HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
Average of 5 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
Beauty and a beast. The EliteBook 1040 G4 now offers Intel's Core i7-7820HQ. The quad-core processor is quite a step up from most ultrabook CPUs, but how does it compare to more powerful devices and Intel's own 8th-gen Kaby Lake R silicon?
Personally, I'd like to see this kind of hardware ship in a consumer device, although I couldn't blame you if you picked one up for your personal use.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/02/2018
Rating: Total score: 95%
Source: Computer Shopper
The fourth generation of HP's 14-inch business slimline combines a muscle-car CPU with luxury-car conveniences to create a highly appealing executive laptop.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/01/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Mag
The HP EliteBook 1040 G4 packs a lot of power, but it's costly compared with other ultraportable business laptops.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/21/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Laptop Mag
If you want a solid business notebook with a great screen, strong performance and all-day battery life, check out the HP EliteBook 1040 G4. If you configure it with the quad-core, HQ series processor, you will get fantastic performance in a chassis that weighs just 3.4 pounds. But if you don't need that much oomph, the U series version will get you an excellent 10+ hours of battery life.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 12/14/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
HP's EliteBook brand has consistently been one of the top competitors in the premium business notebook market. That trend continues with the latest iteration of the EliteBook Folio 1040 line, the G4. However, HP has a trick up their sleeve this time around: Instead of the typical dual-core ULV CPUs found in most ultrabooks and business laptops, the 1040 G4 has an option for a powerful quad-core Intel Core i7-7820HQ. With its aluminum chassis, even gaps, and premium build, the case screams "high-end business machine". There is almost no flex to be detected anywhere around the device; the keyboard deck remains firm under all but the most intense force, and the bottom panel simply refuses to warp. The matte finish is highly resistant to fingerprints and skin oils. However, the glossy finish on the screen will need to be wiped from time to time. Overall, the look and feel of the device are among the best on the market. This is a beauty that should hold up well over time. The laptop has a Full-HD IPS panel by Chi Mei rated at 300 nits. The 1040 G4 can also be equipped with HP's Sure View technology, which can be activated to reduce the viewing angles of the screen, allowing for better display privacy. Overall, the display is fairly good. Response times are on the quicker side for an IPS panel.
The quad-core Intel Core i7-7820HQ is a far cry faster than the typical U-series CPUs found in most business ultrabooks. Featuring a base clock speed of 2.9 GHz, the processor can boost on a single core up to 3.9 GHz and across all four cores up to 3.5 GHz. Coupled with 16 GB of RAM and a reasonably quick 512 GB solid storage drive, the 1040 G4 flies through multi-threaded tasks. Intel's HD Graphics 630 integrated GPU handles all graphical loads for the 1040 G4. The HD Graphics 630 chip is at the higher end of Intel's iGPU offerings, sitting just below their more powerful Iris GPUs. Connectivity is also excellent and checks almost every box. The left side has a Kensington lock, ventilation, a USB-3.0 (Gen-1) Type-A port, and a combo headset jack. The USB-3.0 Type-A port also doubles as an always-on charging port for devices like smartphones and tablets, which may come in handy on the road. The right side is where the action is: two Thunderbolt-3 USB Type-C ports, another USB-3.0 (Gen-1) Type-A port, and an HDMI 1.4 port. The device also boasts Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC options for wireless connectivity. The only thing missing is an SD card slot of any type. This may be a deal breaker for some.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Intel HD Graphics 630: Integrated GPU (GT2) with 24 EUs found on some Kaby-Lake-H CPU models (mobile and desktop). 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.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
7820HQ: Quad-core notebook processor based on the Kaby Lake architecture running at 2.9 - 3.9 GHz. It is the second fastest model of the consumer H-series in the beginning of 2017. The chip also integrates the HD Graphics 630 GPU clocked at 350 - 1100 MHz and is manufactured in a 14 nm process (improved compared to Skylake).» 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.
This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.
HP: The Hewlett-Packard Company, founded 1935, commonly referred to as HP, is a technology corporation headquartered in California, United States. HP specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, storage, and networking hardware, software and services. Major product lines include personal computing devices, enterprise servers, related storage devices, as well as a diverse range of printers and other imaging products. Other product lines, including electronic test equipment and systems, medical electronic equipment, solid state components and instrumentation for chemical analysis. HP posted US $91.7 billion in annual revenue in 2006, making it the world's largest technology vendor in terms of sales. In 2007 the revenue was $104 billion, making HP the first IT company in history to report revenues exceeding $100 billion.
Up to 2015, the company was named Hewlett Packard Company. After a split, the computer range was renamed to HP Inc.
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).
82.48%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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