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HP EliteBook x360 1030 G4: When security hampers productivity

Basically a good convertible: the HP EliteBook x360 1030 G4
Basically a good convertible: the HP EliteBook x360 1030 G4
Old LCD screens were almost impossible read when looking at them from the side. After having labored hard at removing this flaw from displays, it has now returned in the shape of a security feature.

HP's own Sure View technology is supposed to support security-conscious users by protecting their screens from unwarranted glances. This should enable users to work on sensitive data on a packed train or in other busy areas.

Activating this function places a strong shadow over the entire screen. This means that screen content can no longer be seen from wide viewing angles and data is therefore protected from the eyes of strangers. The fact that the new HP EliteBook x360 1030 G4 even offers this function in combination with a matte touchscreen with strong colors and a good contrast ratio makes it all seem too good to be true. 

HP Sure View is more bothersome than helpful

Unfortunately, that really is the case. The panel isn't ideal even when HP Sure View isn't activated - although on its own, this wouldn't really be too much of an issue. If the screen protector is activated, however, the display becomes very dark, which is particularly difficult to deal with in bright surroundings. 

Another unpleasant side effect is that the viewing angle is so limited that even the users themselves can have difficulties seeing the screen - being forced to look straight at the display and moving as little as possible. The smallest deviation clouds the screen, which can become very tiresome during long sessions.

If you have sensitive eyes anyway, be aware that you will also have to deal with a PWM frequency of 952 Hz. As HP also offers this panel without SureView, potential buyers might want to consider choosing that version instead.


Find out more in our review of the HP EliteBook x360 1030 G4

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Mike Wobker, 2020-03-27 (Update: 2020-03-25)