HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2
Average of 11 scores (from 14 reviews)
Reviews for the HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2
A true favorite! HP’s EliteBook series stands for high-end business laptops. In this review, you will find out if HP can follow up on their promises with this EliteBook x360 1030 G2.
This is a business grade notebook – good for several years of hard business use. It meets 95% of my shopping list at a price that is within budget. Add to that HP Australia’s very good 3 year warranty and after sales service and it is the clear winner.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/07/2017
Rating: Total score: 92% price: 80% performance: 90% workmanship: 100%
Source: PC Advisor
The HP EliteBook X360 1030 G2 is probably too expensive to dole out to the admin staff of a small business. But it’s certainly one of the most desirable business laptops money can buy.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/27/2017
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: PC Authority
It adds up to one of the most versatile and well-rounded convertible laptops around. It’s got all the ports you could wish for, plenty of power, great battery life and it also makes the right impression when you use it in meetings. For organisations that want to offer workers the flexibility of a tablet, but stay in the Windows ecosystem, the HP EliteBook X360 is an excellent choice.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/14/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Not bad. This, coupled with the thin and light nature of the machine, makes for a great travel companion, even if it doesn’t quite scream the kind of raw power that we’re used to seeing here at APC.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/27/2017
Bottom line: want a versatile laptop that packs a performance punch, is hard as nails and comes seductively dressed? The HP EliteBook x360 G2 is very much worthy of consideration.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/25/2017
Source: Trusted Reviews
This is one of HP’s finest laptops of 2017, and it’s a firm rival to the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1. Granted, the HP is slightly thicker, the package including the power brick is a little heavier and the SSD is slower. However, it has a much faster processor and an equally attractive design.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/18/2017
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 90% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
Source: Laptop Mag
The HP EliteBook x360's great keyboard, stunning looks, long battery life and variety of security features make it the business 2-in-1 to beat.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/04/2017
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: PC Mag
Despite its flashy exterior, the HP EliteBook x360 2-in-1 laptop is all business inside, with an Intel Core i7 processor, 14-hour battery life, and a comprehensive set of security features.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/04/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Notebooksbilliger Blog DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/14/2017
Rating: Total score: 91% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 90%
Source: ZDNet DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/29/2017
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Tuexperto ES→EN
Positive: Comfortable keyboard; good speakers; long battery life. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/24/2018
Source: PC Guia PT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/03/2017
Rating: Total score: 75%
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN
Positive: Long battery life; quick charge; fast fingerprint sensor; good ergonomy; smart stylus pen; light weight; slim size. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/06/2017
Source: Alt om Data DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/18/2017
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 20% performance: 80% display: 90% mobility: 100%
Model: The reputation of HP in their EliteBook always gets great evaluations from most review pages. For instance, regarding page TrustedReviews, “HP’s EliteBook line has been a mainstay of business laptops for years, and the EliteBook x360 G2 is perhaps the company’s most attractive yet”. Considered the flagship of the business 2-in-1 line, this ultraportable notebook with the exceptional design, the powerful performance, a standout keyboard and a wide array of security features in a package is so appealing that “no one will believe that you actually got it from work” (page LaptopMag).
Like a comment from LaptopMag, HP’s winning streak with premium design continues with the EliteBook x360 G2, which is the most stunning business machine that the reviewer has ever seen. He described it as the silver, aluminum unibody laptop using the company’s modern logo found only on its top-of-the-line machines. For page TrustedReviews, the EliteBook x360 G2 is super-lighting as well (with just 1.28kg), which is only 40g more than Dell’s competing XPS 13 2-in-1: “This machine will slide into any satchel or backpack without weighing you down”. Furthermore, according to page ComputerShopper, this EliteBook x360 is something of a showcase for 2017’s business laptops: “It shows how slick and thoughtful hardware design, security-minded detail, and attention paid to how business users really work can merge into a machine that’s more than the sum of its parts”. Despite running a low power Intel Core M CPU (like the 12 inch Apple MacBook), following a remark of page CNet.com, it was slim, light, had a great display and a rock-solid overall design. It expertly straddled the line between form and function, and was a great example of a crossover laptop that was a good choice for coffee shop consumers as for cubicle careerist. The reviewer from page ArsTechnica also gave her opinion that the diamond-cut accents around the notebook gave it a nice high-end touch that none of the Spectre that she had tested had had. Beside that, this page also added this convertible EliteBook x360 G2 had edges that we could feel and that reflected slices of sunlight on a bright day. “According to HP, designing the EliteBook x360 to visually complement a user’s smartphone makes it more attractive to business users who put a premium on aesthetic”, said page PCMag.
Talking about the display of the EliteBook x360 G2, the reviewer of LaptopMag reported that the EliteBook’s display produced vivid colors, but the screen wasn’t very bright: “When I watched the trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, I had to pump up the brightness all the way, and I still had trouble making out the dark green in the Vulture’s suit”. On the contrary, as an evaluation on page TrustedReviews, the 13.3 inch Full HD IPS panel of this ultrabook is excellent: “While it won’t meet the extreme needs of professional photographers with its 83.2% sRGB color gamut, it will be fine for everybody else, with colors appearing bright and punchy”. The ComputerShopper left a positive comment for its display that it was reflective, glossy, screen with excellent viewing angles and reasonable color depth. This page also thought that this panel was what HP terms “UWVA” for “Ultra-wide viewing angle”, functionally equivalent to the wide-angle viewing we’ve seen from many IPS screens in laptops of its class. With the same perspective, the PCMag said that the 13.3 inch, Full HD display is bright and clear, and HP will offer 4K option later this year. Another option is HP’s Sure View privacy screen, which limits viewing angles to around 20 degrees of dead center of the display. “However, with a brightness of 239 nits, the EliteBook isn’t as bright as other 2-in-1s. The average is 300 nits, and the XPS 13 2-in-1 and the X1 Yoga were brighter than this HP”, LaptopMag stated.
Keyboard, Trackpad, and Stylus
About keyboard, PCMag remarked that the backlit and chiclet-style keyboard was comfortable to use, and had extra function keys on the top row for starting and ending Skype for Business calls. “I used it as my primary computer for a few days, and one of my favourite things about it was the typing experience. With 1.3mm of travel, the chiclet keys are satisfying to press and comfortably spaced. The keys are laid out like any regular keyboard with no surprise button-size changes or awkward key shifts” (page ArsTechnica). Considered a plus point from page ComputerShopper, this page supposed that HP dubbed the keyboard in the EliteBook x360 a “premium collaboration keyboard” and we had to give the company credit for a distinct focus on business communication in the design here. For page TrustedReviews, they said that the matte black keys were nicely backlit, grippy and had a positive and responsive action that made typing a breeze. Beside the usual shortcuts, like changing the volume and brightness, as a review of LaptopMag, there are a few keys on the function row specifically for business: “There are dedicated keys to answer and hang up on the Skype for Business calls, as well as a button that goes straight to your Outlook calendar”.
Moreover, regarding PCMag, the one-piece touchpad is responsive, and supports the usual multi-touch commands - like zoom in and out, scroll, and right-click - if we are using the system in Laptop mode or Conference mode. “The Precision Touchpad complements the keyboard by being smooth to use and seamless when using different gestures”, commented ArsTechnica. Particularly, as a remark of TrustedReviews, this ultrabook is a good piece of kit, although it still meets the case with HP Spectre x360 15: “I didn’t find the touchpad a little insensitive to subtle cursor movement. It isn’t a major problem and most people won’t notice”. In addition, HP also includes a stylus in the box, following a remark of LaptopMag, the stylus itself offers 2048 degrees of pressure sensitivity and feels natural to hold. Also, Powered by Wacom Technology, which is the best in the business, the Stylus works with Windows Ink as well, so all the extra features included Windows 10 Anniversary and Creators updates work perfectly (commented from TrustedReviews).
The cooperation between HP and Bang & Olufsen again tunes the company’s speakers, so they are a bit of a mixed bag (LaptopMag’s review). The reviewer of this page also added that when he had listened to White Rabbits’ “Percussion Gun”, the vocals, choral chanting and namesake drums had been all balanced, but he had found the sound to be quiet for his taste. In the same viewpoint, TrustedReviews stated that the speakers were also fine: “While they don’t have much room to breathe in the chassis, they can pump out a decent volume that will be more than good enough for sharing video presentations with the colleagues, or even streaming a bit of Netflix when you get home”. “The Bang and Olufsen branded speakers sound excellent, and HP noise cancellation helps clarify your interactions during conference calls in which you use the laptop like a speakerphone” (quoted from PCMag).
Armed with a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7600U CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512 PCIe solid-state drive, according to LaptopMag, the EliteBook x360 G2 is more than prepared for a cornucopia of research and spreadsheets: “I had 30 tabs open in Google Chrome, including one streaming a 1080p episode of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” from YouTube, and I saw no sign of slowdown”. The reviewer of TrustedReviews also showed their mind positively that he had found the Wi-Fi performance to be on a par with other high-end ultrabooks, and it had been quick to connect to every network he had tried. Similarly, as evaluated from ArsTechnica, this laptop was stable and powerful enough to get the reviewer through a regular work day: “Browsing multiple tabs, using many Windows apps, and streaming music and videos wasn’t met with any hiccups of too many slow-downs”. It’s standard Ultrabook performance without many surprises. Nevertheless, with its integrated Intel HD Graphics 620, the EliteBook x360 isn’t a strong graphics performer. It ran the Dirt 3 benchmark at just 21 fps, typing the XPS 13 but falling below the average (33 fps) and our 30 fps playability threshold (tested from LaptopMag).
Heat and noise, as commented on page TrustedReviews, were perfectly acceptable: “When idle, the laptop is near-silent - although as you open programs a constant whirring of the fan will interrupt the decorum, but not to any disturbing extent. It’s only under extreme load that the fans start to fire up”. Like a report for thermal from LaptopMag, this notebook stayed nice and comfortable after they streamed HD video from YouTube for 15 minutes; it measured 5 °C (77 Fahrenheit) on the touchpad, 83 degrees at the center of the keyboard and 86 on the bottom. At the one point near the hinge, it reached 94 degrees, but that’s still lower than their 94-degree comfort threshold.
In the PCMag’s battery rundown test, “The EliteBook x360 lasted 14 hours and 3 minutes, which means that you’ll be able to use it for the equivalent of two work days unplugged if you bring the laptop home, but forget the AC adapter at the office”. Meanwhile, for LaptopMag, the EliteBook should last us through most (if not all) of our workday: This 2-in-1 one endured for 9 hours and 17 minutes on the LaptopMag battery test, handily beating 8:13 ultraportable average. Also, like a positive comment TrustedReviews, this EliteBook x360 G2’s battery is excellent, putting in one of the best performances the reviewer has ever seen in a while: “On a normal day for me, which includes heaps of power-hungry browser tabs, email and word processing, I was able to get nearly a full eight hours out of it, with the screen at a little over half brightness”.
In general, “The HP EliteBook x360 G2 is the business laptop that I wish my company would issue. It’s beautifully designed, has a great keyboard for typing on the go, and battery life that will last throughout the workday. While I’d be unlikely to use all the 2-in-1 modes on a day-to-day basis, it’s nice to have the option” (LaptopMag’s verdict). Honestly, there are a lot of outstanding pros for this ultrabook, like the extremely handsome and premium design, long battery life, or even good performance. Regardless of the display which is not so bright, I think the EliteBook x360 G2 totally could conquer most business users with its advantages above. Finally, to conclude shortly for this laptop, the EliteBook x360 G2 is considered “a quality laptop that isn’t just for business” (quoted from TrustedReviews).
Press Review by Capuchino SaberIntel HD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2) found on some Kaby-Lake CPU models (15 W ULV series). 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.
7300U: Kaby-Lake based SoC with two CPU cores clocked at 2.5 to 3.1 GHz, HyperThreading and manufactured with an improved 14nm process. Compared to the older Core i7-7500U, the i5 offers only 3 MB L3 cache but the same Turbo clock speed.» 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.
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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).
86.03%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.
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