HP EliteBook 1040 G4 Review – A Solid and Portable 14 Inch Workhorse

The HP EliteBook 1040 G4 is a solid laptop for both of multimedia usage and playing games. It’s a perfect device for those activities because the display is vibrant, bright, and offers wide viewing angle. The audio itself is powered by Bang and Olufsen speakers and means you could expect some of high quality sounds here. The system features of Intel Dual Core I7 7660U processor for taking care all of your activities with no slightly lag. There is actually a better version with Intel 7820HQ, but it costs you with a better price. Each of them is having their own advantage and disadvantage. The lower version has better battery life as the processor consumes less power. The different thing is happened with the higher version that produces more power, but with less battery life.

Any choice you decide, I have to say the laptop is a pretty good choice to afford in the 2018 especially after seeing its premium and portable design. I think its worth for our time to take look inside and see how great it is. That is what we are going to talk about here. We are going to check it further on this article. To make it easier for you to conclude, let’s we jump into the article.

Simplistic Design

HP mainly designed the chassis with solid aluminum material. The design especially on its lid is pretty standard, but for some reasons the shiny coating and the edges make it stand out among the others. The company really makes it appeared as ultrabook and for this case it must to be slim and portable. Luckily, the thing is just weight for around 3.2 pounds with dimension at 13 x 9.2 x 0.2 inches. The result is impressive because they manage to outshine of Thinkpad laptop with lighter and svelter design. The design could be the real reason for taking it back home here.

Lifting the lid, you soon notice a 14 inch display that is surrounded by slim and thin bezel. Yeah, this is 2018 and having a slim bezel is must or the users would say it as bad. Even for now, some users still thing the bezel is still very tight as we now see much slimmer bezel like we see on Dell XPS 13. Move into the sides, there are some combinations of USB ports. There are standard USB types-A ports here and accompanied by USB type-C ports for faster and more reliable data transfer.

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Display and Durability

HP EliteBook 1040 G4 2 The G4 1040 manages to deliver of crisp and detail images thanks to its 1080p display. The 1920 x 1080 IPS panel looks great especially for multimedia purposes. Streaming the Infinity War feels enjoyable as I can see every detail from their costumes. The panel itself is detail enough even for showing the smallest detail from Doctor Strange power. Testing it with Colorimeter application shows its true quality. The panel is able to produce for 113 percent of SRGB color which is better than what Thinkpad T470 that features less than 100 SRGB color.

As for the durability, HP promises that all of their products have received MIL SPEC 810G certification. The certification will make sure the system is capable to take of extreme temperature and drops. The device itself manages to keep it from water spilling, but keep in mind pouring with a glass full of water will still break it. It just has a minor water protection and does not mean fully water proof. For further test, I tried to drop it from my table with the lid is closed and the result is quite good. Everything runs fine and all of things work functional. I only got some scratches here and I think it’s not bad for the price.

Last price update: 2019-06-01 11:54:53

HP EliteBook 1040 G4Main Specs
CPU Intel Quad Core I7-7600U 2.8 GHZ
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size14-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage256GB SSD

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Outstanding Features

The Intel Core I7 7660U and 8GB RAM should let you run any application with no issue here. The performance is really wise here, so I am not going to talk pretty much about it. The one that I really want to talk about here is the other features like audio quality and input devices. The audio itself is pretty much great like typical of Bang and Olufsen speakers. It sounds great no matter any song or genre you play here. The thing that I really love here is the power that manages to fill of my medium room on maximum volume. An audiophile might be interested to check it.

As for the keyboard, I think it would give you mixed experience here. If you get used with short travel keys keyboard, then I think you will love it pretty much. The case is different for users who always get used with 1.5 or higher travel distant as the laptop only has 1.4 mm travel key. I end up need to be used with it for a while although I was able to type for around 85 words per minute after some time. The keyboard is not comparable with Thinkpad, but good enough for daily usage.

Last price update: 2019-06-01 11:54:53
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Final Thought

The EliteBook G4 biggest selling points are located on its design, display, and sound quality. The keyboard itself is not that wonderful and I still prefer to have Thinkpad here. If you are a fan of multimedia or really enjoy playing movies during your break, I think this is a perfect machine for you. Just think anything appropriate to you and find your best option. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration here. Be mind to leave any comment for further assistance regarding this article.

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