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HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA) Notebook Review Update

Sven Kloevekorn, Tanja Hinum (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 12/17/2014

Upgrade or downgrade? HP's new G2-version of their 17-inch business and multimedia hybrid features updated hardware components. The new model comes with an i5-4210U CPU instead of the i5-4200M and a Radeon R5 M255 replaces the Radeon HD 8750M graphics card. The display panel differs as well. How the changes impact performance, battery life, and picture quality is the subject of our review.

HP ProBook 470 G2 (photo: HP)
HP ProBook 470 G2 (photo: HP)

For the original German review, see here.

The segment of affordable 17-inch notebooks which are suitable for both work and play isn't exactly crowded. HP's offerings consists of machines in the 47XX-series of notebooks. In February, we looked at the predecessor HP ProBook 470 G1, which sports an Intel Core i5-4200M (2x 2.5 - 3.1 GHz, Hyper-threading, TDP 37 W), AMD Radeon HD 8750M and a display panel from AU Optronics. The G1 impressed us with its decent performance, high build quality, and very good input devices. The ancestor of  both he G1 and the G2 is the Ivy Bridge-based ProBook 470 G0, which we reviewed in October of 2013. Since the three notebooks are identical save for the hardware components, we won't spend any time examining the chassis, connectivity, input devices, or the speakers, amongst other things. Please take a look at the G0 for more information. The G1 sold for about 850 Euro (~$1060), but the price has now dropped to about 620 Euro (~$770). Our review notebook costs 730 Euro (~$900) when purchased from HP directly but can be found for around 620 Euro (~$770) elsewhere. It's important to keep the original price difference in mind when comparing the models.

In addition to our review notebook (G6W68EA), HP also sells another variant of the Probook 470 G2 (G6W69EA) for about 950 Euro (~$1180) in their online store. This version ships with a Full-HD display, a faster Intel Core i7-4510U processor (2x 2.0 - 3.1 GHz, Hyperthreading, TDP 15 W), 8 GB RAM and a 750 GB hard drive. Both notebooks come with an AMD Radeon R5 M255, but the more expensive version features 2 GB instead of 1 GB of dedicated RAM. For our review update, we are going to focus on the display, the performance, the battery life, and benchmark differences between the various platforms - in particular, the predecessor ProBook 470 G1.

Display

Just like the predecessor, the new model is equipped with an inexpensive 17.3-inch TN panel and features a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels, which results in a - by today's standard - fairly low pixel density of 125 ppi. At normal distances from the screen, the picture is always sharp and not pixelated and the size of the picture elements is close to ideal. Notebooks above 600 Euro (~$750) should feature a maximum brightness of 250 cd/m² in our opinion, this requirement was met by the ProBook 470 G1, but not by the successor. The brightness distribution of 82 % isn't exactly a reason for celebration, but at the least the screen doesn't suffer from bleeding issues. The screen measurements remain unchanged when the notebook is running on battery.

227
cd/m²
206
cd/m²
193
cd/m²
226
cd/m²
224
cd/m²
193
cd/m²
235
cd/m²
228
cd/m²
205
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 235 cd/m² Average: 215.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 224 cd/m²
Contrast: 400:1 (Black: 0.56 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 9.08 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 8.79 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
48% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 1.95

Despite the lower brightness, the review model still managed a contrast ratio of 400:1 thanks to a usable black value. Color reproduction is - similar to other TN displays - far from great, although the DeltaE deviation of 9 is high, but at least not devastatingly so. Just like the predecessor, the G2 only covers about 48 % of the professional AdobeRGB color space, which is about average for a TN display. All things considered, we prefer the display of the G1, since it is brighter, has better contrast and features slightly better color accuracy. The color profile we've attached below aims to reduce the bluish tint of the display and increase the overall warmth.

CalMAN Graylevels
CalMAN Graylevels
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation
HP ProBook 470 G2 vs. AdobeRGB
HP ProBook 470 G2 vs. AdobeRGB
HP ProBook 470 G2 vs. sRGB
HP ProBook 470 G2 vs. sRGB
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Screen
9%
9%
-6%
Brightness middle
224
269
20%
228
2%
178
-21%
Brightness
215
258
20%
211
-2%
179
-17%
Brightness Distribution
82
86
5%
86
5%
94
15%
Black Level *
0.56
0.58
-4%
0.33
41%
0.44
21%
Contrast
400
464
16%
691
73%
405
1%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
9.08
7.49
18%
9.6
-6%
9.78
-8%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
8.79
9.3
-6%
10.17
-16%
10.01
-14%
Gamma
1.95 113%
2.61 84%
2.55 86%
2.06 107%
CCT
9185 71%
10832 60%
12431 52%
11038 59%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
48
47.6
-1%
37
-23%
37
-23%

* ... smaller is better

Despite the use of TN technology, the G2's viewing angle stability is still acceptable. Although the typical color inversions are still an issue, they happen at more shallow angles than what we are used to from budget TN displays. This is particular true in the horizontal plane. IPS panels are still vastly superior, however.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Outdoor use (overcast and hazy conditions)
Outdoor use (overcast and hazy conditions)

Performance

The HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA) is equipped with a frugal, but nonetheless fairly fast Intel Core i5-4210U (2x 1.7 - 2.7 GHz, Hyperthreading, TDP 15 W), a dedicated AMD Radeon R5 M255 graphics card with 1 GB of GDDR3 RAM, and a DVD-RW drive. Security features like a fingerprint reader and TPM chip are on board as well and the notebook, which sells for 730 Euro at the time of writing, competes as an entry-level business notebook with added multimedia functionality. The performance of the ProBook 470 G2 is more than sufficient to run a variety of software packages, including more demanding titles like Adobe Photoshop, and only reaches its limits with heavily parallelized applications, which profit from more than four physical cores. Even some current games are playable without stuttering, although concessions have to be made as far as the resolution and the quality settings are concerned.

System information HP ProBook 470 G2

Processor


Just like the ubiquitous and slightly slower Core i5-4200U (2x 1.6 - 2.6 GHz, Hyperthreading, TDP 15 W), the  i5-4210U (2x 1.7 - 2.7 GHz) is an allrounder Haswell ULV processor which, thanks to its low TDP, often sees duty in slim notebooks and Ultrabooks with display sizes starting at 11 inches. The CPU is manufactured using a 22nm process and supports, in addition to Hyperthreading (virtual doubling of the cores), new instruction sets like AVX2 and FMA. These instructions sets accelerate specialized software on top of the nominal 10 % per-MHz increase in performance the newer-generation CPU offers compared to the predecessor. The G1 comes with the faster, but a little more power-hungry Core i5-4200M (2x 2,5 - 3,1 GHz, TDP 37 W, which gives that notebook an advantage of 14 to 23 % when running Cinebench R11.5. The processor performance meets our expectations and is comparable to other notebooks with the same CPU. Both cores maintained 2.4 GHz during the multi-core portion of the Cinebench tests, which means that the Turbo is never compromised.

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1.18 Points ∼48%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1.35 Points ∼55% +14%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.49 Points ∼20% -58%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
0.54 Points ∼22% -54%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
0.56 Points ∼23% -53%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
0.76 Points ∼31% -36%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.79 Points ∼32% -33%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.11 Points ∼45% -6%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.13 Points ∼46% -4%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
1.18 Points ∼48% 0%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1.18 Points ∼48% 0%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2.61 Points ∼10%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
3.22 Points ∼12% +23%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
1.55 Points ∼6% -41%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.74 Points ∼6% -33%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.87 Points ∼7% -28%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1.97 Points ∼7% -25%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2.01 Points ∼7% -23%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2.5 Points ∼9% -4%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2.54 Points ∼9% -3%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2.58 Points ∼10% -1%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2.59 Points ∼10% -1%
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5729
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
8068
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3803
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.18 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.61 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
44.41 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
105 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
37.7 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
240 Points
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System Performance

To evaluate overall system performance, we use the time-proven PCMark 7 benchmark test, which not only takes the CPU performance into consideration, but also tests the RAM, HDD and the GPU. Based on the faster hardware, we would have expected the older ProBook 470 G1 to edge out more or a performance difference: 4 % are really not practically relevant. Other notebooks based on Intel/Nvida hardware (listed in the table below) offer comparable performance to the G1 and the G2; AMD-based systems don't do as well. Although the notebook generally performs without any stutters, we initially had issues with occasional and unexplained system lag. Since these issues disappeared towards the end of the review, we decided not to deduct a point as initially planned. The performance of the G2 would be even better if it was equipped with an SSD.

PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2586 Points ∼30%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2689 Points ∼31% +4%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2525 Points ∼29% -2%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2495 Points ∼29% -4%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
2150 Points ∼25% -17%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1835 Points ∼21% -29%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1723 Points ∼20% -33%
PCMark 7 Score
2586 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4052 points
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Storage Devices

The disk benchmark tool HD Tune attests the HP ProBook 470 G2 a very good sequential read rate of 88 MB/s, which corresponds with the performance of the Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142 (500 GB, 5400 rpm) in other notebooks. The access time - important when reading small, distributed blocks of data and therefore crucial when it comes to program starts and system boots - unfortunately isn't great at 20 ms. The same model hard drive in the Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG posted a score of 18.3 ms. The corresponding 4K test sequence in CrystalDiskMark 3.0 confirms the rather weak performance. An access time of around 16 ms is considered good. CrystalDiskMark shows that the G2's hard drive trails the HDD in the G1 in every discipline; the 4K speed difference is also very apparent.

HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
HD Tune Transfer Rate Average
---
88.2
76.6
-13%
83
-6%
HD Tune Access Time
--- *
18.7
18.3
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
25%
3%
Read 4k QD32
0.753
0.884
17%
0.788
5%
Read 4k
0.327
0.476
46%
0.317
-3%
Read Seq
87.91
98.31
12%
95.07
8%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
6% / 16%
-2% / 1%

* ... smaller is better

Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
Transfer Rate Minimum: 55.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 119.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 88.2 MB/s
Access Time:
Burst Rate:

GPU Performance

Cloud Gate on battery power
Cloud Gate on battery power

The AMD Radeon R5 M255 is a new DirectX11.2-compatible entry-level graphics card with 1 GB of dedicated RAM (accessed via a narrow 64-bit bus) and a maximum speed of up to 940 MHz. The performance is roughly between an integrated Intel HD 4600 and a dedicated Nvida GeForce 820M. Comparisons are a bit tricky, because the results of the 3DMark (2013) and 3DMark 11 benchmarks contradict each other. According to the latter test, there's no difference between the new GPU and the also already GNC-based Radeon HD 8750M (released towards the end of 2012) in the ProBook 470 G1. 3DMark (2013) shows a very different result, which is confirmed by the gaming benchmarks: the HD 8750M offers about 30 % more performance than the more frugal R5 M255. With the notebook running on battery, performance drops from 4621 points to 3922 points. We should add here that the graphics performance was not really affect, but the CPU-dependent physics score was. Our FAQ has a list of benchmarks for various graphics cards and their performance.

3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
6164 Points ∼3%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
8055 Points ∼4% +31%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4721 Points ∼3% -23%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
6523 Points ∼4% +6%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
6089 Points ∼3% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
4681 Points ∼3% -24%
Acer Aspire V5-561G
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
8219 Points ∼4% +33%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G50Mnkk
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
8299 Points ∼4% +35%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
8425 Points ∼5% +37%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
8744 Points ∼5% +42%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
47445 Points ∼6%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
65451 Points ∼9% +38%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
42780 Points ∼6% -10%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
42872 Points ∼6% -10%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
67933 Points ∼9% +43%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
46017 Points ∼6% -3%
Acer Aspire V5-561G
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
50241 Points ∼7% +6%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G50Mnkk
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
45208 Points ∼6% -5%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
54415 Points ∼7% +15%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
85402 Points ∼11% +80%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1784 Points ∼3%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1709 Points ∼3% -4%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1138 Points ∼2% -36%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1290 Points ∼3% -28%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1270 Points ∼2% -29%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
2080 Points ∼4% +17%
Acer Aspire V5-561G
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1880 Points ∼4% +5%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G50Mnkk
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1882 Points ∼4% +5%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2291 Points ∼4% +28%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2341 Points ∼5% +31%
3DMark Vantage P Result
5399 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1896 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
40334 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
4621 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
973 points
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Gaming Performance

The benchmark results for Tomb Raider and Anno 2070 clearly show the predecessor G1 offering between 16 to 30 % better performance. We show a short comparison of gaming benchmarks at the end of our review in the "Verdict" section. The table attached below also speaks for itself: less demanding titles, like Diablo III and FIFA 15, don't pose any problems even at high settings, the new GRID: Autosport, Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite do OK on medium settings and a resolution of 1366 x 768, but power-hungry games like Hitman: Absolution and Thief are simply out of the question. A few fps can make all the difference as far as gaming is concerned, and here the G2 takes a step backwards compared to the predecessor G1.

low med. high ultra
StarCraft 2 (2010) 1874325.9fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 100.345.727.612.8fps
Diablo III (2012) 64.351.6fps
Hitman: Absolution (2012) 21.85fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 72.236.222.7fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 58.0134.2527.21fps
Company of Heroes 2 (2013) 29.6724.61fps
Dota 2 (2013) 74.953.322.4fps
Thief (2014) 21.1fps
Wolfenstein: The New Order (2014) 31.328.4fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 106.1247.522.04fps
Risen 3: Titan Lords (2014) 38.122fps
Fifa 15 (2014) 7556.227.5fps

Emissions

System Noise

We find no reason to complain about the noise level of our review notebook. The fan is always running, but barely audible over the ambient noise. Increasing the load to maximum results in the fan spooling up gradually. The wooshing sound is free of artifacts and doesn't get annoying. We do find it strange that the G2 is louder than the G1 regardless of the load level despite the more frugal hardware.

Noise Level

Idle
33.8 / 33.8 / 36 dB(A)
HDD
33.8 dB(A)
DVD
37.6 / dB(A)
Load
37.4 / 43.7 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-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Kerntakte Prime95
Kerntakte Prime95

The notebooks is very well-behaved during idle as far as the encountered temperatures are concerned.  During the admittedly not overly realistic stress test we measured a maximum of 42 °C (G1: 48 °C) on the bottom, which some might consider to be on the high side. On the other hand, it's doubtful that a 17.3-inch notebook will see duty on the lap while playing first-person-shooter games. The palm rests remain below body temperature at all times.

During our stress test with Prime95, the CPU cores settled to between 2.3 and 2.4 GHz after a while; when we added the GPU benchmark FurMark, we saw occasional drops to 2.2 GHz. Overall, the G2 utilizes the Turbo very well.

Max. Load
 38.3 °C
101 F
26 °C
79 F
24.1 °C
75 F
 
 40.5 °C
105 F
34.2 °C
94 F
23.8 °C
75 F
 
 35.4 °C
96 F
32.5 °C
91 F
26.3 °C
79 F
 
Maximum: 40.5 °C = 105 F
Average: 31.2 °C = 88 F
24.2 °C
76 F
25 °C
77 F
38.1 °C
101 F
24 °C
75 F
28.8 °C
84 F
42.1 °C
108 F
25 °C
77 F
29.3 °C
85 F
33.6 °C
92 F
Maximum: 42.1 °C = 108 F
Average: 30 °C = 86 F
Power Supply (max.)  45.6 °C = 114 F | Room Temperature 23.1 °C = 74 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.2 °C / 88 F, compared to the average of 30.9 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 40.5 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42.1 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.2 °C / 77 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (35.4 °C / 95.7 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (-6.3 °C / -11.3 F).

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Idle consumption (average) of the HP ProBook 470 G2 is one of the lowest we've seen for 17.3-inch systems. The G1 consumed about 2 watts more, but required up to 3.5 watts less under load (average) despite the more powerful hardware components. Under maximum load, the G2 was once again in the lead with about 10 watts less. Good: when the notebook is turned off, the power consumption is too low to measure. The power adapter is powerful enough to handle system needs.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.1 / 8.8 / 9.6 Watt
Load midlight 44.2 / 51 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

The review notebook proved its endurance when playing back DVDs with the display turned up to maximum brightness. In fact: the G2 and the predecessor lasted longer than any other 17.3-inch notebook we've reviewed in the last 12 months. Both notebooks also offer very comparable performance and rank in the upper third for the practically relevant WLAN test. 500 minutes is an excellent result for an otherwise not overly mobile notebook. Since the G1 has more powerful hardware and a smaller battery (47 vs. 51 Wh), we would've expected the G2 to do better, however. For details on our test procedures please take a look here.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
8h 12min
WiFi Surfing
4h 35min
DVD
3h 19min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 20min

Verdict

Das HP ProBook 470 G2
Das HP ProBook 470 G2

After the conclusion of our tests, we can't really find a compelling reason to pick the HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA) over the previous-generation G1 (E9Y75EA). In addition to the the price (which probably won't drop any further), the G1 has the slightly better display, offers more CPU and GPU performance and is a little more quiet as well. The new model also doesn't surpass the predecessor as far as temperatures, power consumption, and battery life are concerned. All things considered, the ProBook 470 G2 is a cool, quiet and well-designed business-multimedia hybrid, which offers good application and 3D performance for a price that is more than fair. The design and the input devices already impressed us when we evaluated the earlier models in the series, so there are no changes here. At this time, however, we can only recommend the new G2 once the predecessor is not available for purchase any longer.

Tomb Raider
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
22.7 fps ∼4%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
30.8 fps ∼6% +36%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
28.1 fps ∼6% +24%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
24.6 fps ∼5% +8%
Acer Aspire V5-561G
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
31.5 fps ∼6% +39%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
19 fps ∼4% -16%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
36.2 fps ∼6%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
45.9 fps ∼8% +27%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
52.2 fps ∼9% +44%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
40 fps ∼7% +10%
Acer Aspire V5-561G
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
45.8 fps ∼8% +27%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
26.9 fps ∼5% -26%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
72.2 fps ∼12%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
94 fps ∼15% +30%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
85.1 fps ∼14% +18%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
74.8 fps ∼12% +4%
Acer Aspire V5-561G
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
95.2 fps ∼15% +32%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
51.6 fps ∼8% -29%
Anno 2070
1366x768 High Preset AA:on AF:2x (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
27.6 fps ∼16%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
32.1 fps ∼18% +16%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
19.6 fps ∼11% -29%
1366x768 Medium Preset AA:on (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
45.7 fps ∼19%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
54.1 fps ∼22% +18%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
31.4 fps ∼13% -31%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
100.3 fps ∼32%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
126.5 fps ∼41% +26%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
59.6 fps ∼19% -41%
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In Review: HP ProBook 470 G2. Test model courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de
In Review: HP ProBook 470 G2. Test model courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de

Specifications

HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA) (ProBook 470 Series)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R5 M255 - 1024 MB, Core: 320 - 940 MHz, Memory: 1600 MHz, DDR3, 13.352.1004.0, AMD Enduro
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3L, 1600 MHz, Single-Channel, 2 RAM slots, 1 free
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1600 x 900 pixel, Chi Mei CMN1731, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Lynx Point-LP
Storage
Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142, 500 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 5400 rpm
Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDXC, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
HP DVDRAM GU90N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 26 x 413.8 x 279.5 ( = 1.02 x 16.29 x 11 in)
Battery
51 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4530 mAh, 6-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit) + Windows 8 Pro (64 Bit)
Camera
Webcam: HD 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, HP Client Security, HP 3D Drive Guard, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.87 kg ( = 101.24 oz / 6.33 pounds), Power Supply: 234 g ( = 8.25 oz / 0.52 pounds)
Price
730 Euro

 

The back of the lid is rubberized.
The back of the lid is rubberized.
The maximum display angle.
The maximum display angle.
Hinge and On/Off button.
Hinge and On/Off button.
The G2 doesn't come with this sticker.
The G2 doesn't come with this sticker.
Instead of two audio ports, the new model features a combo-port.
Instead of two audio ports, the new model features a combo-port.
The design of the touchpad...
The design of the touchpad...
...looks more elegant.
...looks more elegant.
The maintenance cover...
The maintenance cover...
...has a single screw.
...has a single screw.
The battery..
The battery..
...is almost identical.
...is almost identical.
Two seperate keys allow the user to activate/deactivate wirless and the speakers.
Two seperate keys allow the user to activate/deactivate wirless and the speakers.

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Price Comparison

Pros

+inexpensive entry into the world of business notebooks
+solid chassis
+good build quality
+decent input devices
+good performance
+both quiet and cool
+gaming is possible to some extent
+useable and matte display
+very good battery life
 

Cons

-(so far) restricted selection of models
-only 12 months of warranty
-no Full-HD display
-slower than the predecessor
-power consumption and battery life remain largely unchanted
-access times and 4K performance of the HDD is mediocre

Shortcut

What we like

The notebook looks good, is built well, and scores with good input devices.

What we'd like to see

Full-HD and a longer warranty.

What surprises us

Where are the significant improvements over the ProBook 470 G1?

The competition

Lenovo G710Toshiba Satellite L70-A-10TAcer Aspire E1-772GToshiba Satellite C75-A-13WLenovo Ideapad Z710MSI CX70-i740M281W7HAcer Aspire V3-772GAsus K75DEAcer Aspire V3-771GHP Pavilion 17-e054sg

Rating

HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA) - 12/08/2014 v4(old)
Sven Kloevekorn

Chassis
74 / 98 → 76%
Keyboard
83%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
65 / 81 → 80%
Weight
57 / 20-67 → 79%
Battery
81%
Display
78%
Games Performance
74 / 85 → 87%
Application Performance
61 / 92 → 66%
Temperature
90%
Noise
77 / 95 → 81%
Audio
69%
Camera
46 / 85 → 54%
Average
72%
77%
Multimedia - Weighted Average
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Sven Kloevekorn, 2014-12-17 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Bernhard Pechlaner
Bernhard Pechlaner - Review Editor
Ended up in the IT sector in the 90s more or less accidentally and have remained in the industry (as a sysadmin) ever since. Always been interested in laptops - first purchase was - if memory serves correctly - a Toshiba Satellite T2115CS with DX4-75 processor, 4 MB of RAM and 350 MB hard disk drive (and Windows 3.1). To this day, laptops appeal to me - much to the chagrin of my wife, who doesn’t seem understand why we need 5-10 of them at any given time ;-).