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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.
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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.

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Mike Wobker
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Senior Tech Writer - 403 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I carried out my first IT experiments with a 386-based system and a whole 4 MB RAM. This was followed by work on various PCs and laptops that I maintained and repaired for friends and acquaintances. After training to become a Telecommunications Systems Technician and gaining a few years of experience, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Currently, I pursue my fascination for IT, technology, and mobile devices by writing reviews and articles for Notebookcheck. I have also worked for Gamestar, Netzwelt, and Golem, among others.
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Katherine Bodner
Translator: Katherine Bodner - Translator - 275 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I completed my master's degree in translation at the University of Vienna a few years ago and have been working as a translator for English, German and French ever since. I first started translating for Notebookcheck in 2017 and have learned more about computers than I ever imagined, and I have even become the person my family turns to for advice when it comes to consumer electronics. Other than that I also focus on everything connected to sustainability and renewable energy.
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Mike Wobker, 2020-03-27 (Update: 2020-03-25)