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HP ProBook 440 G3 Notebook Review

Nino Ricchizzi, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Martina Osztovits), 12/25/2015

Entry into the business world. With its new ProBook 440 G3, HP shows what an entry-level device of the business class really needs. Intel's new Skylake generation may not be missing here. Unfortunately, the 14-inch model also inherited problems of the ProBook 430 G3.

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The HP ProBook 440 G3 is considered a cheap entry-level notebook of the business class. It is suitable for everyday business tasks and also for office work. The models are priced far below 1000 Euros (~$1096). The most powerful variant is available for about 900 Euros (~$986). Currently, our test model costs about 620 Euros (~$679) and features the brand new Intel Skylake architecture. In addition, it comes with 4 GB of RAM and a 500 GB hard drive.

In our review, we will compare it to its competitors of the same price class. We have selected the ThinkPad E450 and the ThinkPad E460 from Lenovo. In addition, it competes with the Dell Latitude 3450 and the more expensive Acer TravelMate P645. Certainly, we will not omit a direct comparison to other HP Business laptops. Thus, the HP ProBook 430 G3 joins the comparison group.

HP ProBook 440 G3 (ProBook 440 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2 cores, TDP of 15 Watt
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 520, Core: 950 MHz, Memory: 800 MHz, 10.18.15.4256
Memory
4096 MB 
, single channel, DDR3L-1600-SDRAM, 1 of 2 RAM slots used
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, Chi Mei CMN14A7, TN, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630, 500 GB 
, 7200 rpm
Soundcard
Intel Skylake PCH-H High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Audio-Combo, Card Reader: SD, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 21 x 339 x 244 ( = 0.83 x 13.35 x 9.61 in)
Battery
44 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.67 kg ( = 58.91 oz / 3.68 pounds), Power Supply: 283 g ( = 9.98 oz / 0.62 pounds)
Price
620 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Our test model can be considered the 14-inch variant of the ProBook 430 G3. For that reason, the look of the two models does not differ much. Despite its price, the case looks upscale. The frame surrounding the keyboard is made from aluminum and a contrast to the matte black display unit. In addition, it feels good to the touch thanks to many rounded corners and edges. Moreover, the build quality is very good for this price point. Although the display hinges are quite small, they appear stable; at least in our factory new model. In the smaller model of the first generation, the display bounced easily. It remains to be seen whether this will also happen in our bigger 440 G3 model after it has been used for a longer period of time.

The parts of the case are precisely connected to each other. There aren't uneven or bigger gaps.

The battery can be removed without tools on the underside. The case remains stable and it is possible to use the laptop without battery. Maintenance is easy due to a big maintenance hatch. The low weight of 1.6 kg is a pro for mobile use.

Unfortunately, there are also weaknesses: For example, the lid can be easily depressed. Overall, HP used a soft and thin plastic at the display. In contrast, the base unit appears very stable.

Connectivity

The offered interfaces are standard for current notebooks. As is already known from other models of this series, only two of three USB ports are USB 3.0 ports. The interface layout makes all interfaces easily reachable. However, when using both USB-3.0 ports the plugs should not be too big, otherwise one of the two interfaces will be blocked.

Front
Front
Right: 2x USB3.0, HDMI out, VGA-out, Ethernet, Kensington lock
Right: 2x USB3.0, HDMI out, VGA-out, Ethernet, Kensington lock
Left: 1x USB 2.0, audio combo, SD-card reader
Left: 1x USB 2.0, audio combo, SD-card reader
Rear
Rear

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Communication

Network communication is possible in two ways in the HP ProBook 440 G3. It is possible with the RealTek Semiconductor RTL8168/8111 PCI-E module via cable, which allows a transfer rate of up to 1 Gbit. The second possibility is a wireless connection via Intel's Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 module. The Wi-Fi performance is rated at up to 433 Mbit/s. A test specified by the author simulates the actual transfer rates. An Apple iMac 21.5 Late 2013 is available as reference, which supports the IEEE-802.11 ac standard and also 1 Gbit Ethernet. A 5 GB file is sent via a hard drive connected to the network (FRITZ!Box 7490). After multiple downloads, the average is calculated. The two test devices are located next to each other and need to get through one floor and a beeline of 4 m to the router. Via Wi-Fi, our test model as well as the Apple iMac achieved about 34 MB/s. Via cable, the HP ProBook 440 G3 achieved 109 MB/s, but the Apple iMac only reached 83 MB/s.

Security

In order to make stealing the device more difficult, the test device features a Kensington security lock slot and a fingerprint reader. Another integrated security feature is TPM. In addition, the manufacturer ensures the required security standard with its proprietary software. The preinstalled HP Client Security Software allows the user to encrypt hard drives for example. An HP BIOS Protection is included, too.

Accessories

The usual installation information is included. Compatible accessories can optionally be bought from the manufacturer's website. For example, these include bags, input devices, drives, combination locks and services packages. A universal port replicator is available for 280 Euros (~$306). It offers another six USB ports, an Ethernet port, a microphone in, a headphones out, and HDMI out.

Maintenance

As already mentioned in the case section: There is a maintenance hatch on the underside of the notebook. You can take it off with a single screw. In order to loosen it, you have to remove the screw's cover first. It is easy to take off the hatch. Afterwards it is possible to replace the hard drive, the Wi-Fi ac module, and the RAM. It is not possible to clean the fan. A look inside brings a surprise: there is a free M.2 slot for adding a drive.

The battery can be removed with a mechanical lock without screws. It is possible to use the notebook without battery.

Warranty

Only a one-year warranty is included. A warranty extension to three years including on-site service costs about 130 Euros (~$142). Moreover, you can add accidental damage protection for 260 Euros (~$284). HP's most expensive Care package is called "HP 3-year 9x5 Next Coverage Day Call to Repair (80%) Notebook Only Service." However, details about the included services are not listed. The prices for the warranty range from 410 Euros (~$449, 3 years) to 1310 Euros (~$1435, 5 years).

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard, which feels very grippy to the touch and can convince overall, deserves praise. All keys are firm enough and hardly yield at the corners. The pressure experience is constant; the key travel is soft and quite short. Touch typists will get used to the keyboard quickly. The typing noise is basically dull and not disturbing.

The mid-placed arrow keys are especially narrow and small in many of today's notebook keyboards. However, HP made them wider and, thus, easier to use.

In order to be able to type in the dark, a keyboard light with two levels has been integrated.

Touchpad

Unfortunately, the touchpad is still too small in the current model. With a size of 9.6 x 4.9 cm, it falls behind the competitors from Lenovo and Dell. The touchpad is responsive and recognizes inputs without problems. In addition, gestures are possible on the small touchpad. Unfortunately, the input device has some issues at the corners, where movements are partly not recognized at all. It sometimes even did not react at all when touched gently. Overall, the input device does its job, but it cannot replace a connected mouse.

The mouse buttons have a soft stroke and only emit a quiet and dull clicking noise.

Input devices
Input devices

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid
Ugly streaks on the display
Ugly streaks on the display

The first obvious difference to the already reviewed 13.3-inch model is the used display. The 14-inch display features a Full HD resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, now. As already known from ProBooks, HP uses a matte panel. Thus, close light sources and reflections do not disturb the user. Unfortunately, the display brightness is not up-to-date. With an average brightness of 215 cd/m², the test model performs far worse than the Dell Latitude 3450 (273 cd/m²) and the Acer TravelMate P645 (308 cd/m²). In addition, it is a negative point that it is a TN type. The competition proves that a high-end IPS panel can also find its way into a cheap business notebook.

The test model's white streaks on dark/black background (see image) are very unattractive. We could not find out whether this is a defect of our test model or even a problem of the display series.

220
cd/m²
209
cd/m²
208
cd/m²
208
cd/m²
246
cd/m²
211
cd/m²
212
cd/m²
217
cd/m²
207
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 246 cd/m² Average: 215.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 244 cd/m²
Contrast: 492:1 (Black: 0.5 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 8.6 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 9.36 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
59.1% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 37.8% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.39
HP ProBook 440 G3
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Lenovo ThinkPad E450 20DDS01E00
Radeon R7 M260, 5200U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Radeon R7 M360, 6200U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
Dell Latitude 3450-9723
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Response Times
15%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
46 (24, 22)
40 (17, 23)
13%
Response Time Black / White *
27.6 (11.2, 16.4)
23.2 (6.8, 16.4)
16%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-11%
23%
29%
-11%
Brightness middle
246
218
-11%
233
-5%
303
23%
195
-21%
Brightness
215
211
-2%
221
3%
273
27%
201
-7%
Brightness Distribution
84
76
-10%
88
5%
83
-1%
87
4%
Black Level *
0.5
0.53
-6%
0.3
40%
0.445
11%
0.54
-8%
Contrast
492
411
-16%
777
58%
681
38%
361
-27%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
8.6
11.16
-30%
4.43
48%
3.94
54%
11.16
-30%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
9.36
12.58
-34%
3.78
60%
4.28
54%
12.02
-28%
Gamma
2.39 92%
2.34 94%
2.31 95%
2.5 88%
3.05 72%
CCT
11226 58%
14940 44%
7171 91%
7325 89%
14187 46%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
37.8
39
3%
37.3
-1%
47.9
27%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
59.1
61
3%
58.7
-1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-11% / -11%
19% / 21%
29% / 29%
-11% / -11%

* ... smaller is better

The test model's contrast is 492:1. It only seems quite normal due to the low brightness and is actually rather poor. A black value of 0.5 cd/m² is also quite high. As a result, black does not really appear deep. Overall, HP could do better.

The display is slightly bluish without calibration. The CalMAN analysis reports a DeltaE shift of 9.36 in the grayscale. The ColorChecker also reports a high DeltaE value of 8.64. After calibration, the deviations are significantly smaller with 1.4 in the grayscale and 3.25 in the colors.

The color coverage is about 59.1% of sRGB and about 37.8% of AdobeRGB. These values are mainly important for professional use. They are not sufficient for graphics designers.

vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
CalMAN ColorChecker without calibration
CalMAN ColorChecker without calibration
CalMAN Gray levels without calibration
CalMAN Gray levels without calibration
CalMAN SaturationSweeps without calibration
CalMAN SaturationSweeps without calibration
vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
CalMAN ColorChecker with calibration
CalMAN ColorChecker with calibration
CalMAN Gray levels with calibration
CalMAN Gray levels with calibration
CalMAN SaturationSweeps with calibration
CalMAN SaturationSweeps with calibration

Since the manufacturer incorporated a matte display, it can be used outdoors in the shade. Due to the low brightness, it cannot cope with direct sunlight. Those looking for a device for frequent outdoor use should for example take a closer look at the Dell Latitude 3450.

Direct sunlight
Direct sunlight
In the shade
In the shade

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
27.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 11.2 ms rise
↘ 16.4 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. » 58 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
46 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 24 ms rise
↘ 22 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. » 72 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8773 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Another consequence of choosing a cheap TN panel is the poor viewing-angle stability. Even small changes of the opening angle lead to big color and brightness shifts. In contrast, viewing from the sides works fine.

Alike in the smaller ProBook 430 series, the opening angle is too small. Especially when used on the lap, it is a few degrees too small for allowing comfortable use of the notebook.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

LatencyMon
LatencyMon

Our test model is armed for the office segment with a new Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM (single-channel) and a 500 GB HDD. Smaller performance reserves for multimedia tasks are available. However, the laptop is only targeted at the business range. Those who want to spend about 300 Euros (~$329) more will get an Intel i7 processor and dual-channel RAM.

Unfortunately, none of the ProBook 440 G3 series models comes with an LTE/3G modem. A model with such a module can be selected from the smaller ProBook 430 series.

Processor

Constant clock rates in Cinebench
Constant clock rates in Cinebench

A new Intel Core i5-6200U from the current Skylake generation is used as processor. Both cores clock at 2.3 GHz. With Turbo Boost, the CPU reaches a clock rate of up to 2.8 GHz (2 cores: max. 2.7 GHz). The "U" in the name hints at the low power consumption of the processor. The manufacturer specifies a TDP of 15 W.

We want to determine the performance with Cinebench R15. Our test model achieves 294 points in the multi-core test. This result conforms to other notebooks' results with the same CPU. During the test, the two cores always clocked at 2.7 GHz. The processor's predecessor (Intel Core i5-5200U) is about 11% slower in the Dell Latitude 3450.

The test model achieves about the same results on battery, too.

Please refer to our benchmark list of current processors for further comparisons and benchmarks.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP ProBook 440 G3
114 Points ∼54%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
115 Points ∼54% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E450 20DDS01E00
97 Points ∼46% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
114 Points ∼54% 0%
Dell Latitude 3450-9723
105 Points ∼49% -8%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
91 Points ∼43% -20%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
97 Points ∼46% -15%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP ProBook 440 G3
294 Points ∼9%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
286 Points ∼9% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E450 20DDS01E00
250 Points ∼8% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
290 Points ∼9% -1%
Dell Latitude 3450-9723
260 Points ∼8% -12%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
250 Points ∼8% -15%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
230 Points ∼7% -22%

Legend

 
HP ProBook 440 G3 Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
 
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
 
Lenovo ThinkPad E450 20DDS01E00 Intel Core i5-5200U, AMD Radeon R7 M260, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
 
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000 Intel Core i5-6200U, AMD Radeon R7 M360, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
 
Dell Latitude 3450-9723 Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
 
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
 
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
7278 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
12636 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
5585 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7332
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
10048
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4441
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
22.81 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.2 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.33 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.9 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
30.25 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
294 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
114 Points
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System Performance

PCMark 7
PCMark 7

Basically, the test model works smoothly. Users who are used to an SSD will notice the lack of a fast storage device. PCMark 7 confirms our subjective impression. With 3022 points, it is good for the used components. The Lenovo ThinkPad E450/E460 features a fast storage device. As a result, it performs significantly better with about 4800 points.

HP ProBook 440 G3
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Lenovo ThinkPad E450 20DDS01E00
Radeon R7 M260, 5200U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
Dell Latitude 3450-9723
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
PCMark 7
Score
3022
2984
-1%
4797
59%
2856
-5%
2344
-22%
PCMark 8
3%
12%
-26%
Work Score Accelerated v2
3840
4106
7%
4186
9%
2973
-23%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
3503
3390
-3%
Home Score Accelerated v2
2871
3043
6%
3299
15%
2028
-29%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
1% / 2%
36% / 28%
-5% / -5%
-24% / -25%
PCMark 7 Score
3022 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2871 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3503 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3840 points
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Storage Device

HD Tune
HD Tune

HP uses a 7200 RPM hard drive in all notebooks of the ProBook 440 G3 series. The storage device has a capacity of 500 GB. Other hard drive options are not available at purchase. It is easy to replace the 2.5-inch drive. Even easier: There is a free M.2 slot inside, which makes it easy to add an SSD.

The hard drive achieves decent read and write rates in CrystalDiskMark. The hard drive in the Dell Latitude 3450 is about 30 MB/s slower. 

Furthermore, we want to briefly talk about the SD-card reader. We analyze the transfer rate with a Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II. The download of 250 jpg files (5 MB each) is done at about 70.1 MB/s. The AS SSD benchmark reports a sequential read rate of 86.37 MB/s and a write rate of 63.83 MB/s.

HP ProBook 440 G3
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Lenovo ThinkPad E450 20DDS01E00
Radeon R7 M260, 5200U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
Dell Latitude 11 3150
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-9%
2271%
2906%
-35%
Write 4k QD32
1.304
1.288
-1%
36.91
2731%
98.57
7459%
0.621
-52%
Read 4k QD32
1.179
1.151
-2%
96.07
8048%
117.4
9858%
0.768
-35%
Write 4k
1.277
1.246
-2%
37.27
2819%
39.21
2970%
0.648
-49%
Read 4k
0.559
0.57
2%
19.49
3387%
13.5
2315%
0.351
-37%
Write 512
61.89
53.85
-13%
169.1
173%
124.8
102%
42.12
-32%
Read 512
42.34
39.56
-7%
320.8
658%
229.2
441%
30.3
-28%
Write Seq
123.6
93.49
-24%
178.4
44%
124.4
1%
93.52
-24%
Read Seq
124.8
94.82
-24%
506.6
306%
251.5
102%
98.85
-21%
Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Transfer Rate Minimum: 61.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 136.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 100.5 MB/s
Access Time: 16.1 ms
Burst Rate: 275 MB/s
CPU Usage: 4.5 %

Graphics Card

4K H.265: smooth playback
4K H.265: smooth playback

An Intel HD Graphics 520 handles graphics output. The graphics card is integrated into the processor and is driven by a core clock of up to 950 MHz. In addition, the integrated video decoder supports important standards for H.265-/HEVC videos. In terms of performance, most multimedia applications should run smoothly. Even several newer games run at minimum settings.

We will take a closer look at the 3DMark 11 results in order to compare our test model to other notebooks with the same graphics card.

With 1238 points, our test model performs better than the Dell Latitude and the Acer TravelMate P645. Both of them use the Intel HD Graphics 5500, which is the predecessor of the Intel HD Graphics 520. Thanks to a dedicated AMD Radeon R7 M260/M360, the Lenovo E450 and E460 achieve significantly better results. Both Lenovo devices score 800 points higher than our test model.

A graphics performance loss is not to be expected on battery. Please refer to our benchmark list of current notebook graphics cards for further comparisons and benchmarks.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
HP ProBook 440 G3
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1238 Points ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E450 20DDS01E00
Radeon R7 M260, 5200U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
2042 Points ∼7% +65%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Radeon R7 M360, 6200U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
2091 Points ∼7% +69%
Dell Latitude 3450-9723
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1100 Points ∼4% -11%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
777 Points ∼2% -37%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
1183 Points ∼4% -4%
3DMark 11 Performance
1238 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
40501 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
4716 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
596 points
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Gaming Performance

Games which are already several years old should run smoothly. If you do not want to do without gaming, you should add a second RAM module. Our test of the smaller ProBook shows the impact of RAM working in dual-channel model.

The 13.3-inch HP ProBook 430 G3 could even run several newer games smoothly at minimum settings. FIFA does not run smoothly on our test model with an average frame rate of only 29 fps. In contrast, the ProBook 430 G3 achieves double the frame rate. Our test model's results in Tomb Raider and BioShock: Infinite are also far below the better-equipped sibling's.

The article "Computer Games on Laptop Graphic Cards" informs you about other games running smoothly on the used graphics card.

Tomb Raider
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
HP ProBook 440 G3
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
26.6 fps ∼5%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
39.4 fps ∼7% +48%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Radeon R7 M360, 6200U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
38.7 fps ∼7% +45%
Dell Latitude 3450-9723
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
28.1 fps ∼5% +6%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
18.4 fps ∼3% -31%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
29.8 fps ∼5% +12%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP ProBook 440 G3
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
52.2 fps ∼8%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
74.2 fps ∼12% +42%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Radeon R7 M360, 6200U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
73.2 fps ∼12% +40%
Dell Latitude 3450-9723
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
54.6 fps ∼9% +5%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
36.5 fps ∼6% -30%
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
60.9 fps ∼10% +17%
FIFA 16 - 1280x720 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP ProBook 440 G3
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
29 fps ∼7%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
63.5 fps ∼16% +119%
BioShock Infinite
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP ProBook 440 G3
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
19.35 fps ∼6%
1280x720 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
HP ProBook 440 G3
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
32.7 fps ∼8%
low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 52.226.615.17.6fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 32.719.3515.454.73fps
FIFA 16 (2015) 29fps

Emissions

System Noise

We can hardly say anything negative about the fan noise. While idle, the test model is almost silent and only the HDD noise is audible. Even under extreme load, the system noise remains comfortable with 35 dB(A). However, the fan noise is slightly high pitched, which might be disturbing in quiet environments in the long run. If the Window profile "maximum performance" is selected, a slight buzzing is always audible.

HP ProBook 440 G3
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Lenovo ThinkPad E450 20DDS01E00
Radeon R7 M260, 5200U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
Dell Latitude 3450-9723
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
Noise
-14%
-11%
-2%
-3%
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
29.7
29.6
-0%
32.7
-10%
30.5
-3%
29.6
-0%
Idle Average *
29.7
34.5
-16%
32.7
-10%
31.2
-5%
29.6
-0%
Idle Maximum *
29.7
34.8
-17%
32.7
-10%
31.2
-5%
30.2
-2%
Load Average *
32.7
40.3
-23%
34.4
-5%
32.5
1%
35.6
-9%
Load Maximum *
35.1
40.3
-15%
41.9
-19%
34.7
1%
35.9
-2%

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
29.7 / 29.7 / 29.7 dB(A)
HDD
30.3 dB(A)
Load
32.7 / 35.1 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft SL-451 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test
Underside
Underside

The test model only gets slightly warmer while idle. Under load we measured alarming temperatures of about 50 °C at the underside. The keyboard remains about 10 °C cooler. These are the maximum values, which will never be reached during normal use. Thus, use on the lap is possible without problems. However, the power adapter should not be covered by blankets or pillows. It reaches a temperature of up to 47 °C.

Besides the surface temperatures, we have also checked the inner components. We have simulated a stress scenario with Prime95 and FurMark. After over one hour of load the CPU continues to run at its base clock, which hints on a good cooling approach. The processor reached a maximum temperature of about 70 °C.

Max. Load
 37.5 °C
100 F
41.4 °C
107 F
32.1 °C
90 F
 
 34.8 °C
95 F
41.4 °C
107 F
30.6 °C
87 F
 
 28.2 °C
83 F
26.9 °C
80 F
29.9 °C
86 F
 
Maximum: 41.4 °C = 107 F
Average: 33.6 °C = 92 F
32.5 °C
91 F
33.5 °C
92 F
37.6 °C
100 F
35.2 °C
95 F
49.2 °C
121 F
50.2 °C
122 F
34.5 °C
94 F
32.9 °C
91 F
30.7 °C
87 F
Maximum: 50.2 °C = 122 F
Average: 37.4 °C = 99 F
Power Supply (max.)  47.2 °C = 117 F | Room Temperature 21.3 °C = 70 F | Fluke 62 Max
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.6 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 41.4 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(-) The maximum temperature on the bottom side is 50.2 °C / 122 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F, ranging from 22.3 to 71.6 °C for the class Office.
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30.6 °C / 87 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 29.9 °C / 85.8 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.3 °C / 82.9 F (-1.6 °C / -2.9 F).

Speakers

The two stereo speakers are located above the keyboard. They are hidden beneath a perforated cover. The sound conforms to the usual standard. In particular, high tones are too pronounced and bass is completely missing. While music cannot be enjoyed, this is not necessary for an office notebook. Speech via Skype sounds clear and present. However, we would wish for a higher volume.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The HP ProBook 440 G3 comes with frugal components. Thus, its power consumption is low. While idle, it ranges from 5.2 W to 9 W. The competitors are about on par. Albeit, most of the competitors in our comparison group have a lower minimum power consumption of 3 W. We will see later whether this has an impact on the battery life.

In load scenarios, our contender requires 28.8 W and ranks in just under the competitors. Only in maximum power consumption, the Acer TravelMate P645 needs as much as 4 W less energy. Due to its dedicated graphics card, the Lenovo ThinkPad E460 requires much more energy than our test model with up to 52.2 W.

According to our energy readings, the 45 W power adapter is more than sufficient.

HP ProBook 440 G3
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Dell Latitude 3450-9723
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Lenovo ThinkPad E450 20DCW048PB
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
Power Consumption
9%
-7%
-3%
Idle Minimum *
5.2
4.7
10%
6.1
-17%
2.7
48%
Idle Average *
8.2
7.2
12%
8.4
-2%
8.7
-6%
Idle Maximum *
9
8.3
8%
9.4
-4%
15.8
-76%
Load Average *
28.8
26.4
8%
32.2
-12%
26.8
7%
Load Maximum *
34
32
6%
33.6
1%
30.4
11%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.4 / 0.5 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.2 / 8.2 / 9 Watt
Load midlight 28.8 / 34 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

HP uses a 4-cell battery with a capacity of 44 Wh in the ProBook 440 G3. We want to test the lithium-ion battery in several scenarios.

We measure the maximum battery life with disabled communication modules and minimum brightness. With these settings, the Battery Eater software simulates reading of texts. Our test model shuts down after just under nine hours. The devices from Dell in our comparison group achieve similar results. The Lenovo ThinkPad E450 (16 h 39 min) and E460 (12 h 16 min) perform significantly better. The Acer TravelMate P645 lasts the longest with 19 h.

Web surfing at medium brightness (150 nits) is a realistic scenario. The ProBook shuts down after about five hours. Unfortunately, our test model will not last a workday. The Acer TravelMate P645 keeps running three hours longer. Dell's Latitude 3450 also achieves a decent runtime of eight hours.

Finally, we want to check the minimum runtime. We set the brightness to its maximum and select the Windows profile "maximum performance". All notebooks in our comparison group shut down after just under two hours.

HP ProBook 440 G3
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Dell Latitude 3450-9723
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
Battery Runtime
9%
65%
-22%
68%
Reader / Idle
537
449
-16%
493
-8%
1143
113%
H.264
321
337
5%
525
64%
WiFi v1.3
293
377
29%
484
65%
535
83%
Load
101
118
17%
65
-36%
113
12%
WiFi
270
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
8h 57min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
4h 53min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 21min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 41min

Pros

+ solid build quality
+ easy maintainability
+ free M.2 slot
+ keyboard

Cons

- poor TN panel
- high pitched fan noise
- only 12-months warranty

Verdict

In review: HP ProBook 440 G3. Test model provided by Cyberport.de
In review: HP ProBook 440 G3. Test model provided by Cyberport.de

Entry into the business world can be successful with the HP ProBook 440 G3. The look of the notebook mainly made for the office range is appealing. The incorporated chiclet keyboard is even convincing in permanent use. The touchpad can be called "small, yet solid." Security standards are especially important for everyday business use. The test model is nothing to sneeze at with its basic features including software solutions, TPM, a Kensington security lock slot, and a fingerprint reader.

As already found in the other cheap ProBook series, the display performs poorly in brightness and viewing angles. The competitors prove that it can be different. A brand new Skylake CPU inside the 14-inch notebook makes for sufficient performance. The hard drive rotates at 7200 RPM and delivers decent read and write rates for its kind. Overall, the performance is alright for its field of application. There are even some performance reserves.

The emissions are basically alright during normal use. The heating is reasonable and the noise is quiet. The disappointing battery life is a point of critique. The battery is not sufficient for a workday. Those who need a notebook for mobile use should take a closer look at the competitors.

HP presents a new and good bundle as an entry into the business class. Unfortunately, display and battery life hardly improved.

The price of our model is only 620 Euros (~$679), which is very cheap for a business device. The selected competitors should also be considered: The Lenovo ThinkPad E450 and E460 come with faster SSDs and dedicated graphics cards, which promise better performances. The Dell Latitude 3450 shines with a high-end IPS panel. The Acer TravelMate also left a good impression with a bright display.

HP ProBook 440 G3 - 02/25/2016 v5
Nino Ricchizzi

Chassis
80 / 98 → 82%
Keyboard
84%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
49 / 80 → 62%
Weight
67 / 20-67 → 100%
Battery
81%
Display
77%
Games Performance
54 / 68 → 79%
Application Performance
69 / 92 → 75%
Temperature
86%
Noise
92%
Audio
50%
Camera
47 / 85 → 55%
Average
71%
81%
Office - Weighted Average

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Nino Ricchizzi, 2015-12-25 (Update: 2018-05-15)