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HP EliteBook 845 G7: Top laptop suffers from too dim display

14-inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels - but too dim to be used in sunshine
14-inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels - but too dim to be used in sunshine
With the Ryzen 5 PRO, the 14-incher outclasses the top models from Intel. In addition, it offers great battery life, low noise levels, and excellent maintenance options. However, it's not enough for it to become a subnotebook mega-star due to its dim display.

With the AMD version of its 14-inch EliteBook, HP is in direct competition with Lenovo's ThinkPad T14s (AMD and Intel), Dell's Latitude 7410 (Intel) or even Acer's TravelMate P6 P614 (Intel).

In the race for the best score, it performed well enough for a Very Good (88%), but a dim and color-weak display, a slow SSD, and a missing card reader make the difference in the end.

In general, the EliteBook 845 G7 is not bad. The workmanship and the modern angular look of the chassis are impressive. Maintenance is solved in an excellent way; all you need is a small cross-head screwdriver. The interior is ready for the implementation of WWAN, since the slot for a SIM card and the antennas are available.

Battery life lasts for a whole workday; we determined 9.5 to 12 hours in our practical tests. The input devices are very comfortable with their solid feedback and low noise level when typing and clicking.

The strong computing power currently beats all of Intel's competition, and not even a fourth-generation Ryzen 7 is needed for this. The Ryzen 5 scores twice as many points as the Intel Core i7-10610U top model (Cinebench R15/R20, multi-core).

Unfortunately, the AMD model doesn't have Thunderbolt support; this is only available on the Intel variant. That's also the case with Lenovo, since Thunderbolt is only available on the Intel version.

More details, estimations, and comparisons with competitors can be found in our review: HP EliteBook 845 G7: AMD laptop is also better with Ryzen 5 than with Intel.

HP EliteBook 845 G7 23Y60EA
HP EliteBook 845 G7 23Y60EA
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Sebastian Jentsch, 2020-11- 9 (Update: 2020-11- 7)