Regress instead of Progress - HP's 470 G7 fails to keep up with its own predecessor
HP’s Probook 400 series is a family of comparatively affordable business notebooks aimed at both professional and home users alike. The Probook 470 used to be the 17.3-inch device in that series. Used to, because the new model no longer caries the Probook moniker and is simply called the 470 G7. It is the successor to the Probook 470 G5 (a 470 G6 was never released).
The 470 G7 is equipped with Intel’s Comet Lake instead of the much more powerful Ice Lake processors. Our review unit’s Core i7 was accompanied by a slightly aged Radeon 530 GPU that was only marginally faster than an integrated UHD Graphics 620. The matte FHD IPS display offered wide viewing angles, good colors, and a decent color space coverage. In return, its brightness and contrast ratio were too low. The backlit keyboard turned out to be very usable overall.
Unfortunately, the 470 G7 represents a regression when compared to its predecessor. While the latter featured three video output ports (HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort via USB-C) the 470 G7 offers just HDMI. The USB-C port including Power Delivery and DisplayPort was scrapped completely. Battery life was shorter than on its predecessor.
While all Probook models feature at least some kind of metal the 470 G7’s case is made entirely out of silver-gray plastic. Like the Probook name the metal had to go, and so did all of its maintenance openings. Upgrading the device or performing maintenance now requires you to open the case from the bottom. The case was also not particularly sturdy.
More on this, as well as detailed benchmark results, can be found in our HP 470 G7 8VU24EA review.