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HP ProBook 440 G5 (i5-8250U, FHD) Laptop Review

Benjamin Herzig, 👁 Andreas Osthoff, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Katherine Bodner), 03/01/2018

A business laptop? There are many 14-inch notebooks in the office segment, and HP has now presented its redesigned ProBook 440 G5 as an entry-level device. Its quad-core CPU, IPS display and large glass touchpad sound promising. Find out why all this is not quite good enough in our detailed review.

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After the ProBook 450 G5 and ProBook 470 G5, we have now taken a look at the second-smallest ProBook 400 model from HP. The ProBook 440 G5 is the successor of the ProBook 440 G4 and is one of the cheaper 14-inch notebooks in the business segment. On its website, HP has advertised the ProBook 440 G5 as an "affordable combination of innovation and security and multimedia functions" for small companies.

Today's competition devices are a Lenovo ThinkPad, a Dell Latitude and an Acer TravelMate. Only the ThinkPad E480 has been equipped with a new-generation CPU; the Latitude 3470 and the TravelMate P449 in our comparison still run on older CPUs.

Our test unit is equipped with a Full HD IPS screen, an i5-8250U, a 256-GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM. The device also comes with Windows 10.

HP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ES (ProBook 440 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, LGD04B2, IPS LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U + iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7, 256 GB 
, 218 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 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combined audio jack, Card Reader: 3-in-1 card reader, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20 x 336 x 238 ( = 0.79 x 13.23 x 9.37 in)
Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, Keyboard: 6-row chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.552 kg ( = 54.75 oz / 3.42 pounds), Power Supply: 283 g ( = 9.98 oz / 0.62 pounds)
Price
649 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case – a new, darker design

HP ProBook 440 G5
HP ProBook 440 G5

HP has given this year's ProBook 400 series a new design. The previous generation, the ProBook 400 G4, was mainly silver. The new models are still silver on the outside, but the inside is mainly black, which makes the device look more professional. The shape is similar to last year's version, although it has become a little more angular. A big change is the hinge design: Instead of two small drop-down hinges, the ProBook is now equipped with a larger, wider hinge of the same build. The single hinge has a silver cap and keeps the display in place while being loose enough to enable opening the display with one hand. The opening angle is limited to 135 °, which can be bothersome sometimes.

The materials have not changed. Most of the case is still made of plastic; only the wrist rest has an aluminum surface. This feels good and increases stability around the keyboard. Apart from that, the case is comparatively flexible. The display cover and base unit can be warped quite easily, although the display cover is weaker than the thicker base unit. Pressure on the back of the display is immediately visible on the panel. The ThinkPad E480 offers a lot more stability.

The same can be said for the workmanship. We already noticed a badly made edge at the front of the wrist rest on the ProBook 450 G5. Today's test unit has the same issue at almost exactly the same spot (on the left side of the touchpad). 

The difference in size between the comparison devices is rather small. The G5 model weighs about 100 grams (~ 3.5 oz) less than the ProBook 440 G4 and is a little narrower. The Lenovo ThinkPad E480 is even narrower, but it is deeper. It also weighs 200 grams (~ 7 oz) more. 

Size Comparison

Connectivity – many video outputs

The ports are almost the same as on the larger ProBook 450 G5. The only difference: The ProBook 440 G5 has one USB-A port less. In total, there are three USB ports; the device has an additional USB Type-C port that transmits data at USB 3.1 Gen 1 speeds. The port also supports the DisplayPort alternate mode as well as Power Delivery. The DisplayPort via USB Type-C, HDMI and VGA means the device has three display outputs, a decent number for a 14-inch notebook. Particularly the VGA port might be a strong reason for purchase for some users.

We must criticize the position of the USB-C port a little - it has been placed very far to the front on the right side of the device. This is particularly annoying if you want to use the port for charging the device.

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Right: USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, USB 3.0 Type-A, HDMI, VGA, RJ45-Ethernet, power supply
Right: USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, USB 3.0 Type-A, HDMI, VGA, RJ45-Ethernet, power supply
Left: Kensington lock, USB 2.0 Type-A, combined audio jack, SD card reader
Left: Kensington lock, USB 2.0 Type-A, combined audio jack, SD card reader

SD Card Reader

Unlike Lenovo, HP has continued to equip its business series with a full-sized SD card reader. We measured its performance in a benchmark with the Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS II reference card, and the results are average.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ES
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
79.5 MB/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KQS00000
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
76.3 MB/s ∼96% -4%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
74.3 MB/s ∼93% -7%
Average of class Office
  (10.2 - 191, n=231)
60.9 MB/s ∼77% -23%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
24.6 MB/s ∼31% -69%
Dell Latitude 14 3470
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23.5 MB/s ∼30% -70%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ES
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87.9 (min: 79.5) MB/s ∼100%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
85.9 MB/s ∼98% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KQS00000
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
83.6 MB/s ∼95% -5%
Average of class Office
  (9.5 - 255, n=208)
78.2 MB/s ∼89% -11%
Dell Latitude 14 3470
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27.6 MB/s ∼31% -69%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27.6 MB/s ∼31% -69%

Communication

Aside from an RJ45-Ethernet connector, the ProBook naturally also has a Wi-Fi module. The 2x2 AC Wi-Fi card with the model number 8822BE comes from Realtek, and we already know it from the ThinkPad E480. Its performances in everyday use and in the benchmarks are good; the connection was stable and fast.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KQS00000
Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
659 MBit/s ∼100% +2%
HP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ES
Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
649 MBit/s ∼98%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
562 MBit/s ∼85% -13%
Average of class Office
  (5 - 688, n=173)
459 MBit/s ∼70% -29%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
648 MBit/s ∼100% +3%
HP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ES
Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
629 MBit/s ∼97%
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KQS00000
Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
602 MBit/s ∼93% -4%
Average of class Office
  (34 - 688, n=173)
426 MBit/s ∼66% -32%

Security

Following its classification as a "small business" laptop, the available security features of the ProBook are rather rudimentary. It does not offer a smart card reader, but it does have TPM and a fingerprint reader. This fingerprint reader is an older model, where you have to move your finger over the sensor. Newer models usually work via a touch sensor. The swipe sensor of the ProBook basically does a good job, although touch sensors are faster and more exact.

Swipe fingerprint sensor
Swipe fingerprint sensor

Accessories

Apart from the obligatory power supply, the device does not come with any accessories. There is no dedicated docking connector, like the more expensive EliteBooks can offer. If you want a dock, you will have to use the USB-C port. Please be aware of the limitation to USB 3.1 Gen 1 speeds, which might be an issue depending on the USB-C dock you want to use.

Maintenance

If you turn the ProBook upside down, you will find two maintenance hatches that are each secured with a Phillips screw. In order to reach the components, you first have to remove the larger maintenance hatch, as the screw for the smaller hatch is hidden below the lid of the larger hatch. In the larger area, you will find the two RAM slots and the Wi-Fi module. The smaller maintenance hatch hides the M.2 SSD slot and a free slot for a 2.5-inch HDD/SSD. We assume that you need an HDD caddy (that is not included in the scope of delivery) for this last slot, as there are two screw holes that are probably meant to secure the SSD/HDD in its caddy.

Although it is very easy to access these components, we are not entirely happy with this design, mainly because the cooling fan and battery are not accessible. The fan is visible but cannot be removed as several struts of the case are in the way. In order to reach these two components, you have to basically take the case apart.

A look inside
A look inside

Warranty

The manufacturer's warranty only lasts 12 months. Although this is standard for this class of device, many cheaper notebooks offer longer warranty for private customers.

Input Devices – good touchpad, bad keyboard

Keyboard

We praised the ProBook 450 G5's chiclet keyboard that offers six rows and backlighting. It was well-built and good enough for most users. Unfortunately, the keyboard of the smaller ProBook 440 G5 does not offer such good quality. This is mainly connected to the fact that the keyboard gives way on the left side (around the "W" key) even when typing normally. A keyboard can be great in general, but if its base is not stable, it is no good. The left side of the keyboard rattles and feels too soft.

The keyboard's layout is mainly the same as that of the larger ProBook. The biggest difference is the missing number pad, which does not fit into a 14-inch case. To the right of the enter key, you can find a row of navigation keys such as pos1, end and pg up/down. Whether you like the layout or not is a matter of taste. The vertical arrow keys that have been squeezed into the space of one key are simply annoying.

Touchpad

Like the keyboard, the quality of the touchpad is not 100% perfect, as the left edge protrudes slightly. But, unlike the keyboard issue, this does not affect the functioning of the touchpad and we assume that this is a one-off issue of our test unit.

We do not have anything to criticize about the functioning of the touchpad, which works like a ClickPad. The surface is made of black-painted glass, which means it is easy to glide over. The click mechanism creates muffled, not-too-loud clicks and it has a good pressure point. Thanks to the Windows Precision driver, all inputs, including multi-touch gestures, are processed precisely.

Keyboard area
Keyboard area

Display – matte IPS LCD with low brightness

Pixel array of the HP ProBook 440 G5
Pixel array of the HP ProBook 440 G5
Hardly any backlight bleeding (amplified in this image)
Hardly any backlight bleeding (amplified in this image)

The ProBook 440 G5 is available with three display options: A reflective HD TN touchscreen display (1366x768), a matte HD TN non-touchscreen display, which you should definitely avoid, and a matte Full HD IPS option (1920x1080), that is also non-touch. Our test unit is equipped with the latter Full HD panel.

The display specifications claim that the screen can reach a brightness of 220 cd/m². This is the average brightness the display (manufactured by LG) can reach. At one point, we measured a maximum of 237 cd/m². Although the screen is brighter than the predecessor's dark TN panel, we would still consider 221 cd/m² as being "relatively dark". The ThinkPad E480 has a slightly brighter Full HD IPS display (250 cd/m² according to Lenovo; 231-245 cd/m² in our tests).

We did not measure any PWM and only very little backlight bleeding. The brightness distribution is 88% and no shading is visible to the naked eye.

208
cd/m²
228
cd/m²
219
cd/m²
207
cd/m²
236
cd/m²
231
cd/m²
229
cd/m²
209
cd/m²
219
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 236 cd/m² Average: 220.7 cd/m² Minimum: 9.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 234 cd/m²
Contrast: 908:1 (Black: 0.26 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.7 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 3.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
59.2% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 37.7% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.1
HP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ES
LGD04B2, , 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KQS00000
Innolux N140HCA-EAC, , 1920x1080, 14
Dell Latitude 14 3470
Innolux N140BGE, , 1366x768, 14
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
N140HCA-EAB, , 1920x1080, 14
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
AUO1E3D, , 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KNCTO1WW
Innolux N140HCA-EAC, , 1920x1080, 14
Response Times
-9%
-4%
3%
4%
-10%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
40 (21.2, 18.8)
44 (22.8, 21.2)
-10%
47 (25, 22)
-18%
39 (22, 17)
2%
43.2 (21.2, 22)
-8%
44.8 (23.6, 21.2)
-12%
Response Time Black / White *
28.8 (17.2, 11.6)
31.2 (17.2, 14)
-8%
26 (18, 8)
10%
28 (16, 12)
3%
24.4 (7.2, 17.2)
15%
31.2 (17.2, 14)
-8%
PWM Frequency
24880 (40)
25000 (70)
25000 (30)
Screen
13%
-45%
-1%
-34%
1%
Brightness middle
236
251
6%
206
-13%
271
15%
216
-8%
262
11%
Brightness
221
231
5%
193
-13%
256
16%
203
-8%
245
11%
Brightness Distribution
88
80
-9%
87
-1%
85
-3%
83
-6%
83
-6%
Black Level *
0.26
0.19
27%
0.48
-85%
0.43
-65%
0.47
-81%
0.19
27%
Contrast
908
1321
45%
429
-53%
630
-31%
460
-49%
1379
52%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.7
5.1
11%
11
-93%
5.03
12%
8.98
-58%
7
-23%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
22
10.6
52%
19.57
11%
11.9
46%
14.07
36%
23.6
-7%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.8
4.5
-18%
11.51
-203%
4.02
-6%
9.61
-153%
6.4
-68%
Gamma
2.1 105%
2.18 101%
2.23 99%
2.31 95%
2.63 84%
2.14 103%
CCT
7318 89%
6146 106%
13671 48%
6659 98%
11265 58%
6065 107%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
37.7
39.8
6%
38.46
2%
39
3%
35.9
-5%
39.5
5%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
59.2
62.5
6%
60.61
2%
61
3%
56.7
-4%
61.9
5%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
2% / 9%
-25% / -38%
1% / -0%
-15% / -27%
-5% / -1%

* ... smaller is better

Color values
Color values
Saturation
Saturation
Grayscales
Grayscales
Color values (calibrated)
Color values (calibrated)
Saturation (calibrated)
Saturation (calibrated)
Grayscales (calibrated)
Grayscales (calibrated)

The contrast ratio is 908:1, a good result for a cheap IPS display. Ex-works, we measured a slight blue cast, which we were able to remove through calibrating the screen. As usual, you can download the suitable profile above. Subjectively, we felt that the sharpness and black value (0.26 cd/m²) were good. 

The fact that HP has used a cheap IPS LCD is not a secret, as HP claims its sRGB color-space coverage lies at 45%. This is very conservative; we measured 59% coverage of the sRGB color space. Nonetheless, the display is useless for image-processing with colors.

sRGB: 59.2%
sRGB: 59.2%
AdobeRGB: 37.3%
AdobeRGB: 37.3%
Outdoors (indirect sunlight)
Outdoors (indirect sunlight)
Outdoors (overcast)
Outdoors (overcast)

Basically, 200 cd/m² is enough to work outdoors, at least in the shade. But it is still not really comfortable, and the additional 20 cd/m² cannot make a big difference to that. This makes the ProBook 440 G5 only suitable for limited outdoor use, and you will definitely have to avoid the sun.

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
28.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17.2 ms rise
↘ 11.6 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. » 66 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
40 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21.2 ms rise
↘ 18.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 44 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to 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 8931 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Luckily, HP has given us a non-TN option in the 2018 version of the ProBook, and we now have an IPS display with stable viewing angles. The colors remain absolutely the same, and there is only a little loss in brightness from various angles. This is normal for IPS panels.

Viewing angles of the HP ProBook 440 G5
Viewing angles of the HP ProBook 440 G5

Performance – good CPU performance

There is a large number of configurations available for the ProBook 440 G5 that are mainly available via third-party retailers. The prices for these 14 different models range from $630 to $980.

The more affordable configurations are equipped with an older dual-core processor, the Intel Core i5-7200U, while the more expensive versions are either equipped with the Core i5-8250U or the Core i7-8550U. The more expensive configurations also offer an optional Nvidia GeForce 930MX. Almost all models are equipped with 8 GB of RAM ex-works; the best configurations include 16 GB of DDR4 2400 RAM. As there are two RAM slots, you can have a maximum of 32 GB of working memory. The capacity of the M.2 SSD lies between 128 and 512 GB. Some models are additionally equipped with a 1-TB HDD.

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

Processor

The Core i5-8250U is a popular Intel processor of the "Kaby Lake Refresh" generation and has four cores. These clock at a maximum of 3.4 GHz according to the specification sheet and have a base clock rate of 1.6 GHz. The standard Thermal Design Power (TDP) of this CPU is 15 watts. You can compare this with other CPUs in our list of mobile processors.

The processor can work at 3.3 GHz during the Cinebench multi-core test but only for 28 seconds. After that, the clock rate drops to 2.6 GHz. The TDP was increased by the manufacturer for the first 28 seconds, during which it is 44 watts (although the actual consumption lies around 30 watts). After that it remains at 17 watts.

In our Cinebench loop, in which we run the Cinebench R15 multi-core test consecutively for 30 minutes, the boost to 3.3 GHz is only available in the first round, which is when it reaches the best result. After that, CPU performance drops, probably due to high temperatures. Performance then recovers a little and remains stable at 530 points for the rest of the test.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit

The multi-core performance that HP gets out of the ProBook i5-8250U is above average. It manages 7% more than the average of all laptops with the same CPU. The Lenovo ThinkPad E480 even manages 13% higher performance. The ProBook 440 G5 is 85% faster than its predecessor, the ProBook 440 G4. This is only true for multi-core performance, however. In single-core performance, the two ProBooks and the E480 reach similar results.

HP has deactivated the turbo boost while the device runs on battery. Luckily, this can be changed in the UEFI-BIOS settings, so that full performance is available on battery as well.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ES
Intel Core i5-8250U
146 Points ∼100%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
145 Points ∼99% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KQS00000
Intel Core i5-8250U
145 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (81 - 147, n=84)
141 Points ∼97% -3%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
Intel Core i5-7200U
128 Points ∼88% -12%
Average of class Office
  (20 - 178, n=476)
108 Points ∼74% -26%
Dell Latitude 14 3470
Intel Core i3-6100U
97 Points ∼66% -34%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ES
Intel Core i5-8250U
620 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (320 - 730, n=87)
569 Points ∼92% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KQS00000
Intel Core i5-8250U
548 Points ∼88% -12%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
335 Points ∼54% -46%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
Intel Core i5-7200U
325 Points ∼52% -48%
Average of class Office
  (36 - 1050, n=480)
317 Points ∼51% -49%
Dell Latitude 14 3470
Intel Core i3-6100U
250 Points ∼40% -60%
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
620 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
43.15 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
146 Points
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System Performance

The system works smoothly during everyday use, which is not surprising considering its combination of strong CPU, sufficient RAM and an SSD. Accordingly, the ProBook also gets good results in the PCMark benchmarks.

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KQS00000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 8250U, Lenovo LENSE20256GMSP34MEAT2TA
5189 Points ∼100% +5%
HP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ES
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
4922 Points ∼95%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
GeForce 930MX, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
4837 Points ∼93% -2%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2699 - 5106, n=49)
4644 Points ∼89% -6%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
4605 Points ∼89% -6%
Dell Latitude 14 3470
HD Graphics 520, 6100U, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
3982 Points ∼77% -19%
Average of class Office
  (1226 - 5428, n=302)
3950 Points ∼76% -20%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KQS00000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 8250U, Lenovo LENSE20256GMSP34MEAT2TA
4187 Points ∼100% +11%
HP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ES
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
3774 Points ∼90%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
GeForce 930MX, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
3614 Points ∼86% -4%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2986 - 4458, n=59)
3600 Points ∼86% -5%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
3519 Points ∼84% -7%
Dell Latitude 14 3470
HD Graphics 520, 6100U, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
3074 Points ∼73% -19%
Average of class Office
  (1169 - 4458, n=353)
3007 Points ∼72% -20%
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KQS00000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 8250U, Lenovo LENSE20256GMSP34MEAT2TA
3167 Points ∼100% +12%
HP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ES
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
2821 Points ∼89%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (0 - 3082, n=56)
2721 Points ∼86% -4%
Average of class Office
  (320 - 3503, n=95)
2518 Points ∼80% -11%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
2173 Points ∼69% -23%
Productivity
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KQS00000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 8250U, Lenovo LENSE20256GMSP34MEAT2TA
6862 Points ∼100% +19%
HP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ES
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
5756 Points ∼84%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3851 - 6653, n=56)
5718 Points ∼83% -1%
Average of class Office
  (1444 - 7142, n=95)
5377 Points ∼78% -7%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
5097 Points ∼74% -11%
Essentials
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KQS00000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 8250U, Lenovo LENSE20256GMSP34MEAT2TA
7722 Points ∼100% +1%
HP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ES
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
7655 Points ∼99%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (5855 - 9289, n=56)
7382 Points ∼96% -4%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
7077 Points ∼92% -8%
Average of class Office
  (2683 - 8787, n=95)
6791 Points ∼88% -11%
Score
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KQS00000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 8250U, Lenovo LENSE20256GMSP34MEAT2TA
3954 Points ∼100% +11%
HP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ES
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
3577 Points ∼90%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (0 - 4081, n=56)
3248 Points ∼82% -9%
Average of class Office
  (803 - 4269, n=96)
3129 Points ∼79% -13%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
3068 Points ∼78% -14%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3774 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4922 points
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Storage Device

The M.2 2280 SSD (model number 600p) comes from Intel as well. The 600p is an affordable NVMe PCIe SSD (in this case with a capacity of 256 GB). The benchmarks results confirm that the SSD is relatively slow for an NVMe PCIe SSD, which we expected due to its low price. The ThinkPad E480, equipped with a Lenovo SSD, shows that it is still possible to be even slower. Its NVMe PCIe SSD only reaches two-thirds of the speed of our test unit's SSD. We actually accused the Lenovo SSD of fraudulent labeling, as it is slower than some SATA III SSDs. The flash drive in the ProBook is not accused of this; the SATA III SSD in the ProBook 440 G4 is about 50% slower. 

HP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ES
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KQS00000
Lenovo LENSE20256GMSP34MEAT2TA
Dell Latitude 14 3470
Toshiba MQ01ACF050
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
Average Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
 
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-31%
-95%
2%
-51%
-12%
Write 4k QD32
417.1
118.3
-72%
0.901
-100%
370.9
-11%
241.4
-42%
356 (155 - 520, n=13)
-15%
Read 4k QD32
287.8
389.9
35%
0.721
-100%
462.9
61%
146.3
-49%
279 (236 - 290, n=13)
-3%
Write 4k
139.8
95.24
-32%
0.946
-99%
122.4
-12%
77.85
-44%
115 (81.7 - 140, n=13)
-18%
Read 4k
35.48
25.72
-28%
0.362
-99%
35.89
1%
19.57
-45%
29.9 (20.1 - 36.2, n=13)
-16%
Write 512
600.3
122
-80%
584.2
-3%
276
-54%
541 (469 - 609, n=13)
-10%
Read 512
922.5
871.5
-6%
869.3
-6%
310.1
-66%
767 (639 - 935, n=13)
-17%
Write Seq
602.2
160.6
-73%
103.2
-83%
581.1
-4%
322.2
-46%
524 (263 - 606, n=13)
-13%
Read Seq
1181
1295
10%
108.9
-91%
1086
-8%
491.2
-58%
1122 (945 - 1187, n=13)
-5%
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
Sequential Read: 1181 MB/s
Sequential Write: 602.2 MB/s
512K Read: 922.5 MB/s
512K Write: 600.3 MB/s
4K Read: 35.48 MB/s
4K Write: 139.8 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 287.8 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 417.1 MB/s

Graphics

The Intel UHD Graphics 620 is an integrated graphics card with 24 Executive Units. It is integrated into all Kaby Lake Refresh U GPUs and does not have its own memory. Therefore, it has to rely on the main CPU memory. As this runs in single-channel mode, the GPU's performance is limited and the performance results of the Intel UHD 620 are a little lower in this test unit than in other laptops. But at least it is easy to increase its performance by adding a second RAM module. 

The GPU performance is not artificially throttled on battery.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KQS00000
AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-8250U
4559 Points ∼100% +186%
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KQS00000
AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-8250U
1619 Points ∼36% +2%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
2206 Points ∼48% +38%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 1979, n=103)
1680 Points ∼37% +5%
HP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ES
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1595 Points ∼35%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1380 Points ∼30% -13%
Average of class Office
  (185 - 4967, n=601)
1219 Points ∼27% -24%
Dell Latitude 14 3470
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i3-6100U
1063 Points ∼23% -33%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KQS00000
AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-8250U
3249 Points ∼100% +250%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
1621 Points ∼50% +74%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (557 - 1336, n=84)
1083 Points ∼33% +17%
Average of class Office
  (138 - 4109, n=429)
937 Points ∼29% +1%
HP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ES
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
929 Points ∼29%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
727 Points ∼22% -22%
Dell Latitude 14 3470
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i3-6100U
569 Points ∼18% -39%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KQS00000
AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-8250U
18158 Points ∼100% +132%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
9056 Points ∼50% +16%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6910 - 11294, n=93)
8858 Points ∼49% +13%
HP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ES
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
7833 Points ∼43%
Average of class Office
  (1208 - 27117, n=473)
6549 Points ∼36% -16%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
6458 Points ∼36% -18%
Dell Latitude 14 3470
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i3-6100U
5238 Points ∼29% -33%
3DMark 11 Performance
1736 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
7127 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
873 points
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Gaming Performance

Even with a second RAM module, you can forget about gaming on this device: As a business laptop, the ProBook is simply not made with gaming in mind. Only older or very simple games from the Windows store run smoothly. The ProBook with the optional GeForce 930MX will probably still not manage much more than this.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 53.6128.1923.14fps
Company of Heroes 2 (2013) 25fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 20.26fps

Emissions

System Noise

The fan usually stands still. When it does turn on, its frequency is quite high as you can see from our comparison with the ThinkPad E480 (Intel model). The cooling fan is not particularly loud even under load, but the high-frequency noise can still be rather bothersome.  

Noise Level

Idle
29.1 / 29.1 / 30.7 dB(A)
Load
34.5 / 36 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: 29.1 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2039.134.633.835.22530.229.32730.63134.731.533.529.74032.329.629.429.85030.326.129.728.46328.426.625.726.7802524.125.625.310024.724.125.825.312526.22526.327.116023.722.922.924.420023.222.622.625.525022.121.420.822.331523.52120.422.940020.418.818.92150019.918.818.420.763021.918.217.42180021.617.41722.9100022.617.417.124.2125023.41716.425.3160024.216.315.925.6200024.116.515.925.9250025.41615.727.2315024.716.51627.2400018.717.416.319.6500018.617.516.719.1630017.918.116.818.3800018.523.517.217.91000019.222.917.517.81250017.919.31717.41600018.922.816.917.4SPL34.530.729.136N21.41.22.3median 22.1median 18.8median 17.1median 22.9Delta2.22.62.23.33432.635.63732.229.13028.833.228.531.631.732.131.930.931.129.829.429.531.126.725.726.82727.524.625.625.525.824.724.42524.326.323.726.326.824.92527.526.62525.324.62627.925.126.826.728.724.724.423.62427.22422.9222227.321.622.521.222.123.219.522.521.320.421.319.822.320.819.320.718.220.42018.319.718.220.719.918.619.120.522.720.818.82118.321.720.416.419.418.122.419.915.420.117.822.720.415.218.716.920.919.214.918.117.221.719.41518.817.124.220.415.2201722.819.315.419.116.219.417.615.817.116.317.716.91616.516.416.816.81616.316.416.316.81616.316.616.217.315.916.230.333.831.829.131.71.421.71.21.7median 18.2median 22.4median 20.4median 16.4median 19.731.31.23.12.3hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseHP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ESLenovo ThinkPad E480-20KNCTO1WW

Temperature

Stress test (Prime95 + FurMark) after 10 minutes
Stress test (Prime95 + FurMark) after 10 minutes
Stress test (Prime95 + FurMark) after one hour
Stress test (Prime95 + FurMark) after one hour

Even in the stress test, the ProBook's temperatures remain good. We measured a maximum of 45 °C (~ 113 °F) on the bottom of the base unit, which is noticeable but not yet dangerously hot. The wrist rest remained cool throughout the test.

Like in the Cinebench test, the CPU consumed 30 watts for 28 seconds in the FurMark+Prime95 stress test. After that, its consumption was throttled to 17 watts. As the CPU and GPU had to share this available power, the CPU clock rate was lower than in the Cinebench test and lay at the base clock rate of 1.5 to 1.6 GHz. During the one-hour test, the temperatures reached a maximum of 79 °C (~ 174.2 °F). It seems that this is the temperature limit as the clock dropped even further to 1.3-1.4 GHz after reaching that temperature.

The throttling that occurred during the stress test should not be an issue in everyday use; the 3DMark 11 test we ran immediately afterwards brought the same results as before.

Max. Load
 34.5 °C
94 F
39 °C
102 F
38.7 °C
102 F
 
 33.5 °C
92 F
38.5 °C
101 F
38.6 °C
101 F
 
 24 °C
75 F
24.1 °C
75 F
24.5 °C
76 F
 
Maximum: 39 °C = 102 F
Average: 32.8 °C = 91 F
39.1 °C
102 F
39.3 °C
103 F
45.5 °C
114 F
37 °C
99 F
40.5 °C
105 F
42.1 °C
108 F
22.8 °C
73 F
22.7 °C
73 F
22.3 °C
72 F
Maximum: 45.5 °C = 114 F
Average: 34.6 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  39.8 °C = 104 F | Room Temperature 20.3 °C = 69 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32.8 °C / 91 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 °C / 102 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 45.5 °C / 114 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22.9 °C / 73 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 24.5 °C / 76.1 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 (+3.8 °C / 6.8 F).
Top of the base unit (stress test)
Top of the base unit (stress test)
Cooling vents (stress test)
Cooling vents (stress test)
Bottom of the base unit (stress test)
Bottom of the base unit (stress test)

Speakers

Like in the ProBook 450 G5, the speakers are quite decent, although the larger model's speakers are still a little better. The ThinkPad E480 has the worst speakers in this comparison field. The ProBooks also benefit from the position of the speakers at the top, while the ThinkPad's speakers are placed towards the bottom. 

Even though the speakers are not awful, we would still recommend using external speakers when listening to music. You can easily connect these via the audio jack, which works perfectly.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.834.1252731.33133.533.94029.430.55029.728.36325.7268025.624.510025.824.812526.326.616022.925.720022.636.125020.851.831520.459.440018.963.350018.462.763017.460.98001760.9100017.167.2125016.468.4160015.971.2200015.967.4250015.766.831501667.9400016.368.2500016.767630016.866.8800017.264.81000017.559.7125001754.51600016.950SPL29.179N1.243.9median 17.1median 62.7Delta2.29.83432.628.931.731.831.429.229.727.64226.235.62630.725.829.524.432.924.144.523.849.521.75320.657.718.658.818.95918.15617.871.217.270.317.46316.761.216.760.416.857.51763.217.268.717.562.517.859.818.257.518.254.718.355.118.350.629.876.61.337.1median 18.2median 57.71.65.233.833.52727.233.534.729.431.329.732.225.725.825.627.325.826.526.325.922.931.422.647.220.854.220.458.218.962.218.461.117.458.41763.917.169.216.471.715.969.615.967.415.769.31666.516.36716.768.216.867.117.266.317.560.11756.416.949.629.179.61.245.3median 17.1median 62.22.29hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ESLenovo ThinkPad E480-20KQS00000HP ProBook 450 G5-2UB53EA
HP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ES audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 62% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 30% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 53% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 39% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KQS00000 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 13.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (10.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 24% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 67% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 27% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 67% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

HP ProBook 450 G5-2UB53EA audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.5% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 51% of all tested devices in this class were better, 15% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 47% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 44% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes can be turned on/off!)

Energy Management – high consumption while idling

Power Consumption

The ProBook does not have great power consumption values. The previous model, the ProBook 440 G4, was significantly more economic while idling. The same can be said for the ThinkPad E480 with an Intel GPU.

Like for the larger ProBook 450 G5, we noticed that the power supply does not offer enough power. The maximum consumption of the device is 48.7 watts; the power supply can manage 45 watts. But this should not be a big problem as this consumption only lasts 28 seconds in the stress test, after which it drops by at least 10 watts, which makes the power supply sufficient.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.52 / 0.69 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.4 / 7.1 / 10.2 Watt
Load midlight 36.5 / 48.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ES
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KNCTO1WW
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14
Dell Latitude 14 3470
6100U, HD Graphics 520, Toshiba MQ01ACF050, TN LED, 1366x768, 14
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
7200U, HD Graphics 620, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
7500U, GeForce 930MX, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002, TN, 1920x1080, 14
Power Consumption
23%
13%
10%
13%
Idle Minimum *
4.4
3.5
20%
5
-14%
4.5
-2%
3
32%
Idle Average *
7.1
5.3
25%
6.8
4%
7.1
-0%
5.4
24%
Idle Maximum *
10.2
6.1
40%
8.9
13%
10.2
-0%
6.3
38%
Load Average *
36.5
30
18%
26.2
28%
29.8
18%
37.5
-3%
Load Maximum *
48.7
42.3
13%
31.8
35%
31
36%
61.1
-25%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

Charging time: 158 minutes
Charging time: 158 minutes

The battery capacity of the internal lithium-ion battery is 48 Wh, an average capacity for a laptop of this size and price range. The ProBook shows varied results in our battery runtime tests. Some are good, some are not so good. During the Wi-Fi test, it lasted almost seven hours, while it did not even manage four hours in the video test. While idling, the ProBook had a below-average result, but it managed good runtimes in the load test. This means the test unit managed less well in the less-demanding tests (idle, video) than in the tests that usually consume more power (load, Wi-Fi).

The charging time of the battery is 158 minutes, so more than 2.5 hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
13h 41min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge)
6h 56min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
3h 44min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 05min
HP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ES
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KQS00000
8250U, Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 48 Wh
Dell Latitude 14 3470
6100U, HD Graphics 520, 41 Wh
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
7500U, GeForce 930MX, 48 Wh
Average of class Office
 
Battery Runtime
28%
-25%
21%
42%
1%
Reader / Idle
821
1164
42%
668
-19%
976
19%
1083
32%
557 (101 - 1857, n=769)
-32%
H.264
224
536
139%
503
125%
571
155%
413 (139 - 791, n=149)
84%
WiFi v1.3
416
341
-18%
278
-33%
341
-18%
414
0%
405 (105 - 964, n=293)
-3%
Load
185
88
-52%
140
-24%
104
-44%
151
-18%
101 (37 - 259, n=714)
-45%

Verdict

Pros

+ CPU performance above average
+ glass touchpad is comfortable to use
+ three display outputs + SD-card reader
+ expandable (HDD + SSD possible, two RAM slots)

Cons

- keyboard gives way on left side
- workmanship around wrist rest
- USB C positioned too far to the front
- battery/cooling fan difficult to reach
- only 12-month warranty
Review: HP ProBook 440 G5
Review: HP ProBook 440 G5

Like its larger sibling, the ProBook 440 G5 offers a good price-performance ratio. It is a shame that HP counteracts its good work by letting the keyboard give way under pressure.

But let us first start with the positive aspects: We definitely like the ProBook's touchpad, as well as its CPU performance, which is far ahead of that of its competitor from Lenovo. The ProBook can also offer a slightly better port selection than the ThinkPad E480, as it offers not only VGA, HDMI and DisplayPort (via USB Type-C), but it also offers a full-size card reader. Like the larger ProBook, we can praise the speakers as well as the device's expandability - although there is a question mark behind the 2.5-inch slot due to the missing caddy. Unfortunately, this is where the advantages end. Although the display is finally an IPS panel, we cannot really praise it due to its low brightness levels. The fan is significantly louder and has a higher frequency than that of the ProBook 450 G5. Therefore, the cooling system and display are not positive aspects of this device.

The keyboard was a clear disappointment, because it gives way to pressure. This ruins the typing experience, which is a big issue for an office notebook. We were also bothered by the workmanship of the ProBook 450 G5 around the wrist rest, exactly where you usually lay your hands. As good as the port selection is HP could have chosen better positions for them. Particularly the USB C port is placed too far to the front. Expandability is good, but overall maintenance is disappointing, as it is difficult to access the battery and cooling fan. Finally, we also have to point out the short one-year warranty.

The ProBook 440 G5 could be a good choice if it were not for the weak keyboard.

Overall, we cannot really recommend the ProBook due to its instable keyboard. We would expect the keyboard of an office notebook to remain stable while typing normally, which is not the case here. Good alternatives might be the Lenovo ThinkPad E480 with an Intel GPU, which we are currently testing, or the Dell Latitude 3490 (review available soon).

HP ProBook 440 G5-3KX87ES - 02/23/2018 v6
Benjamin Herzig

Chassis
73 / 98 → 75%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
96%
Connectivity
58 / 80 → 72%
Weight
68 / 20-67 → 100%
Battery
81%
Display
83%
Games Performance
57 / 68 → 84%
Application Performance
89 / 92 → 97%
Temperature
93%
Noise
93%
Audio
64%
Camera
39 / 85 → 46%
Average
75%
84%
Office - Weighted Average

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Benjamin Herzig, 2018-03- 1 (Update: 2018-03- 2)