Introduction, Design, Features
Why has Lenovo started charity ThinkPad business notebooks in china as good as matte black? Maybe to deflect off foe from HP EliteBooks, that had china first. Certainly a EliteBook 1040 G4 is a business laptop that can contest with anything on a market—it’s a skinny and light 14-inch indication with clever quad-core performance, good battery life, and an unusually balmy 1080p hold screen.
It’s value observant that a G4 achieves a multiple of quad-core energy and plain battery life notwithstanding regulating a 45-watt, seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7820HQ processor, not one of a some-more battery-friendly, 15-watt, U-series quads in Intel’s eighth-generation lineup, as seen in a latest Dell XPS 13Lenovo Yoga 920.ThinkPad T470s yet for a T470p, that almost outweighs a HP (4 pounds contra 3.3, yet a Lenovo also offers dedicated graphics while a G4 creates do with integrated graphics).
Economy isn’t one of a EliteBook’s strengths. Prices start during $1,379 for a Core i5 dual-core indication with 8GB of memory and a petty 128GB solid-state drive. Stepping adult to $1,749 gets we a 256GB SSD and a Core i5 with Intel’s vPro manageability facilities and ups a guaranty from one to 3 years.
Our exam config, with a vPro Core i7-7820HQ, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB PCIe solid-state drive, and a hold screen, lists for $2,099. Options embody a 4K (3,840×2,160) arrangement or HP’s SureView 1080p remoteness screen, that creates your perspective almost worse yet creates it unfit for a chairman subsequent to we to take association information by hidden a glance.
The 1040 G4 measures 0.63 by 13 by 9.2 inches, creation it easy to trip into a briefcase or bag. It’s handsomely clad in matte china aluminum, with a stylized HP trademark centered in a lid; a sides and a front frame are shiny, contemplative chrome and a EliteBook name is etched into a behind edge. We appreciated a niche forged out of a front for inserting a fingertip to open a lid. Like a ThinkPad rivals, a G4 is not only a flattering face; it’s upheld MIL-STD 810G tests for flourishing shock, vibration, impassioned temperatures, and other environmental hazards.
Lifting a lid reveals a silken 1,920×1,080-pixel arrangement surrounded by sincerely slim side bezels and thick tip and bottom bezels; a tip bezel binds a Webcam and a bottom another HP logo. There’s a orator grille above a keyboard, along with a energy symbol and Bang Olufsen branding, and a fingerprint reader in a palm rest next it. A skinny chrome frame surrounds a hold pad.
On a laptop’s left side, you’ll find a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A pier and headphone jack, along with a wire close container and cooling vents…
The right corner binds another USB 3.1 port, an HDMI port, and dual USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports, possibly of that might be used with a granted 90-watt AC adapter. Alas, there is no SD label slot, yet there’s a SIM label container for models versed with discretionary WWAN mobile broadband. As you’d expect, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are standard.
The fingerprint reader and face-recognition Webcam give users dual ways to record in around Windows Hello instead of typing passwords. The Webcam captures well-lit, simply minute selfies and videos.
Except for being disposed to reflections (a common problem for glass-topped hold screens), a HP’s full HD arrangement is first-class, with far-reaching observation angles and vivid, jam-packed colors. The screen’s fortitude is a good fit for a 14-inch size—the complement arrived with Windows’ wizz set to 150 percent, yet we dialed it down to 125 percent with no squinting needed.
Details are pointy and 1080p videos demeanour great. There’s copiousness contrariety and copiousness of brightness—almost too many during a tip integrate of backlight settings, so (uncharacteristically for us) we incited it down a full 4 notches for bland work. The hold shade hardly wobbles when swiped or tapped; it responded fast and accurately to a fingers.
The keyboard rug is giveaway of flex, even if we form with a complicated hand. The backlit, tiled keys mix adequate transport with a organisation typing feel—fans of automatic desktop keyboards will feel some-more during home than they do on many soft, plasticky laptop arrays. HP wins points for providing dedicated Home, End, PgUp, and PgDn keys and special conferencing keys for muting a microphone and fixation and disconnecting Skype calls.
We subtract points—or rather, half a star from a altogether rating—because of HP’s insistence on arranging a cursor arrow keys in an ungainly row, with half-sized adult and down arrows sandwiched between full-sized left and right arrows, rather than a correct inverted T. Pressing a down arrow feels generally clumsy. At slightest a large hold pad works smoothly, with only a right volume of vigour for a click.
The EliteBook’s Bang Olufsen speakers don’t furnish sepulchral bass, yet their sound is good above average, even well-developed for a skinny laptop—there’s simply adequate volume to fill a discussion room, and instruments sounded both frail and rich.
HP loads a complement with a squadron of utilities (we counted 26 in Windows’ list of apps and features), trimming from Sure Start, that protects opposite BIOS hacking, to Sure Click, that aims to urge opposite antagonistic Web sites. A beta Bluetooth app called HP PhoneWise lets we accept and beget calls and texts on a mechanism with your Android or unbarred iPhone smartphone in your pocket.