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HP ProBook 640 G3 (7200U, Full HD) Business Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Katarina Novak), 03/07/2017

Not without flaws. HP's 14-inch device pleases with long battery life, good input devices, a fast NVMe SSD, and low system noise. Once again, the display deserves criticism: HP has chosen a low-contrast model with narrow viewing angles.

For the original German review, see here.

HP's ProBook-6X0 series can be ranked one level below the Elitebook models. This means that there are mid-range business notebooks within the series, of which the ProBook 640 G3 is the newest 14-inch model. The device is mainly a Kaby Lake upgrade of its predecessor. HP did not alter the case. Our review clarifies the effects of the new CPU generation. Some rivals of the ProBook include devices such as the Dell Latitude 14 E5470, the Lenovo ThinkPad L460, and the Acer TravelMate P648-M.

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HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET ( ProBook 640 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 620, Core: 300-1000 MHz, single-channel, 21.20.16.4541
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, single-channel, two memory slots (one slot occupied)
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, Chi Mei, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256, 256 GB 
, 200 GB free
Soundcard
Conexant
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: audio combo, Card Reader: SD, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: shock sensor, TPM 2.0
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2, HP lt4132 LTE/HSPA+, LTE, GPS
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUE1N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 27 x 340 x 237 ( = 1.06 x 13.39 x 9.33 in)
Battery
46 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Cyberlink Power Media Player 14, Cyberlink Power2Go, MS Office 365 (trial version), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.95 kg ( = 68.78 oz / 4.3 pounds), Power Supply: 305 g ( = 10.76 oz / 0.67 pounds)
Price
1299 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The laptop does not differ from its predecessor on the outside; it comes with the same black and silver case. HP uses mostly plastic, only the upper side of the base unit is made of metal. The rubberized lid makes the device easier to grip, but it is also somewhat prone to fingerprints. HP did not put a maintenance hatch on the notebook. Removing the bottom shell gives you access to the hardware, but more on that later. The battery is permanently installed.

The device does not manifest any major manufacturing flaws. The gap dimensions are satisfying to a large degree; there are no material overhangs and/or sharp edges to be felt. The base unit below the touchpad and in the area of the optical drive gives in slightly when placed under pressure. It can be twisted a bit as well. However, this is still within limits. The lid, on the other hand, can be twisted considerably further, resulting in image distortions. These can also be produced by placing pressure on the back of the lid. Overall, the lid is too unstable for a notebook that costs more than 1,000 Euros (~$1062). The hinges hold the display firmly in position, but they teeter lightly. It is not possible to open the lid with one hand; however, it can be opened to 180 degrees.

The ProBook is a bit heavier and thicker than its rivals. This is mostly due to the laptop's optical drive, which the other notebooks lack.

Size Comparison

340 mm / 13.4 inch 237 mm / 9.33 inch 27 mm / 1.063 inch 2 kg4.3 lbs340 mm / 13.4 inch 237 mm / 9.33 inch 27 mm / 1.063 inch 2 kg4.3 lbs339 mm / 13.3 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 24.3 mm / 0.957 inch 1.9 kg4.25 lbs334.9 mm / 13.2 inch 231.1 mm / 9.1 inch 23.2 mm / 0.913 inch 1.9 kg4.12 lbs335 mm / 13.2 inch 231 mm / 9.09 inch 23 mm / 0.906 inch 1.8 kg4.03 lbs328.7 mm / 12.9 inch 235.5 mm / 9.27 inch 21.2 mm / 0.835 inch 1.6 kg3.53 lbs

Connectivity

The ProBook does not differ from its predecessor in terms of ports. It has a DisplayPort and a VGA port to connect external video output devices. The three USB ports (2x Type-A, 1x Type-C) work with the USB-3.1-Gen-1 standard. For a wider variety of ports, you can plug an HP-specific docking station into the docking port.

Left side: slot for a cable lock, DVD drive, smartcard reader
Left side: slot for a cable lock, DVD drive, smartcard reader
Right side: audio combo jack, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-C), DisplayPort, SD-card reader, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A), Gigabit Ethernet, docking port, SIM-card slot, charging port
Right side: audio combo jack, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-C), DisplayPort, SD-card reader, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A), Gigabit Ethernet, docking port, SIM-card slot, charging port
The VGA output is at the rear.
The VGA output is at the rear.

SD Card Reader

The ProBook's SD-card reader is mediocre. It attains a maximum transfer rate of 38.4 MB/s when copying large blocks of data. Transferring 250 jpg-files (each around 5 MB) is achieved at a speed of 68.1 MB/s. However, a glance at the results of the Dell Latitude 14 E5470 shows that far higher speeds would be possible. We test SD-card readers with a reference card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II).

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
 
151 MB/s ∼100% +122%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
 
136 MB/s ∼90% +100%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
 
73.4 MB/s ∼49% +8%
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
 
72.6 MB/s ∼48% +7%
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
 
68.1 MB/s ∼45%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
 
61.7 MB/s ∼41% -9%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
 
207 MB/s ∼100% +439%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
 
202.95 MB/s ∼98% +429%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
 
87.8 MB/s ∼42% +129%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
 
82.42 MB/s ∼40% +115%
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
 
38.4 MB/s ∼19%

Communication

The ProBook carries a WLAN module with an Intel chip (Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265). Aside from the 802.11 a/b/g/h/n WLAN standards, it also supports the fast AC standard. We did not encounter any connectivity problems; the connection was never interrupted or lost right next to the router as well as two stories below it. The transfer rates we measure in optimal conditions (no other WLAN devices nearby, short distance between the notebook and server PC) are very good. A Gigabit-Ethernet chip (I219-V), also made by Intel, handles wired network connections.

Furthermore, there is also an LTE modem on-board our test device, with which you can access the internet or a company network via mobile communications. This modem is an optional accessory, so not every ProBook model comes equipped with it. The accompanying SIM-card slot accepts microSIM cards.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (jseb)
618 MBit/s ∼100% +14%
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (jseb)
543 MBit/s ∼88%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (jseb)
596 MBit/s ∼100%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (jseb)
241 MBit/s ∼40% -60%

Free Internet Access - Mobile Connect Pro Service

The ProBook comes with an instantly useable SIM card that gives the laptop's owner a monthly data volume of 200 MB free of charge over the course of three years. The data volume can be used in all European countries in which HP offers this service; additional data volume is also available. In addition, HP offers rates that can be used throughout Europe (including countries in which Mobile Connect is not offered) or worldwide. The included SIM card can but does not have to be used; you can also utilize SIM cards from other providers.

Security

HP equips the notebook with a Trusted Platform Module (2.0), as well as a smartcard reader and a fingerprint reader. In terms of software, the ProBook comes with HP's Client Security software.

Webcam

The built-in webcam takes pictures with a maximum resolution of 1280x720 pixels. The images are slightly washed-out, but the brightness is satisfactory.

Accessories

In addition to the usual documents (quick-start guide, warranty information), there is also a SIM card in the box. HP offers many optional accessories for the ProBook; a glance at the HP store gives a quick overview. For instance, there are various docking stations available. The model HP 2013 Ultraslim (price: around 120 Euros/~$127) can be connected to the ProBook's docking port. Alternatively, HP's assortment includes various USB docking stations as well.

HP 2013 Ultraslim
HP 2013 Ultraslim
HP 2013 Ultraslim
HP 2013 Ultraslim

Maintenance

Since the ProBook has no maintenance hatch, the case needs to be opened for any maintenance/upgrading. This undertaking can be accomplished with little effort: You simply need to remove the eight crosshead screws on the bottom side of the laptop and take off the bottom shell. This gives access to the memory slots (2 pieces), the SSD, the battery, the LTE modem, the WLAN module, and the fan. The latter could be cleaned to some extent.

Innards
Innards

Warranty

The ProBook receives only a one-year warranty - including pick-up service. A longer time period or an expanded warranty cost extra. HP offers warranty extensions in the form of so-called CarePacks. A three-year warranty can be purchased for 125 Euros (~$133), a worldwide five-year on-site warranty amounts to about 466 Euros (~$495).

Please see our Guarantees, Return Policies and Warranties FAQ for country-specific information.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The unlit chiclet keyboard comes straight from the predecessor. The roughened keys have a short travel and a clear pressure point. It is nice that they have a pleasantly crispy resistance. The keyboard does not give in during typing; this would only happen if you would press hard enough in the middle of the keyboard. Overall, HP delivers an accomplished keyboard for frequent writers. The only point of criticism is the lack of a backlight, which should be standard in the price range above 1,000 Euros (~$1062).

Touchpad

The multitouch-capable ClickPad takes up an area of about 9.8 x 5.1 cm (~3.85 x  2.00 in). This should suffice for using gesture controls. The smooth surface makes it easy for fingers to glide, and it even registers input in the corners. The pad can be turned on and off with a double click in the upper left corner. Below the pad are two mouse buttons that are easy to use, have a medium travel, and a clear pressure point.

Input devices
Input devices

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

The ProBook's matte 14-inch display works with a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels; another version with an HD display (1366x768 pixels) is also available. The Full HD model pleases with high brightness (331.8 cd/m2) and disappoints with low contrast (497:1) at the same time. With HP demanding more than 1,000 Euros (~$1062) for the ProBook, we expect a contrast beyond 1000:1.

The PWM flickering is unacceptable as well. It occurs at a brightness level of 90% and below. The 192Hz frequency can lead to headaches and/or eye problems for sensitive individuals.

349
cd/m²
353
cd/m²
334
cd/m²
314
cd/m²
343
cd/m²
327
cd/m²
331
cd/m²
309
cd/m²
326
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Chi Mei
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 353 cd/m² Average: 331.8 cd/m² Minimum: 17.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 360 cd/m²
Contrast: 497:1 (Black: 0.69 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 9.06 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 9.87 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
75% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 47% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.5
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
TN LED, 1920x1080, 14
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
TN-Panel, 1920x1080, 14
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
AH-IPS, WLED, 1920x1080, 14
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
TN, 1366x768, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Response Times
6%
9%
-18%
-4%
5%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
41 (19, 22)
43.2 (21.6, 21.6)
-5%
39 (15, 24)
5%
56.8 (35.6, 21.2)
-39%
44.4 (20.4, 24)
-8%
44 (16, 28)
-7%
Response Time Black / White *
30 (13, 17)
24 (17.6, 6.4)
20%
26 (5, 21)
13%
28.8 (19.6, 9.2)
4%
29.6 (17.2, 12.4)
1%
25 (7, 18)
17%
PWM Frequency
192 (90)
200 (90)
4%
Screen
1%
21%
-19%
11%
28%
Brightness middle
343
315
-8%
323
-6%
229
-33%
245
-29%
254
-26%
Brightness
332
304
-8%
316
-5%
207
-38%
225
-32%
243
-27%
Brightness Distribution
88
93
6%
79
-10%
80
-9%
83
-6%
90
2%
Black Level *
0.69
0.61
12%
0.57
17%
0.69
-0%
0.24
65%
0.19
72%
Contrast
497
516
4%
567
14%
332
-33%
1021
105%
1337
169%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
9.06
8.8
3%
3.68
59%
10.16
-12%
6.89
24%
4.93
46%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
14.84
15.03
-1%
8.33
44%
17.18
-16%
17.62
-19%
10.14
32%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
9.87
9.44
4%
2.99
70%
10.87
-10%
6.45
35%
2.71
73%
Gamma
2.5 88%
2.53 87%
2.49 88%
2.41 91%
2.46 89%
2.36 93%
CCT
11115 58%
11794 55%
6572 99%
12881 50%
6857 95%
6914 94%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
47
47.37
1%
55
17%
38.4
-18%
40.1
-15%
34
-28%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
75
74.78
0%
85
13%
60.4
-19%
61.8
-18%
53
-29%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
4% / 2%
15% / 19%
-19% / -19%
4% / 9%
17% / 25%

* ... 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 detected 192 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 192 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 192 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9418 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

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

The display shows a DeltaE-2000 color deviation of 9.06 in factory default settings - an average value at best. A value below 3 should be aimed at. Moreover, the display suffers from a blue tint; this can be significantly improved by calibrating the display. We tested it and the color deviation sinks to 1.57, which is definitely within the right limits. The blue tint is also eradicated. The screen cannot display the color spaces AdobeRGB and sRGB; the coverage rates amount to 75% (sRGB) and 47% (AdobeRGB).

Owners of a ProBook model that has the same display as our test device can utilize our provided color profile in order to improve the color reproduction. You should only use the color profile if the exact same display model (manufacturer and model number) is built in. Otherwise it could worsen the color reproduction. Displays made by different manufacturers are often used within a notebook model series.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - grayscales
CalMAN - grayscales
CalMAN - color saturation
CalMAN - color saturation
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN - grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN - color saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - color saturation (calibrated)

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
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 73 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
41 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 22 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 51 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.8 ms).

HP installs a TN panel with unstable viewing angles, meaning that the display's content cannot be read from every position. We expect something better in this regard as well: Those who pay more than 1,000 Euros (~$1062) expect an IPS panel with wide viewing angles. The matte screen surface and the relatively high display brightness make it possible to use the device outdoors, but not in bright sunlight.

Outdoor use (direct sunlight)
Outdoor use (direct sunlight)
Outdoor use (sun is behind the device)
Outdoor use (sun is behind the device)
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

With the ProBook 640 G3, HP has a mid-range 14-inch business notebook in its line-up. It is equipped with enough processing power for all common application areas. The notebook has business-typical features such as a docking port and TPM. Our model also has an LTE modem. It costs around 1,200 Euros (~$1274), but other configurations are available, the most affordable one carrying a price tag of about 1,100 Euros (~$1168).

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

Processor

Single-thread
Single-thread
Multithread
Multithread

The ProBook 640 G2, which we reviewed in 2016, has a Core i5-6200U (Skylake) processor on-board. Our current test device comes with its successor, the dual-core Core i5-7200U (Kaby Lake) processor. It is a mid-range ULV model with more than enough processing power for office and browsing applications. A glance at our comparison diagram shows that the 7200U performs better than its predecessor in our CPU tests. This is due to the higher clock speeds since Skylake and Kaby Lake are almost identical from a technical point of view.

The Core i5 processor works at a base frequency of 2.5 GHz. This can be increased up to 3.1 GHz (both cores) with Turbo, which comes into action when the device is plugged in, since it is deactivated by default in battery operation. If you would like to have Turbo available when running on battery as well, you have to turn on the option "Enable Turbo Boost on DC" in the laptop's BIOS. Keep in mind, though, that this comes at the expense of battery life.

By letting the Cinebench R15 multithread test run in a loop for about 30 minutes, we check whether Turbo is utilized consistently. The ProBook's results are invariably on the same level; thus, there are no performance hits.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit

Our comparison diagram shows that a model of the Dell Latitude 14 E5470 achieves considerably better results in the multithread tests than other notebooks. This model is equipped with a quad-core processor, although Dell offers the Latitude with dual-core processors too. The ProBook can also be purchased with more powerful quad-core processors; the maintenance manual lists the Core i5-7440HQ and the Core i7-7820HQ. Users that frequently run applications optimized for multi-core processors could therefore have an alternative to the ULV dual-core CPUs. However, if correspondingly equipped models will be available in Germany and Austria, or if such models can even make it onto the free market, is beyond our knowledge.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7103
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
11261
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4969
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
29.43 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.67 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.47 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.7 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
37.96 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
327 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
126 Points
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6440HQ
128 Points ∼59% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U
127 Points ∼58% +1%
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
126 Points ∼58%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U
124 Points ∼57% -2%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Intel Core i5-6200U
115 Points ∼53% -9%
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
Intel Core i7-6500U
110 Points ∼50% -13%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6440HQ
501 Points ∼11% +53%
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
327 Points ∼7%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U
311 Points ∼7% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U
303 Points ∼7% -7%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Intel Core i5-6200U
288 Points ∼7% -12%
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
Intel Core i7-6500U
284 Points ∼6% -13%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
1.47 Points ∼60%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6440HQ
1.46 Points ∼60% -1%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U
1.42 Points ∼58% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U
1.41 Points ∼58% -4%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Intel Core i5-6200U
1.33 Points ∼55% -10%
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
Intel Core i7-6500U
1.26 Points ∼52% -14%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6440HQ
5.78 Points ∼13% +57%
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
3.67 Points ∼8%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U
3.44 Points ∼8% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U
3.4 Points ∼8% -7%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Intel Core i5-6200U
3.19 Points ∼7% -13%
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
Intel Core i7-6500U
3.11 Points ∼7% -15%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
4969 Points ∼46%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U
4886 Points ∼45% -2%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6440HQ
4880 Points ∼45% -2%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U
4805 Points ∼44% -3%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Intel Core i5-6200U
4359 Points ∼40% -12%
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
Intel Core i7-6500U
4198 Points ∼39% -16%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6440HQ
18175 Points ∼28% +61%
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
11261 Points ∼17%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U
10856 Points ∼17% -4%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U
10705 Points ∼16% -5%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Intel Core i5-6200U
9852 Points ∼15% -13%
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
Intel Core i7-6500U
9478 Points ∼15% -16%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
Intel Core i7-6500U
6714 Points ∼8% +4%
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
6443 Points ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U
6168 Points ∼8% -4%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
Intel Core i7-6500U
3110 Points ∼64% +8%
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
2893 Points ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U
2800 Points ∼57% -3%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
6789 Points ∼23%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
3590 Points ∼60%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
214.4 Points ∼61%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6440HQ
214.01 Points ∼61% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U
210.8 Points ∼60% -2%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Intel Core i5-6200U
193.05 Points ∼55% -10%
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
Intel Core i7-6500U
124.42 Points ∼35% -42%

System Performance

Aside from a powerful processor, a lightning-quick NVMe SSD can be found inside the HP notebook as well. These two components ensure a snappy system. The very good results of the PCMark benchmarks reveal that the performance of the built-in hardware exceeds the requirements of office and web browsing applications. A slight increase of the overall performance could be attained by installing a second RAM module so as to activate the dual-channel mode.

There are two RAM slots.
There are two RAM slots.
PCMark 7 Score
5067 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3414 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4274 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4545 points
Help
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
HD Graphics 530, 6440HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
4612 Points ∼71% +1%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Liteon L8H-256V2G
4599 Points ∼71% +1%
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
4594 Points ∼71% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Radeon R5 M330, 6500U, Toshiba HG6 THNSFJ256GCSU
4591 Points ∼70% +1%
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
4545 Points ∼70%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
4260 Points ∼65% -6%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
3511 Points ∼58% +3%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
HD Graphics 530, 6440HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
3465 Points ∼57% +1%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Liteon L8H-256V2G
3438 Points ∼56% +1%
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
3414 Points ∼56%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
3224 Points ∼53% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Radeon R5 M330, 6500U, Toshiba HG6 THNSFJ256GCSU
3092 Points ∼51% -9%

Storage Devices

A Samsung Solid State Disk made its way into the ProBook. This M.2 model (2280) has a total capacity of 256 GB, of which around 200 GB can be used; the rest is spread among the Windows installation and the recovery partition. It is not surprising that the SSD's transfer rates are excellent - it is an NVMe SSD, attached via PCI Express x4, which allows for much higher transfer speeds than a connection via SATA-III. In addition to M.2 SSDs, the ProBook also accepts common 2.5-inch disks, although fitting it with both storage mediums simultaneously is not possible.

Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
Sequential Read: 1285 MB/s
Sequential Write: 283.6 MB/s
512K Read: 679.4 MB/s
512K Write: 300.8 MB/s
4K Read: 41.79 MB/s
4K Write: 138.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 507.1 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 293.3 MB/s
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Liteon L8H-256V2G
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Toshiba HG6 THNSFJ256GCSU
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
Lite-On CV1-8B256
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-22%
-34%
-26%
-31%
-25%
Write 4k QD32
293.3
295.5
1%
197.7
-33%
205.6
-30%
230.4
-21%
225.3
-23%
Read 4k QD32
507.1
394.2
-22%
246.1
-51%
274.7
-46%
277.6
-45%
239.4
-53%
Write 4k
138.6
84.61
-39%
80.35
-42%
93.14
-33%
71.47
-48%
80.29
-42%
Read 4k
41.79
33.28
-20%
25.83
-38%
31.98
-23%
21.51
-49%
31.3
-25%
Write 512
300.8
301.5
0%
246.1
-18%
300.2
0%
220.9
-27%
363
21%
Read 512
679.4
417.4
-39%
338.4
-50%
374.1
-45%
361.8
-47%
384.8
-43%
Write Seq
283.6
303.2
7%
363.1
28%
360.6
27%
426.4
50%
358.8
27%
Read Seq
1285
492.8
-62%
465.4
-64%
507.5
-61%
480.9
-63%
531.3
-59%

Graphics Card

Intel's HD Graphics 620 GPU is responsible for the graphics output. It supports DirectX 12 and works with speeds of up to 1000 MHz. The 3DMark benchmarks results are normal for this GPU. If you would like to exhaust the last drop of performance from this GPU, a second RAM module would have to be installed into the laptop. This activates the dual-channel mode and increases the graphics performance. Users who need considerably more graphics performance can choose ProBook models with a dedicated Radeon R7 M465 graphics core made by AMD.

3DMark 06 Standard
7879 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1541 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
52206 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5693 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
754 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
337 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
AMD Radeon R5 M330, Intel Core i7-6500U
1736 Points ∼3% +22%
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1423 Points ∼3%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1376 Points ∼3% -3%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel HD Graphics 530, Intel Core i5-6440HQ
1310 Points ∼3% -8%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6300U
1290 Points ∼3% -9%
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
1274 Points ∼2% -10%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
AMD Radeon R5 M330, Intel Core i7-6500U
984 Points ∼2% +22%
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
814 Points ∼2% +1%
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
808 Points ∼2%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6300U
785 Points ∼2% -3%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
770 Points ∼2% -5%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel HD Graphics 530, Intel Core i5-6440HQ
750 Points ∼2% -7%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
6956 Points ∼4%
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
6674 Points ∼4% -4%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
6426 Points ∼3% -8%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel HD Graphics 530, Intel Core i5-6440HQ
6185 Points ∼3% -11%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6300U
6175 Points ∼3% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
AMD Radeon R5 M330, Intel Core i7-6500U
5210 Points ∼3% -25%

Gaming Performance

The ProBook's CPU-GPU combination runs quite a few games smoothly - in a low resolution and with low quality settings. This goes for games with low hardware requirements. By installing a second RAM module (= active dual-channel mode), the frame rates can be increased. But even with an activated dual-channel mode, demanding titles such as Mafia 3 are unplayable.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 65.633.419.29.7fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 39.924.520.27.1fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 30.724.515.95.3fps

Emissions

System Noise

The fan is barely perceptible.
The fan is barely perceptible.

The ProBook turned out to be a very quiet machine: The notebook produces no noise across the complete load range. The fan usually stands still in idle mode, resulting in silence. It barely accelerates even under load. During the stress test, we measure a sound pressure level of only 31.1 dB(A). Unfortunately, some electronic sizzling can be heard from the inside of the notebook occasionally, mostly when large data volumes are being moved.

Noise Level

Idle
30.7 / 30.7 / 31.5 dB(A)
DVD
35.7 / dB(A)
Load
31.4 / 31.1 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: 30.7 dB(A)
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
7200U, HD Graphics 620
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
6440HQ, HD Graphics 530
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
6300U, HD Graphics 520
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
6500U, Radeon R5 M330
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
6500U, HD Graphics 520
Noise
2%
-1%
0%
-0%
-3%
off / environment *
30.7
29
6%
30.3
1%
29.2
5%
29.2
5%
31.2
-2%
Idle Minimum *
30.7
29
6%
30.3
1%
29.2
5%
29.2
5%
31.2
-2%
Idle Average *
30.7
29.8
3%
30.3
1%
29.2
5%
29.2
5%
31.2
-2%
Idle Maximum *
31.5
30.2
4%
30.3
4%
29.2
7%
29.2
7%
31.6
-0%
Load Average *
31.4
30.2
4%
31.6
-1%
32.1
-2%
32.5
-4%
33.3
-6%
Load Maximum *
31.1
33.9
-9%
35
-13%
36.8
-18%
37.2
-20%
32.4
-4%

* ... smaller is better

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.936.240.835.835.92536.833.63733.336.83132.933.63032.632.94031.632.730.631.331.65030.730.429.529.930.76331.228.931.231.131.28028.527.528.428.228.510027.726.927.928.327.712526.326.225.925.326.316026262625.62620025.124.424.424.925.125024.523.123.723.524.531523.12223.522.923.140022.321.32221.822.350021.921.12120.921.963020.920.320.319.920.980020.520.619.919.320.5100020.520.51918.920.5125019.719.418.418.219.7160018.818.618.318.218.8200018.21817.817.818.225001817.917.517.61831501817.817.617.61840001817.617.617.618500018.117.817.517.618.163001817.717.717.818800017.817.917.617.817.81000017.817.717.617.717.81250017.717.617.317.517.71600017.817.717.417.717.8SPL31.431.130.930.831.4N1.61.61.51.51.6median 19.7median 19.4median 18.4median 18.2median 19.7Delta32.22.42.33hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseHP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET

Temperature

The ProBook in our stress test.
The ProBook in our stress test.

The ProBook finishes our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least an hour) slightly differently, depending on whether it is plugged in or running on battery. The graphics core always works at 450 to 500 MHz. The processor works at full speed (3.1 GHz) when the computer is plugged in; in battery mode, it is throttled to 1.5 to 1.6 GHz. The laptop develops almost no heat: The temperature on all measuring points is clearly below 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) during the stress test.

Max. Load
 32.4 °C
90 F
34 °C
93 F
29.1 °C
84 F
 
 26.8 °C
80 F
30 °C
86 F
27.9 °C
82 F
 
 24.3 °C
76 F
25.6 °C
78 F
25.3 °C
78 F
 
Maximum: 34 °C = 93 F
Average: 28.4 °C = 83 F
28.9 °C
84 F
31.3 °C
88 F
33.2 °C
92 F
26.2 °C
79 F
28.8 °C
84 F
27 °C
81 F
24.8 °C
77 F
26 °C
79 F
25 °C
77 F
Maximum: 33.2 °C = 92 F
Average: 27.9 °C = 82 F
Power Supply (max.)  35.6 °C = 96 F | Room Temperature 22.3 °C = 72 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 28.4 °C / 83 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 34 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 33.2 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.9 °C / 77 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 25.6 °C / 78.1 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.1 °C / 82.6 F (+2.5 °C / 4.5 F).
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
7200U, HD Graphics 620
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
6440HQ, HD Graphics 530
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
6300U, HD Graphics 520
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
6500U, Radeon R5 M330
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
6500U, HD Graphics 520
Heat
-21%
-25%
-17%
-20%
-15%
Maximum Upper Side *
34
40.7
-20%
43
-26%
41.5
-22%
40.8
-20%
38.5
-13%
Maximum Bottom *
33.2
42.6
-28%
43
-30%
41.4
-25%
51.9
-56%
36.7
-11%
Idle Upper Side *
25.6
29.9
-17%
31.2
-22%
26.9
-5%
25.2
2%
31.5
-23%
Idle Bottom *
26
30.3
-17%
31.3
-20%
29.6
-14%
27.6
-6%
29.6
-14%

* ... smaller is better

Heat development top (load)
Heat development top (load)
Heat development bottom (load)
Heat development bottom (load)
Heat development top (idle)
Heat development top (idle)
Heat development bottom (idle)
Heat development bottom (idle)

Speakers

The ProBook's stereo speakers found their place above the keyboard behind a perforated cover. They produce a decent sound, although it lacks bass. Headphones or external speakers could produce a better sound experience.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2040.435.840.42539.333.339.33135.432.635.44037.431.337.45038.429.938.46338.331.138.38039.328.239.310038.328.338.312539.225.339.216042.225.642.220044.524.944.525045.423.545.431555.622.955.64005621.85650056.920.956.963058.619.958.680059.219.359.2100064.818.964.8125067.218.267.2160063.518.263.5200068.217.868.225006917.669315067.717.667.7400069.317.669.350006717.667630069.817.869.8800067.817.867.81000065.317.765.31250057.717.557.71600053.417.753.4SPL78.930.878.9N431.543median 59.2median 18.2median 59.2Delta8.22.38.235.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ETApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (70 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 8.8% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 45% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 43% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 44% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 47% 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
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram comparison (checkboxes above are selectable/deselectable!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The ProBook exhibits no abnormalities regarding energy consumption over the whole load range. It is satisfied with very little energy while idling; we register a maximum power consumption of 5.6 watts. This value rises to only 28.7 watts during our stress test, which is where the throttling of the GPU becomes noticeable. The power supply has a rated output of 45 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.46 / 0.77 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.3 / 5.2 / 5.6 Watt
Load midlight 27.2 / 28.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
7200U, HD Graphics 620
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
6440HQ, HD Graphics 530
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
6300U, HD Graphics 520
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
6500U, Radeon R5 M330
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
6500U, HD Graphics 520
Power Consumption
-22%
-66%
-17%
-41%
-68%
Idle Minimum *
2.3
3.3
-43%
4.1
-78%
3.5
-52%
3.1
-35%
5.3
-130%
Idle Average *
5.2
6
-15%
8.1
-56%
5.3
-2%
6.3
-21%
9.3
-79%
Idle Maximum *
5.6
6.9
-23%
11.4
-104%
6
-7%
7.9
-41%
11.5
-105%
Load Average *
27.2
27.7
-2%
33.5
-23%
26.3
3%
29.5
-8%
30.8
-13%
Load Maximum *
28.7
36.6
-28%
49
-71%
36.6
-28%
57.3
-100%
32
-11%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Our realistic WLAN test simulates the workload of loading web pages by means of a script. The profile "Balanced" is active, the energy-saving functions are deactivated, and the display brightness is lowered to about 150 cd/m². The ProBook lasts 8:43 h on one charge. In our video test, the HP laptop lasts 8:39 h. For this, we let the short film Big Buck Bunny (H.264 codec, 1920x1080 pixels) run in a loop, the wireless modules as well as the energy-saving functions are deactivated, and the display brightness is regulated to about 150 cd/m².

All in all, the ProBook delivers excellent battery life. When compared to its predecessor, a zero-sum game arises: While the WLAN battery runtime is somewhat shorter, the maximum runtime is significantly increased.

The battery has a capacity of 46 Wh.
The battery has a capacity of 46 Wh.
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
24h 37min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 38)
8h 43min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
8h 39min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 57min
HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 46 Wh
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
6200U, HD Graphics 520, 46 Wh
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
6440HQ, HD Graphics 530, 62 Wh
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
6300U, HD Graphics 520, 62 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
6500U, Radeon R5 M330, 48 Wh
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
6500U, HD Graphics 520, 54 Wh
Battery Runtime
-8%
-32%
9%
-26%
-14%
Reader / Idle
1477
997
-32%
913
-38%
1304
-12%
1153
-22%
1083
-27%
H.264
519
411
-21%
645
24%
431
-17%
545
5%
WiFi v1.3
523
573
10%
432
-17%
667
28%
425
-19%
543
4%
Load
177
173
-2%
85
-52%
172
-3%
97
-45%
110
-38%

Verdict

Pros

+ bright, matte display
+ Full HD resolution
+ sturdy case
+ NVMe SSD
+ very good battery life
+ low heat development
+ always works silently
+ LTE modem

Cons

- low-contrast display with unstable viewing angles
- no keyboard backlight
- only a one-year warranty
In review: HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET. Test model provided by Notebooksbilliger.de
In review: HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET. Test model provided by Notebooksbilliger.de

Thanks to the Kaby Lake processor, the ProBook offers high application performance. However, the advantage over its Skylake predecessor is slim. The laptop runs noiselessly or at least quietly over the entire load range and has low heat development - very positive qualities for a work device. The built-in NVMe SSD ensures a swiftly running system and short loading times. Replacing the SSD would be possible by removing the bottom shell of the notebook, which is quickly accomplished.

The case and input devices show no modifications; HP brings them over from the predecessor. Nothing speaks against this since both components left a good impression. The battery life is very good, as was the case with the predecessor, so it should suffice for a workday. An LTE/HSPA+ modem enables you to access the Internet or a company network via mobile communications.

HP does many things right with this notebook, yet still manages to collect criticism.

Our criticism relates once again to the display: It has narrow viewing angles and low contrast. This is not acceptable. The price range above 1,000 Euros (~$1062) demands the integration of an excellent display. Another point of critique is the keyboard that we expect to be backlit in this price range. Last but not least: HP only includes a one-year warranty.

HP ProBook 640 G3 Z2W33ET - 02/27/2017 v6(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
83 / 98 → 85%
Keyboard
85%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
60 / 80 → 75%
Weight
64 / 20-67 → 93%
Battery
91%
Display
80%
Games Performance
55 / 68 → 80%
Application Performance
85 / 92 → 93%
Temperature
96%
Noise
94%
Audio
56%
Camera
40 / 85 → 46%
Average
75%
86%
Office - Weighted Average

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