The HP MT43 is a thin client based on its predecessor brother, the HP Elitebook 840 G5. Both of these machines have similar construction and design and only look different in hardware configuration. Here, the Intel Core I5 series is swapped with AMD APU from Bristol Bridge generation that basically will reduce its price point and making it more affordable to wider consumers. However, the fast SSD storage and Full HD display are still featured here and making it considered as worthy choice in comparable with Dell Latitude series and Toshiba Tecra. The system has everything you need as a perfect system to run IOT despite its affordable price.
By seeing the specification and design, it should be a nice option for low end consumers, but still, I guess it’s important for us to take look inside and see how worth it is especially in performance sector. The AMD APU is quite fall behind here than what Intel does here. That is what we are going to talk about here. We are going to talk about it further on this article. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Design and Construction
HP does not revamp the overall design and once again promising of magnesium alloy as the main material for the construction. The only place where it uses the different material is the bottom area which is created from plastic. In my opinion, I really love of silver finishing that HP puts here and making it looks premium and not cheap at all. In term of weight, I think magnesium alloy is already well known for its light weight and what I expect is true here because the system is only weight for around 1.5 kg. The 1.5 is pretty amazing for 14 inch portable machine. I think the design is the main selling point here.
The stability and durability of unit are relatively solid here although the display lid is too thin for some reasons. The lid is easy to twist even with some amount of power. Making it bit thicker is not a bad idea and users should not give a complaint here. For base area, the cracking sounds are noticeable and giving some pressure makes the centre are is warped. I also check the hinge system that many users think as bad here, but I have to say the hinge is flexible and durable enough although further testing is needed here. Overall, we get everything we deserve for the price here.back to menu ↑
Display and Input
The 14 inch display is covered in matte finishing that some users think as good because the screen is not reflective. The panel itself features a native 1920 x 1080p resolution and completely full HD. This is nice direction makes by HP because last year they keep giving us an HD resolution here. Testing it with Colorimeter, I manage to get further detail here for brightness level and color accuracy. It produces of nearly 75 percent for SRGB color space and 335 nits for brightness. Getting 400 nits display is impossible at this range and as long as the level is not below 300 nits, the screen is perfectly fine for both indoor and outdoor usage.
Last year, HP includes of spilled proof keyboard and the same exact keyboard is back here. Keep in mind, the keyboard is only spilled proof and not fully water proof and means there is a huge chance the water is leaking when put much water on it. Also the same quality is introduced here as I think the keys travel and feedback are good here. The keys have satisfying pressure and giving me an enjoyable way on finishing my work. There is backlit support in case you want to type in darker environment.
|HP MT43 14 Inch||Main Specs|
|CPU||AMD Quad Core A8-9600B 2.4 GHz|
|Graphics||AMD Integrated Card|
|OS||Windows 10 IOT|
|Memory||8GB DDR4 Memory|
Performance and Power Consumption
With AM A8 9600B, we really receive the level performance worth for its price. This APU is based on Bristol Bridge generation and consisting of four CPU that works in 2.4 GHz base clock. The turbo clock is introduced on consistently reaching of up to 3.3 GHz clock rate. Unfortunately, the throttling on CPU is very noticeable here as the each core only capable to reach higher clock for some time and dropped into 2.4 to 2.6 GHz. It means the boosted clock implementation is completely unusable because of throttling issue. The thermal problem I think is fixed on Ryzen, but for now the CPU is still relatively expensive.
As for power consumption, the processor is limited in 15 TDP watts similarly like Intel does with their ULV processor. I expect a good battery life in result of lower TDP watts, but the result is not what i hope here. The battery lasts only for maximum 5 to 6 hours for most all of time during my test. For web surfing itself, 5 hours is possible result here. In comparable with its older brother, the HP MT21 the battery here is one hour shorter even though the performance is slightly better here.back to menu ↑
There is always a price for we are paying for and the thing is pretty true here. The MT43 laptop might be good on design, keyboard, and its fast storage, but on other side the performance and battery are not being consistent here. The thermal is a big issue for processor to reach its maximum performance. If you do not really think about performance here, then this is a perfect system for you. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration here. I just hope the information is good enough for you on making an option. Feel free to check our latest article and mind leaving for further assistance regarding the article.