HP Elitebook 840 G5 (8550U, 8GB) 14 Inch Business Laptop Review

HP sees the 14 inch laptop segment as the most competitive one among the others because of several reasons. The thing itself is considered as true because we are seeing so many competitors at this market started from the Matebook X Pro 2018, Thinkpad X1 Carbon, Dell Latitude 5490 2018, and Thinkpad T480. We have so many good options right here depending on our budget. The Elitebook 840 G5 is just released and wanted to place their position between these competitors by offering of decent performance, long last battery life, and decent price at the same time. The systems cost for under 1600 dollars and coming with Intel 8th generation processor.

This highly charming device could be a good solution for users who are looking for something powerful and portable at the same time. Despite for being light and portable, the I/O connectivity is also decent and it comes with any kinds of ports connectivity you need for accompanying your work. Today, I got the chance to review the higher model for this laptop and I am going to share some my thoughts about it. Let’s take a look inside and see how it works on us. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Case and Looks

In term of design, the overall looks pretty similar to its 13 inch and 14 inch model. The chassis is fully made from aluminum and then covered with entirely silver finishing included of its back cover. Compared to its predecessor, I don’t see any difference at all in matter of design approach because they basically do the same thing last year. This time, they make the chassis is much thinner and lighter without doing undergo changes to overall design. I only notice the chase now has of tethered screws which allowing you to get inside pretty easily for upgrading the component inside.

The design looks great, but what about its build quality? Well, the build is decent and pretty much impressive for all around its chassis. It’s resisted to our twisted and pressure pretty well although the lid cover is more flexible than I thought. Opening the lid can be done with single hand, but the lid itself is strong enough and wobbling at all during typing. You should see the hinge as pretty smooth, but keep in mind it’s considered as tough enough for any kinds of demand work usages. The overall impression for design and build are great and won’t disappoint you at all.

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Hardware Configurations and Maintenance

HP Elitebook 840 G5 2018 2 HP offers of few hardware configurations to choose depending on your preference and budget. The Intel I5 8250U is going to be the cheapest model which costs for under 1300 dollars here while the higher end model itself is the one I have right now and costs for nearly 1600 dollars. The main difference between these models only located on hardware inside while the things like display, keyboard, and design are very much similar. I recommend you to take the base model if you prefer more battery life over everything and having the highest end one for users need of more performance.

As for the maintenance support, the device does not come with maintenance hatch and means you must open the entire back cover to get inside. However, this step should be done pretty easily, but I will recommend you to use the plastic lever in order to take out the back cover for avoid damaging the component. Once you get inside, you will see of two RAM slots and upgradable M.2 SSD storage to depend. The WIFI module is also replaceable and users could just switch to the one they want to have here. The upgradability is a good feature which hardly to see in light and thin 14 inch device, so HP is basically done pretty decent step for making it fully upgradable.

HP Elitebook 840 G5 2018Main Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-8550U 8th Gen 1.8 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size14 Inch FHD Resolution
OS Windows 10 Pro
Memory 8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage 256GB M.2 SSD

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Performance and Battery

The Intel Core I7 8550U is equipped as the main hardware for powering the entire system. This processor is coming from Intel Kaby Lake R 8th generation and promises of more performance better than its predecessor. This is the first time Intel puts of quad core CPU into their ULV mobile chipset and it works very well in our test. The performance in single core is relatively low than I expect, but the performances in multi cores are just amazing. Rendering video or doing an activity which demanded on how many cores of our CPU will be done 40 % much faster thanks to the increasing number of cores. The performance is something you should not worry.

HP adds of 50 Wh non removable battery and it will easily last for 7 to 8 hours in our daily usage. The battery promises good amount of time for users to do any sort of works without needed to recharge the battery for again and again. The fast charging method is featured and allowing you to completely charge the battery from 0 to 100 in just 2 hours. The performance is dropped during the charging for avoiding of thermal issue and I see it as normal case here.

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Final Thought

The Elitebook 840 G5 14 inch does not disappoint at all for being an expensive business laptop. Its design and case material are great and also accompanied by strong performance and decent battery life. In term of price, the price tag is probably expensive for most of everyone, but keep in mind HP also provides the cheaper model for users who want something more affordable. I recommend you to see of this works on you before you decide to take it as the replacement for your old laptop. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Thank you very much for reading the article and see you again next time.

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