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HP EliteBook 735 G6 laptop review: Despite AMD Picasso, not necessarily a bad choice

The last 735. Shortly before the market launch of the new HP EliteBooks, we review the HP EliteBook 735 G6, an HP laptop with last year's AMD "Picasso" CPUs. Can the HP EliteBook 735 still convince some business customers shortly before its replacement? After all, in contrast to the new HP EliteBook 835 G7, it still has an RJ45 Ethernet port and the old side-docking port.
Benjamin Herzig, 👁 Andreas Osthoff, Andrea Grüblinger (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain),

HP was one of the first manufacturers to use AMD processors in laptops to a large extent. At the core of HP's AMD portfolio was the EliteBook 700 series for enterprise customers. The EliteBook 700 series will be integrated into the EliteBook 800 series this year, which shows: With the AMD Ryzen 4000 series, AMD processors have finally reached the laptop mainstream.

We are not reviewing any EliteBooks with the new CPUs today as these models are not yet available. Instead, we will take a look at one of the last models in the HP EliteBook 700 series, the HP EliteBook 735 G6. This is the AMD version of the HP EliteBook 830 G6, which is powered by AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs. Apart from the Ryzen 5 processor, the other key features of this configuration are as follows: 256 GB of SSD storage, 8 GB of RAM and an IPS display with Full HD resolution. With this configuration, the HP EliteBook 735 G6 costs around 1,380 Euros (~$1,558).

The HP EliteBook 735 G6's biggest competitor is the Lenovo ThinkPad X395, which is also an AMD Ryzen 3000 laptop. Apart from that, we naturally also compare the HP laptop with the older HP EliteBook 735 G5 and the Dell Latitude 7300 as another business subnotebook. Because HP hasn't made any changes to the design compared to the HP EliteBook 735 G5, we'll skip the topics regarding the case, connectivity and input devices and go straight to the display.

HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
Processor
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U 4 x 2.1 - 3.7 GHz, Zen+
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4 2400, 1 of 2 slots free, single-channel
Display
13.30 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, CMN139E, IPS LED, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
AMD Promontory/Bixby FCH
Storage
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G, 256 GB 
, M.2 2280, PCIe NVMe, 199 GB free
Soundcard
AMD Raven - Audio Processor - HD Audio Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: combo audio, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17.7 x 310 x 229 ( = 0.7 x 12.2 x 9.02 in)
Battery
50 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p with infrared and PrivacyShutter
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: 6-row chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, HP Client Security Manager, HP Connection Optimizer, HP JumpStart, HP Notifications, HP Power Manager, HP Sure Click, HP Support Assistant, HP Sure Recover, HP Sure Run, HP Sure Sense, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.474 kg ( = 51.99 oz / 3.25 pounds), Power Supply: 334 g ( = 11.78 oz / 0.74 pounds)
Price
1349 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
86 %
06/2020
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
R5 PRO 3500U, Vega 8
1.5 kg17.7 mm13.30"1920x1080
89 %
10/2019
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
R3 PRO 3300U, Vega 6
1.3 kg16.9 mm13.30"1920x1080
86 %
09/2018
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
R7 2700U, Vega 10
1.3 kg17 mm13.30"1920x1080
87 %
09/2019
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G
i7-8665U, UHD Graphics 620
1.4 kg18.45 mm13.30"1920x1080

Size comparison

312 mm / 12.3 inch 217 mm / 8.54 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.3 kg2.82 lbs310 mm / 12.2 inch 229 mm / 9.02 inch 17.7 mm / 0.697 inch 1.5 kg3.25 lbs310 mm / 12.2 inch 229 mm / 9.02 inch 17 mm / 0.669 inch 1.3 kg2.93 lbs306.5 mm / 12.1 inch 206.95 mm / 8.15 inch 18.45 mm / 0.726 inch 1.4 kg3 lbs
Left: Kensington lock, USB 3.0 Type-A, smart card reader
Left: Kensington lock, USB 3.0 Type-A, smart card reader
Right: SIM slot, combo audio, USB 3.0 Type-A, HDMI, RJ45 Ethernet, docking port, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, charging port
Right: SIM slot, combo audio, USB 3.0 Type-A, HDMI, RJ45 Ethernet, docking port, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, charging port
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Subnotebook
  (30.9 - 1658, n=184)
658 MBit/s ∼100% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
652 (539min - 675max) MBit/s ∼99% +10%
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
640 MBit/s ∼97% +8%
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
635 (563min - 673max) MBit/s ∼97% +7%
Average Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
  (536 - 677, n=23)
618 MBit/s ∼94% +4%
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
593 (460min - 629max) MBit/s ∼90%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
655 (617min - 662max) MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
628 (493min - 645max) MBit/s ∼96% -4%
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
627 (602min - 637max) MBit/s ∼96% -4%
Average Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
  (527 - 676, n=23)
615 MBit/s ∼94% -6%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (36 - 1614, n=184)
614 MBit/s ∼94% -6%
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
529 MBit/s ∼81% -19%
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HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø593 (460-629)
Lenovo ThinkPad X395 Intel Wireless-AC 9260; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø651 (539-675)
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G Intel Wireless-AC 9560; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø635 (563-673)
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø654 (617-662)
Lenovo ThinkPad X395 Intel Wireless-AC 9260; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø628 (493-645)
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G Intel Wireless-AC 9560; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø627 (602-637)

Webcam

ColorChecker
24.1 ∆E
25.5 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
18.7 ∆E
20.7 ∆E
16 ∆E
20 ∆E
28.3 ∆E
21 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
14.9 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
17.9 ∆E
16.6 ∆E
23.3 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
19.5 ∆E
18.2 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
15.2 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
ColorChecker HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA: 16.71 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 28.31 ∆E

EliteBook 735 G6 with dim display

HP EliteBook 735 G6 pixel grid
HP EliteBook 735 G6 pixel grid
Low backlight bleeding (represented in an intensified way here)
Low backlight bleeding (represented in an intensified way here)

HP offers a range of different display options in its EliteBook business laptops. The HP EliteBook 735 G6 is no exception here. A display with a brightness value of 250 cd/m² is available as the base configuration. This brightness also offers the On-Cell Touch option. A 400 cd/m² panel is available as the next better option. The brightest display supports HP's SureView Privacy function and is supposed to offer an extremely high brightness value of 1000 cd/m². All used panels have a diagonal size of 13.3 inches, a resolution of 1920x1080 (Full HD) and a matte surface. In addition, all installed screens are IPS LCDs.

Unfortunately, we are testing the base variant. At an average brightness of 276 cd/m², our measurements show that the display at least exceeds the stated brightness value (250 cd/m²). The competitors from Lenovo and Dell are better positioned here.

281
cd/m²
275
cd/m²
276
cd/m²
280
cd/m²
294
cd/m²
279
cd/m²
271
cd/m²
277
cd/m²
257
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
CMN139E
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 294 cd/m² Average: 276.7 cd/m² Minimum: 14.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 295 cd/m²
Contrast: 1633:1 (Black: 0.18 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.8 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.7, calibrated: 4.8
ΔE Greyscale 5.9 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
61.5% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 39.6% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 1.96
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
CMN139E, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.30
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
LP133WF7-SPB1, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
BOE074A, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G
B133HAK, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.30
Response Times
-33%
-13%
-3%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
38 (20, 18)
55 (26, 29)
-45%
42 (24, 18)
-11%
39 (18, 21)
-3%
Response Time Black / White *
26.4 (14.8, 11.6)
32 (18, 14)
-21%
28 (14, 14)
-6%
27 (14, 13)
-2%
PWM Frequency
26040
20500 (90)
-21%
Screen
38%
20%
10%
Brightness middle
294
356
21%
464
58%
341
16%
Brightness
277
336
21%
426
54%
306
10%
Brightness Distribution
87
88
1%
85
-2%
79
-9%
Black Level *
0.18
0.16
11%
0.42
-133%
0.31
-72%
Contrast
1633
2225
36%
1105
-32%
1100
-33%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.8
3.6
47%
4.49
34%
6.43
5%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
23.8
5.5
77%
8.77
63%
10.33
57%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.8
1.11
77%
1.27
74%
2.36
51%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.9
4.7
20%
6.44
-9%
6.9
-17%
Gamma
1.96 112%
2.92 75%
2.41 91%
2.23 99%
CCT
6979 93%
6222 104%
6922 94%
8338 78%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
39.6
61
54%
63
59%
59
49%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
61.5
96
56%
96
56%
91
48%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
3% / 27%
4% / 13%
4% / 8%

* ... smaller is better

Color values
Color values
Grayscales
Grayscales
Saturation
Saturation
Color values (calibrated)
Color values (calibrated)
Grayscales (calibrated)
Grayscales (calibrated)
Saturation (calibrated)
Saturation (calibrated)

Out of the box, the colors on the display are a little cold. This can be changed through calibration using the CalMAN software and the X-Rite i1 Pro 2 colorimeter, whereby the deviations in the saturation remain. We can't criticize the contrast value. Only the Lenovo ThinkPad X395 is able to outperform a contrast of 1633:1.

The low color-space coverage (61.5%) of this display is one of its defining characteristics, since the 400 cd/m² display and the SureView monitor should deliver better results in this area.

sRGB: 61.5%
sRGB: 61.5%
AdobeRGB: 39.6%
AdobeRGB: 39.6%
Outdoor (overcast)
Outdoor (overcast)

You can use the HP EliteBook outdoors, but the matte 250 cd/m² display is only just bright enough for use in the shade. If you want to use the HP laptop outdoors more often, you should choose a different LCD option.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
26.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14.8 ms rise
↘ 11.6 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 53 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
38 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 18 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 38 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (38.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 26040 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 26040 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 26040 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9596 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

There is nothing wrong with the viewing-angle stability, whereby it has to be mentioned that the typical IPS-glow effect is present in this panel.

HP EliteBook 735 G6 viewing angles
HP EliteBook 735 G6 viewing angles

Performance: Hardly any changes compared to the predecessor

Three different APUs are offered by HP in the EliteBook 735 G6: The AMD Ryzen 3 3300U (including Vega 6), the Ryzen 5 3500U (including Vega 8) and the older Ryzen 7 Pro 2700U (including Vega 10). Two SO-DIMM slots are available for the RAM; a maximum of 64 GB of DDR4 2400 memory is possible. A single M.2 2280 SSD is used as storage device.

CPU-Z caches
CPU-Z caches
CPU-Z mainboard
CPU-Z mainboard
CPU-Z memory
CPU-Z memory
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
HWiNFO
HWiNFO
GPU-Z
GPU-Z

Processor

The AMD Ryzen 5 3500U is a quad-core processor of the "Picasso" series. The four cores have a maximum clock rate of 3.7 GHz and a base speed of 2.1 GHz. Because it is a U-series processor, this CPU has a typical maximum consumption of 15 watts. Comparisons to other processors are possible with our CPU comparison list.

In the Cinebench multi-core test, the AMD Ryzen processor can consume up to 25 watts, which results in a clock speed of 3 GHz with four CPU cores. After a short time, the clock rate drops to around 2.6 GHz, at which the processor still consumes about 18 watts. The CPU temperature initially oscillates at about 80 °C (~176 °F(25-watt power limit) and then settles at about 70 °C (~158 °F(18-watt power limit).

The EliteBook 735 G5 predecessor model was only slightly slower; the same goes for the Dell Latitude 7300. On the other hand, there is a larger performance difference compared to the Lenovo ThinkPad X395, resulting in an advantage for the EliteBook.

We couldn't determine a performance limitation on battery power.

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HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U, AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U: Ø561 (547.56-636.74)
Lenovo ThinkPad X395 AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U, AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U: Ø416 (400.15-479.45)
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U: Ø545 (536.52-636.96)
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G Intel Core i7-8665U, Intel Core i7-8665U: Ø531 (513-670)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G
Intel Core i7-8665U
670 (513min - 682max) Points ∼100% +5%
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
640 Points ∼96% 0%
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
637 (547.56min - 636.74max) Points ∼95%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
  (611 - 637, n=2)
624 Points ∼93% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U
481 Points ∼72% -24%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32 - 1626, n=354)
405 Points ∼60% -36%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G
Intel Core i7-8665U
185 Points ∼100% +32%
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
147 Points ∼79% +5%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
  (140 - 144, n=2)
142 Points ∼77% +1%
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
140 Points ∼76%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U
126 Points ∼68% -10%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 219, n=339)
124 Points ∼67% -11%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Average of class Subnotebook
  (110 - 3839, n=80)
1367 Points ∼100% +3%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
  (1328 - 1349, n=2)
1339 Points ∼98% +1%
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
1328 Points ∼97%
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G
Intel Core i7-8665U
1267 Points ∼93% -5%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G
Intel Core i7-8665U
412 Points ∼100% +16%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (73 - 583, n=79)
377 Points ∼92% +6%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
  (354 - 369, n=2)
362 Points ∼88% +2%
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
354 Points ∼86%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Average of class Subnotebook
  (4.2 - 6277, n=71)
1136 Seconds * ∼100% -41%
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
805 Seconds * ∼71%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
  (786 - 805, n=2)
796 Seconds * ∼70% +1%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1653 - 15198, n=66)
4153 MIPS ∼100% +21%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
  (3432 - 3516, n=2)
3474 MIPS ∼84% +1%
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
3432 MIPS ∼83%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2692 - 44827, n=66)
17601 MIPS ∼100% +11%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
  (15910 - 16531, n=2)
16221 MIPS ∼92% +2%
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
15910 MIPS ∼90%
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (310 - 1740, n=67)
1072 Points ∼100% +24%
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
863 Points ∼81%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
 
863 Points ∼81% 0%
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (591 - 7590, n=67)
3732 Points ∼100% +32%
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
2824 Points ∼76%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
 
2824 Points ∼76% 0%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.63 - 11, n=66)
4.53 fps ∼100% +35%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
  (3.36 - 3.6, n=2)
3.48 fps ∼77% +4%
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
3.36 fps ∼74%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
117 s ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
 
117 s ∼100% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32.3 - 281, n=51)
81 s ∼69% -31%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.554 - 2.43, n=55)
0.845 sec * ∼100% -10%
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
0.77 sec * ∼91%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
 
0.77 sec * ∼91% -0%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
637 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
35 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
140 Points
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System performance

There isn't really anything to criticize in terms of the system performance in everyday use, even if the HP laptop partly scores below average in the PCMark benchmarks.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Average AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (3061 - 3392, n=2)
3227 Points ∼100% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
Vega 6, R3 PRO 3300U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3158 Points ∼98% +3%
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
Vega 8, R5 PRO 3500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
3061 Points ∼95%
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
Vega 10, R7 2700U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
3047 Points ∼94% 0%
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3033 Points ∼94% -1%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (405 - 5795, n=152)
2796 Points ∼87% -9%
Productivity
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
7091 Points ∼100% +35%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (5264 - 5896, n=2)
5580 Points ∼79% +6%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1014 - 8682, n=152)
5527 Points ∼78% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
Vega 6, R3 PRO 3300U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
5484 Points ∼77% +4%
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
Vega 8, R5 PRO 3500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
5264 Points ∼74%
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
Vega 10, R7 2700U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
5146 Points ∼73% -2%
Essentials
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
9402 Points ∼100% +43%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
Vega 6, R3 PRO 3300U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
7351 Points ∼78% +12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2062 - 10113, n=152)
7259 Points ∼77% +11%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (6563 - 7556, n=2)
7060 Points ∼75% +8%
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
Vega 8, R5 PRO 3500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
6563 Points ∼70%
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
Vega 10, R7 2700U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
6537 Points ∼70% 0%
Score
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4208 Points ∼100% +24%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
Vega 6, R3 PRO 3300U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3606 Points ∼86% +6%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (3389 - 3818, n=2)
3604 Points ∼86% +6%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (743 - 5549, n=155)
3419 Points ∼81% +1%
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
Vega 8, R5 PRO 3500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
3389 Points ∼81%
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
Vega 10, R7 2700U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
3354 Points ∼80% -1%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5093 Points ∼100% +12%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (4558 - 4880, n=2)
4719 Points ∼93% +4%
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
Vega 10, R7 2700U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
4666 Points ∼92% +2%
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
Vega 8, R5 PRO 3500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
4558 Points ∼89%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
Vega 6, R3 PRO 3300U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
4356 Points ∼86% -4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1283 - 5628, n=264)
4116 Points ∼81% -10%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4211 Points ∼100% +27%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (3311 - 4072, n=2)
3692 Points ∼88% +12%
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
Vega 10, R7 2700U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
3402 Points ∼81% +3%
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
Vega 8, R5 PRO 3500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
3311 Points ∼79%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
Vega 6, R3 PRO 3300U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3260 Points ∼77% -2%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1027 - 4410, n=293)
3132 Points ∼74% -5%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3311 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4558 points
PCMark 10 Score
3389 points
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DPC latency

The HP laptop has some problems with DPC latencies, which can be traced back to the network driver. With the network disabled, it could be possible to avoid DPC dropouts.

LatencyMon Main
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LatencyMon Drivers
LatencyMon Drivers
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
Vega 8, R5 PRO 3500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
1496.8 μs * ∼100%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

The Western Digital SSD in the M.2 2280 format has a capacity of 256 GB. It is a PCIe NVMe SSD, but it only appears to comply with the PCIe 3.0 x2 standard. In comparison to the Samsung SSDs of Lenovo's and Dell's competitor devices, the SSD from Western Digital is significantly slower, which should only have minor effects on everyday performance, though.

HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Average WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
60%
-7%
89%
13%
Write 4K
116
129.37
12%
97.26
-16%
141.1
22%
118 (81.7 - 173, n=13)
2%
Read 4K
39.81
41.6
4%
44.58
12%
46.37
16%
42 (34.4 - 47.9, n=13)
6%
Write Seq
1300
2334.44
80%
882.9
-32%
1994
53%
1123 (645 - 1302, n=13)
-14%
Read Seq
802.9
2150.9
168%
1050
31%
2275
183%
1208 (803 - 1388, n=13)
50%
Write 4K Q32T1
187.6
233.99
25%
167.3
-11%
493.3
163%
324 (188 - 461, n=13)
73%
Read 4K Q32T1
305.9
325.72
6%
337.4
10%
429
40%
322 (231 - 506, n=13)
5%
Write Seq Q32T1
1299
2347.6
81%
789.4
-39%
2992
130%
1091 (518 - 1302, n=13)
-16%
Read Seq Q32T1
1741
3563.2
105%
1606
-8%
3562
105%
1729 (1688 - 1751, n=13)
-1%
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 1741 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1299 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 305.9 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 187.6 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 802.9 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1300 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 39.81 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 116 MB/s

Graphics card

The integrated graphics chip is the AMD Radeon RX Vega 8; due to it lacking dedicated RAM, the Vega GPU needs to use the system's memory. Performance is negatively affected by the fact that the RAM in the EliteBook 735 G6 only runs in single-channel mode. This is the reason why the Vega 8 in the HP laptop lags behind the Vega 6 of the Lenovo ThinkPad X395, and it explains why the Vega 8 also achieves better results on average.

At least you can improve the performance very easily by installing a RAM module in the free SO-DIMM slot. This should also provide better results in games, even if this naturally doesn't turn the EliteBook into a gaming laptop. But it's definitely suitable for older titles.

The GPU can also make full use of its performance capabilities on battery power.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (1668 - 4317, n=39)
3420 Points ∼100% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U
3325 Points ∼97% +11%
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
2997 Points ∼88%
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
2907 Points ∼85% -3%
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8665U
1825 Points ∼53% -39%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (230 - 12199, n=423)
1608 Points ∼47% -46%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Subnotebook
  (85 - 3276, n=84)
688 Points ∼100% +21%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (523 - 790, n=18)
667 Points ∼97% +17%
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
568 Points ∼83%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U
2245 Points ∼100% +20%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (1095 - 2901, n=36)
2205 Points ∼98% +18%
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
1872 Points ∼83%
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
1740 Points ∼78% -7%
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8665U
1300 Points ∼58% -31%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (222 - 8743, n=303)
1297 Points ∼58% -31%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U
16787 Points ∼100% +37%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (7309 - 19351, n=32)
15126 Points ∼90% +24%
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
12233 Points ∼73%
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8665U
10571 Points ∼63% -14%
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
9904 Points ∼59% -19%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1484 - 53539, n=317)
8860 Points ∼53% -28%
3DMark 11 Performance
3007 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
9703 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1662 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
643 points
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Gaming performance

low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 30.4 19.5 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 64.5 50.7 27.7 25.5 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 21 16.4 14.4 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 24 fps
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 26.8 fps

Emissions: HP laptop is cool and quiet

Noise emissions

The fan in the HP EliteBook 735 G6 remains unobtrusive. It sometimes starts up in idle usage, but it remains barely audible. The fan only gets slightly louder under load. We couldn't detect any coil whine.

Noise Level

Idle
29.6 / 29.6 / 30.9 dB(A)
Load
33.9 / 33.9 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.6 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.436.234.834.134.12528.529.130.530.628.93135.833.233.43233.44034.531.232.130.731.5502828.631.627.528.96328.826.727.827.3318026.424.22524.828.610025.825.225.22426.512523.824.324.12325.516024.323.423.224.423.720024.123.52323.223.32502423.123.52222.831521.821.522.321.421.840022.221.520.820.82150021.320.920.720.221.163021.520.820.319.619.980021.521.42018.6191000222119.318.118.4125023.421.619.617.217.916002321.219.116.717.4200023.822.219.416.817.1250023.120.418.617.116.7315022.8211916.316.4400021.719.517.115.716.5500018.717.416.51616.2630017.516.816.51616.4800016.816.516.415.916.31000016.516.416.31616.31250016.416.216.215.816.21600016.115.91615.616SPL33.932.430.929.630N1.91.71.51.31.4median 22median 21median 19.4median 17.2median 17.9Delta2.42.22.932.730.731.833.730.73231.232.63235.632.934.735.631.130.433.231.132.330.733.432.329.828.327.929.829.329.926.229.332.12827.332.131.124.82731.124.424.523.624.424.322.723.324.322.922.322.722.921.821.621.321.821.321.820.221.320.620.219.320.619.52018.319.520.620.41820.62121.317.72120.720.617.220.721.621.917.221.623.223.717.223.2232317.5232424.117.42424.824.817.824.823.223.317.923.22120.817.92119.519.51819.518.718.71818.718.218.117.818.218.218.117.718.234.434.430.234.42.121.42.1median 21.6median 21.8median 18median 21.61.41.72.31.4hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseHP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EALenovo ThinkPad X395

Temperature

Stress test (Prime95 + FurMark)
Stress test (Prime95 + FurMark)

Even under load, the HP EliteBook 735 G6 hardly gets more than lukewarm. The maximum measured temperature is 41.8 °C (~107 °F), which is a completely harmless value.

The AMD processor can initially consume 25 watts in the stress test with Prime95 and FurMark. After a short time, the CPU/GPU consumption drops to around 17 watts, with which the CPU clock rates are approximately 1.7 GHz, and the CPU temperatures reach around 65 °C (~149 °F). The AMD EliteBook maintains this performance level until the end of the test. Throttling in everyday use shouldn't be a problem with the EliteBook 735 G6. 

Max. Load
 37.8 °C
100 F
39.5 °C
103 F
37.7 °C
100 F
 
 37.2 °C
99 F
39.1 °C
102 F
36.8 °C
98 F
 
 29.7 °C
85 F
27.5 °C
82 F
28.3 °C
83 F
 
Maximum: 39.5 °C = 103 F
Average: 34.8 °C = 95 F
39.9 °C
104 F
41.8 °C
107 F
36.2 °C
97 F
36.3 °C
97 F
38.5 °C
101 F
34.7 °C
94 F
31.7 °C
89 F
32.6 °C
91 F
32 °C
90 F
Maximum: 41.8 °C = 107 F
Average: 36 °C = 97 F
Power Supply (max.)  39.8 °C = 104 F | Room Temperature 20.9 °C = 70 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.8 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 30.6 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39.5 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 35.7 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22 to 57 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 41.8 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 39.6 °C / 103 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.7 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 30.6 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 29.7 °C / 85.5 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.5 °C / 83.3 F (-1.2 °C / -2.2 F).
Stress test (top)
Stress test (top)
Stress test (bottom)
Stress test (bottom)

Speakers

The stereo speakers placed above the keyboard produce a good sound. They could be a bit louder, but that's nitpicking for laptop speakers. Listening to a little music is definitely possible with these speakers. Alternatively, you can naturally also use the HP laptop's perfectly functioning combo audio port.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.1312530.628.6313234.44030.732.25027.533.56327.3308024.830.91002432.61252335.316024.442.320023.248.92502253.631521.458.340020.861.750020.263.863019.663.480018.660.2100018.159.2125017.263.9160016.761.7200016.860250017.159.6315016.359.6400015.761.750001662.863001660.3800015.956100001657.91250015.8541600015.642.1SPL29.673N1.333.1median 17.2median 59.6Delta35.733.733.733.735.932.635.935.434.735.430.933.230.935.333.435.328.127.928.128.126.228.129.427.329.430.52730.537.923.637.940.123.340.145.522.745.559.321.359.363.720.263.757.619.357.656.418.356.471187168.317.768.362.117.262.159.117.259.160.217.260.26417.56460.617.460.664.417.864.459.517.959.558.617.958.661186161.21861.258.817.858.85017.75075.530.275.5361.436median 59.3median 18median 59.362.36hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EALenovo ThinkPad X395
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (73 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 14.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 20% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 75% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 12% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 84% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Lenovo ThinkPad X395 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (71.01 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 18.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (11.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 45% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 44% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 32% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 61% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy management as the Achilles heel of the HP EliteBook 735 G6

Energy consumption

HP seems to have some catching up to do in terms of energy consumption, since the HP EliteBook 735 G6 consumes more than the competition from Dell and Lenovo. At least: An improvement is measurable in comparison to the EliteBook 735 G5 predecessor.

The peak load of 48.6 watts exceeds the power adapter's capacity. But since the consumption quickly stabilizes at an average of 34.3 watts, this isn't a problem.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.39 / 0.52 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.6 / 8.1 / 9.6 Watt
Load midlight 34.3 / 48.6 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
R5 PRO 3500U, Vega 8, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.30
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
R3 PRO 3300U, Vega 6, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
R7 2700U, Vega 10, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G
i7-8665U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.30
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
 
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Power Consumption
14%
-9%
8%
-1%
-7%
Idle Minimum *
5.6
4
29%
5.5
2%
2.5
55%
5.34 (3.7 - 8.8, n=38)
5%
6.34 (2.6 - 36, n=663)
-13%
Idle Average *
8.1
6.3
22%
9.4
-16%
6.6
19%
8.33 (5.86 - 12.9, n=38)
-3%
9.53 (5 - 39, n=663)
-18%
Idle Maximum *
9.6
9.3
3%
11.6
-21%
8.7
9%
9.79 (6.36 - 13.7, n=38)
-2%
11.8 (3.9 - 55, n=663)
-23%
Load Average *
34.3
34
1%
39
-14%
35.4
-3%
37.7 (24.1 - 55.3, n=38)
-10%
33.6 (6.3 - 79.2, n=653)
2%
Load Maximum *
48.6
42
14%
45.6
6%
68.1
-40%
46.1 (26.5 - 65.6, n=38)
5%
41.1 (7.6 - 111, n=656)
15%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

Charging time: 137 minutes
Charging time: 137 minutes

Although nothing has changed in the battery capacity in comparison to the previous model, HP gets more out of the 50 Wh battery in the newer EliteBook. In the practical Wi-Fi test with a 150 cd/m² brightness, the EliteBook 735 G5 lasts about 33% less than the newer EliteBook 735 G6. However, analogous to the power consumption rates, the HP laptop is clearly inferior to the competition: Both the Lenovo ThinkPad X395 and the Dell Latitude 7300 achieved a result of just under 11 h in the Wi-Fi test, while the EliteBook only lasted just over 8 h.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge)
8h 12min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness (Edge)
6h 42min
HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA
R5 PRO 3500U, Vega 8, 50 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
R3 PRO 3300U, Vega 6, 48 Wh
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
R7 2700U, Vega 10, 50 Wh
Dell Latitude 7300-P99G
i7-8665U, UHD Graphics 620, 60 Wh
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Battery Runtime
33%
-33%
32%
2%
Reader / Idle
1103
550
652 (87 - 2735, n=573)
WiFi v1.3
492
655
33%
332
-33%
650
32%
502 (206 - 991, n=284)
2%
Load
227
85
115
123 (40 - 369, n=595)
H.264
620
663
521 (182 - 1312, n=142)

Pros

+ aluminum case
+ good speakers
+ improved battery life
+ broad connectivity
+ useful keyboard

Cons

- below-average display
- worse battery life than competitors
- no SD card slot

Verdict

In review: HP EliteBook 735 G6. Provided by:
In review: HP EliteBook 735 G6. Provided by:

The HP EliteBook 735 G6 is not a big update compared to its predecessor. The biggest difference is the newer Ryzen 3000 CPUs of the Picasso series. In terms of performance, the new CPUs are not a real improvement, but the battery life has improved significantly in return. The fact that this is still not a real advantage is due to the competition still being clearly ahead in this area.

The other strengths of the HP EliteBook 735 G5 remain in the successor; in particular, the high-quality and stable aluminum case and the good speakers are to be mentioned here. The connectivity is also convincing, except for the missing SD card reader. This is especially an advantage in comparison to the already presented successor model, the HP EliteBook 835 G7, because the latter lacks both an RJ45 Ethernet port and a side docking port. A weak point of the HP EliteBook 735 G6 is the display, at least in the base configuration. It's recommended to go for the 400 cd/m² panel at the least here.

Although it's already outdated, the HP EliteBook 735 G6 can still be a good work device in 2020.

Should one still buy the EliteBook 735 G6 now? We make a recommendation with limitations. If CPU performance is a high priority, you should probably go for the for the EliteBook 835 G7 successor without a doubt. If, on the other hand, you already have an existing HP side dock on your desk at home, or if you often need RJ45 Ethernet, then the EliteBook 735 G6 can definitely still be worth buying - especially if the price goes down over the next weeks.

HP EliteBook 735 G6 7KN29EA - 06/10/2020 v7
Benjamin Herzig

Chassis
89 / 98 → 91%
Keyboard
88%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
63 / 75 → 84%
Weight
69 / 20-75 → 90%
Battery
81%
Display
81%
Games Performance
55 / 78 → 70%
Application Performance
77 / 85 → 90%
Temperature
91%
Noise
96%
Audio
72 / 91 → 80%
Camera
20 / 85 → 24%
Average
74%
86%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Benjamin Herzig, 2020-06-17 (Update: 2020-06-17)
Benjamin Herzig
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In 2010 I started to get more and more involved with technology, especially notebooks have been my passion ever since. Of course I came across the detailed tests of Notebookcheck very quickly. With time I learned more and more about notebooks and started writing small reviews about notebooks in forums and blog pages. To earn some extra money during my studies I turned my hobby into my profession and joined the team of Notebookcheck in 2016. My personal interest is especially in business notebooks.