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HP ProBook 470 G5 (i5-8250U, 930MX, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Martin Jungowski), 01/10/2018

Long-lasting laborer. HP's ProBook 470 G5 is equipped with a powerful quad-core CPU, a fast NVMe SSD, and a bright IPS display with great viewing angles. It also features a great backlit keyboard and incredible battery life but lacks an optical drive.

The ProBook 4x0 series is HP’s entry-level business notebook series aimed at professional users and consumers alike. Today’s review unit, the ProBook 470 G5, is the latest 17.3-inch ProBook model powered by an Intel Kaby Lake-R. It features a newly designed case without an optical drive, and is much thinner and lighter than previous generations. Given the noticeable absence of 17.3-inch business notebooks, there is not much competition to fear. Devices such as the Lenovo V320-17IKB and, to a certain degree, the Acer Aspire E5-774G are two of the few noteworthy competitors.

HP ProBook 470 G5 (ProBook 470 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX - 2048 MB, Core: 952-1020 MHz, Memory: 1001 MHz, DDR3, 64-bit bus, ForceWare 388.71, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-1200, single-channel, two slots (one used)
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, LG Philips, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7, 256 GB 
, 200 GB free
Soundcard
Conexant
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: audio combo jack, Card Reader: SD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: motion/vibration sensor, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 22.5 x 413.8 x 276 ( = 0.89 x 16.29 x 10.87 in)
Battery
48 Wh, 4210 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, MS Office 365 (trial), VLC Player, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.5 kg ( = 88.19 oz / 5.51 pounds), Power Supply: 334 g ( = 11.78 oz / 0.74 pounds)
Price
1099 Euro

 

Case

HP has completely redesigned the ProBook 470 G5’s case from scratch, and it is much more chiseled and square-edged than previous models. Hewlett Packard has declared the optical drive obsolete, and accordingly the new case is a few millimeters thinner and a few hundred grams lighter than before. The optical drive is not the only omission on the new case: the dedicated buttons for disabling all wireless communication modules and the speakers that were featured on all previous ProBooks have been eliminated as well.

The materials used for the case remained identical, and it is still made mostly of plastic. Only the top case of the base unit is made of brushed metal. The bezels around the display and said top case are black while the display lid, the bottom cover, and the hinge cover are silver. Unfortunately, the thick silver plastic bezel surrounding the brushed metal top shell looks rather cheap, and we would have preferred the previous model’s thinner bezels instead. In our personal opinion, the overall appearance is too plasticky and the ProBooks predecessors left a more premium impression despite a very similar mix of materials. The battery is not user replaceable but at least the ProBook features two large maintenance flaps at the bottom.

Build quality is very decent. Gaps are tiny and consistent and we failed to find any significant overhangs anywhere on the laptop. Rigidity is somewhat lacking though. The base unit in particular could use some reinforcement, and it can be twisted fairly easily. We expect more of a laptop at the ProBook’s price point of nearly $1,000.

Display lid rigidity was decent. While it does twist slightly it is nowhere near as bad as the base and acceptable overall. Applying pressure to the center of the display lid results in slight yet visible distortions on the screen. The hinges are strong enough to hold the display firmly in place yet not too firm to prevent one-handed operation of the lid.

Overall, the ProBook is smaller and lighter than every single one of its competitors. At least in this particular case, getting rid of the optical drive paid off.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

The ProBook is equipped with a total of four USB ports, three of which are USB 3.1 Gen 1 (2x Type-A, 1x Type-C) and one is USB 2.0 (Type-A). In addition, the notebook also offers three video outputs for external displays: HDMI, VGA, and DisplayPort. The latter is channeled through the single USB-C port and requires a separate dongle.

The USB-C port can also be used for charging the laptop. In our tests with a 45 W Inateck UCC1001DE USB-C charger, we were able to charge the ProBook despite the warning message that popped up and suggested the use of a higher wattage power supply. For charging a powered off device, a 45 W charger should be fine. If, however, you also plan to charge it while actively using it you will need a 65 W power supply. Otherwise, the notebook might crash intermittently.

Our only real gripe was the fact that HP omitted support for Thunderbolt 3, which would have allowed connection to an eGPU and improve 3D performance significantly. Positioning and spacing of the ports was okay. They are located towards the rear on both sides. Only the SD card reader is at the front left side near the palm rest.

left side: Kensington lock, USB 2.0 (Type-A), audio combo jack, SD card reader
left side: Kensington lock, USB 2.0 (Type-A), audio combo jack, SD card reader
right side: 3x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (1x Type-C, 2x Type-A), HDMI, VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Power
right side: 3x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (1x Type-C, 2x Type-A), HDMI, VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Power

SD Card Reader

Speaking of which, the SD card reader is one of the fastest ever tested by us. Large chunks of data are transferred at 87.3 MB/s, and copying 250 small JPEG files of around 5 MB each yielded an impressive transfer rate of 74.7 MB/s. All tests were conducted using our 64 GB Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC UHS-II reference card.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP ProBook 470 G5
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
74.7 MB/s ∼100%
HP ProBook 470 G4
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
52 MB/s ∼70% -30%
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
 
40.3 MB/s ∼54% -46%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.5 MB/s ∼35% -65%
HP 17-bs103ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
22.9 MB/s ∼31% -69%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP ProBook 470 G5
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87.3 MB/s ∼100%
HP ProBook 470 G4
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
83 MB/s ∼95% -5%
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
 
80.5 MB/s ∼92% -8%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
30.8 MB/s ∼35% -65%
HP 17-bs103ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
30.26 MB/s ∼35% -65%

Communication

The Wireless-AC 8265 Wi-Fi module is made by Intel and supports ac Wi-Fi in addition to 802.11a/b/g/n. Transfer rates under ideal conditions (no other Wi-Fi devices nearby, short distance between notebook and server) were very good. As expected, the Realtek RTL8168/8111 Ethernet chip did a great job providing wired Ethernet connectivity.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP ProBook 470 G5
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
496 MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Realtek 8821AE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
285 MBit/s ∼57% -43%
HP 17-bs103ng
Realtek RTL8723DE
94 MBit/s ∼19% -81%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP ProBook 470 G5
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
666 MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Realtek 8821AE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
327 MBit/s ∼49% -51%
HP 17-bs103ng
Realtek RTL8723DE
109 MBit/s ∼16% -84%

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Webcam

Images produced by the built-in webcam are somewhat decent albeit their rather weak and pale overall appearance. Maximum image resolution is 1280x720 pixels.

Security

The ProBook 470 G5 is equipped with a TPM 2.0 module as well as a fingerprint reader for biometric access control. Additional security features can be enabled in the device’s BIOS setup, and HP’s own HP Client Security software comes preloaded on the device.

Accessories

HP does not include any extras besides the usual paperwork (warranty booklet, quick-start guide).

Maintenance

Thankfully, the ProBook offers two large maintenance flaps at the bottom, the smaller of which can only be opened once the bigger of the two has been removed. Located behind the flaps are the memory slots, the Wi-Fi modem, the CMOS battery, the SSD, and the SATA slot. Unfortunately, fan and battery remain inaccessible and require a well-nigh complete disassembly of the case.

Warranty

By default, the ProBook 470 G5 comes with a 1-year limited warranty that can be extended both in time and in scope. Prices vary depending on country of origin. For example, a 3-year warranty with pickup and return would cost 84 Euros (~$102) and a 5-year on-site warranty would set you back 220 Euros (~$268) in Europe.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The ProBook is equipped with a chiclet keyboard with smooth and slightly concave keys. Key travel is fairly short and keystroke is well defined - we liked the firm resistance and feedback. While the keyboard does flex slightly in the middle while typing the effect was negligible. The two-stage backlight can be adjusted via a function key. All things considered, the keyboard was excellent and should make prolific typists very happy. If only the up and down arrow keys were not so small.

Touchpad

The multi-touch touchpad is quite large (11.5 x 7.3 cm) and as such, ideal for gestures that can be individually enabled, disabled, and configured in the touchpad settings. Its smooth surface is very good, and the touchpad was capable of detecting input up to its very edges. The two buttons at the bottom feature short travel and firm feedback.

input devices
input devices

Display

The matte 17.3-inch FHD panel (1920x1080) is very bright (373.8 nits) but suffers from a rather low contrast ratio of no more than 635:1. We would have expected at least 1,000:1. At least we noticed absolutely no PWM flickering whatsoever.

subpixel geometry
subpixel geometry
backlight bleeding
backlight bleeding
373
cd/m²
379
cd/m²
355
cd/m²
379
cd/m²
400
cd/m²
389
cd/m²
346
cd/m²
393
cd/m²
350
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 400 cd/m² Average: 373.8 cd/m² Minimum: 17 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 400 cd/m²
Contrast: 635:1 (Black: 0.63 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.34 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 3.51 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
84% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 55% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.45
HP ProBook 470 G5
IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
HP ProBook 470 G4
LED IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
HP 17-bs103ng
TN LED, 1600x900, 17.3
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
TN LED, 1920x1080, 17.3
Response Times
-8%
9%
16%
1%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
36 (18, 18)
44 (15, 29)
-22%
35 (18, 17)
3%
45 (26, 19)
-25%
43 (23, 20)
-19%
Response Time Black / White *
28 (16, 12)
26 (7, 19)
7%
24 (14, 10)
14%
12 (7, 5)
57%
22 (5, 17)
21%
PWM Frequency
119000 (80)
1000 (90)
Screen
22%
3%
-61%
-24%
Brightness middle
400
361
-10%
412
3%
234
-41%
320
-20%
Brightness
374
322
-14%
377
1%
202
-46%
302
-19%
Brightness Distribution
87
84
-3%
83
-5%
74
-15%
86
-1%
Black Level *
0.63
0.24
62%
0.39
38%
0.48
24%
0.4
37%
Contrast
635
1504
137%
1056
66%
488
-23%
800
26%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.34
3.4
22%
5.04
-16%
10.28
-137%
7.78
-79%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.29
6.6
20%
8.84
-7%
18.5
-123%
12.74
-54%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.51
4
-14%
5.28
-50%
12.78
-264%
8.87
-153%
Gamma
2.45 98%
2.17 111%
2.44 98%
2.5 96%
2.27 106%
CCT
6570 99%
6879 94%
6900 94%
13604 48%
8979 72%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
55
59.6
8%
55
0%
59
7%
62
13%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
84
91.6
9%
84
0%
92
10%
95
13%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
7% / 17%
6% / 4%
-23% / -48%
-12% / -20%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

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

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8813 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

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

Out of the box, color representation was okay with a DeltaE color deviation of 4.34, which is not ideal (less than 3) but fairly close. The display did not suffer from a blue tint but it failed to fully cover sRGB (84%) and AdobeRGB (55%).

We were able to improve color accuracy somewhat through calibration, and as always the resulting ICC profile can be found for download in the box above. Make sure your ProBook 470 G5 is equipped with the exact same display model (check manufacturer and model number), otherwise applying the ICC profile will decrease your color accuracy instead of improving it. Many OEMs source their display panels from different third-party manufacturers.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - saturation

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 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16 ms rise
↘ 12 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. » 59 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
36 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 18 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. » 27 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41.3 ms).

Our review unit was equipped with an IPS panel with excellent viewing angles. The display remained readable even at the most acute angles. It was very usable outdoors thanks to its high brightness but struggled with direct sunlight.

Probook outdoors (photo taken while completely overcast)
Probook outdoors (photo taken while completely overcast)
viewing angles
viewing angles

Performance

The 17.3-inch ProBook 470 G5, aimed at business users and consumers alike, offers more than enough power for all common usage scenarios. Our review unit sells for around 900 Euros (~$1098) in Europe and is not available in this particular configuration in the United States. Prices on this side of the Atlantic start at slightly below $800.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon

Processor

The ProBook is powered by an Intel Core i5-8250U (Kaby Lake-R) quad-core processor, which should provide more than enough computing power for most users. Accordingly, only a minority would profit from the optionally available faster Core i7-8550U. Despite its price premium the i7 only offers a moderate performance increase. The ULV processor (15 W TDP) supports Hyperthreading with two threads per core, and runs at 1.6 GHz by default with a turbo boost of up to 3.4 GHz.

Turbo usage depends greatly on the application. For example, in Cinebench R15 the CPU remained at its high initial 3.4 GHz speed throughout the entire loop when running the single-thread test on mains (between 1.8 and 3.4 GHz on battery). However, in the multi-thread test it only managed to run at between 3.1 and 3.4 GHz for a very short time and dropped to 2.6-2.7 GHz after a few seconds. Even worse: on battery, it only averaged between 1.8 and 2.1 GHz in the multi-thread test. On the other hand, Geekbench was performed at maximum turbo boost most of the time, and only dropped to 3-3.2 GHz occasionally.

The culprit for the differences between running these benchmarks on mains and running the benchmark on battery can be found in the notebook’s BIOS setup, where “Enable Turbo Boost on DC” was disabled by default. In other words, turbo boost is not applied on battery by default. Or rather should not be applied on battery by default, because despite the initial setting out of the box the CPU ran at clock speeds higher than its default 1.6 GHz base clock in our tests. Enabling it resulted in identical turbo boost behavior on mains and on battery but beware: it has a negative effect on battery life.

single thread (on mains)
single thread (on mains)
multi-thread (on mains)
multi-thread (on mains)

We test a notebook’s behavior under sustained load by running Cinebench R15 multi-thread in a 30-minute loop. After scoring more than 600 points in the first run the ProBook 470 G5’s score dropped to 565-570 in subsequent iterations and remained there throughout the rest of the 30-minute loop. The CPU ran at between 2.6 and 2.7 GHz.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit

Accordingly, the new i5 performed better than the Core i5-7300HQ but worse than the Core i7-7700HQ. The longer the i5-8250U was capable of maintaining full turbo boost the closer it got to the i7’s scores.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6791
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
19724
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5560
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
50.65 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
6.75 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.65 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
61.85 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
603 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
144 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Aspire 7 A717-71G-72VY
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
158 Points ∼100% +10%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
158 Points ∼100% +10%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
147 Points ∼93% +2%
HP ProBook 470 G4
Intel Core i7-7500U
146 Points ∼92% +1%
HP 17-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
144 Points ∼91% 0%
HP ProBook 470 G5
Intel Core i5-8250U
144 Points ∼91%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
143 Points ∼91% -1%
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
Intel Core i7-6500U
131 Points ∼83% -9%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
127 Points ∼80% -12%
CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
735 Points ∼100% +22%
Acer Aspire 7 A717-71G-72VY
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
726 Points ∼99% +20%
HP ProBook 470 G5
Intel Core i5-8250U
603 Points ∼82%
HP 17-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
549 Points ∼75% -9%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
517 Points ∼70% -14%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
513 Points ∼70% -15%
HP ProBook 470 G4
Intel Core i7-7500U
333 Points ∼45% -45%
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
Intel Core i7-6500U
330 Points ∼45% -45%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
329 Points ∼45% -45%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5910 Points ∼100% +6%
HP ProBook 470 G4
Intel Core i7-7500U
5646 Points ∼96% +2%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5581 Points ∼94% 0%
HP ProBook 470 G5
Intel Core i5-8250U
5560 Points ∼94%
HP 17-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
5541 Points ∼94% 0%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5436 Points ∼92% -2%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
4980 Points ∼84% -10%
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
Intel Core i7-6500U
4944 Points ∼84% -11%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22253 Points ∼100% +13%
HP ProBook 470 G5
Intel Core i5-8250U
19724 Points ∼89%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
18299 Points ∼82% -7%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
18158 Points ∼82% -8%
HP 17-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
17444 Points ∼78% -12%
HP ProBook 470 G4
Intel Core i7-7500U
11649 Points ∼52% -41%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
11315 Points ∼51% -43%
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
Intel Core i7-6500U
11143 Points ∼50% -44%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
13354 Points ∼100% +5%
HP 17-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
13093 Points ∼98% +3%
HP ProBook 470 G5
Intel Core i5-8250U
12685 Points ∼95%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
9840 Points ∼74% -22%
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
Intel Core i7-6500U
6847 Points ∼51% -46%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
6841 Points ∼51% -46%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
3522 Points ∼100% +10%
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
Intel Core i7-6500U
3266 Points ∼93% +2%
HP 17-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
3196 Points ∼91% 0%
HP ProBook 470 G5
Intel Core i5-8250U
3192 Points ∼91%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
3172 Points ∼90% -1%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
3163 Points ∼90% -1%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
12384 Points ∼100% +6%
HP 17-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
12100 Points ∼98% +3%
HP ProBook 470 G5
Intel Core i5-8250U
11717 Points ∼95%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
10551 Points ∼85% -10%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
7361 Points ∼59% -37%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4411 Points ∼100% +10%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
4022 Points ∼91% +1%
HP ProBook 470 G5
Intel Core i5-8250U
3995 Points ∼91%
HP 17-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
3992 Points ∼91% 0%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
3850 Points ∼87% -4%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
13053 Points ∼100% +7%
HP 17-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
12674 Points ∼97% +4%
HP ProBook 470 G5
Intel Core i5-8250U
12226 Points ∼94%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
11075 Points ∼85% -9%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
7693 Points ∼59% -37%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4543 Points ∼100% +11%
HP ProBook 470 G5
Intel Core i5-8250U
4090 Points ∼90%
HP 17-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
4081 Points ∼90% 0%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
4040 Points ∼89% -1%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
3912 Points ∼86% -4%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Edge 41)
270.03 Points ∼100% +10%
HP 17-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 41)
252.77 Points ∼94% +3%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
Intel Core i5-7300HQ (EDGE: 41.16299.15.0)
252.48 Points ∼94% +3%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ (Edge 40)
245.51 Points ∼91% 0%
HP ProBook 470 G5
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 41)
244.6 Points ∼91%
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
Intel Core i7-6500U (Edge 38.14393.0.0)
216.79 Points ∼80% -11%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U (Edge 40)
214.35 Points ∼79% -12%
Octane V2 - Total Score
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Edge 41)
38393 Points ∼100% +8%
HP ProBook 470 G4
Intel Core i7-7500U
36827 Points ∼96% +3%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
Intel Core i5-7300HQ (EDGE: 41.16299.15.0)
36008 Points ∼94% +1%
HP ProBook 470 G5
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 41)
35661 Points ∼93%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ (Edge 40)
34965 Points ∼91% -2%
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
Intel Core i7-6500U (Edge 38.14393.0.0)
32108 Points ∼84% -10%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U (Edge 40)
29564 Points ∼77% -17%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U (Edge 40)
1213 ms * ∼100% -19%
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
Intel Core i7-6500U (Edge 38.14393.0.0)
1148.1 ms * ∼95% -12%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ (Edge 40)
1049.1 ms * ∼86% -3%
HP ProBook 470 G5
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 41)
1023.4 ms * ∼84%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
Intel Core i5-7300HQ (EDGE: 41.16299.15.0)
1019.7 ms * ∼84% -0%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Edge 41)
940.9 ms * ∼78% +8%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

A quick glance at the ProBook’s specs is enough to know there will not be any issues regarding general system performance thanks to a fast SSD and a powerful i5 processor. The ProBook’s PCMark scores reflect this general observation, and the system scored particularly well in the office and Internet sections of the benchmark. Modest gaming ambitions can be satisfied thanks to the dedicated GeForce GPU. Overall performance can be tweaked slightly by installing a second RAM module and running the system in dual-channel instead of single-channel mode.

two ram slots
two ram slots
PCMark 7 Score
5862 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3844 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4888 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4922 points
Help
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP ProBook 470 G5
GeForce 930MX, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
4922 Points ∼100%
HP ProBook 470 G4
GeForce 930MX, 7500U, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
4823 Points ∼98% -2%
HP 17-bs103ng
Radeon 530, 8250U, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
4808 Points ∼98% -2%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SK Hynix HFS256G3BTND
4706 Points ∼96% -4%
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
GeForce 940MX, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
4545 Points ∼92% -8%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP ProBook 470 G5
GeForce 930MX, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
3844 Points ∼100%
HP 17-bs103ng
Radeon 530, 8250U, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
3824 Points ∼99% -1%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SK Hynix HFS256G3BTND
3820 Points ∼99% -1%
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
GeForce 940MX, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
3734 Points ∼97% -3%
HP ProBook 470 G4
GeForce 930MX, 7500U, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
3626 Points ∼94% -6%

Storage Devices

The ProBook is equipped with a 256 GB M.2-2280 NVMe SSD made by Intel. Out of the box, around 200 GB are user accessible, the rest is used by the Windows installation and the recovery partition. The M.2 slot is connected via PCI Express 3.0 x4 and thus significantly faster than the standard SATA III connection. Accordingly, transfer rates are very high and storage performance is excellent. That said the Intel SSD cannot keep up with the best that Samsung has to offer.

In addition to the above-mentioned M.2-2280 slot, the ProBook is also equipped with a SATA slot for a 7 mm 2.5-inch hard disk. Unfortunately, our review unit lacked the necessary mounting frame, which has to be purchased separately. Alternatively, you can also opt for an SKU that is already equipped with both, an M.2 SSD and a 2.5-inch HDD.

NVMe SSD
NVMe SSD
Free SATA slot. The required 2.5-inch mounting frame is not included.
Free SATA slot. The required 2.5-inch mounting frame is not included.
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
Sequential Read: 1113 MB/s
Sequential Write: 591.5 MB/s
512K Read: 830.5 MB/s
512K Write: 596.4 MB/s
4K Read: 32.12 MB/s
4K Write: 111.3 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 289.3 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 520.3 MB/s
HP ProBook 470 G5
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
HP ProBook 470 G4
SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
SK Hynix HFS256G3BTND
HP 17-bs103ng
Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
Lite-On CV1-8B256
Schenker XMG Core 15
Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-46%
-40%
-95%
-33%
47%
Write 4k QD32
520.3
254
-51%
242.5
-53%
0.704
-100%
269.8
-48%
481.9
-7%
Read 4k QD32
289.3
148
-49%
298.3
3%
0.707
-100%
277.7
-4%
577.2
100%
Write 4k
111.3
81.4
-27%
73.29
-34%
0.502
-100%
85.09
-24%
134
20%
Read 4k
32.12
16.9
-47%
29.41
-8%
0.399
-99%
32.31
1%
58.35
82%
Write 512
596.4
263.3
-56%
72.27
-88%
357.7
-40%
1006
69%
Read 512
830.5
337
-59%
29.93
-96%
382.8
-54%
779.8
-6%
Write Seq
591.5
323
-45%
260.8
-56%
80.08
-86%
332.8
-44%
1188
101%
Read Seq
1113
472
-58%
473.7
-57%
73.02
-93%
520.3
-53%
1338
20%

Graphics Card

Just like the predecessor, the ProBook 470 G5 is also equipped with a GeForce 930MX GPU. Thus, graphics performance should be identical to the previous model. The entry-level 930MX GPU supports DirectX 12, runs at up to 1,020 MHz, and has access to 2 GB of DDR3 VRAM. 3DMark benchmark results are at a level expected of this GPU.

Thanks to Optimus support the ProBook reverts to the CPU’s integrated UHD Graphics 620 GPU on battery and whenever the extra oomph the dedicated GPU is capable of is not required. The 930MX is then automatically switched to for demanding 3D tasks and games. If necessary, the dedicated GPU can be completely disabled in BIOS setup.

3DMark 06 Standard
13529 points
3DMark 11 Performance
2568 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
71571 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
8611 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1491 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
718 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
564 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6500U
2813 Points ∼100% +18%
HP ProBook 470 G5
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i5-8250U
2376 Points ∼84%
HP 17-bs103ng
AMD Radeon 530, Intel Core i5-8250U
2320 Points ∼82% -2%
HP ProBook 470 G4
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
2197 Points ∼78% -8%
Lenovo Ideapad 110-17IKB 80VK0001GE
AMD Radeon R5 M430, Intel Core i5-7200U
1735 Points ∼62% -27%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1535 Points ∼55% -35%
HP 17-y044ng
AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge), AMD A10-9600P
1482 Points ∼53% -38%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6500U
2231 Points ∼100% +34%
HP ProBook 470 G5
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i5-8250U
1660 Points ∼74%
HP ProBook 470 G4
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
1573 Points ∼71% -5%
HP 17-bs103ng
AMD Radeon 530, Intel Core i5-8250U
1365 Points ∼61% -18%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1028 Points ∼46% -38%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6500U
12934 Points ∼100% +43%
HP ProBook 470 G4
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
9066 Points ∼70% 0%
HP ProBook 470 G5
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i5-8250U
9050 Points ∼70%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
8482 Points ∼66% -6%
HP 17-bs103ng
AMD Radeon 530, Intel Core i5-8250U
6266 Points ∼48% -31%

Gaming Performance

The combination of Kaby Lake-R CPU and 930MX GPU is capable of running most games smoothly in HD resolution (1366x768) at low to medium details. Less demanding games, such as Team Fortress 2, Farming Simulator 2017, or FIFA 18 can even be enjoyed at higher resolutions and higher levels of detail. Even so, some modern games like Destiny 2 or Assassins Creed Origins are too demanding for the GPU and will not be playable at all.

low med. high ultra
StarCraft 2 (2010) 300.283.345.924.7fps
Diablo III (2012) 139.294.68047.1fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 13665.436.417.7fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 93.753.143.914.6fps
Sims 4 (2014) 18681.240.330.4fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 55.235.812.18.2fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 83.157.419.411.8fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 30.518.5106fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 917435.533.2fps
World of Warships (2015) 12285.538.724.4fps
Overwatch (2016) 74.252.223.314.8fps
Mirror's Edge Catalyst (2016) 42.125.611.38.7fps
Farming Simulator 17 (2016) 133.885.134.623.8fps
For Honor (2017) 43.414.213.610.4fps
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017) 26.410.89.73.1fps
Prey (2017) 5621.217.614.9fps
Rocket League (2017) 89.630.921.3fps
Team Fortress 2 (2017) 1051007541fps
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) (2017) 41.416.714.79.1fps
F1 2017 (2017) 45211613fps
FIFA 18 (2017) 12465.25249.9fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of War (2017) 301297fps
ELEX (2017) 27.112.810.27.4fps
Destiny 2 (2017) 3013.110.87.9fps
Assassin´s Creed Origins (2017) 231097fps
Call of Duty WWII (2017) 6036.316.911.7fps
Need for Speed Payback (2017) 30.915.312.512fps
Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2017) 4316.213.610fps
BioShock Infinite - 1366x768 High Preset
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
78.9 (min: 5.8, max: 284.4) fps ∼100% +80%
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
GeForce 940MX, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
62.1 fps ∼79% +41%
HP ProBook 470 G5
GeForce 930MX, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
43.9 fps ∼56%
HP 17-bs103ng
Radeon 530, 8250U, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
33.7 fps ∼43% -23%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SK Hynix HFS256G3BTND
26.5 fps ∼34% -40%
HP 17-y044ng
Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge), A10-9600P, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
25.5 fps ∼32% -42%
Lenovo Ideapad 110-17IKB 80VK0001GE
Radeon R5 M430, 7200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
19.8 fps ∼25% -55%
Tomb Raider - 1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
GeForce 940MX, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
96.4 fps ∼100% +47%
HP ProBook 470 G5
GeForce 930MX, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
65.4 fps ∼68%
HP 17-bs103ng
Radeon 530, 8250U, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
49.7 fps ∼52% -24%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SK Hynix HFS256G3BTND
44 fps ∼46% -33%
Lenovo Ideapad 110-17IKB 80VK0001GE
Radeon R5 M430, 7200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
28 fps ∼29% -57%
The Witcher 3 - 1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
GeForce 940MX, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
37.9 fps ∼100% +24%
HP ProBook 470 G5
GeForce 930MX, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
30.5 fps ∼80%
HP ProBook 470 G4
GeForce 930MX, 7500U, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
27 fps ∼71% -11%

Emissions

System Noise

Generally, the ProBook remained relatively quiet regardless of load. When idle and in low load scenarios the fans were completely off, and the ProBook was completely silent. Under load, the fans remained fairly quiet and only hit 38 dB(A) under extreme load in our stress test.

Occasionally, we heard some static coming from the inside of the notebook, which seemed to be originating from the SSD. We noticed it for example when UPlay calculated store requirements for an update.

Noise Level

Idle
30.5 / 30.5 / 30.5 dB(A)
Load
33 / 38 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: 30.5 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.634.335.234.434.62536.333.534.63936.33140.540.641.842.240.54032.735.134.335.432.75034.234.63237.834.26329.732.629.129.629.78028.628.728.128.828.610026.32826.428.326.312525.228.425.925.625.21602425.823.923.32420023.322.822.922.723.325024.721.821.721.524.731522.321.920.720.822.340022.32120.220.422.350021.620.219.419.321.663021.319.418.218.521.380023.319.618.218.223.310002520.417.717.925125026.321.317.917.926.3160028.822.817.417.728.8200028.122.417.917.828.1250029.221.917.817.729.2315028.521.117.818.128.5400025.119.918.118.225.1500023.219.918.118.323.263002119.418.218.521800019.819.218.418.619.81000019.319.518.418.619.31250019.119.818.618.419.11600018.920.218.618.518.9SPL383330.430.638N2.71.81.41.42.7median 23.3HP ProBook 470 G5median 21median 18.4median 18.5median 23.3Delta2.31.91.91.82.337.435.437.439.233.632.332.734.832.431.531.733.333.731.331.127.638.432.730.831.239.732.633.935.132.728.729.129.329.128.529.330.525.12524.229.525.724.124.825.929.825.225.525.925.122.721.923.827.823.423.324.125.421.22122.324.920.820.821.824.920.22020.725.82019.220.626.520.318.321.22518.817.719.925.519.617.120.325.517.416.518.524.816.916.618.321.116.516.217.919.416.116.317.118.116.216.317.617.41616.218.21716.116.218.716.816.216.418.216.716.316.317.617.116.616.717.735.830.63031.72.41.51.41.7median 25Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GEmedian 19.6median 17.7median 20.32.83.52.72.8hearing rangehide median Fan Noise
HP ProBook 470 G5
8250U, GeForce 930MX
HP ProBook 470 G4
7500U, GeForce 930MX
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
7200U, HD Graphics 620
HP 17-bs103ng
8250U, Radeon 530
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
6500U, GeForce 940MX
Noise
-6%
0%
-2%
-7%
off / environment *
30.5
29.7
3%
30
2%
30.4
-0%
31.2
-2%
Idle Minimum *
30.5
29.7
3%
30.5
-0%
32.6
-7%
33.2
-9%
Idle Average *
30.5
31.7
-4%
30.5
-0%
32.6
-7%
33.2
-9%
Idle Maximum *
30.5
31.7
-4%
30.5
-0%
32.6
-7%
33.7
-10%
Load Average *
33
37.8
-15%
35
-6%
32.8
1%
36
-9%
Load Maximum *
38
45.9
-21%
35.8
6%
34.2
10%
40
-5%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

the Probook running our stress test
the ProBook running our stress test

The device yielded different results in our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark for at least a full hour) on battery and on mains. When connected to power, the processor started at speeds north of 3 GHz but almost immediately began to slow down until it hit rock bottom at 1.0-1.1 GHz after about 10 minutes. The GPU ran at speeds between 900-1,020 MHz. On battery, CPU and GPU behaved identically with the only difference being that the CPU started out at much lower frequencies of between 1.5-1.7 GHz to begin with.

We were not surprised at all by the fact that ProBook did not heat up significantly while running the stress test. After all, clock speeds were fairly low. We were however able to locate a single hotspot hotter than 40 °C (104 °F).

This is not the first i5-8250U notebook with dedicated graphics in our lab but we have never witnessed a drop in CPU frequencies as massive as this. That said we would not be too worried about it either. Our stress test is an extreme load scenario so unrealistic that it is practically impossible to ever occur in real world usage situations. In addition, our CPU tests have proven that that turbo boost is available over long periods.

Max. Load
 38.3 °C
101 F
37 °C
99 F
32.7 °C
91 F
 
 35.8 °C
96 F
38.4 °C
101 F
36.4 °C
98 F
 
 26.3 °C
79 F
25.3 °C
78 F
25.3 °C
78 F
 
Maximum: 38.4 °C = 101 F
Average: 32.8 °C = 91 F
28.2 °C
83 F
32 °C
90 F
27.1 °C
81 F
30.1 °C
86 F
38 °C
100 F
40.1 °C
104 F
24.2 °C
76 F
25.2 °C
77 F
25.2 °C
77 F
Maximum: 40.1 °C = 104 F
Average: 30 °C = 86 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.6 °C = 105 F | Room Temperature 22.8 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
heatmap top (load)
heatmap top (load)
heatmap bottom (load)
heatmap bottom (load)
heatmap top (idle)
heatmap top (idle)
heatmap bottom (idle)
heatmap bottom (idle)
HP ProBook 470 G5
8250U, GeForce 930MX
HP ProBook 470 G4
7500U, GeForce 930MX
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
7200U, HD Graphics 620
HP 17-bs103ng
8250U, Radeon 530
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
6500U, GeForce 940MX
Heat
-16%
-6%
7%
-8%
Maximum Upper Side *
38.4
40
-4%
37.3
3%
30
22%
37.1
3%
Maximum Bottom *
40.1
46
-15%
37
8%
28.3
29%
48
-20%
Idle Upper Side *
25.4
29.9
-18%
28.7
-13%
27.2
-7%
26.1
-3%
Idle Bottom *
24.9
31.2
-25%
30.1
-21%
29
-16%
27.6
-11%

* ... smaller is better

Speaker

The ProBook’s stereo speakers are located above the keyboard behind a perforated cover. Sound quality was decent overall but lacked bass. As usual, external speakers or headphones will result in a much more enjoyable experience.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203734.4372537.33937.33138.842.238.84033.235.433.25036.237.836.26330.129.630.18029.928.829.910028.228.328.212528.325.628.316036.823.336.820044.422.744.425044.921.544.931550.920.850.940064.620.464.650063.419.363.463062.418.562.480066.418.266.4100070.117.970.1125071.717.971.716007117.771200069.217.869.2250069.617.769.6315070.418.170.4400067.818.267.850007018.370630068.418.568.4800067.418.667.41000062.618.662.61250062.118.462.11600054.918.554.9SPL80.930.680.9N48.91.448.9median 64.6HP ProBook 470 G5median 18.5median 64.6Delta10.21.810.235.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
HP ProBook 470 G5 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (71.69 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.6% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 56% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 32% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 48% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 44% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 47%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram (checkboxes selectable/deselectable!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Power consumption was largely unremarkable and remained at a level expected of this hardware regardless of load. Peak consumption when idle was 11.8 W and initial power consumption during our stress test was 61 W. It did, however, decrease due to the CPU’s reduced clock speeds over time. The power supply is rated at 65 W.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.37 / 0.75 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.4 / 9.6 / 11.8 Watt
Load midlight 43 / 61 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP ProBook 470 G5
8250U, GeForce 930MX
HP ProBook 470 G4
7500U, GeForce 930MX
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
7200U, HD Graphics 620
HP 17-bs103ng
8250U, Radeon 530
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
6500U, GeForce 940MX
Power Consumption
-3%
12%
32%
-38%
Idle Minimum *
3.4
4.3
-26%
3.8
-12%
3.5
-3%
8.2
-141%
Idle Average *
9.6
8.8
8%
9.6
-0%
6.4
33%
12.6
-31%
Idle Maximum *
11.8
9.4
20%
10.4
12%
6.9
42%
13
-10%
Load Average *
43
51.2
-19%
35.4
18%
28.1
35%
51
-19%
Load Maximum *
61
60.5
1%
34
44%
28.2
54%
54.6
10%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In our real-life Wi-Fi test, in which we simulate typical web browsing load via a script with the energy profile “Balanced” selected, energy-saving features disabled, and display brightness set to 150 nits, the ProBook lasted for 8:05 hours. Running the Big Buck Bunny short film (H.264 encoded, 1920x1080 resolution) in a loop the 470 G5 ran out of power after 7:37 hours. In this test, all wireless communication modules and energy-saving features are disabled and display brightness is set to 150 nits.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
18h 43min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 41)
8h 05min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
7h 37min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 20min
HP ProBook 470 G5
8250U, GeForce 930MX, 48 Wh
HP ProBook 470 G4
7500U, GeForce 930MX, 48 Wh
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 35 Wh
HP 17-bs103ng
8250U, Radeon 530, 41.6 Wh
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
6500U, GeForce 940MX, 41 Wh
Battery Runtime
-2%
-38%
-29%
-41%
Reader / Idle
1123
871
-22%
759
-32%
702
-37%
H.264
457
526
15%
285
-38%
299
-35%
WiFi v1.3
485
438
-10%
302
-38%
346
-29%
322
-34%
Load
140
152
9%
78
-44%
60
-57%

Verdict

Pros

+ matte IPS display
+ FHD display
+ NVMe SSD
+ remains fairly cool
+ amazing keyboard
+ keyboard backlight
+ remarkable battery life
+ fast card reader

Cons

- low-contrast display
- only 1 year warranty
- no Thunderbolt 3
HP ProBook 470 G5 2UB58EA. Review unit courtesy of cyberport.
HP ProBook 470 G5 2UB58EA. Review unit courtesy of cyberport.

The ProBook 470 G5 is the 6th generation of HP’s 17.3-inch business notebook (the patriarch was known as the ProBook 470 G0). As expected, some of the modifications Hewlett Packard performed - such as the eliminated optical drive or the removed dedicated buttons for enabling/disabling the wireless communication modules or the speakers - are going to make some people very upset.

The ProBook 470 G5 is a well-rounded 17.3-inch work device with room for improvement.

The notebook has been designed for business as well as personal use. Thanks to the ULV quad-core processor ample performance is readily available at all times, and the device even allows for modest gaming thanks to its dedicated GeForce 930MX graphics card. However, we would have wished for a faster GPU instead. At least the ProBook stayed very cool and quiet regardless of load.

System performance was adequate due to its fast NVMe SSD, and replacing the SSD with a more spacious model is a breeze thanks to the two dedicated maintenance openings at the bottom. The IPS FHD display offers amazing viewing angles and a very high brightness albeit contrast is admittedly on the low side.

Battery life was excellent, and the ProBook 470 G5 can certainly be considered very portable in this regard. Just like its predecessors, the latest ProBook iteration features a great keyboard with a two-stage backlight. Warranty is limited to one year by default instead of the 2-year warranty we would have expected of a premium device such as this. We would have also loved to see a Thunderbolt 3 instead of the USB 3.1 Gen 1 port. It would have been even more versatile and much more suitable for a modern business notebook.

HP ProBook 470 G5 - 01/01/2018 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
79 / 98 → 80%
Keyboard
91%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
64 / 80 → 79%
Weight
60 / 20-67 → 85%
Battery
90%
Display
87%
Games Performance
64 / 68 → 94%
Application Performance
91 / 92 → 99%
Temperature
94%
Noise
93%
Audio
53%
Camera
42 / 85 → 49%
Average
76%
87%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2018-01-10 (Update: 2018-01-16)