HP Pro c640 Chromebook, i7-10610U
Average of 5 scores (from 6 reviews)
Reviews for the HP Pro c640 Chromebook, i7-10610U
Source: Expert Reviews
By any standard, this is a good business Chromebook with a strong design and some excellent features. The problem is that it’s also very expensive, and the price isn’t reflected across the board. The spec is phenomenal, but arguably unnecessary on a Chromebook, while other business Chromebooks pull ahead on screen quality, often for a lower price. Against competition as strong as the Latitude 7410 Chrome or Google Pixelbook Go, the HP doesn’t quite measure up.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/05/2021
Rating: Total score: 80%
The HP Pro c640 Chromebook shines in a number of areas, including the battery life, the typing and trackpad experience, and the processing power on board. It has some very useful extra features too, though there are also some weaker points to talk about too.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 02/25/2021
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: It Pro
While it’s a pleasure to type with, this device is let down by several serious weaknesses.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/15/2021
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Android Central
The Pro c640 has powerful options, but even once you upgrade to a beefy processor and touchscreen, the screen still feels inferior, and the webcam is worthless. This is a laptop made for a bygone era when Enterprise Chromebooks were harder to come by, and pricing was not as competitive.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/20/2020
Rating: Total score: 50%
Source: Chrome Unboxed
My overall impression of the HP Pro C640 is good. The device is built well and offers a lot of the options you’d expect from a premium device. As far as recommending this Chromebook, I’m afraid I’ll have to take a pass this time around. I am a big fan of getting the most horsepower available but unless you absolutely need a Core i7 and 16GB of RAM, there are other devices out there that offer plenty of premium features, better displays, USI support and they cost half as much. Outside of the model we reviewed, I can’t recommend the lesser builds. The Core i5 model with 8GB of RAM is going to run you $200 more than the Acer Spin 713 and the Spin has an awesome display, 360-degree hinge and many other features that are simply better. For the enterprise that needs a fleet of powerful Chromebooks, this is a solid pick but consumers should probably steer clear. I will miss the raw power of this Chromebook but that’s about it.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/15/2020
Source: Laptop Mag
I would recommend the HP Pro C640 for security-minded, Google fanatics who love the peace of mind that comes with having a privacy shutter, a fingerprint reader and a malware-averse operating system. The Pro C640 can last the whole workday — and then some — with its 11-hour battery life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/24/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
The HP Pro C640 has entered the market as the world’s slimmest 14-inch Chrome Enterprise laptop, which definitely makes it the best choice among portable Chromebooks that are purpose-built for mobile business users. But it is not just a svelte form factor that makes the HP Pro C640 the cream of the crop, because this enterprise-class Chromebook offers an 11-hour runtime with which users can be worry-free about battery life and focus more on accomplishing business-boosting tasks. The Chromebook has been equipped with the Intel Core i7-10610U processor and 16 GB of RAM for user convenience. In terms of its overall performance, it is worth noting that on the Geekbench 5 overall performance benchmark, the Pro C640 scored 3,114, outpacing the Galaxy Chromebook’s score of 2,232 with an Intel Core i5-10210U CPU and 8 GB of RAM. Apart from that, the device comes with a 14-inch 1080p display.
In terms of its design, the HP Pro C640 carries a polished, sophisticated silver design that will definitely look good on any desk. There is a mirror-like, reflective HP logo in the centre of the chassis. In addition, the word “Chromebook” in muted grey are situated in the top-left corner of the lid. Once opened, the easy-to-lift aluminium lid reveals an all-silver deck with even the keycaps, fingerprint scanner and touchpad in silver. In addition, the island-style backlit keyboard is flanked by two speaker grills. Below the spacebar, there is a wide touchpad framed with a reflective silver trim, and just below the arrow keys, there is a square-shaped fingerprint reader.
Just above the function keys, there is a 180-degree hinge which allows the users to lay the display flat against the surface for easy screen sharing. This 14-inch display has quite slim side bezels, but the top bezel is thick and houses a 720p webcam and a privacy shutter. On the other hand, the massive chin sports a silver HP logo. As far as connectivity is concerned, there is a single USB Type-A port, an HDMI port, a USB Type-C port and a lock slot on the left. On the right side of the device are another USB Type-A port, a USB Type-C port, a headset jack and a microSD card reader.
The HP Pro C640 has also passed 19 MIL-STD 810G tests, proving that it can withstand accidental drops. It can furthermore endure rain, humidity, extreme temperatures, vibrations and shock. In terms of its keyboard, the Chromebook has a very comfortable keyboard that provides a rather satisfying typing experience. As for the battery, 11 hours of running time is definitely an undeniable selling point for this laptop. Overall, it is obviously a great laptop to be explored, depending on the need and preference of the user.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Intel UHD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2, 24 EUs) found on some Kaby-Lake-Refresh CPU models (15 W ULV series). Technically identical to the previous Kaby-Lake GPU called HD Graphics 620.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
i7-10610U: Comet Lake based low power quad-core processor (technically identical to Whiskey Lake and still produced in 14nm++). The CPU cores can clock between 1.8 and 4.9 GHz (unverified) with HyperThreading (8 threads). The integrated memory controller supports DDR4-2666 and using cTDP up/down the performance can be adjusted by the OEM (10 - 25 Watt possible, 15W default). Compared to the similar Core i7-10510U, the 10610U supports vPro.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.
The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
HP: Founded in 1939, the US company is a major server and printer manufacturer and one of the leading IT companies in the world. Until 2015, the company was called Hewlett-Packard Company. After a split, the computer division was renamed HP Inc.
In 2023, HP had an approximate market share of 22% of global PC sales, making it number 2 after Lenovo.
70%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
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