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HP EliteBook 830 G5 (i7, FHD, SureView) Laptop Review

Benjamin Herzig (translated by Martin Jungowski), 05/13/2018

The largest subnotebook. HP’s latest EliteBook 830 G5 is much more than a simple redesign. Not only does it feature a larger display, but it is also a quantum leap for HP’s business line-up. Find out whether or not HP is leaping in the right direction in our extensive review.

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Nothing is as consistent as the PC market’s cycle of evolution and revolution driven by the latest technological developments. More often than not the latest trends and developments are first incorporated into consumer notebooks after which they slowly meander towards the business end of the market. One of the biggest trends of the recent years is growing display sizes with increasingly smaller bezels. Notebooks equipped with small display panels that were seemingly popping up left and right during the netbook’s heydays are selling increasingly worse mainly for two reasons. First of all, they are now competing with smartphones and hybrid tablets and second, even big notebooks are getting smaller and smaller by the year. At this point, there are barely any reasons left to purchase a notebook with a small display especially considering the fact that they quite often tend to be surrounded by rather thick bezels.

Back in 2015, Dell became one of the first manufacturers to recognize this trend and started equipping its XPS 13 with a 13.3-inch display with barely any bezels left. HP was not that quick to react but the company is following suit, as today’s review unit can bear witness to. The new HP EliteBook 830 G5 is the first 13.3-inch laptop in the EliteBook 800 series and is the successor to last generation’s 12.5-inch EliteBook 820 G4, as there is no EliteBook 830 G4.

Its largest competitors are Dell’s Latitudes and Lenovo’s ThinkPads. Lenovo’s line-up is pretty straightforward, and the 830 G5’s main competitor would be the 12.5-inch ThinkPad X280. Dell’s line-up is more confusing and diverse: In addition to the 12.5-inch Latitude 7290 Dell is also selling the Latitude 7390 equipped with a 13.3-inch display and very narrow display bezels. Both can be seen as direct competitors to the EliteBook 830 G5 but given that we have not yet had the possibility to review the Latitude 7290 we are instead including its almost identical Latitude 7280 predecessor in our test group.

Our review unit is the most expensive SKU currently available for sale in Germany. The 2,700-Euro (~$3,178) expensive 830 G5 model number 3JX74EA is equipped with an Intel Core i7-8550U, 32 GB of RAM, a 1 TB SSD, and an LTE modem. We also got our hands on a different SKU, model number 3JX69EA. This particular model sold for around 1,500 Euros (~$1,766) at the time of writing and was equipped with an Intel Core i5-8250U, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD.

HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA (EliteBook 830 G5 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
32768 MB 
, DDR4-2400, 2 of 2 slots used, max. 32 GB
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, IVO M133NVF3-R0, IPS LED, glossy: no
Storage
Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0), 1024 GB 
, M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe, 884 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: audio combo jack, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2, Intel XMM 7360 LTE-A, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17.7 x 310 x 229 ( = 0.7 x 12.2 x 9.02 in)
Battery
49 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p IR with cover
Additional features
Speakers: Bang & Olufsen stereo, Keyboard: 6-row chiclet keyboard, Keyboard Light: yes, HP Jumpstart, HP Client Security, HP Power Manager, HP WorkWise, HP Support Assistant, HP Sure Run, HP Velocity, Microsoft Office Trial, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.33 kg ( = 46.91 oz / 2.93 pounds), Power Supply: 245 g ( = 8.64 oz / 0.54 pounds)
Price
2700 Euro

 

Case

HP EliteBook 830 G5
HP EliteBook 830 G5

All previous EliteBooks from HP’s 800 series followed a design that was primarily dominated by rounded corners and edges. With this latest generation, the designers were leaning more towards HP’s consumer models like the Spectre x360: Edgy design with HP’s new logo and the characteristic speaker grille above the keyboard. The color choices are more conventional though and more in line with the device’s business ambitions. Accordingly, HP is not offering a golden 830 G5 model. Instead, the dominant color is silver with black display bezels and a black keyboard.

The redesign doesn’t stop there. The new design also entails internal modifications. The new models are now referred to as aluminum unibody, and as a matter of fact the new case is made mostly of aluminum while the previous model was made partly of magnesium instead. However, the case is not made entirely of metal and some parts, like the display bezels, are still made of plastic. Unlike on Apple’s MacBooks or HP’s consumer laptops, the keyboard is not fully embedded into the palm rest but rests on a plastic inlay. Imagine our surprise when we discovered the plastic reinforcements for the aluminum bottom cover after opening the device. The top part of the display cover is also made of plastic and houses the WWAN antennas. Aluminum would have been a rather poor choice of material for this particular purpose.

This would also be our only point of criticism regarding touch and feel of the new EliteBook - the smooth plastic feels identical to the much cheaper ProBook 430 G5. That being said, the parts that are made of aluminum not only feel great but also make for a very stiff construction to ensure high rigidity. We were practically unable to twist and warp the base or cause any amount of noticeable flex on the palm rests. The display lid was not as stiff and pressure applied to the rear of the display resulted in a visible on-screen ripple effect. The display was also the only part that was not manufactured to our full satisfaction as it creaked occasionally when opening or attempting to warp the display lid.

The single drop-down hinge is covered by a silver plastic cap. The hinge was fairly stiff and managed to hold the display firmly in place at all times while allowing it to be opened one-handed. The maximum opening angle of 135 ° was rather limited, though.

Compared to the HP EliteBook 850 G5
Compared to the HP EliteBook 850 G5

Given that the EliteBook 830 G5 is the successor to the smaller EliteBook 820 G4 one might be tempted to think that HP has simply managed to cram a larger display into a smaller case. One would also be quite wrong considering that a) the case is a complete redesign, and b) it is as wide as the 820 G4’s case but for some reason deeper resulting in a very thick bezel underneath the display. HP only shrank the bezels on the left and right sides.

Compared to its competitors, the EliteBook 830 G5 was quite bulky indeed. For example, Dell has managed to squeeze a 13.3-inch display into the significantly smaller Latitude 7390. In fact, the 830 G5 is not much smaller than the larger EliteBook 840 G5 - the latter is just a bit wider, that’s all. In terms of weight, the Lenovo ThinkPad X280 remains king of the hill.

Size Comparison

Right: SIM slot, audio-combo jack, USB 3.0 Type-A, HDMI, RJ45 Ethernet, docking port, Thunderbolt 3, power
Right: SIM slot, audio-combo jack, USB 3.0 Type-A, HDMI, RJ45 Ethernet, docking port, Thunderbolt 3, power
Left: smart card reader, USB 3.0 Type-A, Kensington lock
Left: smart card reader, USB 3.0 Type-A, Kensington lock

Communication

In addition to aforementioned wired RJ45 Ethernet port the EliteBook obviously also supports Wi-Fi. It is equipped with Intel’s very fast Wireless 8265 2x2 AC Wi-Fi modem that can be found in many expensive business notebooks. As always, the Wi-Fi card performed admirably by and large. In addition, our review model was also equipped with the optional Intel XMM 7360 LTE-A modem.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell Latitude 7280
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
641 MBit/s ∼100% 0%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
639 MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X280-20KES01S00
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
634 MBit/s ∼99% -1%
Dell Latitude 7390
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
611 MBit/s ∼95% -4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (71 - 950, n=74)
535 MBit/s ∼83% -16%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (jseb)
506 MBit/s ∼79% -21%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell Latitude 7280
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
530 MBit/s ∼100% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X280-20KES01S00
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
525 MBit/s ∼99% +3%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (72 - 949, n=74)
519 MBit/s ∼98% +1%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
512 MBit/s ∼97%
Dell Latitude 7390
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
507 MBit/s ∼96% -1%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (jseb)
474 MBit/s ∼89% -7%

Security

Given its business heritage the 830 G5 supports a wide variety of safety features. Among others, it features a TPM chip, a smart card reader, a touch fingerprint reader, and an infrared camera with support for Windows Hello. In other words: Login options are plentiful, and the fingerprint reader and the infrared camera were similarly fast and worked very well. In addition, the device also supports SureView, which we are going to take a closer look at in the display section.

Touch fingerprint reader
Touch fingerprint reader
HD infrared webcam with cover
HD infrared webcam with cover

Accessories

There are no accessories included in the box besides the charger.

Maintenance

The new EliteBook is a typical Ultrabook when it comes to maintenance. The bottom cover is secured by screws and clips and once removed grants access to the most important components such as the battery, cooling system, RAM, and SSD. Unlike its competitors with soldered RAM (ThinkPad X280) or a single slot (Latitude 7290/7390) the 830 G5 features two RAM slots. The 2.5-inch drive bay that was still present on the predecessor has been completely eliminated without replacement, and accordingly the EliteBook only supports SSDs.

The keyboard is replaceable, which is not necessarily the case on all laptops. HP even offers comprehensible and detailed maintenance instructions for download.

Internal hardware
Internal hardware
Aluminum bottom cover with plastic reinforcements
Aluminum bottom cover with plastic reinforcements

Warranty

Units sold in Germany come with a three-year limited carry-in warranty that includes the battery as well.

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Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard has been redesigned as part of the 2018 overhaul. At its core and on paper the new keyboard is identical to the previous model: A six-row chiclet-style keyboard. However, some of the function keys have been modified and their labels are now different, too. Plus, on German keyboard layouts the Enter key has become wider than it was on the 820 G4. That being said, it is still narrower than on regular keyboards, and overall the keyboard is not as wide as a standard model.

The most prominent update has been performed on the topmost sixth keyboard row. Instead of the dedicated Insert key there are now keys for performing typical communication tasks, such as answering or ending a call. Due to this change HP is referring to the new keyboard as a “collaboration keyboard”. On the downside, function keys like Page Up/Down, Home, or End now require the use of the FN modifier key in combination with the arrow keys.

Typing felt pretty decent by and large. Unlike many other Ultrabooks, the 830 G5’s keyboard offers a decent amount of key travel. However, it is not as good as Dell’s or Lenovo’s competing keyboards. ThinkPads in particular offer a much better typing experience with a much more defined pressure point. Still, the EliteBook’s keyboard is definitely suitable for prolific writers and does not flex even the tiniest bit, unlike the larger EliteBook 850 G5’s keyboard.

Keyboard
Keyboard

Touchpad and Trackpoint

It seems HP has been equipping its EliteBooks with a conventional touchpad with dedicated mouse buttons for a very long time now. This is no longer the case, as the latest 2018 business models now feature a more modern ClickPad design as well. By integrating the buttons into the surface a ClickPad offers a larger surface area without actually growing in size. Accordingly, the 820 G4’s 8.1 x 4.7 cm large touchpad has now been replaced with a 10 x 5.5 cm large model identical in size to the ThinkPad X280’s touchpad. It is made of chemically burnt glass and is thus incredibly smooth. By and large, we liked the EliteBook’s touchpad a lot. The underlying button mechanism felt very high-quality and thanks to the Microsoft Precision standard driver the support and software were excellent.

In addition to the touchpad, the 830 G5 offers another pointing device very common among business notebooks: A trackpoint located between the B/G/H keys referred to as “PointStick” by HP. This particular PointStick is covered by a black slightly convex rubber dome, and it comes with two dedicated silver plastic buttons sitting atop the touchpad. It is a very interesting alternative to the touchpad, particularly in environments without much elbow room such as airplanes or trains. That being said, the PointStick is nowhere near as good as Lenovo’s legendary ThinkPad TrackPoint: It lacks precision and the middle mouse button for scrolling.

Glass touchpad and HP PointStick
Glass touchpad and HP PointStick

Display #1 - SureView with 300 nits

Pixel matrix IVO M133NVF3-R0
Pixel matrix IVO M133NVF3-R0
Almost no backlight bleeding
Almost no backlight bleeding

Four different display options are available for the 830 G5. Oddly enough all four of them are FHD IPS panels. The first display option is a matte panel with a specified maximum brightness of 220 nits covering 67% of the sRGB color space. The second display option seems to be based on the identical panel with the addition of a touch layer and a layer of Gorilla Glass 3 covering the entire display. It is thus no longer matte but is reflective. The third display option is a matte panel with a specified maximum brightness of 400 nits and alleged sRGB color-space coverage of 100%. Our second review unit was equipped with this display. The fourth display option is the one in our review unit: A matte display with a specified brightness of 300 nits and support for HP’s SureView technology.

According to our measurements, our review unit’s display managed to exceed its specified brightness of 300 nits by a significant amount: 355 nits maximum and 326 nits average brightness were quite impressive and brighter than the entire competition that maxed out at an average maximum brightness of just 316 nits. Brightness distribution was fairly consistent at 85%, and we found neither evidence of darker or brighter areas with the naked eye nor any amount of noticeable backlight bleeding.

Viewing angles with SureView enabled
Viewing angles with SureView enabled
Viewing angles without SureView
Viewing angles without SureView
Grayscale with SureView enabled
Grayscale with SureView enabled

What makes this panel special is its support for HP’s SureView technology: A special mode of operation restricts viewing angles to a very shallow field in order to improve privacy. Fittingly referred to as privacy mode, this feature is aimed mostly at business customers in highly frequented environments such as on trains or at airports. Given that modern IPS panels tend to offer very wide viewing angles, seat neighbors more often than not have no trouble reading one’s screen whatsoever, opening the flood gates to potential industrial espionage. SureView attempts to solve this dilemma by limiting the horizontal viewing angles to a very narrow and restricted area with the push of a button (F2, to be more specific). Unfortunately, we did notice a drastic decrease in contrast ratio when looking at the display head-on and a very noticeable amount of screen flicker visible to the naked eye with SureView enabled. Accordingly, we cannot recommend this feature for everyday use. The display does use PWM for brightness regulation even with SureView disabled but the frequency is high enough to not cause any issues.

334
cd/m²
355
cd/m²
319
cd/m²
322
cd/m²
316
cd/m²
303
cd/m²
352
cd/m²
310
cd/m²
327
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 355 cd/m² Average: 326.4 cd/m² Minimum: 15 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 315 cd/m²
Contrast: 1663:1 (Black: 0.19 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.5 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3, calibrated: 2.9
ΔE Greyscale 5 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
87.3% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 57.9% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.22
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
IVO M133NVF3-R0, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkPad X280-20KES01S00
B125HAN02.2, , 1920x1080, 12.5
Dell Latitude 7390
AU Optronics AUO462D / B133HAN [DELL P/N:F7VDJ], , 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell Latitude 7280
AUO236D , , 1920x1080, 12.5
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
Chi Mei, , 1920x1080, 12.5
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX69EA
AUO482D, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Response Times
-15%
-39%
-8%
-1%
-29%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
36 (18.8, 17.2)
40 (22, 18)
-11%
48.8 (24.8, 24)
-36%
32.4 (12.4, 20)
10%
35 (16, 19)
3%
48.4 (22.8, 25.6)
-34%
Response Time Black / White *
24.8 (14, 10.8)
29.6 (16.4, 13.2)
-19%
35.2 (21.2, 14)
-42%
31.2 (9.2, 22)
-26%
26 (7, 19)
-5%
30.8 (17.6, 13.2)
-24%
PWM Frequency
1020 (99)
Screen
-11%
4%
-28%
-25%
3%
Brightness middle
316
344
9%
329
4%
310.4
-2%
326
3%
415
31%
Brightness
326
313
-4%
316
-3%
301
-8%
304
-7%
396
21%
Brightness Distribution
85
82
-4%
92
8%
88
4%
81
-5%
81
-5%
Black Level *
0.19
0.25
-32%
0.25
-32%
0.32
-68%
0.29
-53%
0.33
-74%
Contrast
1663
1376
-17%
1316
-21%
970
-42%
1124
-32%
1258
-24%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.5
4.7
-4%
4.3
4%
5.9
-31%
6.49
-44%
3.7
18%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
12.1
19.4
-60%
7.8
36%
21
-74%
15.95
-32%
8.1
33%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.9
2.5
14%
2.8
3%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5
2.2
56%
3.6
28%
5.1
-2%
6.16
-23%
3.9
22%
Gamma
2.22 108%
2.16 111%
2.43 99%
2.33 103%
2.32 103%
2.19 110%
CCT
6018 108%
6252 104%
6928 94%
6816 95%
7575 86%
6342 102%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
57.9
41.2
-29%
59.1
2%
42
-27%
42
-27%
58.7
1%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
87.3
64.1
-27%
90.6
4%
65
-26%
65
-26%
89.8
3%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-13% / -12%
-18% / -3%
-18% / -24%
-13% / -21%
-13% / -2%

* ... smaller is better

Colors
Colors
Saturation
Saturation
Grayscale
Grayscale
Colors (calibrated)
Colors (calibrated)
Saturation (calibrated)
Saturation (calibrated)
Grayscale (calibrated)
Grayscale (calibrated)

By default, the display shows a slight green tint that we were able to eliminate via calibration. As usual, the ICC profile can be found for download in the box above. At 1,663:1, the panel’s contrast ratio was higher than on every single one of its competitors.

While HP claims a full 100% sRGB color-space coverage we are unable to confirm that claim. According to our measurements, the IVO LCD panel covered 87.3 % of the sRGB color space - not bad per se but also not good enough for photo-editing purposes.

sRGB: 87.3%
sRGB: 87.3%
AdobeRGB: 57.9%
AdobeRGB: 57.9%
Outdoors (in the sun)
Outdoors (in the sun)

Thanks to its matte panel the display was usable outdoors, albeit with some restrictions. These include finding a shady spot because the SureView display’s maximum brightness was not high enough to stand a chance against the sun.

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
24.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 10.8 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 38 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
36 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18.8 ms rise
↘ 17.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 27 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41.4 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 1020 Hz ≤ 99 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 1020 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 99 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 1020 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8822 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Display #2 - FHD with 400 nits

Our second review unit was equipped with the matte 400 nits FHD display that was also supposed to cover a full 100% of the sRGB color space according to HP. At 395 nits it managed to live up to its brightness promise but once again failed to meet the color-space coverage specifications. With 89% it was slightly better than the other display’s 87% but still not good enough for photo-editing purposes.

All things considered this display would probably be the smarter choice for most customers given that a large percentage of all EliteBook 830 G5 users are most likely not going to ever require SureView. Almost all users will however benefit from a brighter display, particularly in a highly portable notebook such as this. The display’s contrast ratio of 1,258:1 was slightly worse but the difference is not going to be noticeable to most users.

Pixel matrix
Pixel matrix
sRGB: 89.8%
sRGB: 89.8%
AdobeRGB: 58.7%
AdobeRGB: 58.7%
Colors
Colors
Saturation
Saturation
Grayscale
Grayscale
Colors (calibrated)
Colors (calibrated)
Saturation (calibrated)
Saturation (calibrated)
Grayscale (calibrated)
Grayscale (calibrated)
432
cd/m²
428
cd/m²
393
cd/m²
405
cd/m²
415
cd/m²
364
cd/m²
388
cd/m²
386
cd/m²
350
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 432 cd/m² Average: 395.7 cd/m² Minimum: 33.5 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Center on Battery: 413 cd/m²
Contrast: 1258:1 (Black: 0.33 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.7 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3, calibrated: 2.8
ΔE Greyscale 3.9 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
89.8% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 58.7% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.19

Performance

At the time of writing HP was selling seven different 830 G5 SKUs in Germany starting at around 1,400 Euros (~$1,648) for the base model equipped with an older Intel Core i5-7200U dual-core processor with Intel HD Graphics 620. All other models feature the newer Kaby Lake Refresh processors with four cores instead, and customers can choose between the Intel Core i5-8250U, Core i5-8350U, and Core i7-8650U with Intel UHD Graphics 620. Dedicated GPUs are not available - after all this is a portable compact business machine.

The major differences between the various SKUs are RAM and SSD configuration. The cheaper models feature 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD, the more expensive models will come with either 512 GB or 1 TB of storage space and 16 or 32 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM (two slots, 32 GB max). Some models include a WWAN modem, and the displays also differ between the various SKUs. Some are equipped with the SureView display, others with the 400 nits display. As far as we can tell only the base model features the cheap 220 nits FHD display.

HWiNFO
HWiNFO
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Memory
CPU-Z Memory
CPU-Z SPD
CPU-Z SPD
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
LatencyMon
LatencyMon

Processor

Both the Intel Core i7-8550U and the Core i5-8250U are modern x86 CPUs with four physical cores and a TDP of 15 W. As such, they qualify as ultra low-voltage CPUs. A more detailed comparison can be found in our CPU benchmark table.

Many CPUs have no trouble achieving excellent levels of burst performance but do rather poorly in sustained load scenarios in return. In order to simulate a sustained load situation we put every contestant in our lab through our 30 minute Cinebench R15 multi-core loop. During the first iteration, the CPU is permitted to use up to 44 W for up to 28 seconds and runs at up to 3.7 GHz. Accordingly, the first run yields a higher score than subsequent iterations during which the Core i7-8550U's TDP was capped at 18 W and a frequency of just 2.5 GHz.

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HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0) Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø530 (526-566)
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX69EA UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7 Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø566 (561.47-589.12)

To our surprise, the Core i5-8250U-equipped EliteBook 830 G5 was faster than the SKU with Core i7-8550U CPU in the multi-core test of Cinebench while the i7 was faster in the single-core part of the benchmark. Competitors like Dell’s Latitude 7390 or Lenovo’s ThinkPad X280 offered a much higher boost performance. Long-term performance was comparable, and the ThinkPad X280 ended up being ever so slightly slower than the EliteBook.

Out of the box, CPU performance is limited on battery. Accordingly, the Core i7-8550U's Cinebench multi-core score dropped to 428 points on battery. This restriction can be lifted in the device’s BIOS setup, and once it is lifted performance on battery is identical to performance on mains.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel Core i7-8550U
169 Points ∼100%
Dell Latitude 7280
Intel Core i7-7600U
164 Points ∼97% -3%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (108 - 172, n=51)
161 Points ∼95% -5%
Dell Latitude 7390
Intel Core i5-8350U
152 Points ∼90% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad X280-20KES01S00
Intel Core i5-8250U
145 Points ∼86% -14%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX69EA
Intel Core i5-8250U
143 Points ∼85% -15%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
Intel Core i7-7500U
139 Points ∼82% -18%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 169, n=222)
110 Points ∼65% -35%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad X280-20KES01S00
Intel Core i5-8250U
684 Points ∼100% +19%
Dell Latitude 7390
Intel Core i5-8350U
625 Points ∼91% +8%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX69EA
Intel Core i5-8250U
608 Points ∼89% +5%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel Core i7-8550U
577 Points ∼84%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (301 - 761, n=53)
575 Points ∼84% 0%
Dell Latitude 7280
Intel Core i7-7600U
351 Points ∼51% -39%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
Intel Core i7-7500U
329 Points ∼48% -43%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32 - 721, n=229)
299 Points ∼44% -48%
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
577 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
51.95 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
169 Points
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System Performance

In both PCMark 8 tests the new EliteBook yielded the highest score in our test group, and it did fairly well in PCMark 10 as well. In everyday use system performance was excellent, and the device was very responsive.

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
5116 Points ∼100%
Dell Latitude 7280
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, SanDisk X400 M.2 2280 256GB
4957 Points ∼97% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X280-20KES01S00
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7
4868 Points ∼95% -5%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
4824 Points ∼94% -6%
Dell Latitude 7390
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, SK hynix SC311 M.2
4768 Points ∼93% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3518 - 5154, n=17)
4545 Points ∼89% -11%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1283 - 5363, n=168)
3923 Points ∼77% -23%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
3948 Points ∼100%
Dell Latitude 7280
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, SanDisk X400 M.2 2280 256GB
3667 Points ∼93% -7%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
3660 Points ∼93% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3255 - 4017, n=19)
3632 Points ∼92% -8%
Dell Latitude 7390
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, SK hynix SC311 M.2
3600 Points ∼91% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X280-20KES01S00
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7
3574 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1027 - 4182, n=192)
2977 Points ∼75% -25%
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo ThinkPad X280-20KES01S00
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7
3048 Points ∼100% +3%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
2945 Points ∼97%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1506 - 3062, n=14)
2631 Points ∼86% -11%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (729 - 3058, n=38)
2175 Points ∼71% -26%
Productivity
Lenovo ThinkPad X280-20KES01S00
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7
6529 Points ∼100% +2%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
6393 Points ∼98%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (4962 - 6860, n=14)
6128 Points ∼94% -4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1690 - 6729, n=38)
4770 Points ∼73% -25%
Essentials
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
8015 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X280-20KES01S00
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7
7845 Points ∼98% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6628 - 8660, n=14)
7644 Points ∼95% -5%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3092 - 8549, n=38)
6325 Points ∼79% -21%
Score
Lenovo ThinkPad X280-20KES01S00
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7
3860 Points ∼100% +1%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
3816 Points ∼99%
Dell Latitude 7390
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, SK hynix SC311 M.2
3577 Points ∼93% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2629 - 4012, n=16)
3500 Points ∼91% -8%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1150 - 3860, n=41)
2916 Points ∼76% -24%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3948 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5116 points
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Storage Devices

A single M.2-2280 SSD was installed in our EliteBook 830 G5. Unlike the predecessor, the latest model does not offer a 2.5-inch drive bay anymore. Our review unit featured a 1 TB PM961 SSD made by Samsung, and while it was very fast the ThinkPad X280’s newer Samsung PM981 was a bit faster.

Our second 830 G5 SKU featured a 256 GB Intel 600p SSD. Despite the fact that just like the Samsung PM061 SSD it supported the fast PCIe NVMe protocol it turned out to be significantly slower than the former.

HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
Lenovo ThinkPad X280-20KES01S00
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7
Dell Latitude 7390
SK hynix SC311 M.2
Dell Latitude 7280
SanDisk X400 M.2 2280 256GB
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX69EA
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
Average Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
 
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
32%
-52%
-51%
-7%
-39%
15%
Write 4k QD32
412.8
645.6
56%
254.5
-38%
183
-56%
491.7
19%
385.51
-7%
487 (413 - 549, n=6)
18%
Read 4k QD32
305
387.9
27%
284.4
-7%
344.4
13%
567.8
86%
241.78
-21%
553 (305 - 642, n=6)
81%
Write 4k
113.9
129.4
14%
64.67
-43%
59.51
-48%
151.6
33%
90.3
-21%
154 (114 - 182, n=6)
35%
Read 4k
49.4
59.27
20%
27.63
-44%
30.23
-39%
42.87
-13%
30.57
-38%
54 (49.4 - 58.2, n=6)
9%
Write 512
1058
1864
76%
322.6
-70%
323.2
-69%
594.4
-44%
468.86
-56%
1048 (627 - 1292, n=6)
-1%
Read 512
1219
1751
44%
354.6
-71%
370.1
-70%
660.9
-46%
662.22
-46%
960 (586 - 1301, n=6)
-21%
Write Seq
1114
1236
11%
413.4
-63%
477.4
-57%
594.2
-47%
285
-74%
1374 (932 - 1702, n=6)
23%
Read Seq
2331
2535
9%
493.4
-79%
470.8
-80%
1315
-44%
1111.8
-52%
1762 (883 - 2408, n=6)
-24%
Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
Sequential Read: 2331 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1114 MB/s
512K Read: 1219 MB/s
512K Write: 1058 MB/s
4K Read: 49.4 MB/s
4K Write: 113.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 305 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 412.8 MB/s

GPU Performance

The Intel UHD Graphics 620 iGPU is integrated into all Kaby Lake Refresh CPUs, and its performance depends on the amount of installed RAM modules. With just one module the memory runs in the slower single-channel mode. Fortunately, our review unit featured two 16 GB modules in dual-channel mode, and accordingly this particular UHD 620 offered a much higher GPU performance than the same GPU in the Dell Latitude 7390. Lenovo’s ThinkPad X280 features two RAM modules running in dual-channel mode soldered onto its motherboard, and it offered a very comparable level of performance.

Out of the box, GPU performance was affected by the limitations imposed upon the CPU on battery. Once lifted the GPU ran at peak performance as well.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad X280-20KES01S00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1821 Points ∼100% +5%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
1728 Points ∼95%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 1915, n=82)
1651 Points ∼91% -4%
Dell Latitude 7390
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8350U
1606 Points ∼88% -7%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
1515 Points ∼83% -12%
Dell Latitude 7280
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7600U
1442 Points ∼79% -17%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (230 - 4191, n=311)
1129 Points ∼62% -35%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
1280 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X280-20KES01S00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1197 Points ∼94% -6%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (819 - 1336, n=71)
1071 Points ∼84% -16%
Dell Latitude 7390
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8350U
959 Points ∼75% -25%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (222 - 3389, n=199)
902 Points ∼70% -30%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
886 Points ∼69% -31%
Dell Latitude 7280
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7600U
819 Points ∼64% -36%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad X280-20KES01S00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
9711 Points ∼100% +3%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
9470 Points ∼98%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6910 - 10493, n=75)
8689 Points ∼89% -8%
Dell Latitude 7390
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8350U
8104 Points ∼83% -14%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
7618 Points ∼78% -20%
Dell Latitude 7280
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7600U
7032 Points ∼72% -26%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1484 - 18946, n=221)
6750 Points ∼70% -29%
3DMark 11 Performance
1954 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
8022 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1162 points
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Gaming Performance

The EliteBook 830 G5 is anything but a gaming notebook despite its dual-channel RAM. If gaming is on your agenda we highly recommend opting for a different notebook. The 830 G5 is only capable of running older titles with reduced details smoothly.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 72.4737.7931.8910.71fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 22.1fps
Civilization VI (2016) 37.717.2fps

Emissions

System Noise

As is quite common for an Ultrabook the EliteBook’s fan was completely off when idle and in low-load scenarios. The cooling system became noticeable under load but remained comparatively quiet. The ThinkPad X280 was much louder even though the EliteBook’s fan noise was of a higher frequency than the ThinkPad’s. Unlike the Dell Latitude 7390, the EliteBook i7 did not exhibit any coil whine.

Noise Level

Idle
29.3 / 29.3 / 29.3 dB(A)
Load
33.2 / 36.1 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: 29.3 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.232.430.634.32530.530.329.130.73134.130.628.833.24032.930.42830.95028.930.227.628.46328.125.82625.58025.525.625.425.110025.425.427.127.812525.124.224.824.616024.225.223.425.620023.224.422.324.125022.622.721.524.231521.821.220.322.840020.319.519.120.150020.519.519.220.363020.217.717.720.580020.717.116.921.2100021.416.916.621.4125021.416.716.522.7160022.416.516.224.620002116.516.424.1250024.416.816.230.2315020.716.616.325.7400020.917.416.722.6500020.418.816.920.5630018.219.217.318.4800018.320.117.518.1100001819.817.617.81250018.721.617.5181600018.92217.517.6SPL33.230.429.336.1N1.81.41.22.2median 20.9HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EAmedian 19.5median 17.5median 22.6Delta1.42.72.42.23232.332.132.132.533.63029.730.233.735.633.933.533.933.432.531.434.13133.229.428.127.82930.228.725.926.626.626.224.725.125.325.426.825.923.923.924.525.924.123.122.623.82522.721.822.422.824.822.12222.321.721.320.822.221.121.121.12120.120.320.421.622.421.320.218.720.423.121.720.818.320.222.620.519.617.62124.221.720.21720.125.523.421.817.420.927.324.521.316.321.127.124.321.31621.629.526.523.41622.229.726.723.91623.129.727.223.716.422.429.32727.416.72329.928.723.91720.727.122.519.517.118.923.921.419.217.618.622.72018.317.717.920.218.518.217.817.618.717.917.717.517.639.737.234.829.233.43.12.521.21.9median 24.1Lenovo ThinkPad X280-20KES01S00median 22.2median 21.3median 17.6median 21.12.51.61.51.41.2hearing rangehide median Fan Noise

Temperature

Stress test after 12 minutes
Stress test after 12 minutes
Stress test after one hour
Stress test after one hour

The EliteBook remained very cool not just when idle but also during our stress test. A maximum surface temperature of 41.3 °C under load is far from critical.

When running our Prime95 and FurMark stress test the EliteBook at first consumed up to 44 W of energy for 28 seconds, which then dropped to 18 W and 15 W subsequently. We suspect that this final drop in TDP was due to the temperatures even though they never exceeded 70 °C. During the remainder of the test CPU temperatures settled at around 60 °C, which would explain the low surface temperatures. At this point, the CPU was running at just 1.1 GHz and thus throttling quite heavily.

This massive amount of thermal throttling had absolutely no consequences on everyday use, and running 3DMark 11 immediately following our stress test yielded the exact same result as before.

Max. Load
 35.3 °C
96 F
37.8 °C
100 F
37 °C
99 F
 
 36.5 °C
98 F
37 °C
99 F
36.7 °C
98 F
 
 27.5 °C
82 F
26.2 °C
79 F
27.2 °C
81 F
 
Maximum: 37.8 °C = 100 F
Average: 33.5 °C = 92 F
39.2 °C
103 F
41.3 °C
106 F
34.6 °C
94 F
35.2 °C
95 F
37.3 °C
99 F
34.4 °C
94 F
29.6 °C
85 F
29.8 °C
86 F
29.3 °C
85 F
Maximum: 41.3 °C = 106 F
Average: 34.5 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  31.9 °C = 89 F | Room Temperature 20.8 °C = 69 F | Voltcraft IR-900
Load (top)
Load (top)
Load (bottom)
Load (bottom)

Speakers

The speakers are located prominently right above the keyboard behind a wide speaker grill and bear a Bang & Olufsen logo. Unlike the EliteBook 850 G5’s speakers, which turned out to be rather disappointing, the 830 G5’s speakers were fairly decent. It may not have been true Hi-Fi quality but at least listening to a song was not painful. The speakers were adequately loud and well balanced, although bass was missing due to the lack of a dedicated subwoofer. The ThinkPad X280’s speakers were worse.

Headphones and external speakers can be connected via the analog headphone jack that also supports headsets. Its sound quality was superb.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.633.22529.131.63128.837.2402832.75027.630.7632628.68025.430.410027.135.412524.83416023.441.720022.353.425021.556.531520.361.140019.164.250019.26763017.769.980016.966.9100016.667.8125016.571.7160016.271200016.469.3250016.268.2315016.372.2400016.772.5500016.975.2630017.372.1800017.565.21000017.666.51250017.562.41600017.553.2SPL29.382.7N1.256median 17.5HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EAmedian 66.9Delta2.47.927.735.928.53231.136.929.132.531.627.725.82624.525.624.127.422.232.522.842.721.750.220.854.819.756.618.6581864.217.262.316.870.11871.316.263.815.958.71662.415.961.816.161.816.461.116.966.81764.417.362.117.459.417.356.717.257.329.176.81.239.4median 17.3Lenovo ThinkPad X280-20KES01S00median 61.11.64.3hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 40% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 54% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 47%
Compared to all devices tested
» 21% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 75% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Lenovo ThinkPad X280-20KES01S00 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.1% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 31% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 57% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 47%
Compared to all devices tested
» 19% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 77% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Power consumption was comparatively high on the EliteBook 830 G5. Average power consumption under load was okay but idle power consumption was the highest in our test group. Apparently, HP has neglected to optimize power consumption despite disabling turbo boost on battery.

The 830 G5’s USB-C charger was specified at 65 W - barely enough to supply the device with energy under load (up to 65.4 W). However, due to TDP limitations power consumption dropped to more acceptable levels after 28 seconds.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.52 / 0.91 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.5 / 6.4 / 9.2 Watt
Load midlight 35.7 / 65.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0), IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkPad X280-20KES01S00
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 12.5
Dell Latitude 7390
8350U, UHD Graphics 620, SK hynix SC311 M.2, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell Latitude 7280
7600U, HD Graphics 620, SanDisk X400 M.2 2280 256GB, IPS, 1920x1080, 12.5
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
7500U, HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512, IPS, 1920x1080, 12.5
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
 
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Power Consumption
12%
13%
27%
34%
10%
-20%
Idle Minimum *
4.5
3.11
31%
2.34
48%
4.28
5%
2.7
40%
3.79 (2 - 8.5, n=83)
16%
6.89 (1 - 36, n=548)
-53%
Idle Average *
6.4
5.01
22%
5.6
12%
5.11
20%
4.8
25%
6.98 (4.3 - 11.8, n=83)
-9%
10.1 (2.06 - 39, n=548)
-58%
Idle Maximum *
9.2
8.11
12%
6.5
29%
5.49
40%
6.6
28%
8.58 (5.2 - 13.1, n=83)
7%
12.4 (3.9 - 55, n=548)
-35%
Load Average *
35.7
44.6
-25%
43
-20%
29.83
16%
28.5
20%
35.7 (19.8 - 51.1, n=83)
-0%
33.3 (6.3 - 75, n=538)
7%
Load Maximum *
65.4
51.7
21%
67.4
-3%
30.05
54%
29
56%
41.9 (22 - 71.2, n=83)
36%
40.2 (7.6 - 111, n=541)
39%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Charging time: 133 minutes
Charging time: 133 minutes

According to HP, the 830 G5 is equipped with a 50 Wh lithium-ion battery; our review unit’s battery reported a capacity of 49 Wh. It is similar to the ThinkPad X280, and both Dell competitors featured a much larger 60 Wh battery.

Accordingly, both Dell notebooks scored much higher in the battery tests, especially the older dual-core equipped Latitude 7280. The Lenovo ThinkPad X280 scored much better as well and lasted for almost two hours more in our Wi-Fi test due to its lower power consumption. After all, the ThinkPad’s battery capacity is almost identical to the EliteBook’s.

In addition to the battery tests with deactivated turbo boost, we have also decided to conduct the same tests with turbo boost enabled. Under load, the EliteBook ran out of juice after just 89 minutes already. The differences were not that dramatic in our Wi-Fi test, and the EliteBook lasted for 376 minutes with turbo boost enabled - a full hour less than with turbo boost disabled. Maximum battery life can thus be achieved by leaving turbo boost disabled on battery. Charging the battery from near empty to full took 133 minutes, although it only took around 30 minutes to reach 50%.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 46min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge)
7h 04min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
8h 01min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 20min
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, 49 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X280-20KES01S00
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 50 Wh
Dell Latitude 7390
8350U, UHD Graphics 620, 60 Wh
Dell Latitude 7280
7600U, HD Graphics 620, 60 Wh
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
7500U, HD Graphics 620, 49 Wh
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Battery Runtime
22%
46%
59%
42%
-9%
Reader / Idle
766
1212
58%
1660
117%
1553
103%
1346
76%
591 (87 - 2557, n=521)
-23%
H.264
481
572
19%
749
56%
532
11%
451 (182 - 950, n=95)
-6%
WiFi v1.3
424
531
25%
682
61%
566
33%
457 (206 - 805, n=163)
8%
Load
140
119
-15%
92
-34%
159
14%
205
46%
121 (40 - 327, n=526)
-14%

Verdict

Pros

+ robust aluminum case
+ easily maintainable, replaceable keyboard
+ decent connectivity
+ supports up to 32 GB of RAM
+ pleasant feeling when typing
+ excellent touchpad
+ only IPS panels with up to 400 nits
+ low temperatures and noise emissions
+ decent speakers
+ three-year warranty

Cons

- comparatively large and heavy
- below average battery life
- no SD card reader
- poor HP PointStick
- unusual keyboard layout with dedicated communication function keys
In review: HP EliteBook 830 G5. Review unit courtesy of HP.
In review: HP EliteBook 830 G5. Review unit courtesy of HP.

The EliteBook 830 G5 is more than a simple evolutionary step in the EliteBook subnotebook’s history. Instead, considering the device’s business ambitions it is a small revolution because the traditional 12.5-inch form factor seems to be dying out.

First, let’s take a look at what HP did right with the new EliteBook. The rigid and robust metal case is certainly among those, and it is thinner than ever. In a typical business notebook fashion the EliteBook is ripe with ports and, more importantly, security features. A smart card reader, an infrared camera, a fingerprint reader, and SureView will be hard to top. The input devices are of mixed quality. The touchpad is excellent; the keyboard is decent to type on. Every single display option features an IPS panel, and the 400 nits display option is even somewhat outdoor-capable. Plus, the EliteBook can take up to 32 GB of RAM - something none of its competitors are capable of. Temperatures and noise emissions are low even when performing our stress test. Last but not least, for a notebook as small as this the EliteBook features pretty decent speakers and is sold with a three-year limited warranty by default.

However, there are a few downsides as well. First and foremost it lacks an SD card reader. The trackpoint was not as good as the one on Lenovo’s ThinkPads, and the addition of dedicated communication keys on the keyboard remains a mystery to us given that most users will most likely never use these keys and other more important keys are missing in return. While these issues might not affect every user the below average battery life certainly will, considering the highly portable nature of this subnotebook. Simply put, the small battery combined with the comparatively high power consumption turned out to be a deadly mix. Finally, the biggest annoyance is the device’s size and weight. This is ironic, considering that these are direct consequences of HP’s decision to equip the EliteBook 830 G5 with a larger display in the first place. It is almost as large as the 14-inch Lenovo ThinkPad T480s Ultrabook, and all of its 12.5 and 13.3-inch competitors are significantly smaller. The Dell Latitude 7390 in particular is living proof that a 13.3-inch display does not necessarily have to result in a larger case.

The EliteBook 830 G5 is large and too heavy, but by and large it is not too shabby.

In brief, the EliteBook falls short on its promise of fitting a larger display into a smaller case by reducing the width of the display bezels. Nevertheless, it deserves our full endorsement and its very good total score. The 830 G5 is the right choice if you require 32 GB of RAM - neither the Lenovo ThinkPad X280 nor the Dell Latitude 7290 nor the Dell Latitude 7390 support that much - but it comes at a price: A comparatively bulky and chunky case.

HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA - 05/07/2018 v6
Benjamin Herzig

Chassis
92 /  98 → 93%
Keyboard
86%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
65 / 80 → 82%
Weight
71 / 35-78 → 84%
Battery
89%
Display
87%
Games Performance
60 / 68 → 88%
Application Performance
92 / 87 → 100%
Temperature
93 / 91 → 100%
Noise
97%
Audio
63 / 91 → 69%
Camera
38 / 85 → 44%
Average
79%
88%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Benjamin Herzig, 2018-05-13 (Update: 2018-05-20)