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The HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7 is one of the best convertibles money can buy if you don't care about its weak UHD graphics

The HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7 is one of the best convertibles money can buy if you don't care about  its weak UHD graphics
The HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7 is one of the best convertibles money can buy if you don't care about its weak UHD graphics
Intel's aging iGPU is holding back some high-end business convertibles from being even better. Fortunately, this will be the last generation before the EliteBook x360 1040 will drop Comet Lake-U for the vastly superior Tiger Lake series.
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Convertible subnotebooks typically omit a lot of features in order to be as thin and light as possible. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, for example, doesn't even come with any ports outside of USB-C which forces users to carry adapters everywhere they go. Of all the convertibles we've tested thus far, the HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7 is perhaps the most balanced option when it comes to weight, performance and features.

Unique to the HP convertible is its optional 1000-nit panel to be over two times brighter than most other models in its 13-inch size class. The Dell Latitude 7410 comes with many similar features including the proximity sensor for hands-free login, HDMI, 4G LTE, Thunderbolt 3 compatibility, and low weight of ~1.4 kg, but it lacks the super-bright display option to be the inferior system for outdoor scenarios.

The key disadvantage of the EliteBook x360 1040 G7 is its outdated UHD 620 graphics which is at least several years behind the current generation of iGPU options. Though it's true that the convertible isn't targeting users demanding high graphics performance, the fact that newer Iris Xe or Radeon Vega GPUs can outperform the UHD 620 by at least 2x or 3x under the same 15 W power envelope shows how behind the UHD 620 has become. Light to moderate graphics editing would run much smoother on alternative convertibles like the XPS 13 2-in-1 or HP Spectre x360 14 as a result.

Luckily, HP has already announced that the upcoming EliteBook x360 1040 G8 will carry Intel Tiger Lake vPro CPUs to directly address the poor graphics performance of previous generation models. If the extra GPU horsepower is important to your daily loads, then it would be best to hold off on the EliteBook x360 series until the G8 refresh becomes available.

3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
1670 Points ∼100% +279%
VAIO Z VJZ141C11L
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-11375H
1655 Points ∼99% +275%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14 ITL 4K
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
1512 Points ∼91% +243%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
1209 Points ∼72% +174%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), R7 4800U
1173 Points ∼70% +166%
Huawei MateBook 14 2020 Intel
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, i7-10510U
1123 Points ∼67% +155%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U
1063 Points ∼64% +141%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
833 Points ∼50% +89%
HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7, i7-10810U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10810U
441 Points ∼26%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10710U
425 Points ∼25% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
402 Points ∼24% -9%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (299 - 443, n=80)
379 Points ∼23% -14%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
1859 Points ∼100% +265%
VAIO Z VJZ141C11L
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-11375H
1852 Points ∼100% +264%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14 ITL 4K
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
1667 Points ∼90% +228%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), R7 4800U
1338 Points ∼72% +163%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
1333 Points ∼72% +162%
Huawei MateBook 14 2020 Intel
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, i7-10510U
1219 Points ∼66% +139%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U
1214 Points ∼65% +139%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
948 Points ∼51% +86%
HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7, i7-10810U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10810U
509 Points ∼27%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10710U
491 Points ∼26% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
461 Points ∼25% -9%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (343 - 512, n=82)
436 Points ∼23% -14%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
5848 Points ∼100% +305%
VAIO Z VJZ141C11L
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-11375H
5554 Points ∼95% +285%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14 ITL 4K
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
5196 Points ∼89% +260%
Huawei MateBook 14 2020 Intel
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, i7-10510U
4311 Points ∼74% +199%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
4170 Points ∼71% +189%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), R7 4800U
3938 Points ∼67% +173%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U
3521 Points ∼60% +144%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
3144 Points ∼54% +118%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), R5 4500U
2313 Points ∼40% +60%
HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7, i7-10810U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10810U
1444 Points ∼25%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10710U
1339 Points ∼23% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1227 Points ∼21% -15%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (557 - 1444, n=205)
1154 Points ∼20% -20%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
VAIO Z VJZ141C11L
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-11375H
7160 Points ∼100% +235%
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
7093 Points ∼99% +232%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14 ITL 4K
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
6823 Points ∼95% +219%
Huawei MateBook 14 2020 Intel
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, i7-10510U
5267 Points ∼74% +146%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U
5086 Points ∼71% +138%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), R7 4800U
4323 Points ∼60% +102%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4143 Points ∼58% +94%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
4067 Points ∼57% +90%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), R5 4500U
2582 Points ∼36% +21%
HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7, i7-10810U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10810U
2139 Points ∼30%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10710U
2078 Points ∼29% -3%
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-8650U
1869 Points ∼26% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1729 Points ∼24% -19%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (959 - 2142, n=237)
1573 Points ∼22% -26%
1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
7090 Points ∼100% +262%
VAIO Z VJZ141C11L
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-11375H
7081 Points ∼100% +261%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14 ITL 4K
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
6779 Points ∼96% +246%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
6698 Points ∼94% +242%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), R7 4800U
6085 Points ∼86% +211%
Huawei MateBook 14 2020 Intel
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, i7-10510U
5989 Points ∼84% +206%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U
5331 Points ∼75% +172%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4594 Points ∼65% +135%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), R5 4500U
3683 Points ∼52% +88%
HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7, i7-10810U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10810U
1959 Points ∼28%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10710U
1940 Points ∼27% -1%
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-8650U
1902 Points ∼27% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1844 Points ∼26% -6%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1144 - 2006, n=237)
1743 Points ∼25% -11%
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.
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Allen Ngo, 2021-03-14 (Update: 2021-03-14)