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HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 (i7-8650U, FHD) Convertible Review

Could be faster. The EliteBook x360 1030 G3 Core i7 SKU is a perfect example of why a pricier configuration may not always be the fastest when compared to a less expensive SKU. The Core i7 CPU on our HP is measurably slower than the same model with the more affordable Core i5.

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We checked out the HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 convertible earlier this year as an entry-level configuration with the Core i5-8250U CPU, 128 GB SATA III SSD, and 8 GB of RAM. Today, we have the higher-end configuration with the Core i7-8650U CPU, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and 16 GB of RAM. We recommend reading up on our original review on the Core i5 version since this Core i7 version is identical in terms of chassis quality, input features, connectivity, and display.

For this review, we'll be focusing on the performance of the Core i7-8650U CPU and how it compares to the i5-8250U version. We'll also be comparing the system to newcomer competitors like the Lenovo Yoga C930, 2018 Surface Pro, and MateBook X Pro. Is it worth purchasing the higher-end Core i7-8650U configuration over the less expensive Core i5-8250U?

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HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT (EliteBook 1030 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Core: 300 MHz, Memory: 1067 MHz, DDR3, 24.20.100.6286
Memory
16384 MB 
, 10-10-10-28, Dual-Channel
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, Capacitive, native pen support, Chi Mei CMN1380, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, 512 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Hall sensor
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15.8 x 305.8 x 205 ( = 0.62 x 12.04 x 8.07 in)
Battery
56.2 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 4-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Additional features
Speakers: Quad speakers, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, HP Active Pen, HP Client Security, B&O Audio, HP Sure Click, HP Velocity, HP PhoneWise, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.26 kg ( = 44.45 oz / 2.78 pounds), Power Supply: 261 g ( = 9.21 oz / 0.58 pounds)
Price
2400 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Connectivity


Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: Volume rocker, 2x USB Type-C + Thunderbolt 3, DriveLock, HDMI 1.4
Right: Volume rocker, 2x USB Type-C + Thunderbolt 3, DriveLock, HDMI 1.4
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: USB 3.1 Type-A, 3.5 mm combo audio, Power button, Nano-SIM slot (optional)
Left: USB 3.1 Type-A, 3.5 mm combo audio, Power button, Nano-SIM slot (optional)

Communication

Empty M.2 slot for accepting a WAN module or 2230 SSD. The antennae are already installed on our unit despite the fact that our configuration is unable to accept SIM cards.

Intel 8265 comes standard whereas newer Ultrabooks are beginning to ship with 1.73 Gbps Intel 9260 modules.

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Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
660 MBit/s ∼100% +5%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
638 (min: 401, max: 679) MBit/s ∼97% +1%
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
630 MBit/s ∼95%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller
577 (min: 517, max: 605) MBit/s ∼87% -8%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
309 (min: 299, max: 316) MBit/s ∼47% -51%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
657 (min: 602, max: 709) MBit/s ∼100% +29%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller
517 (min: 437, max: 572) MBit/s ∼79% +2%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
513 MBit/s ∼78% +1%
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
509 MBit/s ∼77%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
301 (min: 237, max: 351) MBit/s ∼46% -41%

Security

Security services separate the business-centric Elite series from other consumer-oriented models like the Pavilion or Spectre. The EliteBook x360 1030 G3 carries optional Sure View, fingerprint reader, BIOSphere, Sure Start, SpareKey, Client Security Manager, Sure Click, and many more to reduce online phishing or visual hacking while protecting the BIOS.

Accessories

Included extras are a USB-C to RJ-45 adapter, WACOM pen, and a USB-A to USB-C charging/data cable. HP is also pushing Thunderbolt docking stations in order to exploit the Thunderbolt 3 port of the EliteBook x360 1030 G3. The Thunderbolt Dock G2, for example, is a speaker with additional DisplayPort ports, USB ports, RJ-45, VGA, and more all in one. Compatible Thunderbolt-based docks and external monitors can also charge the laptop with nothing more than a single cable.

Maintenance

Serviceability is still difficult. With a more careful hand and sharp edge, however, the bottom panel can be popped off. The WLAN module form factor is M.2 1216 and so only the M.2 SSD and WAN modules are easily serviceable.

Warranty

Pre-configured EliteBook SKUs sold on HP.com have a 36-month base warranty. If user-configured, warranty will be only 12 months.

Display

Our Core i7 SKU utilizes the same Chi Mei CMN1380 IPS panel as our Core i5 SKU. A 4K UHD option is available that will likely carry different colors, contrast, response times, and brightness levels than what we've recorded for our FHD panel below. The 700-nit "Outdoor Mode" is reserved for certain FHD SKUs and it is not included on our particular test unit.

We were hoping for improved backlight bleeding as our original Core i5 unit had some moderate uneven bleeding. Unfortunately, this holds true yet again for our Core i7 unit as shown by the image below.

Light-moderate backlight bleeding along bottom right corner
Light-moderate backlight bleeding along bottom right corner
Subpixel array (166 PPI)
Subpixel array (166 PPI)
452.3
cd/m²
445.4
cd/m²
426.4
cd/m²
467.2
cd/m²
467.2
cd/m²
453.8
cd/m²
428.8
cd/m²
430.2
cd/m²
437.8
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 467.2 cd/m² Average: 445.5 cd/m² Minimum: 22.85 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 467.2 cd/m²
Contrast: 1168:1 (Black: 0.4 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.41 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3, calibrated: 1.33
ΔE Greyscale 3.7 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
99.6% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 62.5% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.37
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
Chi Mei CMN1380, IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
B139HAN03_0, IPS, 13.9, 1920x1080
Chuwi LapBook SE
13.3, 1920x1080
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
LGPhilips LP123WQ112604, IPS, 12.3, 2736x1834
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Tianma XM, IPS, 13.9, 3000x2000
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
AU Optronics AUO101A, IPS, 13, 3000x2000
Response Times
-2%
-33%
-6%
2%
-8%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
39.6 (20.8, 18.8)
40.8 (20.4, 20.4)
-3%
39.2 (19.2, 20)
1%
42 (22, 20)
-6%
40.4 (19.2, 21.2)
-2%
47 (23, 24)
-19%
Response Time Black / White *
27.2 (14.8, 12.4)
27.6 (15.6, 12)
-1%
27.7 (14.8, 12.9)
-2%
25 (14, 11)
8%
25.6 (11.6, 14)
6%
26 (14, 12)
4%
PWM Frequency
26040 (62)
200 (29)
-99%
20800 (50)
-20%
Screen
-46%
-69%
-14%
-13%
-18%
Brightness middle
467.2
316
-32%
227
-51%
463
-1%
442.7
-5%
452
-3%
Brightness
445
291
-35%
210
-53%
450
1%
428
-4%
412
-7%
Brightness Distribution
91
83
-9%
89
-2%
83
-9%
84
-8%
85
-7%
Black Level *
0.4
0.36
10%
0.44
-10%
0.32
20%
0.31
22%
0.48
-20%
Contrast
1168
878
-25%
516
-56%
1447
24%
1428
22%
942
-19%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.41
5.9
-145%
6.6
-174%
3.76
-56%
2.24
7%
4.05
-68%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.58
12.9
-131%
12.2
-119%
7.35
-32%
7.19
-29%
6.64
-19%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.33
1.3
2%
1.9
-43%
2.68
-102%
1.11
17%
1.56
-17%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.7
8.6
-132%
7.9
-114%
3.18
14%
9.7
-162%
4.87
-32%
Gamma
2.37 93%
2.1 105%
2.16 102%
2.53 87%
1.42 155%
2.71 81%
CCT
7158 91%
6854 95%
8879 73%
6994 93%
6227 104%
7160 91%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
62.5
60.7
-3%
59
-6%
61.6
-1%
62
-1%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.6
94.5
-5%
90
-10%
95
-5%
97
-3%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-24% / -39%
-51% / -60%
-10% / -13%
-6% / -11%
-13% / -16%

* ... smaller is better

Color space covers all of sRGB and approximately 63 percent of AdobeRGB to be slightly better than the 12.3-inch display of the 2018 Surface Tablet.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

Color accuracy is very good out of the box across all tested saturation levels. The default color temperature is a bit too cool, but this can be easily corrected with a calibration.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

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
27.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14.8 ms rise
↘ 12.4 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. » 57 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
39.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20.8 ms rise
↘ 18.8 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. » 43 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41 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 ≤ 62 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 26040 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 62 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

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

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8651 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

 

Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors on overcast day
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

 

Processor

CineBench R15
CineBench R15

CPU performance is below average as the Core i7-8650U is consistently slower than the Core i5-8250U SKU we tested a few months ago. CineBench scores are disappointingly about 10 percent slower than the i5-8250U configuration despite being on the High Performance profile. The same Core i7-8650U CPU in the 2018 Surface Pro is faster than our HP by almost 45 percent as shown by our CineBench loop test results below.

See our dedicated page on the Core i7-8650U for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

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HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø432 (413.4-494.22)
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø483 (463.47-532.04)
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ512G; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø571 (559.56-638.59)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Average Intel Core i7-8650U
  (137 - 178, n=14)
169 Points ∼79% +4%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
Intel Core i7-8650U
163 Points ∼77% 0%
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
Intel Core i7-8650U
163 Points ∼77%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
145 Points ∼68% -11%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel Core i7-7500U
143 Points ∼67% -12%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
143 Points ∼67% -12%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
142 Points ∼67% -13%
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3
Intel Core i5-8250U
141 Points ∼66% -13%
Lenovo IdeaPad 720-15IKB
Intel Core i5-7200U
129 Points ∼61% -21%
Lenovo Yoga Book 2016 Windows 64GB LTE
Intel Atom x5-Z8550
36 Points ∼17% -78%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
Intel Core i7-8650U
639 Points ∼21% +43%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
630 Points ∼20% +41%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
618 Points ∼20% +38%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
613 Points ∼20% +37%
Average Intel Core i7-8650U
  (447 - 675, n=16)
599 Points ∼19% +34%
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3
Intel Core i5-8250U
493 Points ∼16% +10%
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
Intel Core i7-8650U
447 Points ∼14%
Lenovo IdeaPad 720-15IKB
Intel Core i5-7200U
331 Points ∼11% -26%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel Core i7-7500U
317 Points ∼10% -29%
Lenovo Yoga Book 2016 Windows 64GB LTE
Intel Atom x5-Z8550
134 Points ∼4% -70%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
163 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
447 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
49.96 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks are unsurprisingly very similar to the i5 SKU of the EliteBook x360 1030 G3. The notable exception is its much higher PCMark Productivity score due to the faster Samsung SSD.

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ512G
2952 Points ∼30% +7%
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
2855 Points ∼29% +4%
Average Intel Core i7-8650U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2117 - 3174, n=9)
2846 Points ∼29% +3%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
2795 Points ∼28% +1%
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
2758 Points ∼28%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
2714 Points ∼27% -2%
Chuwi LapBook SE
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, SanDisk DF4032
949 Points ∼10% -66%
Productivity
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6694 Points ∼69%
Average Intel Core i7-8650U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (5271 - 7142, n=9)
6433 Points ∼66% -4%
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
5739 Points ∼59% -14%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
5715 Points ∼59% -15%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5698 Points ∼59% -15%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ512G
5353 Points ∼55% -20%
Chuwi LapBook SE
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, SanDisk DF4032
2567 Points ∼26% -62%
Essentials
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
8733 Points ∼82%
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
8356 Points ∼78% -4%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
8355 Points ∼78% -4%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
7919 Points ∼74% -9%
Average Intel Core i7-8650U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6877 - 8733, n=9)
7827 Points ∼73% -10%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ512G
7039 Points ∼66% -19%
Chuwi LapBook SE
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, SanDisk DF4032
3776 Points ∼35% -57%
Score
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3901 Points ∼50%
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
3695 Points ∼48% -5%
Average Intel Core i7-8650U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2403 - 4066, n=9)
3642 Points ∼47% -7%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3559 Points ∼46% -9%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ512G
3448 Points ∼44% -12%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
2603 Points ∼34% -33%
Chuwi LapBook SE
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, SanDisk DF4032
1502 Points ∼19% -61%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4103 Points ∼67%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3774 Points ∼62% -8%
Average Intel Core i7-8650U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3216 - 4103, n=9)
3768 Points ∼62% -8%
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
3453 Points ∼57% -16%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3413 Points ∼56% -17%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ512G
3281 Points ∼54% -20%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4103 points
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Storage Devices

Whereas our Core i5 SKU housed a 128 GB Samsung PM871b SATA III SSD, our Core i7 SKU houses a 512 GB Samsung PM981 NVMe SSD for significantly faster performance. Sequential write rate in particular is impressive at almost 1400 MB/s.

See our table of HDDs and SSDs for more benchmark comparisons.

M.2 2280 SSD sits adjacent to the M.2 WAN slot
M.2 2280 SSD sits adjacent to the M.2 WAN slot
AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM 5.5
CDM 5.5
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
Chuwi LapBook SE
SanDisk DF4032
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3
Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
AS SSD
-50%
-518%
-261%
-23%
-73%
Copy Game MB/s
989.72
340.01
-66%
124.38
-87%
486.26
-51%
164.53
-83%
Copy Program MB/s
453.91
209.69
-54%
94
-79%
312.26
-31%
74.3
-84%
Copy ISO MB/s
1947.34
539.41
-72%
128.13
-93%
739.44
-62%
208.12
-89%
Score Total
3484
1373
-61%
120
-97%
870
-75%
2575
-26%
781
-78%
Score Write
1032
427
-59%
36
-97%
244
-76%
620
-40%
268
-74%
Score Read
1634
657
-60%
58
-96%
430
-74%
1329
-19%
335
-79%
Access Time Write *
0.036
0.056
-56%
1.233
-3325%
0.301
-736%
0.036
-0%
0.048
-33%
Access Time Read *
0.041
0.069
-68%
0.671
-1537%
0.913
-2127%
0.058
-41%
0.093
-127%
4K-64 Write
790.01
266.32
-66%
9.11
-99%
129.31
-84%
399.62
-49%
156.5
-80%
4K-64 Read
1407.92
434.3
-69%
25.65
-98%
277.89
-80%
1039.05
-26%
255.09
-82%
4K Write
104.31
94.98
-9%
13.6
-87%
80.6
-23%
103.13
-1%
70.83
-32%
4K Read
46.05
38.04
-17%
6.3
-86%
40.46
-12%
48.33
5%
31.07
-33%
Seq Write
1373.63
661.05
-52%
131.8
-90%
340
-75%
1169.65
-15%
403.21
-71%
Seq Read
1797.58
1849.93
3%
264.1
-85%
1113.69
-38%
2415.81
34%
488.2
-73%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3376 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1860 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 288.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 391.8 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2227 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1814 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 43.42 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 120 MB/s

GPU Performance

3DMark 11
3DMark 11

Performance from the UHD Graphics 620 in the HP is within 5 percent of the average UHD Graphics 620 in our database. Users will see almost no performance benefits if jumping from the last generation HD Graphics 620. If more GPU performance is needed, then alternative laptops with the AMD Vega 8 or GeForce MX150 should do the trick without resorting to significantly thicker or heavier designs.

See our dedicated page on the UHD Graphics 620 for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
2820 Points ∼16% +90%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
2683 Points ∼15% +81%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8650U
1858 Points ∼10% +25%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
1854 Points ∼10% +25%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1555 Points ∼9% +5%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1524 Points ∼8% +3%
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1489 Points ∼8% 0%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (959 - 1891, n=99)
1488 Points ∼8% 0%
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8650U
1485 Points ∼8%
Lenovo Yoga Book 2016 Windows 64GB LTE
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8550
480 Points ∼3% -68%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, N4100
455 Points ∼3% -69%
1280x720 Performance GPU
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
3549 Points ∼7% +115%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
3512 Points ∼7% +113%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
2885 Points ∼6% +75%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8650U
1977 Points ∼4% +20%
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1738 Points ∼3% +5%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1734 Points ∼3% +5%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 1977, n=99)
1672 Points ∼3% +1%
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8650U
1649 Points ∼3%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1569 Points ∼3% -5%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, N4100
482 Points ∼1% -71%
Lenovo Yoga Book 2016 Windows 64GB LTE
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8550
418 Points ∼1% -75%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
843 Points ∼6%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
649 Points ∼5%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
349 Points ∼3%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (299 - 389, n=17)
339 Points ∼3%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, N4100
85 Points ∼1%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
2874 Points ∼7%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
2310 Points ∼6%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
1738 Points ∼4%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1216 Points ∼3%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (557 - 1336, n=81)
1078 Points ∼3%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1029 Points ∼3%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
17325 Points ∼9%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
15186 Points ∼8%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
10604 Points ∼6%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8650U
10213 Points ∼6%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
10003 Points ∼5%
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
9478 Points ∼5%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6910 - 10493, n=87)
8813 Points ∼5%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
7636 Points ∼4%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, N4100
2826 Points ∼2%
Lenovo Yoga Book 2016 Windows 64GB LTE
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8550
2455 Points ∼1%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
68150 Points ∼9%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
56912 Points ∼8%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (30939 - 59483, n=28)
45012 Points ∼6%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
44844 Points ∼6%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
37394 Points ∼5%
3DMark 11 Performance
1814 points
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Emissions

System Noise

The cooling solution consists of two small fans and two heat pipes between them. Both fans remain idle during low to low-medium loads like browsing or streaming. For heavier loads like 3DMark 06 or gaming, fan noise jumps to about 30 to 33 dB(A). Fan noise never becomes an issue and the system is almost always silent for word processing and office-type loads.

Our unit does not suffer from any noticeable electronic noise.

Very small twin 25 mm fans
Very small twin 25 mm fans
Generally quiet fan noise even when under high load
Generally quiet fan noise even when under high load

Noise Level

Idle
28.5 / 28.5 / 28.5 dB(A)
Load
30.8 / 32.8 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: 28.5 dB(A)
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
Vega 8, 2500U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ512G
Noise
-3%
-1%
-11%
-14%
-6%
off / environment *
28.5
29.3
-3%
28.5
-0%
30.13
-6%
28.7
-1%
30.3
-6%
Idle Minimum *
28.5
29.3
-3%
28.5
-0%
30.13
-6%
28.7
-1%
30.3
-6%
Idle Average *
28.5
29.3
-3%
28.5
-0%
30.13
-6%
34.2
-20%
30.3
-6%
Idle Maximum *
28.5
29.7
-4%
28.5
-0%
30.13
-6%
35.8
-26%
30.3
-6%
Load Average *
30.8
31.8
-3%
31.3
-2%
38.8
-26%
35.8
-16%
33.5
-9%
Load Maximum *
32.8
32.7
-0%
33.5
-2%
38.8
-18%
39.6
-21%
33.5
-2%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Dual rear exhaust
Dual rear exhaust

Surface temperature development is mostly symmetrical due to the symmetrical cooling solution underneath. Its warmest areas when idling are about 29 C and 33 C on the top and underside surfaces, respectively, as shown by the temperature maps below. These same hot spots can become as warm as 40 C to 46 C when under very high loads not unlike on the Lenovo Yoga C930. Fortunately, the front half of the notebook remains cool no matter the processing load. 

System idle (top)
System idle (top)
System idle (bottom)
System idle (bottom)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (bottom)
Maximum load (bottom)

Our stress test shows why the i7-8650U SKU is performing slower than the i5-8250U SKU in our CineBench tests above. When running Prime95, we can observe the i7 CPU operating at 2.8 GHz for the first few seconds before dropping and stabilizing at 1.7 GHz. In comparison, the i5 SKU will stabilize at 2.1 GHz when subjected to the same load conditions. The Core i7 configuration throttles more heavily than the Core i5 configuration without any major temperature benefits.

Running on battery power will limit both CPU and GPU performance. A 3DMark 11 run on batteries returns Physics and Graphics scores of 4802 and 1161 points, respectively, compared to 5168 and 1649 points when on mains.

System idle
System idle
Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C)
System Idle -- -- 42
Prime95 Stress 1.7 -- 61
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 0.8 599 58
Max. Load
 33.8 °C
93 F
40 °C
104 F
34.4 °C
94 F
 
 30.4 °C
87 F
40 °C
104 F
27.8 °C
82 F
 
 27 °C
81 F
26.4 °C
80 F
26.8 °C
80 F
 
Maximum: 40 °C = 104 F
Average: 31.8 °C = 89 F
33.4 °C
92 F
46.2 °C
115 F
34.2 °C
94 F
30.2 °C
86 F
38 °C
100 F
31.8 °C
89 F
28.6 °C
83 F
30.8 °C
87 F
29.4 °C
85 F
Maximum: 46.2 °C = 115 F
Average: 33.6 °C = 92 F
Power Supply (max.)  35 °C = 95 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.8 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 30.4 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Convertible.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 40 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 21.8 to 55.7 °C for the class Convertible.
(-) The maximum temperature on the bottom side is 46.2 °C / 115 F, compared to the average of 36.6 °C / 98 F, ranging from 20.8 to 67.1 °C for the class Convertible.
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.6 °C / 80 F, compared to the device average of 30.4 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 27 °C / 80.6 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.2 °C / 84.6 F (+2.2 °C / 4 F).

Speakers

Large stereo speakers
Large stereo speakers
Pink noise. Loud maximum volume
Pink noise. Loud maximum volume
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.337.42535.833.3313234.64030.933.75030.932.36328.930.88029.933.810029.942.612527.651.716027.659.920026.864.525026.56931526.670.440025.170.850024.667.463024.365.280023.769.4100023.969.1125023.468.5160023.166200023.263.8250023.369315023.267.4400023.173500022.971.863002377.780002378.21000022.974.51250022.870.71600022.768SPL35.684.1N2.562.3median 23.4median 69Delta13.235.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UTApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (78.19 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 9.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.6% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 22%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 95% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Power consumption is generally higher than the Core i5 SKU under all conditions even though it is performance is slower. Consumption is higher than the 2018 Surface Pro i7 but lower than the Yoga C930 when subjected to similar medium loads.

The highest we are able to record is 51.9 W from the small (~7.5 x 7.5 x 2.8 cm) 65 W AC adapter. However, this is unsustainable and consumption eventually drops to a stable 30 W due to throttling.

3DMark 06 power consumption. Consumption is highest for first few seconds before dropping due to performance throttling
3DMark 06 power consumption. Consumption is highest for first few seconds before dropping due to performance throttling
Prime95 initiated at 20s mark. Consumption peaks at 49.7 W before throttling kicks in
Prime95 initiated at 20s mark. Consumption peaks at 49.7 W before throttling kicks in
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.36 / 0.56 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.4 / 7.6 / 11.5 Watt
Load midlight 35.4 / 51.9 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
8650U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.9
Chuwi LapBook SE
N4100, UHD Graphics 600, SanDisk DF4032, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
8650U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ512G, IPS, 2736x1824, 12.3
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
8350U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 3000x2000, 13
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Power Consumption
1%
38%
8%
-3%
12%
Idle Minimum *
3.4
3.3
3%
2.7
21%
3.2
6%
4.9
-44%
3.8
-12%
Idle Average *
7.6
6.8
11%
6.3
17%
8.7
-14%
8.9
-17%
7.5
1%
Idle Maximum *
11.5
9.5
17%
7.6
34%
10.4
10%
11
4%
8.6
25%
Load Average *
35.4
40.8
-15%
12.6
64%
29.2
18%
32
10%
33.1
6%
Load Maximum *
51.9
57
-10%
24.6
53%
40.8
21%
36
31%
31.8
39%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Runtimes are excellent and slightly longer than both the Yoga C930 and 2018 Surface Pro. Users can expect almost 10 hours of real-world WLAN use when on the Balanced profile and at a screen brightness of 150 nits. SKUs with the 700-nit backlight option will indubitably have shorter runtimes.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
9h 49min
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
8650U, UHD Graphics 620, 56.2 Wh
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 60 Wh
Chuwi LapBook SE
N4100, UHD Graphics 600, 37 Wh
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
8250U, GeForce MX150, 57.4 Wh
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
8650U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 56.2 Wh
Battery Runtime
-7%
-25%
-5%
-14%
2%
Reader / Idle
1432
1243
1083
1381
WiFi v1.3
589
550
-7%
444
-25%
557
-5%
509
-14%
602
2%
Load
124
347
133
131
189

Verdict

Pros

+ great sound quality for the size; loud speakers
+ small footprint; portable and lightweight
+ proprietary multi-layer security features
+ keyboard keys have great feedback
+ optional 4G LTE and NFC
+ Thunderbolt 3 support
+ excellent build quality
+ USB Type-C charging
+ full sRGB coverage
+ good battery life
+ quiet fan noise
+ bright display

Cons

- warmer surfaces than on the EliteBook x360 1030 G2
- pulse-width modulation on lower brightness levels
- not as rigid as the thicker EliteBook 830 series
- unable to sustain maximum CPU Turbo Boost
- lower performance when on battery power
- serviceability could have been easier
- light-moderate backlight bleeding
- slow Core i7-8650U performance
- no SD or Smart Card readers
- no dedicated mouse keys
- no discrete GPU options
- high starting price
- soldered RAM
In review: HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT. Test model provided by HP US
In review: HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT. Test model provided by HP US

In our original review of the Core i5 EliteBook x360 1030 G3, we said it was the best 13-inch business convertible with more features and a brighter display than your typical flagship Ultrabook. This still remains true for the Core i7 configuration but with one key drawback: it's not all that much faster than the less expensive Core i5-8250U option. In fact, our results show the i7 CPU to be consistently slower than the i5 CPU due to steeper throttling on the Core i7. In contrast, the Core i7 Yoga C930 is faster than the Core i5 Yoga C930 especially when subjected to high processing stress, so we're disappointed to see the opposite on one of HP's best subnotebooks.

The EliteBook x360 1030 G3 is still highly recommendable as its redeeming qualities far outweigh and outnumber the few negatives. With that said, we suggest skipping the Core i7-8650U SKU and to use the extra funds for more utilitarian options instead like Sure View, the 700-nit "Outdoor Mode" backlight, 4G LTE, and even an external Thunderbolt Dock G2 or monitor.

The Core i7 SKU is at least $200 or $300 more than the Core i5 SKU and its performance benefits - or lack thereof - don't justify the price premium. The Core i5 SKU continues to be the best that the EliteBook x360 1030 G3 has to offer.

HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT - 11/06/2018 v6
Allen Ngo

Chassis
93 / 98 → 95%
Keyboard
92%
Pointing Device
93%
Connectivity
66 / 80 → 83%
Weight
72 / 35-78 → 86%
Battery
92%
Display
87%
Games Performance
58 / 68 → 85%
Application Performance
92 / 87 → 100%
Temperature
91%
Noise
97%
Audio
71 / 91 → 78%
Camera
47 / 85 → 56%
Average
81%
90%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2018-11- 6 (Update: 2018-11- 6)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.