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HP ProBook 440 G4 (Core i7, Full-HD) Notebook Review

Bad display. HP's 14-inch business laptop also gets the Kaby Lake update. However, as with the larger 15-inch sibling we are not convinced by the display.

For the original German review, see here.

We have already reviewed the 1315 and 17-inch models of the HP ProBook 400 lineup, so only the 14-inch laptop remains. This laptop series represents entry-level business solutions, followed by the ProBook 600-series as well as the EliteBook 800-series, where updates have just been announced. The three models we have tested so far have left a positive impression for the most part.

Our test model today carries the designation ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA and is one of the most expensive SKUs at 1050 Euros (~$1127). It is equipped with a fast Core i7 processor, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, a dual-storage solution (SSD+HDD) as well as a dedicated GeForce graphics card from Nvidia. The most obvious drawback is the display, which features the Full HD resolution, but is only based on the TN technology.

Unlike the consumer devices, 14-inch systems are pretty popular amongst professional laptops. There are numerous rivals, but so far, only the Lenovo ThinkPad E470 has been updated with new Kaby Lake CPUs. We are still waiting for the new models from other manufacturers, so we will also use the Dell Latitude 14 E5470 and the Acer TravelMate X3 X349-M-7261 for the comparison.

HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA (ProBook 440 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX - 2048 MB, Core: 952 MHz, Memory: 1000 MHz, DDR3, ForceWare 368.71, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2133, Single-Channel, 1/2 Slots free, up to 16 GB
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, AUO1E3D, TN, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U Premium PCH
Storage
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002, 256 GB 
, + 1 TB HDD (WD10SPCX, 5400 rpm), 1200 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm Headset, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: Vibration sensor
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20.3 x 343.2 x 239 ( = 0.8 x 13.51 x 9.41 in)
Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 15.5 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p HD
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 65-Watt power adapter, HP Tools, Office 365 (trial), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.702 kg ( = 60.04 oz / 3.75 pounds), Power Supply: 362 g ( = 12.77 oz / 0.8 pounds)
Price
1050 Euro

 

Case

The case of the ProBook 440 G4 basically only differs from its siblings in terms of the size. HP uses a silver plastic chassis, which has been reinforced with aluminum on the top of the base unit. There are still black elements such as the keyboard or the display frame, but the lid is now silver as well, while the predecessor had a black lid.

The stability is very decent and only slightly worse compared to the more compact 430 G4. Pressure is not a big problem for the base and we can only notice minimal bouncing in the center of the keyboard area when you type with a lot of force. We only noticed quiet creaking sounds when we used the laptop in practice. The weak spot is still the thin display cover, where pressure will quickly result in ripples on the screen. We liked the hinge much better. The fourth generation now uses a drop-down mechanism, which is well-adjusted and can be opened with just one hand, but the maximum opening angle is not that generous at around 130 degrees. At the bottom are two maintenance hatches secured by a Philips screw and some plastic clips. The battery cannot be removed easily.

Both the build quality and the stability of the case are very decent in general. However, more expensive business notebooks as well as premium consumer notebooks with unibody constructions are even better in this respect.

All four devices are quite similar in our size comparison, only the Acer TravelMate X3 is noticeably slimmer and lighter. However, the ProBook 440 G4 is still slightly lighter than the other two rivals at 1.7 kg (~3.75 lb) and the laptop is a good compromise between size and mobility.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

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The port equipment does not differ from the smaller ProBook 430 G4 and HP has changed only one port compared to the predecessor ProBook 440 G3: One standard USB 3.0 port (Type-A) has been replaced by a Type-C jack (USB 3.1 Gen.1). However, the latter supports only the USB protocol, but not any additional features such as USB power delivery or Thunderbolt 3. TB3 in particular would have been a very comfortable and future-proof solution, especially considering the missing docking port. This makes it harder to integrate the device in work environments, because you will still have to attach at least the power adapter as well as port replicators. The USB ports are also at the center of the sides, which is not a perfect solution for permanently attached peripherals.

Otherwise, the ports are rather outdated, because a USB 2.0 port and a VGA output are no longer common. High-resolution 4K screens can only be driven at 30 Hz via HDMI. At least the performance of the USB ports does not cause any criticism. We determined transfer rates of up to 380 MB/s in combination with our external Samsung SSD T3.

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

SD Card Reader

The SD card reader is located at the left front and manages average transfer rates in our tests. We can determine up to 90 MB/s in combination with our reference card from Toshiba (Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II, up to 260 MB/s). The card could reach higher results, but the ProBook 440 G4 is still on the usual level. Only the rival from Dell performs much better.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
 
151 MB/s ∼100% +103%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
 
76.5 MB/s ∼51% +3%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
 
74.3 MB/s ∼49%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
 
72.7 MB/s ∼48% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
 
67.3 MB/s ∼45% -9%
Acer TravelMate X3 X349-M-7261
 
19.1 MB/s ∼13% -74%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
 
202.95 MB/s ∼100% +136%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
 
89 MB/s ∼44% +4%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
 
87.4 MB/s ∼43% +2%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
 
85.9 MB/s ∼42%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
 
81.04 MB/s ∼40% -6%
Acer TravelMate X3 X349-M-7261
 
26.1 MB/s ∼13% -70%

Communication

The wireless module provided by Intel has the designation Dual-Band Wireless-AC 7265. This module has been available for a while and has already got a successor (Wireless-AC 8265), but it supports the fast 802.11ac standard (2.4 & 5 GHz) and reaches a maximum transfer rate of 866 Mbps. The test model performs better than the recently reviewed ProBook 430 G4 in our standardized WLAN test with the router Linksys EA8500. Around 540 Mbps receive and 450 Mbps send are decent results and we did not experience any issues during our review period. Connections with other devices can also be established via Bluetooth 4.2. There is also a Gigabit Ethernet port for wired networks and HP offers an optional LTE module (HP lt4132 LTE 4G).

A 720p webcam as well as two microphones are located above the display. The webcam does its job, but you should not expect too much. The microphones on the other hand, work very well.

Networking
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
597 MBit/s ∼100% +11%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
595 MBit/s ∼100% +11%
Acer TravelMate X3 X349-M-7261
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (jseb)
563 MBit/s ∼94% +5%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
536 MBit/s ∼90%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
325 MBit/s ∼54% -39%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
Acer TravelMate X3 X349-M-7261
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (jseb)
547 MBit/s ∼100% +22%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
535 MBit/s ∼98% +20%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
447 MBit/s ∼82%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
377 MBit/s ∼69% -16%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
277 MBit/s ∼51% -38%

Security

Business devices obviously have a bigger focus on the security. The ProBook 440 G4 is equipped with a Trusted Platform Module 2.0, a vibration sensor for the hard drive, a slot for a security lock, and a fingerprint scanner. The finger has to be swiped across the scanner. This works well as long as you do not swipe your finger too quickly, but modern touch sensors are more comfortable.

As far as software is concerned, HP has installed its Security Manager, which combines all security settings in one simple interface. You can, for instance, set up passwords or register fingerprints. The only thing we miss is a SmartCard reader, which is not available as an option either.

More settings are available in the comprehensive BIOS, which can be controlled via the touchpad. We have added some screenshots below for an overview.

Accessories

HP ships the ProBook 440 G4 with only a 65-watt power adapter (45 watts for the model without dedicated GPU) and some service leaflets. The manufacturer offers some generic accessories such as USB docking stations, bags or power adapters.

Maintenance

The HP ProBook 440 G4 has two maintenance hatches at the bottom. They are secured by one Philips screw and additional plastic clips, so you should be careful when you remove them. You get access to the 2.5-inch hard drive, the M.2-SSD (2280), the WLAN module as well as the two RAM slots. We are still not entirely satisfied. You cannot access the battery, the CMOS battery, the fan, or the optional LTE module without further disassembly of the bottom panel (secured by small Torx screws).

Warranty

That we are dealing with an entry-level business device is also reflected by the warranty. Unlike the more expensive premium products, where the warranty period is usually 36 months, HP offers only a 12-month coverage for the ProBook 440 G4. However, this period can be extended by CarePacks from HP. A three-year on-site service (UK703E), for example, is available for a fair price of 104 Euros (~$112).

Input Devices

Keyboard

The black chiclet keyboard (water-repellent) is identical to the input device of the smaller ProBook 430 G4, only the areas next to the keyboard are slightly wider. A dedicated numeric keypad is reserved for the 15-inch model (and larger). We like the convenient pressure point and the quiet stroke, so even prolonged typing is not a problem. However, the slightly unusual layout with the additional column on the right and the small directional keys takes some time getting used to.

The two-stage white background illumination helps in darker environments. By default, this is deactivated if the keyboard has not been used for 15 seconds, although this setting can be changed in the BIOS. There are also other settings (such as swapping Fn and Ctrl, using secondary function keys by default). At the upper right are two additional and useful function keys for the speakers and the wireless connections.

Touchpad

Unlike the more expensive business notebooks, users of the ProBook 440 G4 do not get an additional TrackPoint. The mouse replacement is a ClickPad from Synaptics. It is sufficiently sized at 6.5 x 11 cm (~2.6 x ~4.3 in) and supports gestures with up to four fingers. However, you cannot use the comprehensive drivers panel from Synaptics. The handling is good in general, but you will have to overcome a small resistance from the slightly roughened surface, so small cursor movements are not always perfectly executed.

Input Devices
Input Devices
Keyboard illumination
Keyboard illumination

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

We are surprised after a look at the specification sheet of the ProBook 440 G4, because HP offers only so called SVA panels (Standard Viewing Angles). This is synonymous with TN panels with limited viewing angles. Two of the three available models (touch & non-touch) feature the HD resolution of only 1366x768 pixels, which is really outdated in the beginning of 2017.

Our test model is therefore equipped with the "best" panel, which features the Full HD resolution as well as a matte surface. This results in a decent pixel density of 157 PPI on the 14-inch panel. We could not detect PWM and backlight bleeding is no problem either. However, these are the only positive aspects.

212
cd/m²
206
cd/m²
200
cd/m²
211
cd/m²
216
cd/m²
180
cd/m²
208
cd/m²
202
cd/m²
196
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 216 cd/m² Average: 203.4 cd/m² Minimum: 13 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 214 cd/m²
Contrast: 460:1 (Black: 0.47 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 8.98 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 9.61 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
56.7% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 35.9% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.63
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
AUO1E3D, , 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
N140HCA-EAB, , 1920x1080, 14
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
LG Philips LGD04B1 140WHU, , 1366x768, 14
Acer TravelMate X3 X349-M-7261
AU Optronics B140HAN02.1, , 1920x1080, 14
Response Times
-10%
-25%
-6%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
43.2 (21.2, 22)
40.8 (22, 18.8)
6%
56.8 (35.6, 21.2)
-31%
42 (15, 27)
3%
Response Time Black / White *
24.4 (7.2, 17.2)
30.4 (8.4, 22)
-25%
28.8 (19.6, 9.2)
-18%
28 (8, 20)
-15%
PWM Frequency
Screen
19%
-11%
36%
Brightness middle
216
244
13%
229
6%
230
6%
Brightness
203
231
14%
207
2%
226
11%
Brightness Distribution
83
89
7%
80
-4%
86
4%
Black Level *
0.47
0.37
21%
0.69
-47%
0.2
57%
Contrast
460
659
43%
332
-28%
1150
150%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
8.98
6.41
29%
10.16
-13%
5.07
44%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
14.07
13.4
5%
17.18
-22%
10.07
28%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
9.61
5.94
38%
10.87
-13%
3.64
62%
Gamma
2.63 84%
2.28 96%
2.41 91%
2.46 89%
CCT
11265 58%
6101 107%
12881 50%
6521 100%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
35.9
39.3
9%
38.4
7%
35
-3%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
56.7
61.1
8%
60.4
7%
55
-3%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
5% / 14%
-18% / -13%
15% / 29%

* ... smaller is better

The subjective picture impression is dominated by the low contrast as well as the blue cast. Our brightness measurement also delivers low results of little more than 200 nits on average, which is just acceptable thanks to the matte surface. The black value is – despite the low luminance – unfortunately also pretty high (0.47 cd/m²), which results in a contrast ratio of only 460:1. The HD TN panel of the Dell is even worse, but the other two rivals perform better.

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

Other display measurements confirm the blue cast ex-works, and the average DeltaE-2000 deviations compared to the sRGB reference are also pretty high at 9.61 (grayscale) as well as 8.98 (colors) with individual outliers of up to 14. That there is actually some potential in the display is shown by our calibration. The grayscale deviation drops to an excellent value of 1.07 and 3.07 for the colors, and the blue cast is gone as well. The ProBook 440 G4 is still not suitable for (semi) professional picture editing due to the low color gamut (56.7% sRGB, 35.9% AdobeRGB). Overall, the display is a disappointment when you consider the price of more than 1000 Euros (~$1074).

sRGB coverage: 56.7%
sRGB coverage: 56.7%
AdobeRGB coverage: 35.9%
AdobeRGB coverage: 35.9%

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
24.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7.2 ms rise
↘ 17.2 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 38 % 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
43.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21.2 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. » 62 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41.2 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 not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8777 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Thanks to the matte panel, the ProBook 440 G4 should work pretty well outdoors, but you should avoid very bright environments because of the comparatively low luminance. You can still see the content in this case, but it will quickly tire the eyes. The luminance is not further reduced on battery.

We would have liked to say that our montage of the viewing angles exaggerates the situation and that the viewing angles are actually better in practice, but this is unfortunately not the case. Even small deviations from the sitting position directly in front of the screen will result in significant deviations. Vertical changes are particularly bad, because the picture will either invert or it will get very bright and pale.

Outdoors
Outdoors
Outdoors
Outdoors
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

The HP ProBook 440 G4 is a business notebook and can be adjusted to your requirements with different components. All the processors are based on the Kaby Lake architecture, but you can choose from the entire range of ULV products (no vPro) starting with the Pentium 4415 all the way up to the Core i7-7500U. The latter is also running inside our test model, so the laptop is suitable for all common office applications. You also get 8 GB DDR4 RAM (1 free slot) as well as a fast SSD for responsive handling. Even more storage capacity is provided by a conventional hard drive.

Besides the integrated graphics adapter of the processor (Intel HD Graphics 610 or 620 depending on the CPU), the ProBook 440 G4 is also available with the dedicated graphics card Nvidia GeForce 930MX. This model with 2 GB DDR3 VRAM (64-bit interface) is still based on the Maxwell generation and should be around 30 to 40% faster than the iGPU.

 

Processor

The processor of the HP ProBook 440 G4 has the designation Intel Core i7-7500U, which is one of the fastest ULV chips (15-watt TDP) from the current Kaby Lake lineup. The processor has two cores and can execute up to four threads simultaneously, thanks to Hyperthreading. The clocks are now up to 400 MHz higher compared to the Skylake predecessor Core i7-6500U, thanks to the improved 14nm manufacturing process. The i7-7500U can reach up to 3.5 GHz, which is also the case for two active cores.

Intel XTU
Intel XTU
Intel XTU Advanced
Intel XTU Advanced

HP allows a higher consumption of up to 25 watts for a limited time, but the 28 seconds will not be utilized under load. The processor already reaches more than 90 °C (~194 °F) after around 10 seconds, which will limit the consumption to 15 watts. This will result in a lower clock of 3.0 GHz for both cores. The single-core performance is on the expected level in the benchmarks, but the ProBook 440 G4 falls behind its two siblings ProBook 450 G4 and ProBook 430 G4 in the Cinebench R15 Multi-Test. Overall, the advantage over the old Skylake CPUs and the new Core i5-7200U (ThinkPad E470) in particular is very small.

The Turbo Boost is deactivated on battery power by default, which obviously has a positive impact on the power consumption. However, this can be changed in the BIOS (Enable Turbo Boost on DC) if necessary. More benchmarks for the Core i7-7500U can be found here.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
146 Points ∼71% +1%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
145 Points ∼70%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
144 Points ∼70% -1%
Acer TravelMate X3 X349-M-7261
Intel Core i7-6500U
130 Points ∼63% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
Intel Core i5-7200U
129 Points ∼62% -11%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U
124 Points ∼60% -14%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
355 Points ∼11% +6%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
341 Points ∼11% +2%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
335 Points ∼11%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
Intel Core i5-7200U
331 Points ∼11% -1%
Acer TravelMate X3 X349-M-7261
Intel Core i7-6500U
324 Points ∼10% -3%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U
311 Points ∼10% -7%
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6826
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
11727
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5662
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
40.79 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.77 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.66 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
47.87 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
335 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
145 Points
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System Performance

We really liked the smooth operation of the ProBook 440 G4 during our review period. The system boots quickly and applications are launched without delays, which is not surprising considering the combination of SSD and powerful processor. Our subjective impression is supported by the very good PCMark 8 scores, where the test model is actually just at the top of the comparison group. However, all comparing laptops are very fast and there are no significant differences. It is even possible to increase the performance a bit with a secondary RAM module (dual-channel).

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
GeForce 930MX, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
4837 Points ∼74%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
GeForce 930MX, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
4725 Points ∼73% -2%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
4717 Points ∼72% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, SanDisk X400 SED 256GB, SATA (SD8TB8U-256G)
4642 Points ∼71% -4%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Liteon L8H-256V2G
4599 Points ∼71% -5%
Acer TravelMate X3 X349-M-7261
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Liteonit CV3-8D512
4361 Points ∼67% -10%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
GeForce 930MX, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
3614 Points ∼59%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
3554 Points ∼58% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, SanDisk X400 SED 256GB, SATA (SD8TB8U-256G)
3546 Points ∼58% -2%
Acer TravelMate X3 X349-M-7261
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Liteonit CV3-8D512
3545 Points ∼58% -2%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Liteon L8H-256V2G
3438 Points ∼56% -5%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
GeForce 930MX, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
3163 Points ∼52% -12%
PCMark 7 Score
5394 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3614 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4554 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4837 points
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Storage Devices

HP uses an M.2-SSD with a capacity of 256 GB. You can use around 200 GB for your own files and applications; the rest is reserved for the operating system and the recovery partition. The drive from SanDisk is attached via SATA-III interface, so the transfer rates are limited at around 500 MB/s. This is also confirmed by our benchmarks, where the performance of the drive is inconspicuous. Obviously, it falls behind faster PCIe-NVMe models in the tests, but the differences are small in practice.

There is also an additional conventional 1 TB hard drive from Western Digital. It manages an average transfer rate of 89 MB/s, which is an average result of a 54 RPM drive. More benchmarks for many storage drives are available in our comprehensive SSD/HDD list.

HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
SanDisk X400 SED 256GB, SATA (SD8TB8U-256G)
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Liteon L8H-256V2G
Acer TravelMate X3 X349-M-7261
Liteonit CV3-8D512
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
25%
25%
40%
3%
Write 4k QD32
241.4
178.3
-26%
205.6
-15%
280.6
16%
258.8
7%
Read 4k QD32
146.3
276
89%
274.7
88%
368.5
152%
132.2
-10%
Write 4k
77.85
78.82
1%
93.14
20%
67.48
-13%
80.44
3%
Read 4k
19.57
35.15
80%
31.98
63%
33.44
71%
21.69
11%
Write 512
276
291.1
5%
300.2
9%
355.1
29%
301
9%
Read 512
310.1
346.4
12%
374.1
21%
399.1
29%
313.6
1%
Write Seq
322.2
458.7
42%
360.6
12%
449.8
40%
328.9
2%
Read Seq
491.2
476.5
-3%
507.5
3%
484.1
-1%
505.4
3%
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
Sequential Read: 491.2 MB/s
Sequential Write: 322.2 MB/s
512K Read: 310.1 MB/s
512K Write: 276 MB/s
4K Read: 19.57 MB/s
4K Write: 77.85 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 146.3 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 241.4 MB/s

GPU Performance

In addition to the integrated HD Graphics 620 of the processor, our test model of the ProBook 440 G4 is also equipped with a dedicated graphics card from Nvidia. Thanks to the Optimus technology, the system will automatically switch between the adapters depending on the scenario, although manual adjustments are also possible.

The Nvidia GeForce 930MX is a lower mainstream GPU, which is still based on the old Maxwell architecture (28 nm). The Pascal architecture is not available in this performance class as yet. Unfortunately, this is only the version with 2 GB DDR3 RAM, even though the 930MX also supports GDDR5.

The GeForce 930MX is about 30 to 50% faster than the integrated HD Graphics 620 (single-channel) depending on the benchmark. It is even twice as fast in the demanding Fire Strike test (GPU sub-scores), but we can still talk about the purpose of the dedicated GPU in this case. The integrated graphics card is powerful enough for standard office tasks and,  thanks to the integrated video decoder as well as QuickSync, even video playback and editing is not a problem. The 930MX is also an ordinary consumer GPU, which does not offer significant advantages in professional scenarios (such as AutoCAD, SolidWorks etc.). You should therefore get a configuration without a dedicated GPU if you do not plan on playing games.

More benchmarks for the two graphics cards are available in our Tech section.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
2556 Points ∼100% +16%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
2206 Points ∼86%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
2092 Points ∼82% -5%
Acer TravelMate X3 X349-M-7261
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
1481 Points ∼58% -33%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
1463 Points ∼57% -34%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6300U
1290 Points ∼50% -42%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
1752 Points ∼100% +8%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
1637 Points ∼93% +1%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
1621 Points ∼93%
Acer TravelMate X3 X349-M-7261
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
864 Points ∼49% -47%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6300U
785 Points ∼45% -52%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
765 Points ∼44% -53%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
9501 Points ∼100% +5%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
9122 Points ∼96% +1%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
9056 Points ∼95%
Acer TravelMate X3 X349-M-7261
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
7407 Points ∼78% -18%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
6881 Points ∼72% -24%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6300U
6175 Points ∼65% -32%
3DMark 06 Standard
12695 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
8062 points
3DMark 11 Performance
2342 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
49921 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
7001 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1444 points
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Gaming Performance

The additional performance of the dedicated graphics cards is mainly noticeable when you play games, but the Nvidia GeForce 930MX does not transform the ProBook 440 G4 into a gaming notebook. Only older or less demanding games such as “Tomb Raider” from 2013 can be played at high settings in the native Full HD resolution, but modern games are restricted to medium or low settings. More benchmarks are available in our gaming list.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 134.662.334.917.7fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 97.352.842.914.6fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 49.137.422.311.2fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 66.646.430.911.9fps
Thief (2014) 46.927.521.510fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 156.158.7331.113fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 30.118.310.2fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 282411fps
Star Wars Battlefront (2015) 5432.514.812.5fps
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 69.339.821.114fps
Just Cause 3 (2015) 38.329.515.9fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 34.920.110.9fps
Doom (2016) 37.629.215fps
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016) 22.415.37.9fps
Battlefield 1 (2016) 45.529.713.412fps
Titanfall 2 (2016) 61.650.227.922.8fps
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare (2016) 28.225.6fps
Dishonored 2 (2016) 23.619.7fps

Emissions

System Noise

Fan measurements (idle/load)
Fan measurements (idle/load)

A single fan takes care of the heat development of the components, which is particularly noticeable under load. We can measure up to 39 dB(A), which is clearly audible. However, all the other rivals with dedicated GPUs are basically on par, while systems with iGPUs are quieter, especially under medium workloads. Overall, the murmur of the fan is not annoying.

The fan is usually deactivated while idling and the system is silent, but the mechanical hard drive is slightly audible (30.1 dB(A)) when you access files. We could not determine any annoying noises such as coil whining in our test model.

Noise Level

Idle
29 / 29 / 29 dB(A)
HDD
30.1 dB(A)
Load
37.4 / 39 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   ECM8000 + Voltcraft SL-451 (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29 dB(A)
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6300U
Acer TravelMate X3 X349-M-7261
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
Noise
1%
3%
-1%
-9%
3%
off / environment *
29
29
-0%
29.2
-1%
31.15
-7%
31.6
-9%
29.1
-0%
Idle Minimum *
29
29
-0%
29.2
-1%
31.5
-9%
32.6
-12%
29.1
-0%
Idle Average *
29
29
-0%
29.2
-1%
31.5
-9%
32.6
-12%
29.1
-0%
Idle Maximum *
29
29
-0%
29.2
-1%
31.5
-9%
33
-14%
29.1
-0%
Load Average *
37.4
35.6
5%
32.1
14%
31.7
15%
38.9
-4%
33.4
11%
Load Maximum *
39
38.5
1%
36.8
6%
34.1
13%
38.9
-0%
36
8%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Stress test HP ProBook 440 G4
Stress test HP ProBook 440 G4

At least the chassis of the ProBook 440 G4 does not have temperature issues. The surfaces hardly warm up at all while idling. Our graphics show where the two processors and the heat pipe are located. The warmest spot is in the center of the base (top) at 41 °C (~106 °F), which is also noticeable while typing. The warm air is then transported to the left side, where the fan will dissipate the heat from the chassis. It is still no problem to use the notebook on your lap in practice.

It gets slightly warmer inside the case, but the single fan still handles the additional heat from the graphics card very well. The maximum CPU clock of 3.5 GHz can be maintained for only a few seconds in our stress test with the tools Prime95 and FurMark. The chip will quickly hit the 90 °C (~194 °F) mark, so the processor reduces its clock to between 2.8 and 2.9 GHz at around 80 °C (~176 °F). We are still in the Turbo range here and there is no throttling. This does not change over the course of the review, only the temperature slowly increases to around 90 °C (~194 °F), where it will level off.

The dedicated GPU is not really challenged by the stress test and can maintain 1019 MHz, which is above the base frequency of 952 MHZ. The GPU temperature levels off at an uncritical 75 °C (~167 °F) over the course of the test. As expected, a 3DMark 11 run immediately after the stress test did not determine a lower score.

Max. Load
 39.1 °C
102 F
35.7 °C
96 F
28.8 °C
84 F
 
 37.1 °C
99 F
41.5 °C
107 F
26.5 °C
80 F
 
 26 °C
79 F
25.2 °C
77 F
25.2 °C
77 F
 
Maximum: 41.5 °C = 107 F
Average: 31.7 °C = 89 F
29.2 °C
85 F
38.1 °C
101 F
34.6 °C
94 F
26.3 °C
79 F
33.1 °C
92 F
28.9 °C
84 F
25.5 °C
78 F
25.6 °C
78 F
26.1 °C
79 F
Maximum: 38.1 °C = 101 F
Average: 29.7 °C = 85 F
Power Supply (max.)  43.6 °C = 110 F | Room Temperature 19.8 °C = 68 F | Fluke 62 Max

Speakers

The integrated stereo speakers located above the keyboard are actually not that bad in our measurements thanks to pretty linear mids and high tones, and the maximum volume (~84 dB(A)) is also sufficient for presentations. However, the subjective impression is still very tinny due to the missing bass. The performance is sufficient for some YouTube videos or some background music during lunch break, but you should use external speakers or headphones for better quality.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.631.42530.432.43133.9304031.530.45031.738.46329.232.58035.439.510038.642.61253535.316025.736.720024.547.125023.461.931523.369.240022.165.650021.663.5630216480020.164.910002066.5125020.275.816002073.1200019.36525001969.9315019.170.5400019.171.7500019.271.7630019.374800019.374.11000019.3731250019.168.61600018.871.7SPL32.483.5N1.958.8median 20HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EAmedian 68.6Delta2.77.735.134.444.444.738.340.149.746.842.139.731.734.728.931.13433.132.534.324.944.226.552.625.658.328.357.223.66121.564.120.762.3208019.476.219.577.619.172.918.973.718.671.91968.320.26321.368.219.470.719.761.120.858.420.454.720.149.532.884.91.957.6median 20.4Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400median 62.32.68.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (15.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 18% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 76% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 21% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 73% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 9% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (11.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (10.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 69% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 22% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 60% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 32% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (Checkboxes select/deselectable!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Charging
Charging

The ProBook 440 G4 is one of the most efficient devices in our consumption measurements, although three of our four comparison devices are pretty much on par. Only the Acer TravelMate X3 needs up to 50% more power with light workloads. We can clearly see the differences between systems with integrated and dedicated GPUs under load. Our test model consumes 36 watts and therefore 10 watts more compared to laptops with integrated GPUs. We can even measure up to 61 watts in the beginning of the stress test, but only 47.6 watts in the end. Lenovo's ThinkPad E470  consumes a few watts more due to the faster GPU.

HP ships systems with dedicated GPUs with a 65-watt power adapter (iGPU: 45-watt) to cover the increased power consumption. A full recharge of the battery takes little more than two hours when the system is turned on; 50% of the capacity is already available after around 40 minutes.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.24 / 0.38 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3 / 5.4 / 6.3 Watt
Load midlight 37.5 / 61.1 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
7500U, GeForce 930MX, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
7200U, GeForce 940MX, 1920x1080, 14
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
6300U, HD Graphics 520, 1366x768, 14
Acer TravelMate X3 X349-M-7261
6500U, HD Graphics 520, 1920x1080, 14
Power Consumption
-4%
12%
-15%
Idle Minimum *
3
2.7
10%
3.5
-17%
4.9
-63%
Idle Average *
5.4
5.5
-2%
5.3
2%
7.3
-35%
Idle Maximum *
6.3
6.5
-3%
6
5%
9.4
-49%
Load Average *
37.5
44.2
-18%
26.3
30%
26
31%
Load Maximum *
61.1
65.2
-7%
36.6
40%
36
41%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

The 48-Wh battery (3 cells) of the ProBook 440 G4 is average in our comparison group, only the Dell Latitude 14 is equipped with a larger 62-Wh module.

We get good runtimes in combination with the low consumption values. We can determine almost 7 hours in the WLAN test and around 9.5 hours in the video test (how we test) at an adjusted luminance of 150 nits. The two rivals from Lenovo and Acer have to be recharged sooner, only the Latitude 14 lasts longer, thanks to the higher battery capacity and the lower display resolution.

The maximum runtime in the Reader's Test is more than 18 hours, but the settings (minimum display luminance) are hardly usable in practice. The load runtime for the ProBook 440 G4 is also pretty good at 2.5 hours.

Maximum runtime (Battery Eater Reader's Test)
Maximum runtime (Battery Eater Reader's Test)
WLAN test
WLAN test
Video test
Video test
Minimum runtime (Battery Eater Classic Test)
Minimum runtime (Battery Eater Classic Test)
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
18h 03min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 25.10586.672.0)
6h 54min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
9h 31min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 31min
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
7500U, GeForce 930MX, 48 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
7200U, GeForce 940MX, 45 Wh
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
6300U, HD Graphics 520, 62 Wh
Acer TravelMate X3 X349-M-7261
6500U, HD Graphics 520, 48.9 Wh
Battery Runtime
-14%
27%
-25%
Reader / Idle
1083
1043
-4%
1304
20%
675
-38%
H.264
571
503
-12%
645
13%
400
-30%
WiFi v1.3
414
326
-21%
667
61%
392
-5%
Load
151
124
-18%
172
14%
109
-28%

Pros

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

Cons

- bad TN panel
- limited maintainability
- bad speakers
- bad webcam
- no TrackPoint

Verdict

In review: HP ProBook 440 G4. Test model courtesy of HP Germany.
In review: HP ProBook 440 G4. Test model courtesy of HP Germany.

HP's ProBook 440 G4 is very similar to its siblings, which include the positive as well as the negative aspects. It is an entry-level business device, so you will have to live with some compromises. This includes some missing features such as the SmartCard reader or the docking port. The ProBook also falls behind more expensive products such as HP's own EliteBooks in terms of case quality and port variety.

However, the biggest problem of the ProBook 440 G4 is the screen. Our test model is already equipped with the "best" screen you can get for this system, but we are still disappointed. We do not understand why HP does not even offer an IPS panel as an option, and we have also reviewed better TN panels in the past. 

The HP ProBook 440 G4 is fast, offers a good chassis and a comfortable keyboard, but the display is hard to justify for a price of more than 1000 Euros (~$1074).

The performance of the updated ProBook 440 G4 does not disappoint, because the system can handle many applications thanks to the fast processor and the SSD. Whether you can benefit from the dedicated GPU is another question. It is obviously more powerful than the integrated adapter, but this is mainly noticeable when you play games. You can definitely select an SKU with a Core i5 and integrated graphics if you want to save some money. It is still not easy to recommend the 14-inch version of the ProBook for all users due to the disappointing display.

HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA - 01/12/2017 v6
Andreas Osthoff

Chassis
81 / 98 → 82%
Keyboard
86%
Pointing Device
84%
Connectivity
50 / 80 → 63%
Weight
67 / 20-67 → 99%
Battery
90%
Display
73%
Games Performance
63 / 68 → 93%
Application Performance
88 / 92 → 95%
Temperature
93%
Noise
95%
Audio
66%
Camera
46 / 85 → 54%
Average
76%
84%
Office - Weighted Average

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Andreas Osthoff, 2017-01-20 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Andreas Osthoff
Andreas Osthoff - Senior Editor Business
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.