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HP ProBook 470 G2 Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Tanja Hinum (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 03/04/2015

More power. As of now, HP equips its ProBook with Broadwell processors, which provide the system with more computing power. Otherwise, no real modifications have been made compared with its Haswell-based precursors. Debut: We are testing the first Full HD model of the ProBook 470 lineup with the Broadwell-based ProBook.

For the original German review, see here.

Downright 17.3-inch business laptops are almost exotic nowadays. They have become virtually extinct. These models are only still available in the entry-level business sector. They usually have only a few business features since a low price is to also make them interesting for private users. The ProBook 470 G2 is this kind of laptop. HP's ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA is the fourth member from HP's ProBook 470 lineup that we are testing. The biggest innovation of the present device is its Broadwell processor. Find out in our report whether the laptop benefits from the new CPU. 

Contenders of the ProBook are found in laptops such as Acer's TravelMate P276-MG-56FUAsus' AsusPro P750LB-T2057GLenovo's G710, and Toshiba's Satellite Pro C70-B-111.

Since the ProBook features an identical build as its precursors, we will not go in-depth about casing, connectivity, input devices or speakers. Corresponding information can be found in the reviews of the ProBook 470 G0 H6P56EA and ProBook 470 G2 G6W68EA.

Display

All ProBook 470 models that we have tested to date sport HD+ screens (1600x900 pixels). The present model features a matte Full HD screen (1920x1080 pixels). The screen's brightness (252.7 cd/m²) and contrast (589:1) are absolutely satisfactory. However, we expect more from a laptop of this price range. A brightness rate of beyond 300 cd/m² and a contrast in a four-digit range are the minimum.

243
cd/m²
239
cd/m²
228
cd/m²
257
cd/m²
271
cd/m²
251
cd/m²
265
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LG Philips
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 271 cd/m² Average: 252.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 269 cd/m²
Contrast: 589:1 (Black: 0.46 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 10.16 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 11.55 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
63% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.37
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
TN 1920x1080
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
TN 1600x900
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
TN 1920x1080
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
TN 1600x900
Lenovo G710 59397112
TN 1600x900
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
TN 1600x900
Screen
-10%
5%
1%
20%
-13%
Brightness middle
271
224
-17%
345
27%
238
-12%
271
0%
248
-8%
Brightness
253
215
-15%
317
25%
236
-7%
251
-1%
248
-2%
Brightness Distribution
84
82
-2%
79
-6%
86
2%
79
-6%
84
0%
Black Level *
0.46
0.56
-22%
0.55
-20%
0.66
-43%
0.23
50%
0.66
-43%
Contrast
589
400
-32%
627
6%
361
-39%
1178
100%
376
-36%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
10.16
9.08
11%
10.05
1%
3.66
64%
8.84
13%
9.85
3%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
11.55
8.79
24%
10.18
12%
4.62
60%
9.09
21%
11.34
2%
Gamma
2.37 93%
1.95 113%
2.72 81%
2.6 85%
2.14 103%
2.18 101%
CCT
14522 45%
9185 71%
12180 53%
7557 86%
10313 63%
13670 48%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
63
48
-24%
60
-5%
52
-17%
49.9
-21%
52
-17%

* ... smaller is better

ProBook vs. sRGB
ProBook vs. sRGB
ProBook vs. AdobeRGB
ProBook vs. AdobeRGB

The ProBook's screen cannot display either the AdobeRGB or sRGB color spaces. The coverage rates are nevertheless a decent 63% (AdobeRGB) and 84.2% (sRGB). The screen's color reproduction in state of delivery is not compelling. We measured a DeltaE 2000 shift of 10.16 (target range: DeltaE <3). Furthermore, the screen has a bluish cast. We achieved a visible improvement via calibration. The DeltaE 2000 shift drops to 2.43 and is then absolutely within the target range. The bluish cast is completely eliminated.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
HP's ProBook outdoors
HP's ProBook outdoors

HP furnishes the ProBook with a TN screen. Limited viewing-angle stability characterizes these kinds of screens. Unlike a viewing-angle stable IPS screen, it cannot be read from every position. However, the screen in the ProBook is a higher-quality TN screen. It has visibly larger viewing angles than we know from other TN models. The combination of a matte screen surface, satisfactory brightness, and a decent contrast throughout enable using the laptop outdoors.

Performance

HP's ProBook 470 is aimed at both professional and private users. It has more than enough computing power for routine use and even allows playing computer games - to a limited degree. The laptop also offers business-typical features, such as TPM and a fingerprint scanner. Our review sample is currently sold for just below 1200 Euros (~$1329). However, considerably lower-priced configurations are also available. For example, the ProBook 470 G2 G6W68EA (Core i5-4210U, HD+ screen, 500 GB HDD, 4 GB RAM, Radeon R5 M255) presently costs just below 600 Euros (~$664).

Processor

HP equips the ProBook with a Core i7-5500U dual-core processor (Broadwell) from Intel. The CPU clocks with a base speed of 2.4 GHz, which can be increased to 2.9 GHz (two cores) and 3 GHz (one core) via Turbo. The Turbo is fully utilized in AC mode. The processor performed the CPU tests of the Cinebench benchmarks with 2.9 GHz (multi-thread) and 2.9 to 3 GHz (single-thread). All tests were processed with 2.4 GHz in battery mode.

The processor installed here is the successor of the Core i7-4500U processor (Haswell). While both Core i7 processors feature a maximum speed of 3 GHz, the Core i7-5500U can boast with a higher base speed (2.4 GHz vs. 1.8 GHz) and a higher Turbo level (2.9 GHz vs. 2.7 GHz). In conjunction with the improved Broadwell architecture, the Core i7-5500U processor achieves a performance advantage of approximately 5 to 15% over its precursor.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
10145
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5079
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4623
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.19 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.41 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
36.61 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
34.5 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
295 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
124 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
124 Points ∼57%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
99 Points ∼45% -20%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
67 Points ∼31% -46%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
128 Points ∼59% +3%
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
113 Points ∼52% -9%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
118 Points ∼54% -5%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
105 Points ∼48% -15%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
295 Points ∼7%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
222 Points ∼5% -25%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
171 Points ∼4% -42%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
588 Points ∼13% +99%
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
521 Points ∼12% +77%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
297 Points ∼7% +1%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
240 Points ∼5% -19%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
1.41 Points ∼58%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1.16 Points ∼48% -18%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.73 Points ∼30% -48%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.44 Points ∼59% +2%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
1.12 Points ∼46% -21%
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
1.32 Points ∼54% -6%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1.35 Points ∼55% -4%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1.18 Points ∼48% -16%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
3.19 Points ∼7%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2.39 Points ∼5% -25%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.8 Points ∼4% -44%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
6.35 Points ∼14% +99%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
2.47 Points ∼6% -23%
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
5.83 Points ∼13% +83%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
3.22 Points ∼7% +1%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2.61 Points ∼6% -18%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
4623 Points ∼43%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
3669 Points ∼34% -21%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4706 Points ∼43% +2%
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
4296 Points ∼40% -7%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
4391 Points ∼41% -5%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3803 Points ∼35% -18%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
10145 Points ∼16%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
7707 Points ∼12% -24%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
17437 Points ∼27% +72%
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
15980 Points ∼24% +58%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
10072 Points ∼15% -1%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
8068 Points ∼12% -20%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
5687 Points ∼7%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
4698 Points ∼6% -17%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2716 Points ∼56%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2409 Points ∼49% -11%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
105.1 ms * ∼1%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
121.5 ms * ∼1% -16%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2237.2 ms * ∼4%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2626.5 ms * ∼4% -17%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
15201 Points ∼29%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
11764 Points ∼22% -23%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2702 Points ∼44%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2387 Points ∼39% -12%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system ran smoothly, and we did not encounter problems. The PCMark scores are also very good, but it is possible to increase the system performance even more. The simplest and most effective method would be replacing the installed hard drive with a solid state drive.

PCMark 7 Score
2684 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3249 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3390 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4060 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
4060 Points ∼62%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
3604 Points ∼55% -11%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
3935 Points ∼60% -3%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
4052 Points ∼62% 0%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
4400 Points ∼68% +8%

Storage Devices

A hard drive from HGST's Travelstar 5K1000 lineup is installed in the ProBook. The drive has a capacity of 750 GB and spins with 5400 revolutions per minute. The drive's transfer rates were inconspicuous. CrystalDiskMark recorded a read speed of 94.47 MB/s. HD Tune delivered an average transfer rate of 82.6 MB/s. Those are normal rates for a 5400 rpm drive.

HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
Transfer Rate Minimum: 52.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 104.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 82.6 MB/s
Access Time: 16.6 ms
Burst Rate: 305.9 MB/s

Graphics Card

A switchable graphics solution (Enduro) takes care of video output. The relatively economic HD Graphics 5500 core from Intel is responsible for routine use and battery mode. AMD's Radeon R5 M255 GPU is enabled when more graphics power is needed. Switching between both cores happens automatically, but the user will sometimes have to make adjustments manually. Nvidia's graphics switching (Optimus) functions more smoothly. The Radeon GPU is a member of the lower mid-range among the graphics cores. It supports DirectX 11.2 and clocks with speeds of up to 940 MHz. Its performance is on par with Nvidia's GeForce 830M.

3DMark 06 Standard
8935 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1918 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
34907 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5169 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
994 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
1918 Points ∼5%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2417 Points ∼7% +26%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1790 Points ∼5% -7%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1358 Points ∼4% -29%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
1966 Points ∼6% +3%
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2005 Points ∼6% +5%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1873 Points ∼5% -2%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1896 Points ∼5% -1%
HP Pavilion 17-f003ng
GeForce 830M, 4030U
1995 Points ∼6% +4%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
994 Points ∼4%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1321 Points ∼5% +33%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
963 Points ∼4% -3%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
779 Points ∼3% -22%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
905 Points ∼3% -9%
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
1281 Points ∼5% +29%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1186 Points ∼4% +19%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
973 Points ∼4% -2%
HP Pavilion 17-f003ng
GeForce 830M, 4030U
1210 Points ∼5% +22%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
4011 Points ∼6%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
5078 Points ∼8% +27%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
3948 Points ∼6% -2%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3890 Points ∼6% -3%
HP Pavilion 17-f003ng
GeForce 830M, 4030U
4386 Points ∼7% +9%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
5169 Points ∼8%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
5657 Points ∼9% +9%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4214 Points ∼7% -18%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
5443 Points ∼9% +5%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
4406 Points ∼7% -15%
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
7521 Points ∼12% +46%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
5930 Points ∼10% +15%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
4621 Points ∼7% -11%
HP Pavilion 17-f003ng
GeForce 830M, 4030U
4817 Points ∼8% -7%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
34907 Points ∼3%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
35852 Points ∼3% +3%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
50811 Points ∼5% +46%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
44839 Points ∼4% +28%
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
58505 Points ∼5% +68%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
54656 Points ∼5% +57%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
40334 Points ∼4% +16%
HP Pavilion 17-f003ng
GeForce 830M, 4030U
45538 Points ∼4% +30%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
8935 Points ∼19%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
8243 Points ∼17% -8%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
7356 Points ∼16% -18%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
8925 Points ∼19% 0%
HP Pavilion 17-f003ng
GeForce 830M, 4030U
9170 Points ∼19% +3%

Gaming Performance

The ProBook is primarily a work device and was not made for coping with computer games. Nevertheless, the laptop can also be used for gaming owing to the Radeon graphics core. The laptop's hardware manages to smoothly render many games in an HD+ resolution (1366x768 pixels) with low to medium quality settings. The CPU-GPU array finds its limits in current smash hits like Assassin's Creed Unity or Evolve. It will hardly be possible to use the screen's native resolution in any game. Unsurprisingly, the ProBook provides marginally higher frame rates than its Haswell sister model because it has a stronger processor and we installed a newer driver.

low med. high ultra
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 31.9 23.4 13.9 fps
Alan Wake (2012) 33.3 20.5 fps
Dead Space 3 (2013) 95.4 48.8 40.3 25.7 fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 78.9 42.9 24.7 12.2 fps
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013) 207.2 70.5 33.2 12.4 fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 33.1 25.4 15.3 fps
Saints Row IV (2013) 30.3 13.3 8.3 fps
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (2013) 40.5 24.3 15.6 9.8 fps
Total War: Rome II (2013) 59.7 47.6 39.7 6.7 fps
Batman: Arkham Origins (2013) 64 37 21 9 fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 51.3 36.2 24.7 7.8 fps
Call of Duty: Ghosts (2013) 42 28.1 15.1 fps
Assassin´s Creed IV: Black Flag (2013) 35.8 29.3 8.7 fps
X-Plane 10.25 (2013) 56.1 34.3 14.6 12.2 fps
Watch Dogs (2014) 21.2 6.8 fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 30.7 19.6 10.6 fps
Alien: Isolation (2014) 27.5 21.5 13.5 fps
Ryse: Son of Rome (2014) 28.4 17.3 8.2 fps
F1 2014 (2014) 64 42 30 20 fps
Civilization: Beyond Earth (2014) 62 26.9 16 15.6 fps
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014) 41.1 24.4 14.6 fps
Assassin's Creed Unity (2014) 8.3 6.1 fps
Far Cry 4 (2014) 34.2 24 10.8 8.8 fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 17.8 13.3 5 fps
The Crew (2014) 24.6 12.9 6.3 fps
Evolve (2015) 26.2 19.5 10.4 8.7 fps
Tomb Raider
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
24.7 fps ∼5%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
33.5 fps ∼7% +36%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
21.8 fps ∼4% -12%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
19.4 fps ∼4% -21%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
23.1 fps ∼5% -6%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
30.8 fps ∼6% +25%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
22.7 fps ∼4% -8%
HP Pavilion 17-f003ng
GeForce 830M, 4030U
28.3 fps ∼6% +15%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
42.9 fps ∼8%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
62.8 fps ∼11% +46%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
40.3 fps ∼7% -6%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
34.5 fps ∼6% -20%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
39.9 fps ∼7% -7%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
45.9 fps ∼8% +7%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
36.2 fps ∼6% -16%
HP Pavilion 17-f003ng
GeForce 830M, 4030U
53.5 fps ∼9% +25%
Assassin's Creed Unity - 1024x768 Low Graphics Quality (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
8.3 fps ∼6%
Far Cry 4
1366x768 Medium Graphics Quality (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
24 fps ∼17%
1024x768 Low Graphics Quality (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
34.2 fps ∼23%
The Crew - 1366x768 Medium Video Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
24.6 fps ∼41%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
31.2 fps ∼52% +27%

Emissions

System Noise

The user will not have reason to complain about an excessively high noise development. The fan spins at a consistently low level in idle mode. It is barely to not at all audible because the hard drive drowns it out. The fan naturally speeds up under full load. We measured a noise level of up to 40.1 dB in the stress test. This is a moderate rate considering the hardware equipment. Surprisingly, the ProBook operates with a lower noise over the entire load range than the recently tested Haswell sister model.

Noise Level

Idle
31.5 / 31.5 / 31.5 dB(A)
HDD
32.6 dB(A)
DVD
36.9 / dB(A)
Load
34.7 / 40.1 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-451 (15 cm distance)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
R5 M255/5500U
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
R5 M255/4210U
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
840M/4210U
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GT 740M/4010U
Lenovo G710 59397112
GT 720M/4702MQ
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
R7 M260/4200U
Noise
-9%
-6%
0%
-3%
-5%
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
31.5
33.8
-7%
33.7
-7%
31.4
-0%
32.6
-3%
31.6
-0%
Idle Average *
31.5
33.8
-7%
33.9
-8%
31.4
-0%
33
-5%
31.6
-0%
Idle Maximum *
31.5
36
-14%
33.9
-8%
31.5
-0%
34
-8%
31.6
-0%
Load Average *
34.7
37.4
-8%
37.6
-8%
36.3
-5%
34.6
-0%
41.9
-21%
Load Maximum *
40.1
43.7
-9%
40
-0%
38.2
5%
40.4
-1%
41.9
-4%

* ... smaller is better

The ProBook in the stress test
The ProBook in the stress test

Temperature

The ProBook performed the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour) differently in AC and battery modes. The CPU clocked with 2.4 to 2.5 GHz when the stress test was performed in AC mode. The graphics core only ran with full speed in the beginning (940 MHz), and its speed fluctuated from 810 to 840 MHz in the course of the test. Both the CPU (2.4 GHz) and GPU (400 MHz) performed the test with stable speeds in battery mode. Like the Haswell model of the ProBook, the Broadwell model only warmed up very moderately. 40 °C was only surpassed on the measuring points around the fan.

Max. Load
 35.5 °C
96 F
25.6 °C
78 F
23.7 °C
75 F
 
 40.5 °C
105 F
34.3 °C
94 F
23.5 °C
74 F
 
 34.4 °C
94 F
29.8 °C
86 F
24.4 °C
76 F
 
Maximum: 40.5 °C = 105 F
Average: 30.2 °C = 86 F
23.4 °C
74 F
25 °C
77 F
35.6 °C
96 F
23.4 °C
74 F
26.6 °C
80 F
42.1 °C
108 F
24 °C
75 F
27.2 °C
81 F
32.5 °C
91 F
Maximum: 42.1 °C = 108 F
Average: 28.9 °C = 84 F
Power Supply (max.)  48.8 °C = 120 F | Room Temperature 19.5 °C = 67 F | Fluke 62 Max
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30.2 °C / 86 F, compared to the average of 31 °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 26.1 °C / 79 F, compared to the device average of 31 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (34.4 °C / 93.9 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (-5.3 °C / -9.5 F).

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power requirement of the Haswell model proved to be lower than that of the Broadwell model of the ProBook. However, that is not surprising since the Broadwell model features a stronger processor and a Full HD screen. The laptop's power consumption climbed to 62.8 watts in the stress test. However, only for the first few minutes; the GPU's clock speed fluctuated in the course of the test, and the laptop's power requirement also varied from 56.9 to 62.8 watts. In any case, the power consumption is within the normal range for the installed hardware.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.6 / 12 / 12.6 Watt
Load midlight 47.1 / 62.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Extech Power Analyzer 380803
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
R5 M255/5500U
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
R5 M255/4210U
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
840M/4210U
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GT 740M/4010U
Lenovo G710 59397112
GT 720M/4702MQ
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
R7 M260/4200U
Power Consumption
17%
0%
16%
-11%
4%
Idle Minimum *
5.6
5.1
9%
6.7
-20%
5.9
-5%
6.5
-16%
6.1
-9%
Idle Average *
12
8.8
27%
11.8
2%
10.3
14%
9.1
24%
10.7
11%
Idle Maximum *
12.6
9.6
24%
12.3
2%
10.3
18%
10.5
17%
11.7
7%
Load Average *
47.1
44.2
6%
46.8
1%
38.5
18%
63
-34%
50.3
-7%
Load Maximum *
62.8
51
19%
53.5
15%
40.8
35%
93
-48%
52.6
16%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

Websites are opened automatically every 40 seconds using the energy-saving profile and a screen brightness of approximately 150 cd/m² in the real-world Wi-Fi test. The ProBook achieved a runtime of 4:21 hours here. That equals the runtime of its Haswell sister model. That is praiseworthy since the Broadwell Core i7 model has a considerably higher computing performance.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
4h 21min
Battery Runtime - WiFi (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
261 min ∼90%
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
197 min ∼68%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
210 min ∼72%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
267 min ∼92%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
275 min ∼95%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
275 min ∼95%
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
277 min ∼95%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
291 min ∼100%

Verdict

HP aims its ProBook 470 G2 at both professional and private users. The laptop's computing power is certainly sufficient for both user groups. The installed graphics core even allows playing computer games. The laptop barely heats up and usually runs quietly. As appropriate for an office device, the ProBook can offer good input devices, and a backlit keyboard is also on board. Upgrading or maintaining the laptop is easily possible owing to the available maintenance cover.

The matte Full HD screen in the ProBook is overall acceptable. It has a satisfactory brightness and a decent contrast. Unfortunately, HP does not install a viewing-angle stable IPS screen, but only a TN model. However, it is a higher-quality model of its kind. Our biggest point of criticism about the laptop is its price. At test time, the device was listed at around 1173 Euros (~$1299) in HP's shop. HP should offer more for this price. We would expect a bright, high-contrast IPS screen, a solid state drive, 16 GB of working memory, and a two-year warranty for this price. Therefore, we hope that the price will soon drop.

The Broadwell ProBook cannot really distinguish itself from its Haswell sister model. Only the CPU's performance is higher. Users who do not rely on the highest possible computing performance can confidently take a Haswell model. The Haswell counterpart of our review sample would be the ProBook 470 G2 G6W69EA. Apart from the Core i7-4510U, its configuration is identical with that of our Broadwell review sample. Its price of approximately 800 Euros (~$886) is also considerably lower.

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HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA. Test model courtesy of HP Store Germany.
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA. Test model courtesy of HP Store Germany.

Specifications

HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA (ProBook 470 Series)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R5 M255 - 2048 MB, Core: 300-940 MHz, Memory: 1000 MHz, DDR3, Catalyst Optimus 14.12 (14.301.1002.1006), Enduro
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3, single-channel, two memory banks (one bank filled)
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, LG Philips, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Broadwell-U PCH-LP (Premium)
Storage
HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680, 750 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 650 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC282 @ Intel Broadwell PCH-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: combo audio, Card Reader: SD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, TPM 1.2
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
hp DVDRW SU208GB
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 32.2 x 413.8 x 279.5 ( = 1.27 x 16.29 x 11 in)
Battery
51 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Windows 8.1 Professional (64 Bit) + Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit)
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Cyberlink Power2Go 8, Cyberlink PowerDVD 12, Cyberlink YouCam, MS Office (trial), MS Security Essentials, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.84 kg ( = 100.18 oz / 6.26 pounds), Power Supply: 234 g ( = 8.25 oz / 0.52 pounds)
Price
1200 Euro

 

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Pros

+Matte, Full HD screen
+Mostly quiet operation
+Conditionally gaming suitable
+Maintenance friendly
+Two Windows operating systems
+Impeccable build
+Decent input devices
 

Cons

-12-month warranty only

Shortcut

What we like

The good application performance and easy maintainability. Furthermore, the laptop even looks very good.

What we'd like to see

A brighter, higher-contrast screen. Additionally, we'd expect at least a two-year warranty for the demanded purchase price.

What surprises us

The cooling system is mostly almost inaudible despite the high-performance hardware.

The competition

Acer TravelMate P276-MG-56FU, Asus AsusPro P750LB-T2057G, Lenovo G710, Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111, Dell Inspiron 17-5748.

Rating

HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA - 02/26/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
74 / 98 → 76%
Keyboard
83%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
67 / 81 → 83%
Weight
58 / 20-67 → 81%
Battery
84%
Display
83%
Games Performance
76 / 85 → 89%
Application Performance
80 / 92 → 87%
Temperature
90%
Noise
89 / 95 → 94%
Audio
69%
Camera
46 / 85 → 54%
Average
76%
81%
Multimedia - Weighted Average
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