.

Good the autonomy of this device. According to our tests the tablet respects and transcends what is autonomy declared by this device, approximately 6 hours from HP official spec sheet for this HP Pro Tablet 608.

The average distance is around 7 hours of use under WiFi network thanks to the large capacity battery that came with 2 cells. Minimum autonomy that we encountered during our tests still don’t fell way below the 6 hours.

We would obviously like a range a little firmer but in general we can say that for an 8 inch can be up to 9 hours of battery life with a navigational use web a little lighter is really interesting for a Windows product with Intel platform.

The camera system is not bad at all, it is a pair of sensors one by 8 MP on the back and a Full HD on the front that still manage to ensure good performance for photographic use for which they are intended.

Very good the double microphone on Board that allows us to have a recorded audio in call very clean also for any future implementations of phone calls on Windows 10 4 g module on board.

The software is Windows 64 bit full 10 Pro, the new OS is perfectly suited to small screens 4:3 without major problems to UI as on devices with narrower aspect ratio (16:9 or 16:10).

The operating system manages to move very smoothly without major problems and without having moments of crisis if not some lag if we are going to squeeze a little bit more what are the qualities of multitasking environment.

Conclusions

A tablet which surprised us compared with other Atom solution we tried very recently, but he also, at the same time, disappointed in other ways that we analyzed in this review.

We have a perfect screen for a device that is compatible with the pen but at the same time adopt a solution for the digitizer only just mediocre and that does not reach the quality of the main competitors in the slightest.

On the other hand, we have a list of prices very close to that of iPad Mini but overpowered at every opportunity, especially if we get to the many and interesting accessories available through the dock port on the left side of the device that will really make a difference to business users.

Important though this review of HP Pro Tablet 608 because it made us appreciate the potential of the new Intel Atom series that does not improve performance compared to the previous one too but that perfect balance between processor and graphics component.