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HP ProBook 430 G7 Laptop Review: No big improvement with Comet Lake

Low upgrade potential. Comet Lake and not much more – that is howthe upgrade from HP ProBook 430 G6 to ProBook 430 G7 can be described. Of course, there are some other differences, which we will explore in this comprehensive review.
Benjamin Herzig, 👁 Andreas Osthoff (translated by Benjamin Herzig),

HP has updated the ProBooks with 2020 technology. Models with Intel CPUs like the ProBook 430 G7 use the Comet Lake U series. Today's review-unit is the smallest model of the most affordable ProBook 400 series: The ProBook 430 G7 has a 13.3-inch screen that has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 (FHD). The other cornerstones of the device: 8 GB RAM, a 256 GB SSD and the Intel Core i7-10510U. This configuration costs at least €899 (~$980) in Germany.

Apart from last years HP ProBook 430 G6, another HP laptop serves for our comparison purposes: The more expensive HP EliteBook 830 G5. From other manufacturers, we use the Lenovo ThinkPad L390 as well as the Dell Latitude 5300 as comparable systems.

Since HP has refrained from making any design changes compared to last years model, we skip over the description of the chassis, the port-selection and the input devices in this review.

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HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA (ProBook 430 G7 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-10510U 4 x 1.8 - 4.8 GHz, Comet Lake-U
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, 1 of 2 slots free
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, BOE08A6, IPS LED, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Comet Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G, 256 GB 
, PCIe NVMe, M.2 2280, 197 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Comet Lake PCH-LP - cAVS
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio, Card Reader: 3-in-1-SD-Kartenleser, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18 x 309 x 231 ( = 0.71 x 12.17 x 9.09 in)
Battery
45 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p with IR camera
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, Keyboard: 6 row chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, HP Connection Optimizer, HP Jumpstart, HP Notification, HP PowerManager, HP Privacy Settings, HP Support Assistant, HP Sure Sense, Microsoft Office Trial, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.427 kg ( = 50.34 oz / 3.15 pounds), Power Supply: 273 g ( = 9.63 oz / 0.6 pounds)
Price
1019 EUro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
85 %
05/2020
HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA
i7-10510U, UHD Graphics 620
1.4 kg18 mm13.3"1920x1080
84 %
03/2019
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620
1.4 kg18 mm13.3"1920x1080
88 %
05/2018
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
i5-8550U, UHD Graphics 620
1.3 kg17.7 mm13.3"1920x1080
88 %
02/2019
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620
1.5 kg18.8 mm13.3"1920x1080
85 %
08/2019
Dell Latitude 5300
i5-8365U, UHD Graphics 620
1.4 kg19 mm13.3"1920x1080

Size & weight comparison

321.8 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 lbs309 mm / 12.2 inch 231 mm / 9.09 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.4 kg3.15 lbs306 mm / 12 inch 208 mm / 8.19 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 1.4 kg3.03 lbs
left: Kensington lock, USB 3.0 type A, SD card-reader
left: Kensington lock, USB 3.0 type A, SD card-reader
right: combo audio, USB 3.0 type A, HDMI, RJ45-Ethernet, USB 3.1 Gen 1 type C, charging port
right: combo audio, USB 3.0 type A, HDMI, RJ45-Ethernet, USB 3.1 Gen 1 type C, charging port
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell Latitude 5300
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
176 MB/s ∼100% +137%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
76.4 MB/s ∼43% +3%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
75.6 MB/s ∼43% +2%
HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA
 
74.4 MB/s ∼42%
Average of class Office
  (10.2 - 191, n=306)
62.5 MB/s ∼36% -16%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell Latitude 5300
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
188.8 MB/s ∼100% +129%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
86.5 MB/s ∼46% +5%
HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
82.4 MB/s ∼44%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
81.8 MB/s ∼43% -1%
Average of class Office
  (9.5 - 255, n=279)
78.3 MB/s ∼41% -5%

Communication

Wi-Fi-6 is used for the first time in the affordable ProBook series with the ProBook 430 G7. In the predecessor, the Intel Wireless 9560AC was responsible for the wireless internet connection. In the new ProBook, this job is occupied by the Intel Wireless AX201, a modern 2x2-AX-Wi-Fi card. In the benchmarks, this WLAN module easily beats the older AC cards – though you need an Wi-Fi 6 router for that, of course.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1722 (min: 1565, max: 1781) MBit/s ∼100%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (289 - 1722, n=53)
1133 MBit/s ∼66% -34%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
687 (min: 343, max: 691) MBit/s ∼40% -60%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
669 (min: 636, max: 689) MBit/s ∼39% -61%
Dell Latitude 5300
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
646 MBit/s ∼38% -62%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
639 MBit/s ∼37% -63%
Average of class Office
  (5 - 1722, n=261)
537 MBit/s ∼31% -69%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1425 (min: 705, max: 1463) MBit/s ∼100%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (49.8 - 1666, n=53)
995 MBit/s ∼70% -30%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
657 (min: 630, max: 667) MBit/s ∼46% -54%
Dell Latitude 5300
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
656 MBit/s ∼46% -54%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
653 (min: 322, max: 702) MBit/s ∼46% -54%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
512 MBit/s ∼36% -64%
Average of class Office
  (34 - 1666, n=260)
498 MBit/s ∼35% -65%

Webcam

ColorChecker
11.4 ∆E
20.1 ∆E
22.1 ∆E
14.9 ∆E
22 ∆E
16.1 ∆E
18.9 ∆E
25.5 ∆E
19.2 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
16 ∆E
17.7 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
18 ∆E
21.8 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
20.3 ∆E
20.3 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
22.5 ∆E
18.7 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
ColorChecker HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA: 16.55 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 25.49 ∆E

HP laptop with matte FHD display

subpixel array HP ProBook 430 G7
subpixel array HP ProBook 430 G7
barely any backlight bleeding (shown enhanced here)
barely any backlight bleeding (shown enhanced here)

HP serves up quite a few screen options with the ProBook 430 G7. At the lower end, we find a HD TN panel. As the middle-of-the-road option, there is an FHD IPS panel and finally, the premium choice is a SureView FHD IPS screen with up to 1,000 cd/m². It gets more complicated because of the touch-options: There are HD and FHD panels with touch – both of which are TN based. There are no IPS touch-panels available. The touchscreens are glossy, the non-touch panels are matte.

For the normal non-touch FHD screen, HP advertises a brightness value of 250 cd/m². With an average of 284 cd/m², the review sample clearly beats this mark. The screen is roughly 50 cd/m² brighter than the panel used in the predecessor. This is progress, but the FHD LCD of the more expensive HP EliteBook 830 G5 is still a lot brighter. This is one point where the price difference is clearly visible.

The measured PWM value of 1000 Hz does not give us headaches, it would have to be substantially lower for that.

287
cd/m²
288
cd/m²
285
cd/m²
279
cd/m²
300
cd/m²
285
cd/m²
270
cd/m²
288
cd/m²
280
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
BOE08A6
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 300 cd/m² Average: 284.7 cd/m² Minimum: 15.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 296 cd/m²
Contrast: 1200:1 (Black: 0.25 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.9 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.9, calibrated: 4.6
ΔE Greyscale 4 | 0.64-98 Ø6.1
62.4% sRGB (Calman 2D) 62.4% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 40.4% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.23
HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA
BOE08A6, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
CMN1375, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
IVO M133NVF3-R0, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
LP133WF2-SPL8, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell Latitude 5300
LGD05ED-133WF6, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Response Times
842%
17%
989%
19%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
48.8 (24.4, 24.4)
40.8 (22.8, 18)
16%
36 (18.8, 17.2)
26%
42.8 (22.8, 20)
12%
38 (19.6, 18.4)
22%
Response Time Black / White *
32 (16.4, 15.6)
30.4 (16.4, 14)
5%
24.8 (14, 10.8)
22%
30 (15.2, 14.8)
6%
27.2 (16, 11.2)
15%
PWM Frequency
1000 (99)
26040 (40)
2504%
1020 (99)
2%
30490 (99)
2949%
Screen
3%
21%
-14%
28%
Brightness middle
300
255
-15%
316
5%
298
-1%
326
9%
Brightness
285
238
-16%
326
14%
278
-2%
313
10%
Brightness Distribution
90
88
-2%
85
-6%
81
-10%
87
-3%
Black Level *
0.25
0.18
28%
0.19
24%
0.33
-32%
0.27
-8%
Contrast
1200
1417
18%
1663
39%
903
-25%
1207
1%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.9
5.4
8%
4.5
24%
6.5
-10%
3.2
46%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
20
19.5
2%
12.1
39%
23.9
-20%
6.3
68%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.6
4.1
11%
2.9
37%
4.9
-7%
1.6
65%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4
3.8
5%
5
-25%
5.6
-40%
3.8
5%
Gamma
2.23 99%
2.41 91%
2.22 99%
2.08 106%
2.14 103%
CCT
7154 91%
7100 92%
6018 108%
6669 97%
6900 94%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
40.4
39.4
-2%
57.9
43%
38.4
-5%
63.8
58%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
62.4
62.5
0%
87.3
40%
60.1
-4%
94.8
52%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
423% / 183%
19% / 20%
488% / 201%
24% / 26%

* ... smaller is better

colors
colors
saturation
saturation
grey-scale
grey-scale
colors (calibrated)
colors (calibrated)
saturation (calibrated)
saturation (calibrated)
grey-scale (calibrated)
grey-scale (calibrated)

The factory profile, which we measured with CalMan and the X-Rite i1Pro 2 color-sensor, has a light blue tint. Through a calibration, we were able to correct it. We can not complain about the contrast value of 1200:1, even though the preceding model was slightly better here.

Typical for affordable business laptops: a bad color gamut coverage. With just 62.4% of the sRGB gamut, serious photo-editing is a pipe dream.

sRGB: 62.4 %
sRGB: 62.4 %
AdobeRGB: 40.4 %
AdobeRGB: 40.4 %
Outdoor (sunny)
Outdoor (sunny)

The ProBook is outdoor-capable, thanks to the matte screen surface. The LCD panel does not fare well against direct sunlight, however. Using the device in the shadow is advisable.

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
32 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.4 ms rise
↘ 15.6 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. » 81 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
48.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 24.4 ms rise
↘ 24.4 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. » 80 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.2 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 1000 Hz ≤ 99 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 1000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 99 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 1000 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 18032 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

There is nothing to critique about the viewing angle stability. Luckily, IPS panels have pretty much solved any problems in this area.

viewing angle stability HP ProBook 430 G7
viewing angle stability HP ProBook 430 G7

HP ProBook with performance-stagnation

There is not a lot of choice in terms of CPUs and GPUs with the ProBook 430 G7: Buyers can choose between the Intel Core i5-10210U and the Core i7-10510U. Both contain the Intel UHD Graphics 620. There is a little more variety with the DDR4-2400-RAM: Since it has two SO-DIMM slots, HP offers 8, 16 or 32 GB (optional upgradability to 64 GB). In terms of storage, there is a single M.2 SSD with up to 512 GB and a 2.5-inch HDD.

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

Processor

The Intel Core i7-10510U is the strongest quad core processor of the Comet Lake U series. The four cores work with 1.8 to 4.8 GHz, with a typical maximum consumption of 15 W. The CPU benchmark-list allows for comparisons with other CPUs.

In the Cinebench test, the CPU can consume 25 W for 30 seconds. Afterwards, a TDP limitation of 17 W goes into effect. In the loop test, this consumption can be held for a few runs, then it falls to 15 W. The clock-rates sit at 2.5 GHz at this point and CPU temperatures hover around 82 degrees Celsius (179.6 °F). The CPU performance disappoints a little, as it is only on-par with the preceding ProBook 430 G6. The older model only contained an i5, however. CPU performance is not worse, but also not better.

In the battery mode, we were able to detect a performance limitation. Instead of 600 points, the HP laptops only scored around 450 points in the Cinebench R15 multicore test.

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HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel Core i7-10510U: Ø540 (519.71-595.77)
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø554 (547.53-598.04)
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel Core i7-8550U: Ø530 (526-566)
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø548 (540-605)
Dell Latitude 5300 Intel Core i5-8365U, Intel Core i5-8365U: Ø561 (550.09-609.81)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (141 - 202, n=28)
181 Points ∼100% +1%
HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA
Intel Core i7-10510U
180 Points ∼99%
Dell Latitude 5300
Intel Core i5-8365U
171 Points ∼94% -5%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel Core i7-8550U
169 Points ∼93% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
155 Points ∼86% -14%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
154.25 Points ∼85% -14%
Average of class Office
  (20 - 202, n=582)
116 Points ∼64% -36%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (520 - 856, n=30)
692 Points ∼100% +16%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
605 Points ∼87% +2%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
598 (min: 547.53, max: 598.04) Points ∼86% 0%
HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA
Intel Core i7-10510U
595.77 (min: 519.71, max: 595.77) Points ∼86%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel Core i7-8550U
566 (min: 526, max: 566) Points ∼82% -5%
Dell Latitude 5300
Intel Core i5-8365U
558 (min: 550.09, max: 609.81) Points ∼81% -6%
Average of class Office
  (36 - 1139, n=590)
365 Points ∼53% -39%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
180 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
595.77 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
47.93 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.81 %
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System performance

The system performance is pretty much without flaw. Although the HP laptop ProBook 430 G7 only reaches middling results in the PCMark ranking, it shows no signs of slowing down in everyday use.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2537 - 4741, n=12)
3319 Points ∼100% +7%
Dell Latitude 5300
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8365U, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
3154 Points ∼95% +1%
HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
3114 Points ∼94%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3028 Points ∼91% -3%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
2985 Points ∼90% -4%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
2945 Points ∼89% -5%
Average of class Office
  (320 - 5547, n=194)
2783 Points ∼84% -11%
Productivity
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6554 - 8036, n=12)
7264 Points ∼100% +4%
HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
6982 Points ∼96%
Dell Latitude 5300
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8365U, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
6623 Points ∼91% -5%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
6393 Points ∼88% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
6351 Points ∼87% -9%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
6279 Points ∼86% -10%
Average of class Office
  (1266 - 8567, n=194)
5702 Points ∼78% -18%
Essentials
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (8020 - 10546, n=12)
9356 Points ∼100% +17%
Dell Latitude 5300
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8365U, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
8863 Points ∼95% +11%
HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
8020 Points ∼86%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
8015 Points ∼86% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
7669 Points ∼82% -4%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
7656 Points ∼82% -5%
Average of class Office
  (2683 - 9821, n=194)
7233 Points ∼77% -10%
Score
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3783 - 4688, n=12)
4351 Points ∼100% +9%
Dell Latitude 5300
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8365U, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
4086 Points ∼94% +2%
HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
4005 Points ∼92%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
3816 Points ∼88% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3787 Points ∼87% -5%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
3753 Points ∼86% -6%
Average of class Office
  (803 - 5409, n=195)
3422 Points ∼79% -15%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
5116 Points ∼100% +1%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (4396 - 5366, n=10)
5110 Points ∼100% +1%
HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
5045 Points ∼99%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
4887 Points ∼96% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4737 Points ∼93% -6%
Average of class Office
  (1226 - 5443, n=381)
4094 Points ∼80% -19%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
3948 Points ∼100% +13%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3182 - 4251, n=10)
3732 Points ∼95% +7%
Dell Latitude 5300
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8365U, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
3546 Points ∼90% +1%
HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
3494 Points ∼89%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3378 Points ∼86% -3%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
3342 Points ∼85% -4%
Average of class Office
  (1169 - 4770, n=443)
3099 Points ∼78% -11%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3494 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5045 points
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DPC latency

Unfortunately, the ProBook 430 G7 struggles with DPC latency when playing YouTube videos and during the Prime95 test. At least there were no problems when it was loading websites.

LatencyMon Main
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LatencyMon Drivers
LatencyMon Drivers
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
3941.7 μs * ∼100%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

Permanent storage is covered by an M.2 2280 SSD by Toshiba. The PCIe SSD with a capacity of 256 GB is slower than the SSDs of the comparable office laptops, especially when it comes to the maximum transfer rates in the Sequential Q32T1. Especially for larger files, this SSDs will be slower than others.

HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA
Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
Dell Latitude 5300
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
Average Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
16%
47%
50%
36%
-5%
Write 4K
124.7
101.8
-18%
108.5
-13%
99.56
-20%
119.2
-4%
115 (94.8 - 149, n=7)
-8%
Read 4K
48.17
41.35
-14%
40.53
-16%
37.22
-23%
41.43
-14%
48 (44.3 - 52.7, n=7)
0%
Write Seq
694.4
928.5
34%
1026
48%
1432
106%
1240
79%
727 (667 - 883, n=7)
5%
Read Seq
757
1388
83%
2080
175%
2072
174%
1668
120%
885 (665 - 1068, n=7)
17%
Write 4K Q32T1
311
453.5
46%
451
45%
439.7
41%
381.7
23%
253 (167 - 332, n=7)
-19%
Read 4K Q32T1
495.5
286.2
-42%
269.7
-46%
264.8
-47%
371.5
-25%
400 (307 - 496, n=7)
-19%
Write Seq Q32T1
1017
1302
28%
1770
74%
1549
52%
1369
35%
849 (657 - 1017, n=7)
-17%
Read Seq Q32T1
1530
1751
14%
3214
110%
3318
117%
2652
73%
1493 (1202 - 1606, n=7)
-2%
Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 1530 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1017 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 495.5 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 311 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 757 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 694.4 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 48.17 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 124.7 MB/s

GPU

There is only a single GPU option for the HP ProBook 430 G7: The Intel UHD Graphics 620. This integrated GPU has no dedicated memory and has to rely on the main system memory. Since it runs in single-channel mode, thanks to the lack of the second RAM module, the GPU can not reach its full potential. But it is very limited anyway, as the UHD Graphics 620 is already quite old at this point. It is too weak for demanding programs or games.

When the GPU performance is tested in battery mode, the ProBook 430 G7 only manages to reach a score of 1,296 instead of 1,836 points in the 3DMark11 GPU score.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Dell Latitude 5300
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8365U
1926 Points ∼100% +5%
HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10510U
1836 Points ∼95%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 2006, n=212)
1735 Points ∼90% -6%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
1728 Points ∼90% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1710 Points ∼89% -7%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1698 Points ∼88% -8%
Average of class Office
  (185 - 5422, n=699)
1396 Points ∼72% -24%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Office
  (76 - 1164, n=84)
510 Points ∼100% +34%
HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10510U
380 Points ∼75%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (299 - 443, n=64)
374 Points ∼73% -2%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
1280 Points ∼100% +15%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (557 - 1418, n=180)
1145 Points ∼89% +3%
HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10510U
1115 Points ∼87%
Average of class Office
  (138 - 4109, n=516)
1071 Points ∼84% -4%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1058 Points ∼83% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1020 Points ∼80% -9%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
9470 Points ∼100% +8%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6910 - 11436, n=193)
9179 Points ∼97% +4%
HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10510U
8790 Points ∼93%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
8462 Points ∼89% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
8182 Points ∼86% -7%
Average of class Office
  (1208 - 27117, n=558)
7357 Points ∼78% -16%
3DMark 11 Performance
2006 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
7853 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1019 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
435 points
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low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 59 32.7 25.7 8.4 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 68.6 41.6 18.1 15.8 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 21.6 14.1 12.8 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 14 fps
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 22.4 fps

Emissions

Noise

The noise measurements leave us somewhat torn up. While idling, the fan does stay off most of the time and it also does not get that loud under load. Sadly, it does start up sometimes while idling. Even worse, the fan exhibits very annoying pulsing. Overall, this stains the otherwise good impression, even though there is no coil whine.

Noise Level

Idle
29.7 / 29.7 / 30.3 dB(A)
Load
30.4 / 31.2 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: 29.7 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203128.330.8302530.725.927.828.23136.23030.131.94031.228.928.8315024.92626.3256322.623.424.622.88023.523.122.923.910023.924.924.823.912522.423.322.822.816022.323.622.222.920023.123.223.222.925022.722.322.322.531521.421.52221.340021.421.420.72150020.821.120.120.363020.420.719.720.380020.219.61919.6100020.219.418.519.3125022.419.618.119.9160020.119.117.219.3200019.3181718.1250018.11716.516.9315017.516.716.216.4400016.616.116.116.2500016.41615.916.2630016.316.116.116.2800016.416.11616.11000016.21615.916125001615.915.715.81600015.915.515.515.6SPL31.230.429.730.3N1.51.41.31.4median 20.2median 19.4median 18.1median 19.3Delta2.42.92.92.8hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseHP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA

Temperatures

stress test (Prime95 + FurMark)
stress test (Prime95 + FurMark)

We measure 47.8 degrees Celsius (~118 °F) at the bottom of the HP ProBook 430 G7 – a warm temperature, but in no way critical and also contained to a small part of the chassis.

In the combined Prime95 and FurMark stresstest, the processor can consume 25 W for a short period. Afterwards the consumption is limited to 15 W. Since CPU and GPU have to share the "consumption budget", the CPU clock-rate falls to 1 GHz. This CPU throttling should have no influence in everyday use.

Max. Load
 37.3 °C
99 F
39.2 °C
103 F
37.7 °C
100 F
 
 37.1 °C
99 F
37.8 °C
100 F
36.4 °C
98 F
 
 25.8 °C
78 F
27.8 °C
82 F
27.3 °C
81 F
 
Maximum: 39.2 °C = 103 F
Average: 34 °C = 93 F
42.2 °C
108 F
47.8 °C
118 F
42.9 °C
109 F
33.5 °C
92 F
36.5 °C
98 F
37.9 °C
100 F
25.3 °C
78 F
25 °C
77 F
24.9 °C
77 F
Maximum: 47.8 °C = 118 F
Average: 35.1 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  37.9 °C = 100 F | Room Temperature 20.4 °C = 69 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34 °C / 93 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 39.2 °C / 103 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 47.8 °C / 118 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.6 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 27.8 °C / 82 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28 °C / 82.4 F (+0.2 °C / 0.4 F).

Speakers

For a somewhat budget-oriented laptop, the speakers of the ProBook 430 G7 are pretty good. They are not extremely loud and missing base, but the sound is impressive otherwise. The combo-audio port can be used to get an even better result.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.834.12527.827.83130.131.34028.828.95026.3256324.624.18022.924.310024.826.212522.830.816022.244.520023.250.425022.350.93152252.540020.758.450020.161.863019.762.18001961.4100018.562.2125018.165.6160017.268.120001763.1250016.562.2315016.262.7400016.164.3500015.966.8630016.165.880001660.41000015.957.71250015.756.31600015.546.4SPL29.776.1N1.337.7median 18.1median 61.4Delta2.96.135.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EAApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 18.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 22% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 69% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 23% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 69% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy management: less battery life than HP ProBook 430 G6

Power consumption

We can not find any faults in HP's energy management, as the HP ProBook 430 G7 consumes less than all competitors. Only the predecessor ProBook 430 G6 is as efficient while idling.

For the charger, the maximum power consumption of 42 W are not a challenge. The consumption also quickly plummets down to 31 W.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.28 / 0.52 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.3 / 6.1 / 8.6 Watt
Load midlight 32.4 / 42.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA
i7-10510U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
i5-8550U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0), IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell Latitude 5300
i5-8365U, UHD Graphics 620, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG), IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
 
Average of class Office
 
Power Consumption
-22%
-2%
-12%
-18%
-10%
-58%
Idle Minimum *
3.3
4.5
-36%
3.5
-6%
3.8
-15%
3.8
-15%
3.8 (1 - 12.4, n=223)
-15%
7.41 (1.3 - 32, n=1012)
-125%
Idle Average *
6.1
6.4
-5%
5.76
6%
6.8
-11%
6.9
-13%
7.01 (2.8 - 15.7, n=225)
-15%
11.2 (3.7 - 42, n=1012)
-84%
Idle Maximum *
8.6
9.2
-7%
8.3
3%
9.8
-14%
7.5
13%
8.79 (3.8 - 16.6, n=223)
-2%
13.6 (4.8 - 67, n=1012)
-58%
Load Average *
32.4
35.7
-10%
34.8
-7%
32.4
-0%
41.4
-28%
35.3 (8.1 - 51.6, n=223)
-9%
37.2 (7.43 - 99.3, n=997)
-15%
Load Maximum *
42.7
65.4
-53%
45.7
-7%
52
-22%
63.1
-48%
46.7 (22 - 86, n=225)
-9%
46.3 (12.2 - 129, n=999)
-8%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

charging times: 152 minutes
charging times: 152 minutes

In the Wi-Fi test with 150 cd/m² screen brightness, the ProBook 430 G7 lasts almost seven hours. This means a reduction of roughly 20% compared to the predecessor, despite no changes to the 45 Wh battery. At least the competitor from Lenovo, the ThinkPad L390, is even worse in this regard.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Chromium 82)
7h 53min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness (Chromium 82)
6h 47min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
9h 46min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 48min
HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA
i7-10510U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
i5-8550U, UHD Graphics 620, 49 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
Dell Latitude 5300
i5-8365U, UHD Graphics 620, 60 Wh
Average of class Office
 
Battery Runtime
-0%
-15%
-22%
6%
-25%
Reader / Idle
969
766
974
583 (101 - 2246, n=813)
H.264
586
546
-7%
481
-18%
566
-3%
442 (139 - 882, n=198)
-25%
WiFi v1.3
473
569
20%
424
-10%
419
-11%
500
6%
424 (105 - 1104, n=394)
-10%
Load
168
145
-14%
140
-17%
83
-51%
101 (37 - 259, n=776)
-40%

Pros

+ very good upgradability
+ full-size SD card reader
+ robust chassis
+ comfortable input-devices
+ Wi-Fi 6

Cons

- weak screen (color gamut)
- no Thunderbolt 3
- no pointing-stick option
- less business features than EliteBooks
- pulsating fan
- DPC latency problem
- performance limitation in battery mode

Verdict

in review: HP ProBook 430 G7, review sample supplied by
in review: HP ProBook 430 G7, review sample supplied by

HP stays with the established design of last year's model and only makes a few modifications "under the hood".

The basic verdict of the HP ProBook 430 G6 holds true. The comparably affordable office laptop has many positives on its side: The comfortable keyboard, the extremely good upgradability or the SD card reader. All of these points should be enough to make the ProBook into an ideal companion device for many students or self-employed users.

The internal changes are at the same time both positive and negative. Wi-Fi 6 is with no doubt a great improvement. The newer Comet Lake processor on the other hand does not manage to outperform the older Whiskey Lake predecessor. Despite the performance stagnation, the ProBook runs warmer than the older model and is less enduring when it comes to the battery life. Those are not bad enough to be outright negatives, but they also are not really positive aspects. There are other new problems: The pulsating fan and the DPC latency problem. Apart from those, the negatives of the old model remain: The screen has a weak color gamut coverage, Thunderbolt and business features are missing and there is no pointing-stick. 

The HP ProBook 430 G7 is not a big upgrade by any means. But that was also not really necessary, as the older model was already a pretty good office laptop.

Should owners of the ProBook 430 G6 upgrade? Not really. In general, we do recommend the ProBook, but HP should at least fix the annoying pulsating fan with a firmware-update.

HP ProBook 430 G7-8VU53EA - 05/13/2020 v7
Benjamin Herzig

Chassis
81 / 98 → 83%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
66 / 80 → 83%
Weight
70 / 20-75 → 91%
Battery
81%
Display
83%
Games Performance
50 / 78 → 64%
Application Performance
82 / 95 → 87%
Temperature
91%
Noise
98%
Audio
71%
Camera
26 / 85 → 30%
Average
75%
85%
Office - Weighted Average

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Benjamin Herzig, 2020-05-23 (Update: 2020-06-17)
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Editor of the original article: Benjamin Herzig - Editor
In 2010 I started to get more and more involved with technology, especially notebooks have been my passion ever since. Of course I came across the detailed tests of Notebookcheck very quickly. With time I learned more and more about notebooks and started writing small reviews about notebooks in forums and blog pages. To earn some extra money during my studies I turned my hobby into my profession and joined the team of Notebookcheck in 2016. My personal interest is especially in business notebooks.