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HP ProBook 430 G6 (Core i5-8265U, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

Benjamin Herzig, 👁 Andreas Osthoff, Sabrina Hartmann (translated by Alex Alderson), 03/14/2019

A cheaper EliteBook 830 clone. HP has updated its ProBook series for 2019 with a new design that looks much more like its EliteBook series than past ProBooks. Can the HP ProBook 430 G6, the smallest model in this series, compete against major competitors like the Lenovo ThinkPad L390? Read on to find out in this detailed review.

HP’s ProBook series is the cheaper of the company’s business laptop offerings, of which there are currently two distinct models. Firstly, there is the ProBook 600 series, which is designed to appeal to larger businesses, and the HP ProBook 400 series, which HP positions more towards small businesses, the self-employed or even some students. Today, we are testing a ProBook 400 series laptop, specifically the ProBook 430 G6. It is currently the smallest model of this series and has a 13.3-inch display. HP also sells 14-inch, 15.6-inch and 17.1-inch ProBook 400 models should you need or want a bigger display.

Lenovo is probably HP’s main competitor in the business PC market with the two manufacturers competing head-to-head for pole position. It is fitting that the biggest competitor to the ProBook 430 G6 comes from Lenovo, which is the recently reviewed ThinkPad L390. Other, albeit much more expensive, competitors include the Dell Latitude 7390 and the HP EliteBook 830 G5. The Dell XPS 13 9380 is as an interesting prosumer laptop against which to compare the ProBook 430 G6 too.

HP equips our review unit with an Intel Core i5-8265U processor, 8 GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD, and a Full HD display. This configuration currently costs about €840 (~$952) from various suppliers.

HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA (ProBook 430 G6 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, 1 of 2 SODIMM slots free, maximum 64 GB
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, CMN1375, IPS LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G, 256 GB 
, M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe, 202 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combined headphone and microphone jack, Card Reader: SD card reader, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18 x 308.5 x 231 ( = 0.71 x 12.15 x 9.09 in)
Battery
45 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p with infrared
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: 6 row keyboard, Keyboard Light: yes, Recovery DVD, HP JumpStart, HP ePrint SW, HP Client Security, HP Audio Control, Microsoft Office trial, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.437 kg ( = 50.69 oz / 3.17 pounds), Power Supply: 339 g ( = 11.96 oz / 0.75 pounds)
Price
838 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Case

HP ProBook 430 G6
HP ProBook 430 G6

The design of the ProBook 430 G5 did not have a long half-life with HP switching to a new case design for its successor. The design of the ProBook 430 G6 borrows heavily from EliteBooks like the EliteBook 830 G5 rather than that of its predecessor. Almost the entire case of ProBook 430 G6 is silver with the display frame being the only element that remains black. The new ProBook looks confusingly like the more expensive EliteBook series save for a few details like the different speaker grille design and the missing Point Stick. HP has also used its old company logo rather than the more contemporary one found on modern EliteBook, Envy and Spectre devices too.

While the ProBook looks like a clone of an EliteBook, the same cannot be said about the materials that HP has built the ProBook 430 G6 from, as they are the source of the gulf in price between the two devices derives. Both the palm rest and display cover are made of aluminum, but the bottom case is still made of smooth, silver plastic like HP used with its predecessor. While plastic is not as torsionally strong as aluminum, our review unit feels sturdy and does not bend when we apply pressure to it. The craftsmanship is also impeccable and is on par with the ThinkPad L390.

The ProBook 430 G6 has a wide drop-down hinge that grips the display tightly and allows the display to open to a 180° angle. We could also open the display cover with one hand, underlining how well balanced the hinges are.

The new ProBook 430 is about 100 g (~3.5 oz) lighter than its predecessor, 1 mm (~0.04 in) thinner and more compact overall. Hence, the ProBook 430 G6 has much thinner display bezels, which we like. The ThinkPad L390 is slightly thinner and narrower than our review unit, but 100 g heavier and 0.6-inches longer.

Size Comparison

326 mm / 12.8 inch 236 mm / 9.29 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 1.5 kg3.27 lbs321.8 mm / 12.7 inch 224.2 mm / 8.83 inch 18.8 mm / 0.74 inch 1.5 kg3.25 lbs310 mm / 12.2 inch 229 mm / 9.02 inch 17.7 mm / 0.697 inch 1.3 kg2.93 lbs308.5 mm / 12.1 inch 231 mm / 9.09 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.4 kg3.17 lbs305 mm / 12 inch 208 mm / 8.19 inch 16.5 mm / 0.65 inch 1.3 kg2.88 lbs302 mm / 11.9 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 11.6 mm / 0.4567 inch 1.2 kg2.7 lbs

Connectivity

Unlike consumer laptops, business laptops continue to have a much wider variety of ports. For example, HP has included full-size HDMI and RJ45 Ethernet ports along with a Kensington lock slot. There are three USB ports too, of which two are Type-A, with the third being a Type-C port. Unfortunately, the latter is not a Thunderbolt 3 port, but at least you can charge the ProBook with a Type-C cable should you wish to, thanks to USB Power Delivery (PD) support. The Type-C port supports DisplayPort out too. There is also a proprietary charging port, so you do not necessarily need to use Type-C for charging, but we would have been happier had HP included a second Type-C port instead.

Left-hand side: Kensington-Lock, USB 3.0 Type-A, SD card reader
Left-hand side: Kensington-Lock, USB 3.0 Type-A, SD card reader
Right-hand side: Headphone jack, USB 3.0 Type-A, HDMI, RJ45 Ethernet, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, Charging port
Right-hand side: Headphone jack, USB 3.0 Type-A, HDMI, RJ45 Ethernet, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, Charging port

SD Card Reader

Interestingly, the ProBook 430 G6 features an SD card reader, which is something that the more expensive EliteBook 830 G5 lacks. This also puts the ProBook 430 G6 at an advantage over the ThinkPad L390, which has only a microSD card reader. The reader in our review unit holds SD cards completely with no protruding edges. Hence, an SD card would be a suitable alternative for permanently expanding your storage if you do not fancy swapping out the SSD.

The SD card reader is reasonably fast too, which we tested with a Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II. The microSD card reader in the ThinkPad L390 is about as fast as the one in the ProBook 430 G6, but they are both considerably slower than the readers in the Latitude 7390 and the XPS 13 9380 2019.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
184 MB/s ∼100% +143%
Dell Latitude 7390
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
166 MB/s ∼90% +120%
HP ProBook 430 G5-3KX72ES
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
81.4 MB/s ∼44% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
76.4 MB/s ∼42% +1%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
75.6 MB/s ∼41%
Average of class Office
  (10.2 - 191, n=279)
62.5 MB/s ∼34% -17%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell Latitude 7390
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
201.1 MB/s ∼100% +146%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
192.6 MB/s ∼96% +135%
HP ProBook 430 G5-3KX72ES
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87.9 MB/s ∼44% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
86.5 MB/s ∼43% +6%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
81.8 MB/s ∼41%
Average of class Office
  (9.5 - 255, n=254)
78.9 MB/s ∼39% -4%

Communication

HP has not compromised with the Wi-Fi card in our review unit though and has equipped it with an Intel Wireless-AC 9560, which is the company’s latest 2x2 dual-band Wi-Fi module. As always, the 9560 delivers excellent performance and provides a stable connection, as demonstrated by our comparison tables below. You could also use the RJ45 Ethernet port should you need a wired Internet connection. The ProBook 430 G6 does not have a WWAN module, nor is it a configurable option.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
687 (min: 343, max: 691) MBit/s ∼100% +3%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
669 (min: 636, max: 689) MBit/s ∼97%
HP ProBook 430 G5-3KX72ES
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
661 MBit/s ∼96% -1%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
639 MBit/s ∼93% -4%
Dell Latitude 7390
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
611 MBit/s ∼89% -9%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
524 (min: 459, max: 576) MBit/s ∼76% -22%
Average of class Office
  (5 - 688, n=224)
469 MBit/s ∼68% -30%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
657 (min: 630, max: 667) MBit/s ∼100% +1%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
653 (min: 322, max: 702) MBit/s ∼99%
HP ProBook 430 G5-3KX72ES
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
640 MBit/s ∼97% -2%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
594 (min: 579, max: 616) MBit/s ∼90% -9%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
512 MBit/s ∼78% -22%
Dell Latitude 7390
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
507 MBit/s ∼77% -22%
Average of class Office
  (34 - 688, n=224)
446 MBit/s ∼68% -32%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø668 (636-689)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø654 (587-702)

Security

A look at the ProBook 430 G6’s fingerprint reader
A look at the ProBook 430 G6’s fingerprint reader

Business laptops always include security features. The ProBook 430 G6 is no different and includes a fingerprint reader, a Kensington lock slot, and an infrared camera that supports Windows Hello. We tested the infrared camera and the fingerprint reader, which both worked perfectly. HP saves a smart card reader and a mechanical camera aperture for its more expensive EliteBook series though, which prevents the ProBook from being a complete security package.

Accessories

The ProBook 430 G6 comes with just a charger and a recovery DVD. The ProBook also lacks a dedicated docking port, so you must buy a USB Type-C docking station should you need one. You can use any third-party docking station though, which is positive, although HP sells compatible docking stations too.

Maintenance

The ProBook 430 G6 has no maintenance flap, so accessing its guts requires removing the bottom cover, which is secured to the frame with seven Phillips screws. Five only need to be loosened, while the other two must be unscrewed completely. Plastic clips hold the bottom case in place too, which we would recommend carefully prying free with a flat tool like a plastic spudger.

The ProBook 430 G6 is easy to upgrade and has two SODIMM slots, of which one is unoccupied in our review unit. The system supports up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, while HP has left a 2.5-inch drive bay unused should you wish to add an HDD or SSD. There is also an M.2 2280 slot, but you must first remove the boot drive, as you must with the Wi-Fi card should you wish to upgrade that too. The fan is also easy to clean should that become dusty over time. The keyboard looks tricky to remove though and is probably only interchangeable if you remove the motherboard.

A look inside the HP ProBook 430 G6
A look inside the HP ProBook 430 G6

Warranty

The ProBook 430 G6 comes with 12-months limited warranty that includes a pickup and return service. This short warranty period is unfortunately the standard for cheap business laptops, but it is still a point of criticism. You can buy a warranty extension from HP and on-site coverage should you prefer a technician to come to you to fix your laptop.

Please see our Guarantees, Return policies and Warranties FAQ for country-specific information.

Input Devices

Keyboard

HP has also shrunk the size of the ProBook 430 G6’s keyboard compared to its predecessor’s along with its case. The dedicated navigation keys, which were placed to the right of the Enter key are gone are and have been merged with the right-most Function key and the arrow keys. Apart from that, the keyboard layout is much like its predecessor’s and looks like many other six-row chiclet keyboards.

The flat, black, keys have a two-stage backlight and provide a good stroke along with a crisp pressure point. The keys are a pleasure to type on, while the sturdy aluminum case does not bow or bend when typing. The keyboard in the ThinkPad L390 is a little better in our opinion because of its larger keys like the left shift key, which is rather small on the ProBook 430 G6. Overall, HP has equipped the ProBook 430 G6 with a decent keyboard that is good enough for frequent typists.

A look at the ProBook 430 G6’s keyboard deck
A look at the ProBook 430 G6’s keyboard deck

Trackpad

The ProBook 430 G6's TrackPad measures 11 x 6.5 cm (~4.3 X 2.6 in), which is reasonably large for a 13.3-inch laptop. The TrackPad is made of relatively smooth plastic, on which it is easy to slide one’s fingers, but glass TrackPads feel better to the touch in our opinion. The TrackPad is fine overall and even its integrated mouse buttons work well. However, the lower left-hand corner of the TrackPad is higher than the rest of its surface, although you may notice this from our picture above. In short, the TrackPad has been installed incorrectly, for which we will deduct points at the end of this review. We suspect that this is a localised issue though and one which is not widespread.

On the other hand, there is nothing to criticize about the software. HP has opted for Microsoft Precision drivers, which are always welcome. These drivers make it easy to perform multi-finger gestures like scrolling or zooming and allow decent TrackPads to feel almost as responsive as touchscreens.

Unlike the EliteBook 830 G5 or the ThinkPad L390, the ProBook 430 G6 does not have a pointing stick, nor is it a configurable option. This is a pity, as we always like it when business laptop manufacturers at least give people the choice of using a TrackPad or a pointing stick. You know the pointing stick as a TrackPoint if you are familiar with ThinkPad laptops.

Overall, the ProBook 430 G6 has a decent TrackPad. However, it is another area where HP has made compromises compared to the EliteBook series.

Display

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array
Our review unit suffers from minor backlight bleeding
Our review unit suffers from minor backlight bleeding

HP gives customers the choice between a 1,366 x 768 display and a 1,920 x 1,080 one. Both are available as non-touch panels with matte finishes, but there is a glossy version with a touchscreen too. We would recommend avoiding the 1,366 x 768 display though because it is based on outdated TN technology, which has terrible viewing angles. The 1080p display, on the other hand, is an IPS monitor, which generally has much more stable viewing angles.

Our review unit has the 1080p non-touch panel, which HP claims has an average maximum brightness of 220 cd/m². Our tests demonstrate otherwise though, with our review unit achieving an average maximum brightness of 238 cd/m², according to X-Rite i1Pro 2. While the display is not overly dark, it is dimmer than the screen in the ThinkPad L390. Lenovo claims that its display should average 250 cd/m², but again our review unit achieved an average brightness of 278 cd/m². The EliteBook 830 G5 also has a much brighter display, which indicates that HP has equipped the EliteBook with a more expensive panel.

The display in the ProBook 430 G6 uses pulse-width modulation (PWM) to regulate its brightness, but the frequency at which it does so is so high that it should not cause any problems like eyestrain or headaches for even those who are PWM sensitive. Our review unit has an 88% evenly lit display too, which is on par with our comparison devices. We only noticed backlight bleeding in dark rooms too, which is good.

230
cd/m²
224
cd/m²
230
cd/m²
241
cd/m²
255
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
246
cd/m²
245
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
CMN1375
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 255 cd/m² Average: 237.7 cd/m² Minimum: 12.5 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 254 cd/m²
Contrast: 1417:1 (Black: 0.18 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.4 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 4.1
ΔE Greyscale 3.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
62.5% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 39.4% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.41
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
CMN1375, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
LP133WF2-SPL8, , 1920x1080, 13.3
HP ProBook 430 G5-3KX72ES
LGD052D, , 1920x1080, 13.3
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
IVO M133NVF3-R0, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell Latitude 7390
AU Optronics AUO462D / B133HAN [DELL P/N:F7VDJ], , 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
ID: AUO 282B B133ZAN Dell: 90NTH, , 3840x2160, 13.3
Response Times
4%
-4%
-22%
-18%
-30%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
40.8 (22.8, 18)
42.8 (22.8, 20)
-5%
41.6 (20.4, 21.2)
-2%
36 (18.8, 17.2)
12%
48.8 (24.8, 24)
-20%
58 (26, 32)
-42%
Response Time Black / White *
30.4 (16.4, 14)
30 (15.2, 14.8)
1%
27.2 (13.6, 13.6)
11%
24.8 (14, 10.8)
18%
35.2 (21.2, 14)
-16%
36 (20, 16)
-18%
PWM Frequency
26040 (40)
30490 (99)
17%
20490 (99)
-21%
1020 (99)
-96%
Screen
-19%
-12%
19%
22%
20%
Brightness middle
255
298
17%
262
3%
316
24%
329
29%
404
58%
Brightness
238
278
17%
253
6%
326
37%
316
33%
389
63%
Brightness Distribution
88
81
-8%
82
-7%
85
-3%
92
5%
85
-3%
Black Level *
0.18
0.33
-83%
0.28
-56%
0.19
-6%
0.25
-39%
0.37
-106%
Contrast
1417
903
-36%
936
-34%
1663
17%
1316
-7%
1092
-23%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.4
6.5
-20%
5.7
-6%
4.5
17%
4.3
20%
3.72
31%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
19.5
23.9
-23%
22.4
-15%
12.1
38%
7.8
60%
7.38
62%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.1
4.9
-20%
4.8
-17%
2.9
29%
2.5
39%
2.06
50%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.8
5.6
-47%
3.6
5%
5
-32%
3.6
5%
4.44
-17%
Gamma
2.41 91%
2.08 106%
2.15 102%
2.22 99%
2.43 91%
2.34 94%
CCT
7100 92%
6669 97%
7096 92%
6018 108%
6928 94%
7095 92%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
39.4
38.4
-3%
38.3
-3%
57.9
47%
59.1
50%
60
52%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
62.5
60.1
-4%
60.1
-4%
87.3
40%
90.6
45%
93
49%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-8% / -14%
-8% / -10%
-2% / 10%
2% / 16%
-5% / 12%

* ... smaller is better

CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: Colour Saturation
CalMAN: Colour Saturation
CalMAN: Greyscale
CalMAN: Greyscale
CalMAN: ColorChecker - calibrated
CalMAN: ColorChecker - calibrated
CalMAN: Colour Saturation - calibrated
CalMAN: Colour Saturation - calibrated
CalMAN: Greyscale – calibrated
CalMAN: Greyscale – calibrated

The ProBook 430 G6 has a surprisingly high contrast ratio, which we measured at 1,417:1. This is significantly more vibrant than the panel in the ThinkPad L390, which only achieved a 903:1 contrast ratio. Our review unit’s high contrast ratio is partially because of its low black value, which we measured at 0.18 cd/m². This makes black tones look deeper and richer than they would on the display in the ThinkPad L390 or even the one in the XPS 13 9380 2019.

Our review unit has comparatively low color deviations too, although these can be further improved with additional calibration. We have included our calibrated ICC profile in the box above our comparison table should you wish to use it. Please note that this profile will only improve the color accuracy of ProBook 430 G6 machines with a CMN1375 display, which you can check using programs like HWiNFO. The color profile will worsen the color accuracy of machines with different displays than the one in our review unit.

Unfortunately, while the display is color accurate, it has extremely poor color space coverages. Our review unit achieved just 62.5% sRGB coverage, which is only just better than its predecessor’s display and the one in the ThinkPad L390. In short, you can forget about using the ProBook 430 G6 for photo editing or color critical work.

62.5% sRGB colour space coverage
62.5% sRGB colour space coverage
39.9% AdobeRGB colour space coverage
39.9% AdobeRGB colour space coverage
Using the HP ProBook 430 G6 outside in the shade
Using the HP ProBook 430 G6 outside in the shade
Using the HP ProBook 430 G6 outside in direct sunlight
Using the HP ProBook 430 G6 outside in direct sunlight

The ProBook 430 G6 is difficult to use outdoors because of its dim display. Its matte finish diffuses some reflections, but the display looks washed out even when using the device in the shade. In short, avoid using the ProBook outside, where possible.

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
30.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.4 ms rise
↘ 14 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. » 77 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
40.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22.8 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. » 50 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.6 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 ≤ 40 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 26040 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 40 % 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: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9279 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Our review unit has stable viewing angles, but they are not perfect. IPS displays tend not to distort colors even at acute viewing angles, but the panel in our review unit suffers from the glow effect with which many IPS panels are affected. This is not a problem in everyday use, but it does show that HP has equipped the ProBook 430 G6 with a cheap IPS display.

Viewing Angles
Viewing Angles

Performance

HP currently sells ten variants of the ProBook 430 G6. HP equips all models with Intel Whiskey Lake processors, but only the two most expensive models have the Core i7-8565U. The cheaper configurations all use the Core i5-8265U, although no model has dedicated graphics, so they all rely on the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620. HP allows you to configure 8, 16, or 32 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM but you could equip the device with up to 64 GB should you need more than what HP offers. There are no variants that have just an HDD, but you can configure the ProBook 430 G6 with a 1 TB HDD alongside a 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB SSD. Some configurations also contain just an SSD, like our test model.

HWiNFO
HWiNFO
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Mainboard
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
LatencyMon
LatencyMon
 
 

Processor

The Core i5-8265U is a quad-core processor that has a 15 W thermal design power (TDP) and a 1.6 GHz base clock speed. The CPU also supports Intel Turbo Boost for clock speeds up to 3.9 GHz on a single core. Please see our CPU benchmarks page for more information about the Core i5-8265U and how it performs against other CPUs.

We subjected our review unit to a Cinebench R15 multicore benchmark just as we do with all our computers. The CPU briefly consumed a maximum of 25 W in this benchmark, during which it also operated at 3.2 GHz across all four cores. However, the TDP dropped to 17 W after about 30 seconds, which caused the CPU to downclock to about 2.6 GHz. This behavior also explains the scores in our Cinebench loop. Our review unit can only briefly maintain peak power under continuous load before throttling back to 17 W, at which point it consistently scores between 547 and 554 points.

Overall, the CPU performance is good and better than the Core i5-8250U that powers its predecessor and the more expensive EliteBook 830 G5. There is also hardly a difference in performance with the equally well-equipped ThinkPad L390. The ThinkPad has slightly better boost performance, but the ProBook has the edge under continuous load.

By default, the system limits CPU performance on battery because HP has disabled the Turbo Boost. Enabling the Turbo Boost on DC option in the BIOS rectifies this though.

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HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø554 (547.53-598.04)
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø548 (540-605)
HP ProBook 430 G5-3KX72ES Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel Core i5-8250U: Ø525 (515-586)
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel Core i7-8550U: Ø530 (526-566)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel Core i7-8550U
169 Points ∼100% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
155 Points ∼92% 0%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (111 - 164, n=30)
155 Points ∼92% 0%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
154.25 Points ∼91%
Dell Latitude 7390
Intel Core i5-8350U
152 Points ∼90% -1%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel Core i5-8265U
148 Points ∼88% -4%
HP ProBook 430 G5-3KX72ES
Intel Core i5-8250U
145 Points ∼86% -6%
Average of class Office
  (20 - 199, n=537)
112 Points ∼66% -27%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel Core i5-8265U
666 Points ∼100% +11%
Dell Latitude 7390
Intel Core i5-8350U
625 Points ∼94% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
605 Points ∼91% +1%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
598 (min: 547.53, max: 598.04) Points ∼90%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (457 - 750, n=33)
597 Points ∼90% 0%
HP ProBook 430 G5-3KX72ES
Intel Core i5-8250U
586 Points ∼88% -2%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel Core i7-8550U
530 (min: 526, max: 566) Points ∼80% -11%
Average of class Office
  (36 - 1050, n=544)
345 Points ∼52% -42%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
154.25 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
598 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
42.81 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.81 %
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System Performance

While the ProBook 430 G6 performs rather poorly in PCMark benchmarks that does not mean that the system runs slowly. We found the opposite to be the case during our time with our review unit. The modern quad-core processor combines with the 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD to deliver smooth system performance that should not let you down in daily use.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3125 Points ∼100% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3028 Points ∼97% +1%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
2985 Points ∼96%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
2945 Points ∼94% -1%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2067 - 3210, n=24)
2930 Points ∼94% -2%
HP ProBook 430 G5-3KX72ES
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
2912 Points ∼93% -2%
Average of class Office
  (320 - 3884, n=154)
2655 Points ∼85% -11%
Productivity
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
6393 Points ∼100% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
6351 Points ∼99% +1%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
6279 Points ∼98%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
6101 Points ∼95% -3%
HP ProBook 430 G5-3KX72ES
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
6055 Points ∼95% -4%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2941 - 6556, n=24)
6036 Points ∼94% -4%
Average of class Office
  (1266 - 7964, n=154)
5479 Points ∼86% -13%
Essentials
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
8033 Points ∼100% +5%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
8015 Points ∼100% +5%
HP ProBook 430 G5-3KX72ES
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
7938 Points ∼99% +4%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (5073 - 8689, n=24)
7765 Points ∼97% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
7669 Points ∼95% 0%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
7656 Points ∼95%
Average of class Office
  (2683 - 9790, n=154)
6971 Points ∼87% -9%
Score
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3835 Points ∼100% +2%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
3816 Points ∼100% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3787 Points ∼99% +1%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
3753 Points ∼98%
HP ProBook 430 G5-3KX72ES
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
3722 Points ∼97% -1%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2247 - 3985, n=24)
3695 Points ∼96% -2%
Dell Latitude 7390
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, SK hynix SC311 M.2
3577 Points ∼93% -5%
Average of class Office
  (803 - 4597, n=155)
3270 Points ∼85% -13%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
5116 Points ∼100% +5%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
4887 Points ∼96%
Dell Latitude 7390
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, SK hynix SC311 M.2
4768 Points ∼93% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4737 Points ∼93% -3%
HP ProBook 430 G5-3KX72ES
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
4734 Points ∼93% -3%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3132 - 4927, n=21)
4665 Points ∼91% -5%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
4302 Points ∼84% -12%
Average of class Office
  (1226 - 5428, n=350)
4024 Points ∼79% -18%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
3948 Points ∼100% +18%
HP ProBook 430 G5-3KX72ES
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
3792 Points ∼96% +13%
Dell Latitude 7390
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, SK hynix SC311 M.2
3600 Points ∼91% +8%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3519 Points ∼89% +5%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2747 - 4244, n=22)
3444 Points ∼87% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3378 Points ∼86% +1%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
3342 Points ∼85%
Average of class Office
  (1169 - 4770, n=410)
3058 Points ∼77% -8%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3342 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4887 points
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Storage Devices

HP has equipped our review unit with a 256 GB Western Digital WDC SN520 SSD that utilises the NVMe protocol and operates on two lanes of PCIe 3.0. The M.2 2280 drive is reasonably fast, but it is considerably slower than Samsung PM981 in the ThinkPad L390. However, we doubt that most people would notice the difference in daily use.

HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
HP ProBook 430 G5-3KX72ES
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
Average WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
24%
-9%
22%
-14%
-1%
Write 4K
101.8
99.56
-2%
111.3
9%
108.5
7%
84.57
-17%
114 (81.7 - 150, n=11)
12%
Read 4K
41.35
37.22
-10%
32.46
-21%
40.53
-2%
38.52
-7%
41.7 (34.4 - 46.1, n=11)
1%
Write Seq
928.5
1432
54%
526.1
-43%
1026
11%
556.7
-40%
1150 (929 - 1302, n=11)
24%
Read Seq
1388
2072
49%
1430
3%
2080
50%
1393
0%
1246 (1085 - 1388, n=11)
-10%
Write 4K Q32T1
453.5
439.7
-3%
515.9
14%
451
-1%
339.5
-25%
331 (206 - 461, n=11)
-27%
Read 4K Q32T1
286.2
264.8
-7%
366.6
28%
269.7
-6%
255.4
-11%
307 (231 - 410, n=11)
7%
Write Seq Q32T1
1302
1549
19%
524.1
-60%
1770
36%
557.6
-57%
1119 (518 - 1302, n=11)
-14%
Read Seq Q32T1
1751
3318
89%
1783
2%
3214
84%
2541
45%
1727 (1688 - 1751, n=11)
-1%
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
Sequential Read: 1323 MB/s
Sequential Write: 935.8 MB/s
512K Read: 1190 MB/s
512K Write: 521.2 MB/s
4K Read: 37.12 MB/s
4K Write: 115 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 314.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 447.2 MB/s

Graphics Card

All ProBook 430 G6 models use the Intel UHD Graphics 620 for graphics. There is no dedicated option. The UHD Graphics 620 shares its memory with the CPU and benefits from running in dual channel mode, which is only enabled when the system is running with two RAM modules installed. Our review unit is only equipped with one RAM module, so it runs in single-channel mode, which restricts GPU performance. Hence, you could squeeze more performance from the UHD Graphics 620 if you added another stick of RAM, but it would still not be powerful enough for demanding tasks like CAD or video editing.

Like the CPU, the GPU is factory-throttled when running on battery. Activating Turbo Boost in the BIOS reverses this limit though.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1815 Points ∼100% +7%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
1728 Points ∼95% +2%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 2006, n=173)
1716 Points ∼95% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1710 Points ∼94% +1%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1698 Points ∼94%
HP ProBook 430 G5-3KX72ES
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1647 Points ∼91% -3%
Dell Latitude 7390
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8350U
1606 Points ∼88% -5%
Average of class Office
  (185 - 5332, n=660)
1319 Points ∼73% -22%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
1280 Points ∼100% +21%
HP ProBook 430 G5-3KX72ES
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1136 Points ∼89% +7%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (557 - 1401, n=142)
1127 Points ∼88% +7%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1058 Points ∼83%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1020 Points ∼80% -4%
Average of class Office
  (138 - 4109, n=479)
1014 Points ∼79% -4%
Dell Latitude 7390
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8350U
959 Points ∼75% -9%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
10126 Points ∼100% +20%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
9470 Points ∼94% +12%
HP ProBook 430 G5-3KX72ES
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
9235 Points ∼91% +9%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6910 - 11436, n=160)
9138 Points ∼90% +8%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
8462 Points ∼84%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
8182 Points ∼81% -3%
Dell Latitude 7390
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8350U
8104 Points ∼80% -4%
Average of class Office
  (1208 - 27117, n=525)
7030 Points ∼69% -17%
3DMark 11 Performance
1851 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
7644 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
969 points
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Gaming Performance

The ProBook 430 G6 is not a gaming laptop in disguise. The UHD Graphics 620 is powerful enough to play older or simple games like BioShock Infinite at 720p at minimum graphics, but current triple-A titles are out of the question. Unfortunately, you cannot connect an external GPU either, which would have allowed for some more serious gaming. In short, we would recommend looking elsewhere if you want a business laptop that is powerful enough for some gaming too.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 54.69 30.19 24.32 7.36 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 15.2 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 63.8 38.2 18.1 16.2 fps
Civilization VI (2016) 43.8 16 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 30.3 22.7 19.1 fps

Emissions

Fan Noise

While the ProBook 430 G6 remains mostly silent at idle, the fan occasionally reaches a maximum of 30 dB(A) for seemingly no reason. Moreover, the single fan constantly runs under load, but only reaches a maximum of 32.5 dB(A), which is comparatively quiet.

Unfortunately, our review unit suffers from coil whine as many modern laptops do. Some people may find this intrusive, so please keep this in mind before purchasing the ProBook 430 G6.

Noise Level

Idle
29.4 / 29.4 / 30 dB(A)
Load
32.5 / 32.5 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.4 dB(A)
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Temperature

CPU information during a combined FurMark & Prime95 stress test
CPU information during a combined FurMark & Prime95 stress test

The ProBook 430 G6 manages its surface temperatures well. The bottom case of our review unit reached a maximum of 41.1 °C (~106 °F) during our tests, which is noticeably warm but not dangerously so. The palm rest remained cool to the touch regardless of how hard we pushed the machine though, which is impressive. The laptop reached a maximum of 24.4 °C (~76 °F) at idle too, so it should feel cool during general tasks like browsing the web, sending emails or typing up documents.

We also subjected our review unit to a combined FurMark and Prime95 stress test, in which it behaved largely as it did during our Cinebench loop. Initially, the CPU briefly consumed 25 W, before dropping to 17 W after exhausting its turbo. However, the CPU downclocked to 1.3 GHz during our stress test, which is 300 MHz below its base clock and much lower than the speeds at which it operated during our Cinebench loop. The reason for this is that our stress test is designed to stress both the CPU and GPU, which share the same TDP, so the former is effectively bottlenecked by the latter. The CPU core temperatures reached a maximum of 75 °C (167 °F) during our stress test, which is well below critical temperatures.

TDP-related throttling should have no impact on everyday use. Moreover, our review unit scored just as well in 3DMark 11 after our stress test as it had done previously. Hence, the throttling is not prolonged, which is good.

Max. Load
 33.9 °C
93 F
38.3 °C
101 F
35.7 °C
96 F
 
 32.9 °C
91 F
34 °C
93 F
33.5 °C
92 F
 
 25.1 °C
77 F
23 °C
73 F
25.2 °C
77 F
 
Maximum: 38.3 °C = 101 F
Average: 31.3 °C = 88 F
39.3 °C
103 F
41.1 °C
106 F
38.2 °C
101 F
34.2 °C
94 F
37.2 °C
99 F
36.1 °C
97 F
23 °C
73 F
22.9 °C
73 F
23.1 °C
74 F
Maximum: 41.1 °C = 106 F
Average: 32.8 °C = 91 F
Power Supply (max.)  33.7 °C = 93 F | Room Temperature 19.6 °C = 67 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.3 °C / 88 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 38.3 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 41.1 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.2 °C / 74 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 25.2 °C / 77.4 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.1 °C / 82.6 F (+2.9 °C / 5.2 F).
Heatmap of the top of the device under load
Heatmap of the top of the device under load
Heatmap of the bottom of the device under load
Heatmap of the bottom of the device under load

Speakers

The ProBook 430 G6 has stereo speakers, but they cannot compete with those in the more expensive EliteBook 830 G5. Our review unit delivers mediocre sound that lacks bass, and which is dominated by midrange frequencies.

We would recommend using external speakers or headphones, where possible, for a better listening experience. The headphone jack in our review unit worked perfectly throughout our tests, but you could also connect speakers or headphones via Bluetooth should you have appropriate hardware.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.834.32527.2273131.526.74028.626.85024.526.36324.325.1802223.710025.52512523.62616024.539.220022.546.725023.246.631521.948.740020.85350020.554.563019.458.48001959.4100018.260.1125017.461.916001764.4200016.561.8250016.260.5315015.663.9400015.762.8500015.663.8630015.465.4800015.557.11000015.358.51250015.256.51600014.952.5SPL29.474.1N1.332.9median 17.4median 58.4Delta3.47.328.531.82826.928.628.524.727.325.226.522.226.222.926.724.227.122.529.523.335.422.343.522.449.921.154.720.858.220.457.72054.61957.918.360.717.763.317.159.916.861.116.461.416.267.415.868.615.666.115.664.815.564.815.564.215.457.515.450.829.576.11.336.3median 17.7median 58.23.26.130.633.229.131.628.837.22832.727.630.72628.625.430.427.135.424.83423.441.722.353.421.556.520.361.119.164.219.26717.769.916.966.916.667.816.571.716.27116.469.316.268.216.372.216.772.516.975.217.372.117.565.217.666.517.562.417.553.229.382.71.256median 17.5median 66.92.47.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EALenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GEHP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 34% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 58% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 35% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 58% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 18.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 42% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 51% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 41% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 52% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 34% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 61% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 20% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 76% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Management

Power Consumption

The ProBook 430 G6 stands out from our comparison devices with its low power consumption. By contrast, the ThinkPad L390 consumes about 10% more power than our review unit on average, while the ProBook 430 G5 consumed even more, especially at idle.

HP includes a 45 W charger with the ProBook 430 G6, which should always keep the device charging even if you are pushing it hard. While our review unit consumed a maximum of 45.7 W during our tests, it only did so briefly before settling at around 34.8 W.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.32 / 0.46 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.5 / 5.76 / 8.3 Watt
Load midlight 34.8 / 45.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
HP ProBook 430 G5-3KX72ES
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0), IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell Latitude 7390
8350U, UHD Graphics 620, SK hynix SC311 M.2, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG, IPS, 3840x2160, 13.3
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
 
Average of class Office
 
Power Consumption
-10%
-12%
-19%
-3%
-25%
-8%
-58%
Idle Minimum *
3.5
3.8
-9%
4.5
-29%
4.5
-29%
2.34
33%
4.8
-37%
3.84 (1 - 12.4, n=181)
-10%
7.56 (2.34 - 32, n=972)
-116%
Idle Average *
5.76
6.8
-18%
6.8
-18%
6.4
-11%
5.6
3%
8.6
-49%
7.06 (3.8 - 15.5, n=181)
-23%
11.4 (4.2 - 42, n=972)
-98%
Idle Maximum *
8.3
9.8
-18%
8.8
-6%
9.2
-11%
6.5
22%
10.4
-25%
8.87 (5 - 16.6, n=181)
-7%
13.8 (5 - 67, n=972)
-66%
Load Average *
34.8
32.4
7%
36.8
-6%
35.7
-3%
43
-24%
37.9
-9%
35.2 (8.1 - 51.6, n=181)
-1%
37.2 (7.43 - 99.3, n=957)
-7%
Load Maximum *
45.7
52
-14%
46.2
-1%
65.4
-43%
67.4
-47%
48.5
-6%
44.7 (22 - 79, n=181)
2%
46 (12.2 - 129, n=959)
-1%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Charging time: 128 minutes
Charging time: 128 minutes

The ProBook 430 G6 has a 45 Wh battery, which is about as big as all but the Latitude 7390 of our comparison devices. Our review unit achieved better runtimes than all but the Latitude too. The ProBook even outlasted the Latitude in our Wi-Fi test though with a runtime of 9:06 hours, which is excellent for a device with a 45 Wh battery. By contrast, the ThinkPad L390 and the ProBook 430 G5 needed recharging around 2:30 hours sooner than our review unit, despite the latter having a slightly larger battery than the ProBook 430 G6. Even the more expensive EliteBook 830 G5 comes up short in this regard.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
16h 9min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge)
9h 29min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
9h 06min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 25min
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
HP ProBook 430 G5-3KX72ES
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, 49 Wh
Dell Latitude 7390
8350U, UHD Graphics 620, 60 Wh
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 52 Wh
Average of class Office
 
Battery Runtime
-16%
-27%
-15%
24%
-3%
-30%
Reader / Idle
969
974
1%
766
-21%
1660
71%
1032
7%
572 (101 - 1857, n=800)
-41%
H.264
546
566
4%
481
-12%
749
37%
437 (139 - 862, n=184)
-20%
WiFi v1.3
569
419
-26%
418
-27%
424
-25%
498
-12%
417 (105 - 1104, n=355)
-27%
Load
145
83
-43%
140
-3%
92
-37%
141
-3%
101 (37 - 259, n=755)
-30%

Pros

+ good upgradeability
+ full-size SD card reader
+ significantly better battery life than its competitors
+ solid case
+ decent input devices
+ low temperatures under load
+ higher CPU performance than its predecessor

Cons

- dim display
- low color space coverage
- only 1-year warranty
- no Thunderbolt 3
- no optional pointing stick
- fewer business features than the EliteBook series
- installation error with the TrackPad in our review unit

Verdict

The HP ProBook 430 G6 laptop review. Test device courtesy of Cyberport.
The HP ProBook 430 G6 laptop review. Test device courtesy of Cyberport.

In short, the HP ProBook 430 G6 is a triumph. It resembles its more expensive EliteBook siblings while remaining affordable, but HP has kept compromises to a minimum, which is even more impressive considering the gulf in price between the ProBook 430 G6 and the EliteBook 830 G5.

The ProBook 430 G6 has many strengths, a highlight of which is its excellent upgradability, with its replaceable RAM, SSD and spare 2.5-inch drive bay. The entry-level laptop even has some larger and more expensive laptops beat here. Moreover, the ProBook can also outperform the competition with its full-size SD card reader, which neither the EliteBook 830 G5 nor the Lenovo ThinkPad L390 offer. Our review unit also has excellent battery life thanks to its low power consumption. Further plus points include its solid case, its decent input devices and its low temperatures. Additionally, the new Whiskey Lake CPU outperforms its Kaby Lake R predecessors too, which power the ProBook 430 G5 and EliteBook 830 G5.

The biggest weakness of the ProBook 430 G6 is its display. The IPS panel is too dark for our tastes and, its color space coverage is disappointingly poor. HP also does not offer a better display, which is a shame. Unfortunately, we have some other minor gripes too. The 1-year warranty is too short for a business laptop and is a cheap move by HP, and it would have been good had the company at least listed a pointing stick as a configurable option.

Furthermore, some business features are missing like a smart card reader. Finally, the TrackPad in our review unit has been poorly installed, but we assume that this is just an oversight and not a widespread issue. Still, it is disheartening, nonetheless.

The HP ProBook 430 G6 is an excellent choice for students and small businesses. Its battery life, upgradeability, and lightweight yet sturdy design all impressed us during our tests, but it is let down by its dim display.

The bottom line is that you must compromise on a below-average display compared to competitors like the ThinkPad L390, but the ProBook 430 G6 offers better battery life, upgradability, and lower temperatures along with a full-sized SD card reader. The L390 has slightly better input devices and a brighter display, but the ProBook edges it overall for us.

HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA - 09/26/2019 v7
Benjamin Herzig

Chassis
81 / 98 → 83%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
61 / 80 → 76%
Weight
70 / 20-75 → 91%
Battery
84%
Display
82%
Games Performance
49 / 78 → 62%
Application Performance
80 / 95 → 84%
Temperature
94%
Noise
97%
Audio
50%
Camera
37 / 85 → 44%
Average
73%
84%
Office - Weighted Average

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Benjamin Herzig, 2019-03-14 (Update: 2019-03-16)
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