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HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G4 (FHD, 7820HQ) Laptop Review

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?

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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.

This processor is more akin to those that power gaming notebooks rather than ultrabooks, and the additional two hyperthreaded cores really push multi-threaded applications. The rest of the system is nothing to sneeze at, either: 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, a 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, and a large 67 Wh battery.

As is customary with HP laptops, there are plenty of options. Users that don't need the raw power of the 7820HQ can opt for several different Kaby Lake ULV processors ranging from the Core i5-7200U to the Core i7-7600U. RAM and storage can go up to 32 GB and 1 TB (NVMe), respectively. The RAM is soldered to the motherboard, so buyers will have to decide on how much memory they'll need at checkout. There are also options for either a FHD or 4K screen, both of which come with touch and non-touch enabled panels.

Due to the high-powered processor and the business-centric use case, there is an abundance of competitors. For this review, we will compare the previous generation HP 1040 G3; HP's Spectre x360 15t; Lenovo's ThinkPad T470, T470s, and X1 Carbon (2017); Toshiba's Tecra X40-D; and the Dell XPS 15. Without further ado, let's see how fast this beast can run.

HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT (Elitebook 1040 G4 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-7820HQ (Intel Core i7), 4 cores, 8 threads
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 630 - 1024 MB, Core: 1150 MHz, Memory: 1197 MHz, Integrated GPU (iGPU), Intel HD Graphics 630 22.20.16.4749
Memory
16264 MB 
, DDR4-2400 @ 1197.1 MHz, Dual-channel (2x8 GB), 17-17-17-39
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, 10-point multitouch, Chi Mei CMN14D7, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK), 512 GB 
, PCIe NVMe SSD, 458 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Skylake PCH-H High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Combo headset (audio in/out), 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Dual IR cameras, brightness sensor
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15.9 x 328.9 x 232.8 ( = 0.63 x 12.95 x 9.17 in)
Battery
67 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6-cell, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 18 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, USB-C to Ethernet dongle, HP Sure Click, Microsoft Office Suite, HP PhoneWise, HP JumpStart, Intel Management and Security, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.519 kg ( = 53.58 oz / 3.35 pounds), Power Supply: 433 g ( = 15.27 oz / 0.95 pounds)
Price
2400 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The case screams "high-end business machine" with its aluminum chassis, even gaps, and premium build. There is almost no flex to be had 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 chassis also cannot be twisted, and there is no creaking or other unsightly noise when torsion is applied. The weakest point is the display casing, which can be twisted and bent with direct pressure. However, under normal use, the lid remains firm. The hinge is also very well tuned, remaining steady while typing. Touch input will cause some wobbling, but the screen rights itself quickly. Scrolling via touch does not cause the display to move. The hinge also allows for one-finger opening and can open a full 180°.

The matte finish of our silver unit is highly resistant to fingerprints and skin oils; during our review time, we never noticed an unsightly smudge anywhere across the case, keyboard, or trackpad. The glossy finish on the screen will need to be wiped from time to time, however. 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 HP 1040 G4 is on the smaller side for a 14-inch notebook, comparing favorably to most other business devices on the market. Our review unit is about the same size as the ThinkPad T470s and Toshiba Tecra X40-D. Last year's 1040 G3 is a slight bit longer and wider than the newer G4, but the difference likely won't be noticed by upgraders. Those that need a smaller device should consider the X1 Carbon, which is about 10% smaller than the 1040 G4 (702.3 cm2 vs. 765.7 cm2). 

Connectivity

Connectivity is 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. This 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 (either of which can be used to charge the device), another USB 3.0 (Gen 1) Type-A port, and an HDMI 1.4 port. (Note: We were unable to test whether the Thunderbolt 3 ports offered 2 or 4 PCIe lanes but have reached out to HP for confirmation.) 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 dealbreaker for some.

Left: Kensington lock, vents, USB 3.0 (Gen 1) Type-A (always-on), combo headset
Left: Kensington lock, vents, USB 3.0 (Gen 1) Type-A (always-on), combo headset
Right: SIM card slot (for other SKUs), HDMI 1.4, USB 3.0 (Gen 1) Type-A, 2x USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-C w/ Thunderbolt 3
Right: SIM card slot (for other SKUs), HDMI 1.4, USB 3.0 (Gen 1) Type-A, 2x USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-C w/ Thunderbolt 3

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Communication & Webcam

Wireless connection speeds are average compared to other business devices. Recieve speeds are good at 630 MBit/s, but transmit speeds are on the low side at 412 MBit/s. Other devices, like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and HP Spectre x360, offer faster transmit rates over WiFi. During our testing time, we found no complaint with the reliability of WiFi connections; there were no dropped or interrupted connections.

The Elitebook 1040 G4 is designed with teleconferencing in mind. The laptop is certified for Skype for Business and the keyboard has dedicated video call keys, including microphone mute, screen share, answer call, and end call buttons. The speakers (which we will discuss in detail later) are also well-tuned for voice with even mids and highs. It's baffling, then, why HP would equip the device with such a lackluster camera. The resolution is low and details look smeared and crunchy. It's a terrible misstep, especially for a notebook geared towards traveling business people.

Webcam sample. Look at the loss in detail along the hairline.
Webcam sample. Look at the loss in detail along the hairline.
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
657 MBit/s ∼100% +4%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
648 MBit/s ∼99% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
644 MBit/s ∼98% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
639 MBit/s ∼97% +1%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
638 MBit/s ∼97% +1%
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
630 MBit/s ∼96%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
62.3 MBit/s ∼9% -90%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
664 MBit/s ∼100% +61%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
580 MBit/s ∼87% +41%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
529 MBit/s ∼80% +28%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
528 MBit/s ∼80% +28%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
512 MBit/s ∼77% +24%
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
412 MBit/s ∼62%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
297 MBit/s ∼45% -28%

Security

The 1040 G4 comes with a slew of security features. For logging in, the machine is equipped with a fingerprint reader and an IR camera. The fingerprint reader is quick but has trouble reading a finger if it's placed off-center. Users will need to make sure that their fingers are placed flat on the reader in order for the reader to work correctly. The IR camera works with Windows Hello for lightning-fast logins. Interestingly, the camera doesn't scan a user's retinas like other devices on the market. Rather, the 1040 G4 seems to rely on facial recognition. While this usually isn't a problem, logins failed anytime we wore glasses and wouldn't work about 50% of the time in very dark environments. On the plus side, the camera could not be fooled by a picture.

The HP 1040 G4 is also equipped with several software-based security measures. There are the usual features like TPM, but HP also includes a Client Security suite, HPSureStart to defend against BIOS-level attacks, and HP Sure Click for enhanced web security when browsing via Internet Explorer or Chromium-based browsers. 

Accessories & Warranty

HP includes a USB Type-C to Ethernet adapter with the 1040 G4 and offers a 36-month limited warranty.

Maintenance

Maintenance access is fairly straightforward. There are eight Torx T5 screws holding the bottom panel in place. Once these screws are removed, the panel should come free with relative ease as there are only two small clips holding the front of the panel to the main chassis. 

Once inside, there's sadly not much to do. The RAM is soldered to the motherboard and irreplaceable. The wireless card is not readily accessible either. The only main components that can easily be swapped out are the storage drive (M.2 SATA or PCIe compatible) and the battery, which will require a bit more disassembly. The fans can be cleaned if needed.

There's not much maintenance that can be done...
There's not much maintenance that can be done...
...as the RAM is soldered and the wireless card is not easily accessible.
...as the RAM is soldered and the wireless card is not easily accessible.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard is average. The keys are well-sized (~17.5 mm x 17.5 mm) and well-spaced, save the oddly shaped arrow keys. The up and down arrow keys are long and skinny (25.4 mm x 8 mm) and can be difficult to use when navigating documents or spreadsheets. The keys also have a noticeable clatter to them and can be heard over normal office noise. Feedback is well-tuned and the keys have a well-defined drop that feels responsive. Overall, the keyboard isn't bad, but other devices (like the ThinkPad line) have much firmer keyboards with less clatter, more travel, and more responsive feedback. 

The keyboard has a two-stage backlight that turns off after about 5 seconds of inactivity. Unfortunately, there is no setting that keeps the white backlight permanently on.

Update 1/18/2018: There is a setting in the system BIOS to set the keyboard backlight timeout. Options range from 5 seconds to 2 minutes. There is also an option to force the keyboard backlight to never turn off.

Touchpad & Touchscreen

The touchpad matches the premium design of the rest of the machine. The surface is a bit larger than average (111.1 mm x 65.1 mm). Thanks to its Windows Precision drivers, tracking and gestures are highly responsive. The entire touchpad registers input. Palm rejection leaves no room for complaint. The glass surface leaves a good impression with a smooth glide. The clicking mechanism is also well made; clicks register without fail and the hinge feels robust. Travel distance is average; the bottom half of the pad noticeably descends upon clicking and offers firm feedback. Clicks sound good and lack the hollow thump found in cheaper touchpads. Windows 10 gestures also register perfectly. Overall, the touchpad is excellent. 

The 10-point touchscreen echoes the high quality of the touchpad. Touch input registers accurately and immediately. Scrolling via the touchscreen is smooth. As mentioned, the screen hinge is also firm enough to keep the screen steady when using the touch panel to scroll.

Keyboard
Keyboard
Backlight
Backlight
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

HP offers three different options for the display of the 1040 G4. We have under review the base screen option that has a Full HD IPS panel from Chi Mei rated at 300 nits. Other options include a 400 nit or 700 nit panel, both at either FHD or 4K. Any of these panels can be configured to include a capacitive touchscreen. 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. Our review unit does not have this hardware feature.

Overall, the display is fairly good. Response times are on the quicker side of average for an IPS panel. PWM is present up to brightness levels of 59%, but the high frequency (~26,000 Hz) will only be noticed by the most sensitive of users. The bottom corners of the screen are dimmer than the upper portion, but this will only be noticed under direct scrutiny. The panel is otherwise evenly backlit.

302.2
cd/m²
303.4
cd/m²
299.3
cd/m²
284.9
cd/m²
295.9
cd/m²
281.7
cd/m²
263.2
cd/m²
282.9
cd/m²
266.8
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 303.4 cd/m² Average: 286.7 cd/m² Minimum: 14.23 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 295.9 cd/m²
Contrast: 1287:1 (Black: 0.23 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.83 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 5.2 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
97% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 63% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.28
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
Chi Mei CMN14D7, IPS, 14, 1920x1080
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
B140HAN03_1, IPS, 14, 1920x1080
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
B140QAN01.5, IPS, 14, 2560x1440
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G3
AUO1136, IPS, 14, 2560x1440
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
Toshiba TOS508F, IPS, 14, 1920x1080
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
IGZO IPS, 15.6, 3840x2160
Response Times
-13%
-16%
-12%
-7%
-64%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
34.4 (16.4, 18)
41.6 (20.4, 21.2)
-21%
46.4 (20.4, 26)
-35%
46.4 (16.4, 30)
-35%
38 (19.6, 18.4)
-10%
57.2 (27.2, 30)
-66%
Response Time Black / White *
30 (11.2, 18.8)
31.6 (18.8, 12.8)
-5%
28.8 (16.4, 12.4)
4%
26.4 (6.8, 19.6)
12%
26.8 (16.4, 10.4)
11%
39.2 (23.6, 15.6)
-31%
PWM Frequency
26040 (59)
20410 (99)
-22%
961.5
-96%
Screen
-16%
-24%
-10%
-42%
-10%
Brightness middle
295.9
311
5%
327
11%
327
11%
283.9
-4%
370.1
25%
Brightness
287
288
0%
311
8%
316
10%
261
-9%
356
24%
Brightness Distribution
87
85
-2%
88
1%
87
0%
85
-2%
87
0%
Black Level *
0.23
0.24
-4%
0.25
-9%
0.35
-52%
0.25
-9%
0.37
-61%
Contrast
1287
1296
1%
1308
2%
934
-27%
1136
-12%
1000
-22%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.83
5.5
-94%
6.1
-116%
4.39
-55%
6.4
-126%
5.3
-87%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.34
9
-23%
12.2
-66%
7.27
1%
18.7
-155%
9.9
-35%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.2
6.2
-19%
8.8
-69%
4.69
10%
6.3
-21%
4.6
12%
Gamma
2.28 96%
2.02 109%
2.18 101%
2.15 102%
2.39 92%
2.31 95%
CCT
7056 92%
5950 109%
6172 105%
7101 92%
6511 100%
6284 103%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
63
55.96
-11%
61.56
-2%
62.52
-1%
38
-40%
88.3
40%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97
85.77
-12%
94.88
-2%
96.71
0%
60
-38%
100
3%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-15% / -15%
-20% / -23%
-11% / -11%
-25% / -34%
-37% / -23%

* ... smaller is better

Where the 1040 G4's screen really shines is in color reproduction. Out of the box, the screen is very accurate. DeltaE for colors sits at 2.83 sans calibration, which should be accurate enough for professionals. (Generally, a DeltaE less than 3 is considered acceptable for professional color work.) Calibration improves this number to 1.34, making the G4's screen one of the most color accurate displays we've reviewed. Grays are less accurate; the DeltaE for grayscale averages 5.2 but can be improved to 1.7 with calibration.

Speaking of grays, contrast levels are excellent. The contrast ratio is high at about 1287:1, thanks mostly to a low black level of 0.23. Blacks are evenly inky across the panel with no apparent clouding, and dark scenes in movies and media have a smooth gradient without any of the jarring blockiness present in lesser displays. Color temperature is a bit on the warm side at 7056 K. Whites have a very slight blue tint that most won't notice. Again, calibration brings this number closer to perfect, dropping the CCT to about 6625 K. 

ColorChecker
ColorChecker
ColorChecker (calibrated)
ColorChecker (calibrated)
Grayscale
Grayscale
Grayscale (calibrated)
Grayscale (calibrated)
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
vs. sRGB: 97%
vs. sRGB: 97%
vs. AdobeRGB: 63%
vs. AdobeRGB: 63%

The weakest point in the screen is the unsightly backlight bleed. The top corners, left side, and bottom edge all exhibit backlight bleed in dark environments. Turning the screen brightness down reduces this, but it is still present even at the lowest setting. It can be distracting during dark scenes.

The glossy finish across the panel is another low point. The screen is usable outdoors as long as the sky is overcast, but reflections can be distracting. HP does offer non-touch display options that have an anti-glare coating. 

Backlight bleed along the left side, bottom edge, and upper corners.
Backlight bleed along the left side, bottom edge, and upper corners.
Reflections may be problematic outdoors. How many fingers can you count?
Reflections may be problematic outdoors. How many fingers can you count?

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
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 11.2 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 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 73 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
34.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.4 ms rise
↘ 18 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. » 25 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than 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 ≤ 59 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 26040 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 59 % 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 8629 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Because of its IPS panel, the screen has excellent viewing angles. Colors remain stable and text remains legible when viewed at angles of 45 or greater. For those privacy-conscious users concerned with others peeking at their screen, HP also offers displays equipped with their Sure View integrated screen privacy hardware that reduces the viewing angles.

Performance

The exterior of the Elitebook 1040 G4 is beautiful, but is it just another pretty face? In short, no; there is some serious power under the hood. The quad-core Intel Core i7-7820HQ is a far cry faster than the typical U-series CPUs found in most business ultrabooks. Coupled with 16 GB of RAM and a reasonably quick storage drive, the 1040 G4 flies in multi-threaded tasks. Unfortunately, the machine seems to have some trouble keeping its engine cool; there is some thermal throttling present in our testing.

CPU-Z: CPU
CPU-Z: CPU
CPU-Z: Caches
CPU-Z: Caches
CPU-Z: Mainboard
CPU-Z: Mainboard
CPU-Z: Memory
CPU-Z: Memory
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO64
HWiNFO64

Processor

Intel's Core i7-7820HQ has more in common with gaming notebooks than with office laptops. Featuring a base clock 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. Hyperthreading also makes a huge difference in heavier workloads; the chip has twice the processing threads of ULV processors found in other business ultrabooks.

Although it's based on the older Kaby Lake architecture, the CPU still flies through single- and multi-threaded workloads. In Cinebench R15, the 1040 G4 sits near the top of the heap, scoring 166 and 663 in the single and multi tests, respectively. The 7820HQ scores about 80-90% higher than the i7-7500U found in the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and the and i7-7600U used in Toshiba's Tecra X40-D. This shouldn't be too surprising; the 7500U and 7600U are dual-core CPUs rated at 15 W while the 7820HQ is a 45 W quad-core beast.

There are two possible shortcomings that potential buyers should consider. The first is the older platform. Intel's new 8th generation CPUs also offer four cores, even on the lower wattage chips. While not as fast as the 7820HQ, the new U-series of Kaby Lake-R chips should have more than enough punch for most office work while using much less energy. The Core i7-8550U scored about 20% lower than the 7820HQ in Cinebench R15's multi test despite being rated at 1/3 the wattage. The Microsoft Surface Book 2, which uses the faster Core i7-8650U, kept pace with the 7820HQ. 

The other failure of the 1040 G4's CPU lies in consistency. In our Cinebench R15 loop test, a definite pattern of a single peak followed by a sharp decrease in performance appeared. The CPU can punch through the benchmark with aplomb once, but can't seem to keep it up and will throttle over extended workloads.

For more about the Intel Core i7-7820HQ, please visit our dedicated CPU page here.

Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U
177 Points ∼83% +7%
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
Intel Core i7-7820HQ
166 Points ∼78%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
Intel Core i7-7600U
162 Points ∼76% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p PL
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
162 Points ∼76% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
Intel Core i7-7820HQ
160 Points ∼75% -4%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
157 Points ∼74% -5%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
Intel Core i7-8550U
154 Points ∼72% -7%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
Intel Core i7-7600U
147 Points ∼69% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
Intel Core i7-7500U
143 Points ∼67% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
Intel Core i5-7200U
126 Points ∼59% -24%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G3
Intel Core i5-6300U
124 Points ∼58% -25%
Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB
Intel Core i7-8550U
109 Points ∼51% -34%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
Intel Core i7-7820HQ
757 Points ∼24% +14%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
Intel Core i7-7820HQ
630 Points ∼20% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p PL
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
736 Points ∼24% +11%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
735 Points ∼24% +11%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U
673 Points ∼22% +2%
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
Intel Core i7-7820HQ
663 Points ∼21%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
Intel Core i7-8550U
519 Points ∼17% -22%
Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB
Intel Core i7-8550U
407 Points ∼13% -39%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
Intel Core i7-7600U
368 Points ∼12% -44%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
Intel Core i7-7500U
360 Points ∼12% -46%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
Intel Core i7-7600U
345 Points ∼11% -48%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
Intel Core i5-7200U
326 Points ∼10% -51%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G3
Intel Core i5-6300U
303 Points ∼10% -54%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U
2.01 Points ∼82% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
Intel Core i7-7600U
1.86 Points ∼76% +2%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
Intel Core i7-7600U
1.85 Points ∼76% +1%
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
Intel Core i7-7820HQ
1.83 Points ∼75%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.78 Points ∼73% -3%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
Intel Core i7-8550U
1.77 Points ∼73% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
Intel Core i5-7200U
1.46 Points ∼60% -20%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.14 Points ∼30% +11%
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
Intel Core i7-7820HQ
7.36 Points ∼27%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U
7.24 Points ∼27% -2%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
Intel Core i7-8550U
5.76 Points ∼21% -22%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
Intel Core i7-7600U
4.16 Points ∼15% -43%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
Intel Core i7-7600U
3.84 Points ∼14% -48%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
Intel Core i5-7200U
3.67 Points ∼14% -50%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U
6531 Points ∼60% +7%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
Intel Core i7-8550U
6501 Points ∼60% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
Intel Core i7-7600U
6270 Points ∼58% +2%
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
Intel Core i7-7820HQ
6128 Points ∼57%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5825 Points ∼54% -5%
Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB
Intel Core i7-8550U
4202 Points ∼39% -31%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21671 Points ∼44% +1%
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
Intel Core i7-7820HQ
21534 Points ∼43%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U
21455 Points ∼43% 0%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
Intel Core i7-8550U
16329 Points ∼33% -24%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
Intel Core i7-7600U
15012 Points ∼30% -30%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
Intel Core i7-7600U
13073 Points ∼26% -39%
Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB
Intel Core i7-8550U
11694 Points ∼24% -46%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
Intel Core i7-7600U
479 s * ∼6% -51%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
Intel Core i7-7600U
441.7 s * ∼5% -39%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
Intel Core i7-8550U
402.56 s * ∼5% -27%
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
Intel Core i7-7820HQ
316.99 s * ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p PL
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
223.643 s * ∼3% +29%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
214.927 s * ∼3% +32%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p PL
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
570.9 Seconds * ∼3% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
Intel Core i7-7600U
564 Seconds * ∼3% -7%
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
Intel Core i7-7820HQ
526.92 Seconds * ∼2%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
522.024 Seconds * ∼2% +1%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
Intel Core i7-8550U
509.5 Seconds * ∼2% +3%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
Intel Core i7-7600U
506.49 Seconds * ∼2% +4%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U
505.9 Seconds * ∼2% +4%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
10693
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
21534
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6128
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
55 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.36 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.83 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
57.3 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
663 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
166 Points
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System Performance

Overall system performance is quick and responsive. The 1040 G4 sat atop its competitors in almost every PCMark 8 test, losing to the Microsoft Surface Book 2 in the Creative benchmark (likely due to the latter's dedicated GPU). Apps open immediately and load times are fast. Users will not be left waiting for the system to respond. 

PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
HD Graphics 630, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
5161 Points ∼79%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4978 Points ∼76% -4%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4963 Points ∼76% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
4856 Points ∼75% -6%
Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
4685 Points ∼72% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4667 Points ∼72% -10%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4522 (min: 4500, max: 4528) Points ∼69% -12%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Lite-on CX2-8B512-Q11 NVMe SSD
4422 Points ∼68% -14%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
Radeon Pro 560, 7820HQ
4412 (min: 4384, max: 4412) Points ∼68% -15%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G3
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
4241 Points ∼65% -18%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4217 Points ∼65% -18%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
HD Graphics 630, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
4186 Points ∼69%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4025 Points ∼66% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
3968 Points ∼65% -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
Radeon Pro 560, 7820HQ
3819 (min: 3816, max: 3827) Points ∼63% -9%
Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
3815 Points ∼63% -9%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3738 Points ∼61% -11%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3694 (min: 3691, max: 3696) Points ∼61% -12%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Lite-on CX2-8B512-Q11 NVMe SSD
3588 Points ∼59% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3507 Points ∼58% -16%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3457 Points ∼57% -17%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G3
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
3305 Points ∼54% -21%
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Microsoft Surface Book 2
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4342 (min: 4211, max: 4356) Points ∼44% +40%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
Radeon Pro 560, 7820HQ
4117 (min: 4109, max: 4130) Points ∼41% +32%
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
HD Graphics 630, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
3108 Points ∼31%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3032 Points ∼31% -2%
Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
2451 Points ∼25% -21%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
2419 Points ∼24% -22%
Productivity
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
HD Graphics 630, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
6835 Points ∼71%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
6834 Points ∼71% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
Radeon Pro 560, 7820HQ
6716 (min: 6701, max: 6814) Points ∼69% -2%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
5946 Points ∼61% -13%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5819 (min: 5653, max: 5995) Points ∼60% -15%
Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
5485 Points ∼57% -20%
Essentials
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
HD Graphics 630, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
8446 Points ∼79%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
Radeon Pro 560, 7820HQ
8053 (min: 7988, max: 8068) Points ∼75% -5%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
7659 (min: 7643, max: 7746) Points ∼72% -9%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
7534 Points ∼71% -11%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
7464 Points ∼70% -12%
Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
6995 Points ∼66% -17%
Score
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
Radeon Pro 560, 7820HQ
4345 (min: 4330, max: 4370) Points ∼56% +7%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4119 (min: 4106, max: 4190) Points ∼53% +2%
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
HD Graphics 630, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
4043 Points ∼52%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3673 Points ∼47% -9%
Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
3260 Points ∼42% -19%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
2464 Points ∼32% -39%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4186 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5275 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5161 points
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Storage Devices

The 512 GB Toshiba PCIe NVMe SSD offers adequate, if somewhat disappointing, access times. Read and write speeds sit between 1500-1700 and 800-1000 MB/s, respectively. This is on the low end of what we typically see from NVMe drives. However, considering the business-oriented market of the 1040 G4, most users won't notice any hiccups in loading software or accessing files. Some larger transfers will take a bit longer than competitors equipped with the Samsung PM961, however.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark 5
CrystalDiskMark 5
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p PL
Toshiba NVMe THNSF5512GPUK
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G3
Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Lite-on CX2-8B512-Q11 NVMe SSD
Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB
Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
AS SSD
84%
-7%
56%
39%
47%
9%
99%
Copy Game MB/s
394.2
1145.33
191%
617.45
57%
539.5
37%
413.89
5%
1134.11
188%
Copy Program MB/s
133.7
467.91
250%
348.67
161%
411.54
208%
106.17
-21%
534.36
300%
Copy ISO MB/s
534
1724.76
223%
1313
146%
1272.4
138%
754.92
41%
1936.38
263%
Score Total
2299
3171
38%
1855
-19%
3721
62%
3576
56%
2810
22%
2427
6%
3781
64%
Score Write
848
1207
42%
737
-13%
590
-30%
675
-20%
1022
21%
879
4%
1556
83%
Score Read
979
1322
35%
745
-24%
2095
114%
1963
101%
1206
23%
1049
7%
1493
53%
Access Time Write *
0.038
0.027
29%
0.036
5%
0.03
21%
0.028
26%
0.034
11%
0.034
11%
0.026
32%
Access Time Read *
0.105
0.028
73%
0.083
21%
0.047
55%
0.061
42%
0.034
68%
0.054
49%
0.04
62%
4K-64 Write
661.6
904.83
37%
541.87
-18%
344.34
-48%
438.42
-34%
788.85
19%
686.95
4%
1262.39
91%
4K-64 Read
781.7
1021.54
31%
568.21
-27%
1857.85
138%
1663.02
113%
961.61
23%
828.17
6%
1206.47
54%
4K Write
100.06
151.11
51%
101.49
1%
126.62
27%
124.84
25%
112.15
12%
93.85
-6%
141.05
41%
4K Read
38.49
56.81
48%
41
7%
47.72
24%
51.59
34%
41.34
7%
35.88
-7%
51.93
35%
Seq Write
862.7
1506
75%
939.84
9%
1190.29
38%
1117.36
30%
1206.58
40%
977.07
13%
1530.14
77%
Seq Read
1584.7
2434
54%
1359.65
-14%
1839.05
16%
2478.96
56%
2026.09
28%
1851.99
17%
2342.26
48%

* ... smaller is better

Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 1792 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1029 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 448 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 363.9 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1036 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 921.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 47.29 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 130.8 MB/s

GPU Performance

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. As such, users will see a small bump (about 2-5%) in graphical performance over the more common Intel HD Graphics 620. Expectations should be tempered, though; this is still an integrated GPU and performs far worse than even the lightest dedicated GPUs. The NVIDIA GeForce 940MX used in Lenovo's ThinkPad T470p offers over twice the performance, and the newer MX150 (equivalent to the desktop GT 1030) performs even better, scoring three times as high in 3DMark Fire Strike.

It's a shame that HP didn't include a low-powered GPU like the MX150. A dedicated GPU would have paired nicely with the more powerful i7-7820HQ, and the MX150 is light on power and thermal output. As it stands, the only GPU options currently available are Intel's iGPUs.

For more about the Intel HD Graphics 630, please visit our dedicated GPU page here.

Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Microsoft Surface Book 2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8650U
7304 (min: 7294, max: 7314) Points ∼40% +299%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
AMD Radeon Pro 560, 7820HQ
6510 (min: 6424, max: 6636) Points ∼36% +256%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
4184 Points ∼23% +129%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p PL
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7700HQ
2922 Points ∼16% +60%
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7820HQ
1829 Points ∼10%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7600U
1811 Points ∼10% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1653 Points ∼9% -10%
Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1600 Points ∼9% -13%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7600U
1488 Points ∼8% -19%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G3
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6300U
1445 Points ∼8% -21%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
1207 Points ∼7% -34%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Microsoft Surface Book 2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8650U
7483 (min: 7472, max: 7485) Points ∼15% +332%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
AMD Radeon Pro 560, 7820HQ
5305 (min: 5279, max: 6622) Points ∼10% +206%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
4564 Points ∼9% +164%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p PL
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7700HQ
3024 Points ∼6% +75%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7600U
1777 Points ∼3% +3%
Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1765 Points ∼3% +2%
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7820HQ
1732 Points ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1641 Points ∼3% -5%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7600U
1629 Points ∼3% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
1432 Points ∼3% -17%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G3
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6300U
1377 Points ∼3% -20%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
6074 Points ∼15% +407%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8650U
5787 Points ∼14% +383%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
AMD Radeon Pro 560, 7820HQ
3892 (min: 3869, max: 3895) Points ∼10% +225%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
3563 Points ∼9% +197%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p PL
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7700HQ
2403 Points ∼6% +101%
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7820HQ
1198 Points ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7600U
1176 Points ∼3% -2%
Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1112 Points ∼3% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1093 Points ∼3% -9%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7600U
1088 Points ∼3% -9%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G3
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6300U
900 Points ∼2% -25%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
818 Points ∼2% -32%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
31274 Points ∼17% +215%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8650U
29376 Points ∼16% +196%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
AMD Radeon Pro 560, 7820HQ
23105 (min: 23091, max: 26320) Points ∼13% +133%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
20470 Points ∼11% +106%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p PL
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7700HQ
14485 Points ∼8% +46%
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7820HQ
9921 Points ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7600U
9610 Points ∼5% -3%
Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
9252 Points ∼5% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
8971 Points ∼5% -10%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7600U
8708 Points ∼5% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
6824 Points ∼4% -31%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G3
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6300U
6708 Points ∼4% -32%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
84368 Points ∼12%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p PL
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7700HQ
38805 Points ∼5%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
38250 Points ∼5%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8650U
30327 Points ∼4%
3DMark 06 Standard
12419 points
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1980 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
9244 points
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1102 points
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Gaming Performance

Because of the integrated graphics solution, the HP EliteBook 1040 G4 is obviously not a gaming machine. Older titles like Bioshock Infinite can be played, albeit at low resolutions and low graphical settings. However, the latest AAA titles are out of reach, even at the lowest settings. Workers hoping to catch a game in between meetings will want to look at something that sports a dedicated GPU, like Dell's XPS 15 9560.

BioShock Infinite - 1280x720 Very Low Preset
Microsoft Surface Book 2
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
246.6 fps ∼62% +212%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
201 fps ∼50% +154%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p PL
GeForce 940MX, 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSF5512GPUK
143.2 fps ∼36% +81%
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
HD Graphics 630, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
79 fps ∼20%
Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
59.9 fps ∼15% -24%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
59.2 fps ∼15% -25%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G3
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
47.6 fps ∼12% -40%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
47.1 fps ∼12% -40%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
40.5 fps ∼10% -49%
Ashes of the Singularity - 1280x768 low
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
HD Graphics 630, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
10 fps ∼9%
Civilization VI
1366x768 Medium Preset
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
HD Graphics 630, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
16 fps ∼15%
1024x768 Minimum Preset
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
HD Graphics 630, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
42 fps ∼30%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 793530fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 10fps
Civilization VI (2016) 4216fps

Stress Test

We have a particular interest in how the high-powered Core i7-7820HQ operates under stress in the thin-and-light chassis. In short, synthetic testing cripples CPU performance, but real-world testing allows the system to flex its muscles. In Prime95, which weighs all CPU threads down with an unrealistic load, we see the 7820HQ stay just under its base clock, settling in at 2.6 GHz. Temperatures are acceptable across the CPU die, averaging about 86° C. The story is similar under FurMark's intense GPU load; the CPU throttles back to 2.0 GHz to allow the Intel HD Graphics 630 to stay near its boost clock of 1100 MHz. Temperatures again remain in the mid-80s.

Running FurMark and Prime95 together noticeably stunts the system. The CPU throttles back to a mere 1.4 GHz while temperatures hit 89° C before falling back down to about 80° C. While this result seems disappointing, keep in mind that these are synthetic tests; it is highly unlikely that any workloads users will actually encounter will be this demanding. Running Unigine Valley for an hour is evidence of this; Valley is more akin to a real-world gaming stress test. During the hour-long benchmark, the CPU is able to hold a boost clock of 3.4 GHz while occasionally shooting up to 3.9 GHz on a single core. The GPU is also able to sit near its rated maximum of 1100 MHz. Temperatures across the silicon hit 92° C (which is a bit toasty) but settle back in at about 78° C.  

Prime95
Prime95
FurMark
FurMark
Prime95 + FurMark
Prime95 + FurMark
Unigine Valley
Unigine Valley
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 2.6 - 86 -
FurMark Stress 2.0 1057 85 85
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 1.4 871 79 79
Unigine Valley 3.4 1054 78 78

Emissions

System Noise

Fan noise profile
Fan noise profile

Despite the powerful CPU, the HP Elitebook 1040 G4 is incredibly quiet. During most tasks (web browsing, office work), the fans are not audible over ambient noise. Under load, the fans do ramp up but remain relatively quiet at about 33-35 dB(A). The fans are also low-pitched, which makes them even harder to hear in normal room noise. There is ever-present coil whine present under the center of the device, but it cannot be heard more than a few inches from the chassis. The whine grows louder when the CPU is under strain but remains underneath the quiet fan noise.

Noise Level

Idle
28.2 / 28.2 / 28.2 dB(A)
Load
33.3 / 35.3 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28.2 dB(A)
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
HD Graphics 630, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p PL
GeForce 940MX, 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSF5512GPUK
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G3
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Lite-on CX2-8B512-Q11 NVMe SSD
Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Microsoft Surface Book 2
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
Radeon Pro 560, 7820HQ
Noise
-7%
-10%
-7%
1%
-3%
-2%
-16%
-5%
-8%
-8%
-9%
off / environment *
28.2
29.3
-4%
28.9
-2%
28
1%
29.1
-3%
28
1%
28.4
-1%
30.5
-8%
28.4
-1%
29.4
-4%
30.8
-9%
Idle Minimum *
28.2
29.3
-4%
30
-6%
28.9
-2%
28
1%
29.1
-3%
28
1%
29
-3%
30.5
-8%
28.4
-1%
29.4
-4%
31
-10%
Idle Average *
28.2
29.3
-4%
31.4
-11%
28.9
-2%
28
1%
29.1
-3%
28
1%
29
-3%
30.5
-8%
28.4
-1%
29.4
-4%
31
-10%
Idle Maximum *
28.2
32.2
-14%
32.7
-16%
30.1
-7%
29.4
-4%
29.1
-3%
28.2
-0%
32.2
-14%
30.5
-8%
28.4
-1%
29.4
-4%
31
-10%
Load Average *
33.3
34.3
-3%
34.4
-3%
39.2
-18%
31.4
6%
32.6
2%
33.2
-0%
47.1
-41%
32.8
2%
41.6
-25%
31.4
6%
31.3
6%
Load Maximum *
35.3
39.3
-11%
39.5
-12%
39.2
-11%
34.6
2%
37.8
-7%
39.9
-13%
47.1
-33%
34.7
2%
41.6
-18%
49
-39%
41.8
-18%
Witcher 3 ultra *
52
36.1
49

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Heat emissions
Heat emissions

Surface temperatures are very well managed. While the system is idle, the chassis remains cool to the touch. Even under full synthetic load, temperatures across most of the body of the notebook don't exceed 40° C. The keyboard and touchpad remain comfortable. There is a hot spot on the bottom panel directly over the CPU die, so users will want to avoid holding the notebook in their lap during intense workloads.

Max. Load
 37.6 °C
100 F
41.6 °C
107 F
37.4 °C
99 F
 
 31 °C
88 F
39.8 °C
104 F
28.4 °C
83 F
 
 27.8 °C
82 F
25.6 °C
78 F
26 °C
79 F
 
Maximum: 41.6 °C = 107 F
Average: 32.8 °C = 91 F
33.8 °C
93 F
48.4 °C
119 F
41 °C
106 F
31.6 °C
89 F
37.4 °C
99 F
37 °C
99 F
29.2 °C
85 F
30.6 °C
87 F
30.8 °C
87 F
Maximum: 48.4 °C = 119 F
Average: 35.5 °C = 96 F
Power Supply (max.)  37.6 °C = 100 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke 62 Mini
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32.8 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 41.6 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(-) The maximum temperature on the bottom side is 48.4 °C / 119 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F, ranging from 22.3 to 71.6 °C for the class Office.
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22.8 °C / 73 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 27.8 °C / 82 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.3 °C / 82.9 F (+0.5 °C / 0.9 F).
Keyboad, idle
Keyboad, idle
Underside, idle
Underside, idle
Keyboard, load
Keyboard, load
Underside, load
Underside, load

Speakers

Speaker noise profile
Speaker noise profile

The Bang & Olufsen branded speakers are above average. The Elitebook 1040 G4 has 6 speakers, 4 of which sit across the front of the bottom panel. The subsequent sound profile is fairly full-bodied. Bass is a bit weak but is much more present than on other laptops. Mids and highs are well-balanced and should make for crystal clear conference calls. Considering the 1040 G4 is designed for teleconferencing, the speaker profile is tuned perfectly for this purpose.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.435.62535.235.43131.132.44031.632.35030.831.16328.230.68028.13010027.931.912527.145.916025.260.420025.865.425024.569.431524.469.840023.867.950023.16663022.166.680021.570.9100021.367.512502168.1160021.274.5200020.769.7250020.572315020.670.5400020.368.1500020.570.8630020.575.2800020.674.31000020.775.4125002169.31600021.173SPL33.383.6N262.6median 21.2median 69.4Delta1.53.532.833.130.23329.633.928.932.227.230.825.533.626.235.724.23523.340.521.944.120.649.620.355.119.558.918.75717.360.116.86616.268.71666.715.764.115.564.715.564.815.467.315.765.815.968.116.169.416.667.516.763.716.757.216.660.916.557.628.578.21.143.3median 16.6median 63.725.837.23838.439.737.837.435.539.734.438.334.937.13337.632.239.130.841.13044.330.146.528.650.227.553.127.254.727.155.526.356.925.660.125.358.824.761.324.766.324.265.624.166.923.965.423.768.123.967.323.967.123.868.223.762.623.760.924.162.436.977.32.939.1median 24.7median 60.92.17.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UTLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00Toshiba Tecra X40-D
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (75.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 12.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 3% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 95% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (78.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 16.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 12% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 85% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 14% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 82% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Toshiba Tecra X40-D audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (77.32 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 42% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 52% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 38% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 56% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (Checkbox selectable!)
Graph 1: Pink Noise 100% Vol.; Graph 2: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Surprisingly, the Elitebook 1040 G4 does not consume much power in spite of its 45 W CPU. On average, the 1040 G4 pulls about 10% more from the wall than other business-centric devices that opt for Intel's 15 W U-series chips when under load. Compared to more powerful devices (like those equipped with the Core i7-7700HQ), the 1040 G4 draws significantly less power, but this may be due to the dedicated GPUs in competing machines.

At about 130 x 65 x 29 mm and 433 g, the 90 Watt power adapter is heavier and larger than those included with other ultraportables but provides more than enough power for the 1040 G4. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.51 / 0.85 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.1 / 7 / 11.7 Watt
Load midlight 41.2 / 56.9 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
7820HQ, HD Graphics 630, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK), IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
7500U, HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p PL
7700HQ, GeForce 940MX, Toshiba NVMe THNSF5512GPUK, , 2560x1440, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
7600U, HD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0), IPS, 2560x1440, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
7200U, HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G3
6300U, HD Graphics 520, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e, IPS, 2560x1440, 14
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
7600U, HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Lite-on CX2-8B512-Q11 NVMe SSD, IGZO IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK), IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
8550U, GeForce MX150, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Microsoft Surface Book 2
8650U, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 3000x2000, 13.5
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
7820HQ, Radeon Pro 560, , , 2880x1800, 15.4
Power Consumption
15%
-31%
4%
32%
-2%
25%
-114%
14%
-69%
-44%
-51%
Idle Minimum *
5.1
3.84
25%
3.9
24%
4.64
9%
3.21
37%
6.3
-24%
5.2
-2%
11.9
-133%
3.8
25%
11.6
-127%
4.7
8%
3.7
27%
Idle Average *
7
6.3
10%
9.4
-34%
8.93
-28%
6.15
12%
9.4
-34%
6.9
1%
17.1
-144%
8.4
-20%
13.8
-97%
10.6
-51%
16.2
-131%
Idle Maximum *
11.7
8.6
26%
12.2
-4%
9.12
22%
6.82
42%
10.1
14%
7
40%
17.3
-48%
9.7
17%
14.2
-21%
12.3
-5%
18
-54%
Load Average *
41.2
41.9
-2%
73.3
-78%
42.2
-2%
28.5
31%
33.3
19%
24.6
40%
94.7
-130%
36
13%
67.9
-65%
81
-97%
58.4
-42%
Load Maximum *
56.9
48.7
14%
93.4
-64%
47.3
17%
34.5
39%
49.5
13%
30.1
47%
122
-114%
36
37%
76.9
-35%
100.3
-76%
89.6
-57%
Witcher 3 ultra *
104.8
59.04
97

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The 67 Wh battery is a marathon runner. During our WiFi Surfing v1.3 benchmark (Balanced profile, screen set to 150 nits, loading a new webpage every 30-40 seconds), the HP Elitebook 1040 G4 lasted a staggering 11 hours 5 minutes. This blows most competitors out of the water and should leave even the busiest road warriors satisfied. During Battery Eater's Reader test (Power Saver profile, minimum brightness, Airplane mode), the 1040 G4 lasted nearly an entire day, shutting down after 22 and a half hours. The 1040 G4 is quick-charge capable via the included power adapter, which can charge the battery from 5% to full in about 1 hour 10 minutes.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
22h 29min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
11h 05min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 36min
HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT
7820HQ, HD Graphics 630, 67 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
7500U, HD Graphics 620, 57 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p PL
7700HQ, GeForce 940MX, 48 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
7600U, HD Graphics 620, 51 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G3
6300U, HD Graphics 520, 45.6 Wh
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
7600U, HD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 97 Wh
Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
8550U, GeForce MX150, 79.2 Wh
Microsoft Surface Book 2
8650U, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 75 Wh
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
7820HQ, Radeon Pro 560,  Wh
Battery Runtime
-6%
-45%
-27%
-10%
-26%
-17%
-22%
-30%
-4%
36%
-14%
Reader / Idle
1349
1252
-7%
737
-45%
787
-42%
530
-61%
876
-35%
831
-38%
934
-31%
1469
9%
WiFi v1.3
665
496
-25%
417
-37%
438
-34%
309
-54%
357
-46%
434
-35%
466
-30%
511
-23%
663
0%
677
2%
Load
96
110
15%
93
-3%
110
15%
131
36%
126
31%
103
7%
136
42%
190
98%
67
-30%
WiFi
304
Witcher 3 ultra
230
76

Pros

+ beautiful metal chassis
+ excellent heat management
+ very long battery life
+ powerful performance
+ fast charging
+ dual-Thunderbolt 3 ports w/ four PCIe lanes
+ instant authentication (IR camera, fingerprint sensor)

Cons

- terrible webcam
- a bit heavy for its class
- display brightness is uneven
- keyboard clatter can be loud
- sorely lacks option for dedicated GPU

Verdict

In review: HP Elitebook 1040 G4. Review unit courtesy of HP.
In review: HP Elitebook 1040 G4. Review unit courtesy of HP.

The HP EliteBook 1040 G4 wraps powerful components in a beautiful chassis. The option for a quad-core 45 W CPU may be a boon for professionals in need of more power than is offered by the 15 W dual-core chips typically used in business notebooks. The speakers are fantastic and perfectly tuned for teleconferencing and the battery can literally last all day and charges very quickly. HP set out to make the perfect "road warrior" notebook and succeeded... mostly.

It's perplexing that a laptop geared toward Skype calls and video conferences has such a lackluster webcam, for one. Also, the display backlight is uneven at the highest settings; the lower corners are dimmer than the upper corners, which might be distracting to discerning users. The keyboard is also just average and falls short of the more satisfying offerings on the market. Finally, the absence of a dedicated GPU, even a low-powered one, is a missed opportunity. The Core i7-7820HQ feels somewhat wasted without more graphics horsepower to back it up.

The other fly in the ointment is Kaby Lake-R. The new 8th generation chips bring four cores to the 15 W CPU line, offering similar power in a much more energy efficient design. The architecture is still too new for a definitive comparison, but Kaby Lake-R will likely be able to hit a similar level of performance with much less heat output and even less strain on battery life.

So how does the Elitebook Folio 1040 G4 compare to other 14-inch business notebooks like the X1 Carbon and Latitude lines? There's no doubt that HP makes the current powerhouse in this market. The quad-core i7-7820HQ is miles ahead of competitors. However, this lead will likely be cut once Dell and Lenovo release updated versions of their machines with quad-core 8th generation Intel silicon inside. The 1040 G4 will likely still be more powerful, but this power will come at a cost of comparatively lower battery life.

In addition, competitors from Lenovo and Dell offer much better maintenance options and best-in-class keyboards. These are two areas the 1040 G4 compromises on. Potential buyers will need to consider how much processing power they really need and determine if the extra punch is worth some shortcomings in other areas. That said, the 1040 G4 by no means a bad machine in these respects; it just falls short of its competition.

If you are a frequent traveler who spends a significant amount of time in teleconferences and are in need of serious computational power, the HP Elitebook 1040 G4 is a good choice. You just might want to invest in a dedicated webcam.

HP Elitebook 1040 G4-2XU40UT - 12/26/2017 v6
Sam Medley

Chassis
90 / 98 → 91%
Keyboard
86%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
67 / 80 → 83%
Weight
0 / 20-67 → -43%
Battery
Display
86%
Games Performance
0 / 68 → 
Application Performance
0 / 92 → 
Temperature
91%
Noise
97%
Audio
64%
Camera
46 / 85 → 54%
Average
79%
87%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sam Medley, 2018-01-15 (Update: 2018-01-22)
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Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.