HP EliteBook 745 G3
Average of 5 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the HP EliteBook 745 G3
Forget cheap. A high-end laptop based on AMD hardware - we have not seen that for quite some time. HP dares this experiment, and installs the fastest Carrizo APU alongside an SSD and a WQHD IPS panel in its EliteBook 745 G3. But just how well can the 1300 Euro (~$1404) machine stand up to the Intel competition?
Source: PC Mag
The HP EliteBook 745 G3 is a competent business laptop, but it doesn't excel in any particular area. It's less expensive than much of its competition, but lagging performance and a subpar display aren't worth the relatively minor savings.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/04/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Computer Shopper
There's a lot to like about the EliteBook 745 G3, not least its $1,119 price with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. It's a good-looking, fairly light aluminum design. The keyboard is as good as any you'll find in the business laptop category, with a superb typing feel. We like the convenience of the mute, airplane mode, and microphone mute.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/28/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Laptop Mag
The HP EliteBook 745 is a lightweight, attractive business notebook with powerful speakers, but it falls short in several key areas. The performance is decent enough, but less than 6 hours of battery life, a dull screen and an uncomfortable keyboard make it a less-than-compelling choice.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/27/2016
Rating: Total score: 50%
Compared to Apple's MacBook strategy, HP is taking a different approach with its EliteBook by offering performance at a lower cost. This makes the entry-level EliteBook 745 G3 an exceptional value for those who want Intel Core i5-level performance but don't want to pay the price for the mainstream CPU. AMD's A12 APU delivers exceptional computing. As long as you're willing to sacrifice screen resolution and storage at lower price points, you'll be rewarded with an affordable system that's highly upgradeable as your needs evolve.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/17/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
Model: Cost effective and robust, the HP EliteBook 745 G3 is a perfect work laptop that comes in a thin and light package. Design is kept simple with the top cover finished in a matte silver look. The silver theme is carried throughout the chassis and is highlighted with a black spill-resistant, chiclet-style keyboard. Security is a priority with the HP EliteBook 745 G3 as it comes with self-healing BIOS and HP Sure Start that protects from data attacks. Display on the laptop is a 14 inch HD SVA anti-glare LED-backlit panel with good brightness levels and clarity.
The Windows 7 Professional 64 bit system comes equipped with an AMD Pro A8-8600B APU quad-core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz, 4 GB of DDR3L 1600MHz RAM, an integrated Radeon R6 Graphics processor, and a 500 GB HDD. Audio quality is impressive with a premium stereo setup by Bang and Olufsen. Other features on the HP EliteBook 745 G3 are Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port, a VGA out, a card reader, and a 720p HD webcam. The non-touchscreen variant weighs around 1.55 kg (3.41 lb) and either variant sports a 3-cell Li-Ion Polymer battery allowing for up to 7 hours of usage time.
Series: The HP Elitebook 700 series belongs to HP's Elitebook family and consist of three models which are HP EliteBook 725, HP EliteBook 745 and HP EliteBook 755. All of the laptops under this series are running on AMD PRO A-Series processors. These come with different display sizes, which are 12.5 inch, 14 inch, and 15.6 inch. Besides that, all the laptops have the option to choose a touch or a non-touch display. They also comes with various connectivity features including VGA, Display Port, and RJ-45.
This series consists of very lightweight and thin laptops. The HP Elitebook 755 with 15.6 inch touchscreen is the heaviest, but it only weighs 2,06 kg and is 2.06 cm high. Thus, it is very easy to commute around with it. Note: touch models are usually heavier ant thicker than non-touch ones. All other laptops of this series are less than 2 cm high and weigh under 2 kg, which lives up to the claim of being lightweight and thin. Furthermore, you can also select many other options including operating system, processor, internal storage, up to 16 GB RAM and different types of displays. Thus, this series is clearly designed to satisfy a wide range of users.AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo): Integrated graphics card in the Carrizo APUs from AMD. Based on the 3rd generation GCN architecture with 512 shader cores. The performance depends on the configured TDP of the chip (ranging from 12 to 35 Watt). Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Pro A12-8800B: Top Business-Carrizo-APU of 2015 containing two "Excavator" CPU modules (with 4 integer and 2 FP cores counted as 4 compute cores). Performance can differ greatly depending on the configured TDP (ranging from 12 to 35 Watts). Similar to the Consumer AMD FX-8800P SoC.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.
HP: The Hewlett-Packard Company, founded 1935, commonly referred to as HP, is a technology corporation headquartered in California, United States. HP specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, storage, and networking hardware, software and services. Major product lines include personal computing devices, enterprise servers, related storage devices, as well as a diverse range of printers and other imaging products. Other product lines, including electronic test equipment and systems, medical electronic equipment, solid state components and instrumentation for chemical analysis. HP posted US $91.7 billion in annual revenue in 2006, making it the world's largest technology vendor in terms of sales. In 2007 the revenue was $104 billion, making HP the first IT company in history to report revenues exceeding $100 billion.
Up to 2015, the company was named Hewlett Packard Company. After a split, the computer range was renamed to HP Inc.
In the laptop segment, HP was the world's largest manufacturer from 2014 to 2016 with a market share of 20-21% from 2014 to 2016, but they only exceed Lenovo by a small margin as of recently. HP is not present in the smartphone sector (as of 2016).
69.2%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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