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HP ProBook 430 G4 (Core i7, Full HD) Notebook Review

Andreas Osthoff, 12/29/2016

Good employee. HP's new ProBook 430 G4 is the entry-level business model. The Kaby Lake update leaves a good initial impression, but some details reveal that you are not on the executive floor yet.

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HP is one of the first manufacturers to offer its business notebooks with Intel's new Kaby Lake processor generation. The devices from the ProBook series represent the entry into the business segment, followed by the much more expensive EliteBooks. Compared to consumer systems, business laptops have a bigger focus on security and good input devices.

Our review model today is the ProBook 430 G4. The 13.3-inch subnotebook is the smallest and most portable system. HP currently charges around 1,050 Euros (~$1101) for the configuration Y8B47EA with a modern Kaby Lake chip from Intel, 8 GB RAM, an IPS panel as well as a dual-storage system consisting of a 256 GB SDD and a 1 TB HDD.

The office devices from other big manufacturers like Dell and Lenovo were not updated yet, but we expect new systems in Q1 2017. We therefore use the following comparison devices for our article: Dell XPS 13 FHDLenovo ThinkPad 13 UltrabookLenovo IdeaPad 710S and Acer Aspire S 13.

HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA (ProBook 430 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 620, Core: 1050 MHz
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2133, Single-Channel, 1/2 Slots free, up to 16 GB
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 166 PPI, LGD052D, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U Premium PCH
Storage
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002, 256 GB 
, + 1TB HDD (WD10SPCX, 5400 rpm), 1200 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm Headset, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 19.8 x 330 x 233.5 ( = 0.78 x 12.99 x 9.19 in)
Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion, 3 cells, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 16 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p HD
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 45-Watt power adapter, HP Tools, Office 365 (trial), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.577 kg ( = 55.63 oz / 3.48 pounds), Power Supply: 295 g ( = 10.41 oz / 0.65 pounds)
Price
1050 Euro

 

Case

Silver chassis with black elements – the ProBook 430 G4 is clearly an HP laptop. Contrary to the predecessor ProBook 430 G3, the lid is not black anymore, it is now also silver. The visual appearance is actually quite sophisticated and the system should feel at home in office environments.

HP uses a plastic chassis, only the top of the base unit was reinforced with aluminum and is also a bit cooler to touch. The stability is pretty good and even a lot of pressure can only dent the center area a bit, which is accompanied by quiet creaking sounds. The display is not that good, as it can easily be twisted and pressure will also result in ripples on the screen.

One new feature compared to the previous model is the hinges, because HP now uses a drop-down mechanism. They have a plastic cover and are pretty taut. The resistance is well-adjusted, and you can still open the lid with just one hand. The maximum opening angle is unfortunately still limited at around 130 degrees. On the bottom are two maintenance hatches for access to the memory and the storage drives; the battery cannot be replaced.

All in all, you get a solid chassis, which is a step above inexpensive consumer laptops in terms of quality. However, other subnotebooks with unibody constructions in the price segment around 1,000 Euros (~$1048) clearly have an advantage over the ProBook 430 G4. More expensive business notebooks perform better as well.

The test model has the biggest footprint within our comparison group and is also the thickest device at almost 2 cm. This is also the case for the weight of almost 1.6 kg. Still, we found the 13-inch system to be quite portable during our review period. The smaller and lighter competitors might still be a better option if you travel a lot.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

HP did not put a whole lot of effort into the port selection and only replaces one USB Type-A port with a Type-C jack – but the USB 3.0 standard (equivalent to USB 3.1 Gen.1) did not change. Thunderbolt and USB 3.1 Gen.2 are not available, and the power supply at this port is not possible, either. The USB 2.0 port at the left side as well as the VGA output are a bit outdated, although the latter can still be handy in office environments. Digital video outputs are supported via HDMI, but high resolution 4K content is limited to 30 Hz.

The performance of the USB ports does not show any limitations, because we managed transfer rates of around 390 MB/s in combination with our Samsung SSD T3. Still, the port selection is not very convincing from a productive point of view. There is no real docking port, so you will have to use common USB replicators, which means you need at least the power supply as well. The USB ports are also located pretty far to the front – handy for USB drives, but not very convenient for the permanent attachment of devices.

Left side: slot for a security lock, fan exhaust, USB 2.0 (powered), headset, SD reader
Left side: slot for a security lock, fan exhaust, USB 2.0 (powered), headset, SD reader
Right side: USB 3.0 Type-C, USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, AC power
Right side: USB 3.0 Type-C, USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, AC power

SD-Card Reader

The SD-card reader manages average transfer rates in our tests. Values of almost 90 MB/s for sequential read operations and around 76 MB/s when we copy JPEG pictures (~5 MB each) are not unusual for modern notebooks, but our reference card from Toshiba (Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II, up to 260 MB/s) has more potential. Only Dell's XPS 13 is much faster within our comparison group.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
107.8 MB/s ∼100% +41%
Acer Aspire S 13 S5-371-71QZ
(Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 64 GB)
78 MB/s ∼72% +2%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
76.5 MB/s ∼71%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
71.2 MB/s ∼66% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
25.3 MB/s ∼23% -67%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
250.6 MB/s ∼100% +187%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87.4 MB/s ∼35%
Acer Aspire S 13 S5-371-71QZ
(Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 64 GB)
84.4 MB/s ∼34% -3%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
81.33 MB/s ∼32% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
29.6 MB/s ∼12% -66%

Communication

Besides a Gigabit Ethernet port, the ProBook 430 G4 can obviously use wireless networks as well. The use of the slightly outdated Intel 7265 module is a bit surprising, but it still works really well in practice. Thanks to the support for fast ac networks and the MIMO technology, there should not be limitations any time soon. The theoretical transfer rate is 866 Mbps, but we only manage about a third of that in our standardized WLAN test with the router Linksys EA8500. This is a bit surprising since the two bigger siblings ProBook 440 G4 and 450 G4 perform better with the same module. Subjectively, the connection was still very reliable and quick. Bluetooth 4.2 is supported as well. The button right above the keyboard is very convenient, as it can be used to activate/deactivate all wireless connections.

The spec sheet lists three more WLAN modules, so there can be differences depending on the SKU: Realtek 802.11 b/g/n (1x1), Intel 3168 (ac, 1x1, 433 Mbps) and Intel 8265 (ac, 2x2, 866 Mbps). A WWAN module (HP lte4132) is an optional extra.

Above the display are two microphones and the HD webcam. While there is no criticism for the microphones, we cannot see any improvements for the webcam in the end of 2016. You can recognize the other person and the quality might be sufficient for video conferences, but that's about it.

Networking
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
595 MBit/s ∼100% +83%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
536 MBit/s ∼90% +65%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
325 MBit/s ∼55%
Acer Aspire S 13 S5-371-71QZ
Qualcomm Atheros QC61x4 Wireless Network Adapter
320 MBit/s ∼54% -2%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
535 MBit/s ∼100% +93%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
447 MBit/s ∼84% +61%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
277 MBit/s ∼52%
Acer Aspire S 13 S5-371-71QZ
Qualcomm Atheros QC61x4 Wireless Network Adapter
260 MBit/s ∼49% -6%

Security

The security features are more important for business notebooks compared to consumer models; the ProBook can meet most of our expectations. HP implements a Trusted Platform Module 2.0 as well as a fingerprint scanner. The latter worked reliably during our review, but you should not swipe the finger too quickly. Modern touch sensors are much more comfortable in this respect.

HP also adds some software solutions including the central hub HP Security Manager, where you can manage all security settings very comfortably – including the fingerprints and the drive encryption.

A SmartCard reader is unfortunately not available for the ProBook, not even as an optional extra.

Fingerprint scanner
Fingerprint scanner
Setup
Setup

We also want to mention the BIOS at this point. It is very easy to use with the touchpad and offers comprehensive settings. You can find a brief overview in the screenshots below.

Accessories

The box of the HP ProBook 430 G4 only includes the 45-Watt power adapter and some service brochures. HP also offers some optional accessories like USB-C docking stations, power adapters and bags.

Maintenance

There are two maintenance hatches on the bottom of the notebook, but the maintainability is still rather limited. Both hatches are only secured by one Philips screw, but you should still be careful since there are numerous small plastic clips. After the removal, you gain access to the 2.5-inch hard drive, the M.2 SSD, the memory (1x slot free) as well as the WLAN module.

The position of the CMOS battery underneath the bar between the two storage drives is a bit unfortunate. Accessing it will require the removal of the whole bottom panel, which is – similar to other notebooks from HP – secured by small Torx screws.

Warranty

The standard warranty period is 12 months, which is another difference to high-end business laptops (usually 36 months). It is possible to extend the service with CarePacks from HP. A three-year worldwide on-site service (UL653E), for example, retails for around 190 Euros (~$199).

Input Devices

Keyboard

Business notebooks are often defined by their input devices, which are often superior to consumer models. The black chiclet keyboard of the ProBook is no exception. It has a quiet stroke combined with a decent pressure point, so the input is well-suited for frequent writers. Only the layout with the function keys at the right side and the small vertical directional keys might require a small learning period.

The keyboard has a two-stage white illumination, so it is no problem to work in darker environments. The illumination is deactivated after 15 seconds by default, but this setting can be adjusted in the BIOS. There are also other options like FN-Ctrl Swap.

The keyboard is generally superior to many modern consumer subnotebooks, where key travel is often reduced in favor of a thin chassis. However, EliteBooks from HP or ThinkPads from Lenovo are equipped with even better keyboards.

Spillwater-proof keyboard
Spillwater-proof keyboard
Illuminated keyboard
Illuminated keyboard

Touchpad

ClickPad
ClickPad

The touchpad is sufficiently sized at 6.5 x 11 cm. It is provided by Synaptics, but the comprehensive drivers' panel is not installed. This means you are limited to the usual Windows settings by default.

The touchpad is implemented as a ClickPad with integrated buttons and works well in practice for the most part. Only small movements are not always perfectly executed on the slightly roughened surface, because you have to overcome a small initial resistance. The buttons worked reliably. Contrary to the more expensive EliteBooks, however, there is no TrackPoint.

Display

As per usual for many business laptops, HP offers several displays for the ProBook 430 G4. We are a bit surprised about the fact that there is still a TN panel with the meager resolution of 1366x768 pixels in the end of 2016. A touchscreen with the same HD resolution is available as well.

Our test model is equipped with the matte Full HD IPS screen from LG (LGD052D). The resolution of 1920x1080 pixels results in a pixel density of 166 PPI on the 13.3-inch panel. This is a good compromise between a crisp picture, space, and power consumption. Subjectively, we really like the picture. The luminance is not controlled via PWM, and there is only minor backlight bleeding at the lower edge, which was not annoying in practice.

Subpixel array
Subpixel array
Minor backlight bleeding at the lower edge (slightly enhanced on the picture)
Minor backlight bleeding at the lower edge (slightly enhanced on the picture)

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 not detected

In comparison: 60 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 1405 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 30860) Hz was measured.

260
cd/m²
261
cd/m²
256
cd/m²
244
cd/m²
253
cd/m²
244
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 261 cd/m² Average: 248.7 cd/m² Minimum: 14 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 252 cd/m²
Contrast: 791:1 (Black: 0.32 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.28 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 3.8 | - Ø
57.6% sRGB (Argyll) 36.7% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.3
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
LGD052D, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Acer Aspire S 13 S5-371-71QZ
AUO B133HAN04.1, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Sharp SHP1449 LQ133M1, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
Sharp SHP 1447 / LQ133M1JW15, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
LP133WF2-SPL1, , 1920x1080, 13.3
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Samsung, , 1366x768, 13.3
Response Times
-15%
-2%
-7%
-2%
-26%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
42.4
50
-18%
32.8
23%
52.4
-24%
43.2
-2%
54.4
-28%
Response Time Black / White *
26.4
29.6
-12%
33.2
-26%
23.6
11%
26.8
-2%
32.8
-24%
PWM Frequency
220
192
Screen
20%
18%
15%
5%
-75%
Brightness
249
358
44%
325
31%
326
31%
227
-9%
205
-18%
Brightness Distribution
92
87
-5%
89
-3%
87
-5%
86
-7%
90
-2%
Black Level *
0.32
0.39
-22%
0.195
39%
0.36
-13%
0.22
31%
0.71
-122%
Contrast
791
962
22%
1801
128%
956
21%
1059
34%
299
-62%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.28
4.6
13%
7.4
-40%
6.09
-15%
5.41
-2%
12.06
-128%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.8
4
-5%
6.71
-77%
5.36
-41%
4.15
-9%
13.41
-253%
Gamma
2.3 104%
2.34 103%
2.74 88%
2.01 119%
2.45 98%
2.41 100%
CCT
6646 98%
7304 89%
7222 90%
7230 90%
6773 96%
15382 42%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
36.7
57.9
58%
50.48
38%
62.25
70%
36.52
0%
34.3
-7%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
57.6
88.7
54%
73.31
27%
97.54
69%
57.16
-1%
54.2
-6%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
3% / 13%
8% / 14%
4% / 10%
2% / 3%
-51% / -65%

* ... smaller is better

Our measurements show that the test model is clearly superior compared to the TN panel in the predecessor, but both the luminance as well as the contrast ratio are sometimes clearly beaten by the other rivals. We can determine an average brightness of almost 250 nits with a contrast of 791:1 (black value 0.32 cd/m²). The luminance was still sufficient in practice, not least thanks to the matte panel surface.

Grayscale
Grayscale
ColorChecker
ColorChecker
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps
Grayscale (calibrated)
Grayscale (calibrated)
ColorChecker (calibrated)
ColorChecker (calibrated)
Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)

The color accuracy is also pretty decent ex-works with average DeltaE-2000 deviations of 5.28 for the colors and 3.8 for the grayscale compared to the sRGB reference color space. We can see the biggest deviations for blue and purple, which does not really change after a calibration either, where the grayscale performance benefits the most. Still, there is no blue cast ex-works. The panel is not suited for professional picture editing due to the small color gamut (58% sRGB, 37% AdobeRGB).

sRBG coverage: 57.6%
sRBG coverage: 57.6%
AdobeRBG coverage: 36.7%
AdobeRBG coverage: 36.7%

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
26.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6.4 ms rise
↘ 20 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 49 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (27.2 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
42.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15.6 ms rise
↘ 26.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 52 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (44.1 ms).

The luminance is not reduced on battery power and the outdoor capabilities are actually not that bad thanks to the matte panel surface – despite the average luminance. Only direct light sources will be too challenging for the background illumination. The viewing-angle stability of the IPS panel is very good, but we have also seen better models. There is sometimes a slight gray hue when you change the angle, but the contents were still perfectly visible.

Outdoors
Outdoors
Outdoors
Outdoors
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

Our test model with the modern Intel Core i7 processor and the SSD is very fast in practice and provides plenty of performance for all common tasks. However, it is also one of the most expensive SKUs, and the processor range covers everything from Pentium all the way up to the Core i7. There are also models without SSDs, which will clearly affect the subjective performance impression. One positive aspect is the memory with two slots (not soldered), so upgrades are easy. Dedicated graphics cards are not available for the ProBook 430 G4.

LatencyMon with active wireless connections
LatencyMon with active wireless connections
 

Processor

HP uses the current top model from Intel's ULV lineup, the Core i7-7500U. It is a dual-core processor with a TDP of 15 Watts based on the latest Kaby lake architecture, which was introduced a couple of months ago. The chip is manufactured in an improved 14-nm process, which reduces the power consumption and therefore improves the Turbo Boost utilization. The clocks are much higher compared to the previous Skylake Core i7-6500U (up to 3.1 GHz) and both cores can now reach up to 3.5 GHz.

Intel XTU
Intel XTU
Intel XTU Advanced
Intel XTU Advanced

HP generally follows Intel's TDP target but allows a higher consumption of 25 Watts for the first 28 seconds. However, the temperature is actually the limiting factor under load. We can only see the full Turbo of 3.5 GHz for both cores for a couple of seconds under load, before the clocks drop to 3.0-3.1 GHz. The benchmark results are still good, and our test model can beat all the comparison devices.

The performance is limited on battery power, where the Turbo Boost is deactivated by default. Tasks are therefore executed with up to 2.7 GHz to reduce the power consumption. If you need all the performance on the go, you can change this setting in the BIOS (Enable Turbo Boost on DC). More benchmarks for the Core i7-7500U are available in our Tech section.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
144 Points ∼65%
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7
Intel Core i7-7500U
137 Points ∼61% -5%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
Intel Core i7-6560U
130 Points ∼58% -10%
Acer Aspire S 13 S5-371-71QZ
Intel Core i7-6500U
129 Points ∼58% -10%
Asus Zenbook 3 UX390UA-GS041T
Intel Core i5-7200U
124 Points ∼56% -14%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
124 Points ∼56% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
Intel Core i5-6200U
116 Points ∼52% -19%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
341 Points ∼18%
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7
Intel Core i7-7500U
334 Points ∼18% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
Intel Core i7-6560U
318 Points ∼17% -7%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
318 Points ∼17% -7%
Asus Zenbook 3 UX390UA-GS041T
Intel Core i5-7200U
314 Points ∼17% -8%
Acer Aspire S 13 S5-371-71QZ
Intel Core i7-6500U
293 Points ∼16% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
Intel Core i5-6200U
290 Points ∼16% -15%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
144 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
341 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
38.68 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.7 %
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Storage Devices

HD Tune (1 TB HDD)
HD Tune (1 TB HDD)

HP equips our test model with an M.2 SSD from SanDisk. It is a system drive with a capacity of 256 GB, but it only uses the SATA-III interface. This means transfer rates are limited to around 500-550 MB/s, which is supported by the benchmarks (at least sequential read). Our drive manages little more than 500 MB/s, but it only manages 330 MB/s for write operations. Modern PCIe-NVMe drives manage much higher sequential transfer rates, but the difference is smaller for the 4K results, which are more important in practice. You will therefore not notice a big difference in everyday situations.

HP also implements a 2.5-inch hard drive with a storage capacity of 1 TB. The drive from Western Digital runs at 5400 rpm and is therefore ideal for large amounts of data. More benchmarks for different hard drives are listed in our comprehensive SSD/HDD list.

HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
Acer Aspire S 13 S5-371-71QZ
LiteOn CV1-8B512
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
27%
109%
92%
26%
Write 4k QD32
258.8
211.2
-18%
218.3
-16%
311.3
20%
276.2
7%
Read 4k QD32
132.2
301.3
128%
479.2
262%
548.6
315%
360.9
173%
Write 4k
80.44
86.75
8%
116.9
45%
144.9
80%
68.46
-15%
Read 4k
21.69
29.69
37%
29.31
35%
42.43
96%
31.85
47%
Write 512
301
389.7
29%
439.9
46%
311
3%
298.4
-1%
Read 512
313.6
341.3
9%
1036
230%
612.6
95%
351.6
12%
Write Seq
328.9
418.9
27%
732.6
123%
309.6
-6%
297.8
-9%
Read Seq
505.4
502.2
-1%
1233
144%
1193
136%
461.7
-9%
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
Sequential Read: 505.4 MB/s
Sequential Write: 328.9 MB/s
512K Read: 313.6 MB/s
512K Write: 301 MB/s
4K Read: 21.69 MB/s
4K Write: 80.44 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 132.2 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 258.8 MB/s

System Performance

Powerful processor, fast SSD and sufficient memory – what could go wrong? Not much in practice, because the system is very responsive and inputs are executed very quickly. We check our subjective impression with the synthetic PCMarks, where the new ProBook 430 G4 is actually one of the fastest devices within our comparison group. You can even increase the performance a bit with an additional memory module.

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
4717 Points ∼72%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
4680 Points ∼72% -1%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
4568 Points ∼70% -3%
Acer Aspire S 13 S5-371-71QZ
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, LiteOn CV1-8B512
4316 Points ∼66% -9%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
4106 Points ∼63% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
4041 Points ∼62% -14%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
3883 Points ∼65% +9%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
3554 Points ∼59%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
3535 Points ∼59% -1%
Acer Aspire S 13 S5-371-71QZ
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, LiteOn CV1-8B512
3386 Points ∼57% -5%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3043 Points ∼51% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
3024 Points ∼51% -15%
PCMark 7 Score
5333 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3554 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4588 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4717 points
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GPU Performance

The graphics adapter of the new Kaby Lake ULV-CPUs has the designation Intel HD Graphics 620. It can reach a maximum core clock of 1050 MHz in combination with the i7 processor. Similar to the previous HD Graphics 520, the GPU has 24 Execution Units, but the performance was further improved. At least in theory, because the memory of our ProBook only runs in a single-channel configuration, so it cannot utilize the full potential of the HD Graphics 620. The ProBook is even behind the previous HD 520 in some benchmarks as a result.

The GPU performance is not reduced on battery power. More benchmarks for the HD Graphics 620 are available here.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
2206 Points ∼100% +51%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
Intel Iris Graphics 540, Intel Core i7-6560U
2101 Points ∼95% +44%
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15ISK
NVIDIA GeForce 920MX, Intel Core i7-6500U
1835 Points ∼83% +25%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1545 Points ∼70% +6%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
1463 Points ∼66%
Acer Aspire S 13 S5-371-71QZ
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
1428 Points ∼65% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1252 Points ∼57% -14%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
1621 Points ∼100% +112%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
963 Points ∼59% +26%
Acer Aspire S 13 S5-371-71QZ
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
935 Points ∼58% +22%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
765 Points ∼47%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
719 Points ∼44% -6%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
Intel Iris Graphics 540, Intel Core i7-6560U
11531 Points ∼100% +68%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
9056 Points ∼79% +32%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
8177 Points ∼71% +19%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
6881 Points ∼60%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
5898 Points ∼51% -14%
3DMark 11 Performance
1569 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5520 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
719 points
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Gaming Performance

The ProBook 430 G4 was not designed for gaming, and there are no SKUs with dedicated graphics cards, either. If you still want to play a game during a lunch break, you should focus on older or less demanding titles. However, the native FHD resolution is still too challenging. It is possible to increase the GPU performance a bit with the addition of a second memory module.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 67.634.3209.8fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 42.625.120.36.5fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 13.3fps

Emissions

System Noise

Fans (idle & maximum load)
Fans (idle & maximum load)

The HP ProBook 430 G4 is usually a very quiet device with light and medium workloads, where the fan is often deactivated. The mechanical hard drive is a bit annoying in this case. The murmur is not loud, but it is still audible.

The fan will spin up under load, but around 33 dB(A) is still pretty quiet. We only reached the maximum noise level under sustained maximum load, but 36 dB(A) is still not really a problem. We could not hear other annoying sounds like coil whining or the like.

Noise Level

Idle
29.1 / 29.1 / 29.1 dB(A)
HDD
29.8 dB(A)
Load
33.4 / 36 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   ECM8000 + Voltcraft SL-451 (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.1 dB(A)

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

The small subnotebook does not get overly warm even under heavy workloads, and only the areas around the cooling solution will be perceptible. Up to 39 °C at the bottom is still good and there will be no restrictions. The center area of the keyboard does warm up a bit as well, but the palm rest stays conveniently cool all the time.

Both the processor as well as the graphics card can only maintain their maximum clocks for a very short period in our stress test with the tools Prime95 and FurMark. The chip reaches 86 °C after a couple of seconds, which will limit the consumption from 25 to 15 Watts. The result is CPU throttling to 1.4-1.5 GHz. The GPU has a bit more headroom and maintains 850-900 MHz. A 3DMark 11 run immediately after the stress test did not determine a lower score.

Max. Load
 38.7 °C35.9 °C29.1 °C 
 31.5 °C37 °C26.2 °C 
 24.5 °C24 °C25.4 °C 
Maximum: 38.7 °C
Average: 30.3 °C
34.7 °C39.4 °C33.8 °C
26.7 °C30.6 °C26.2 °C
25 °C24.8 °C23.6 °C
Maximum: 39.4 °C
Average: 29.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  37.5 °C | Room Temperature 20.3 °C | Fluke 62 Max

Speakers

The speakers are located behind a grille above the keyboard. They are sufficiently loud at almost 85 dB(A), but the sound quality is not very convincing. Bass is basically non-existent, so the subjective sound impression is too focused on the high tones and is a bit tinny. The provided audio software offers some presets, but they cannot change much. The audio signal at the 3.5 mm jack is almost noise-free. A mute button is located on the right side above the keyboard.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.534.72535.939.33131.136.34036.238.5503439.6632831.78027.730.410034.234.41253435.416024.437.720024.748.725024.362.731522.667.440021.864.650020.762.863020.463.78002066.910002065.5125020.175.4160019.973.9200019.169.9250019.172.2315020.276.940002274.1500023.471630020.470.480002072.61000020.474.81250020.372.31600019.762.8SPL3384.7N1.961.2median 20.4HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EAmedian 67.4Delta28.233.429.733.231.633.129.231.631.931.631.33730.339.729.945.427.154.926.749.123.856.724.156.623.25422.360.221.166.721.468.920.170.219.768.618.871.718.672.418.367.117.866.517.767.817.564.817.365.317.562.617.661.417.556.217.553.317.546.717.680.330.746.41.5median 62.6Acer Aspire S 13 S5-371-71QZmedian 18.66.12.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.7% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 36% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 54% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 21%, worst was 48%
Compared to all devices tested
» 30% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 64% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 48%

Acer Aspire S 13 S5-371-71QZ audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 9.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 28% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 59% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 16% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 80% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 48%

Frequency comparison (checkboxes are selectable/deselectable)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Our consumption measurements are not really surprising: The idle results are average within our comparison group. Only the maximum consumption of 43.5 Watts is a bit surprising at first, but this value will drop after the previously described throttling sets in and we can measure 30.6 Watts at the end of our stress test. The provided 45-Watts power adapter is sufficient.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.23 / 0.4 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.2 / 6.5 / 7.2 Watt
Load midlight 28.7 / 43.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
7500U, HD Graphics 620
Acer Aspire S 13 S5-371-71QZ
6500U, HD Graphics 520
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
7200U, HD Graphics 620
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
6560U, Iris Graphics 540
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Power Consumption
2%
24%
-7%
18%
Idle Minimum *
4.2
4.1
2%
4.1
2%
3.3
21%
3.1
26%
Idle Average *
6.5
6.7
-3%
4.2
35%
7.4
-14%
5.5
15%
Idle Maximum *
7.2
7.4
-3%
5.1
29%
8.2
-14%
6
17%
Load Average *
28.7
32.4
-13%
22.1
23%
36.5
-27%
25.8
10%
Load Maximum *
43.5
32.4
26%
29.4
32%
43.7
-0%
33.6
23%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

HP implements a 3-cell lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 48 Wh. The manufacturer advertises a runtime of up to 16 hours. We just miss this value in the Reader's Test with the lowest display luminance, but this result is hardly realistic.

We can determine good runtimes with an adjusted luminance of 150 nits. A little more than 7 hours in the WLAN test and more than 8.5 hours of continuous video playback (Full HD, H.264, Big Buck Bunny) should be sufficient for normal business days. The results are also good within the comparison group, only the Dell XPS 13 lasts considerably longer, which is also a result of its bigger battery capacity.

Maximum load (maximum luminance, high-performance power plan) will drain the battery in 02:48 hours, which is also the minimum runtime you can expect. A full charge of the battery takes around 2.5 hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
15h 53min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (Edge 25.10586.672.0)
7h 10min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
8h 40min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 48min
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
7500U, HD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
Acer Aspire S 13 S5-371-71QZ
6500U, HD Graphics 520, 45 Wh
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 60 Wh
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
6560U, Iris Graphics 540, 46 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
6200U, HD Graphics 520, 42 Wh
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
6200U, HD Graphics 520, 44 Wh
Battery Runtime
-8%
29%
-18%
-12%
-33%
Reader / Idle
953
1028
8%
1295
36%
810
-15%
944
-1%
449
-53%
Load
168
99
-41%
157
-7%
89
-47%
129
-23%
118
-30%
WiFi
WiFi v1.3
430
472
10%
677
57%
418
-3%
372
-13%
377
-12%
H.264
520
486
-7%
469
-10%
337
-35%

Pros

+ good IPS display
+ decent chassis
+ good system performance
+ long battery runtimes
+ comfortable keyboard

Cons

- limited maintainability
- no docking port
- bad speakers
- bad webcam
- no TrackPoint

Verdict

In review: HP ProBook 430 G4. Test model courtesy of HP Germany.
In review: HP ProBook 430 G4. Test model courtesy of HP Germany.

The fourth generation of the ProBook 430 is a solid, but also rather conservative update of HP's 13.3-inch business notebook. The manufacturer does not make any compromises in terms of chassis, performance, battery runtimes and the (optional) IPS display.

A look at the port selection and the security features, however, quickly shows that we are dealing with an entry-level business machine. HP does implement a USB-C port, but it is only based on the 3.0 standard. A docking port is not available, either, which will complicate the integration into your working environment. A SmartCard reader is also missing.

Kaby Lake, good display, and comfortable keyboard – the HP ProBook 430 G4 is a successful update of the 13.3-inch subnotebook. There are some compromises though, and our test model is not a bargain, either.

The competition still has to launch their Kaby Lake updates, so we will have to wait a bit for the comparisons. Our test model is at the upper end of the ProBook line in terms of the price, so it has a hard time competing with the consumer systems. For more than 1,000 Euros (~$1048), you will get thinner Ultrabooks with modern ports and often better displays, but you will have to waive the security features and often the comfortable keyboard in return.

HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA - 12/26/2016 v6
Andreas Osthoff

Chassis
81 / 98 → 83%
Keyboard
86%
Pointing Device
84%
Connectivity
47 / 80 → 59%
Weight
68 / 67 → 100%
Battery
90%
Display
84%
Games Performance
55 / 68 → 81%
Application Performance
88 / 92 → 96%
Temperature
93%
Noise
97%
Audio
55%
Camera
46 / 85 → 54%
Average
75%
86%
Office - Weighted Average

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Andreas Osthoff, 2016-12-29 (Update: 2016-12-29)