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The HP Elitebook 800 brings more screen real-estate without packing on the pounds

Enjoy the world's most bubbly cup of coffee while you use your Elitebook 800. (Source: HP)
Enjoy the world's most bubbly cup of coffee while you use your Elitebook 800. (Source: HP)
HP has announced upgrades for the top-selling Elitebook 800 series, with the 830 G5, 840 G5, and 850 G5. Side bezels have been shrunk on all three, with the 12.5-inch model now getting a 13.3-inch screen in the same body size. All models have an optional integrated display privacy filter, and a selection of business-centric features.

The all-aluminum EliteBook is HP’s best-selling business notebook, so there is no surprise that the 800 series gets an Intel 8th Gen update for the 830 G5, 840 G5, and 850 G5, in addition to a number of other improvements over the previous Elitebook 820 G4, 840 G4, and 850 G4. They feature the classic under-body docking station connectors to support legacy HP peripherals that businesses have invested in over the last few generations. However, HP is banking on Thunderbolt docking stations becoming commonplace in business environments, mirroring the rise of Thunderbolt 3 in consumer notebooks, and they have included Thunderbolt 3 on the 800 series and promote its use with their own Thunderbolt 3 docking station.

HP has placed a heavy emphasis on the reduced side bezels across the range, although the top bezel hasn’t been shrunk significantly due to the array of sensors*1 and the webcam which all live up here. After all, these are business laptops, so the ability to take part in video conference calls without others looking up your nose is an important feature. The impact of the reduced bezels is most apparent on the 830 G5, which now sports a 13.3-inch display in the same sized chassis as the previous 12.5-inch model (820 G4).

Customers can also customize these displays, choosing options such as UHD (3840 x 2160), glossy touch screen, or a non-glass matte option for improved viewability in bright environments. The matte option has a considerably higher reported brightness than the previous generation. Claimed as the only integrated privacy screen, HP Sure View has been upgraded to gen 2, with the main difference that the screen now appears white to those who are viewing off-center rather than black. HP Sure View can be toggled via a keyboard button making it convenient to enable in public places or disable to share content.

A world-facing microphone is placed on the back of the lid in an attempt to make the 800 series laptop a go-to device for conference calls, in addition to the two front-facing microphones. This rear mic can be toggled on and off, and aids in picking up the voices of others sitting around the room, removing the need for the presenter to repeat parts of the conversation for those connected remotely. To further emphasize the business communication chops in the 800 series, HP has pre-installed noise cancellation software to separate the voice of those close to the notebook from colleagues sitting in the next office over. The keyboard also has three dedicated Skype for Business buttons for answer, hang-up, and present/broadcast.

Battery capacity has been slightly increased on the 830 G5 and 850 G5 — approximately 2 percent on the 830 G5, and around 10 percent on the bigger 850 G5 — but unfortunately the 840 G5 has been decreased by 2 percent. HP Fast Charge technology is still included, providing up to 50 percent charge in just 30 minutes — a useful feature for business travelers who often only have sporadic access to power outlets in airports, conference rooms, shared workspaces, and cafés.

Both the 840 G5 and 850 G5 get upgraded AMD RX 540 dedicated graphics. Full specification comparison is shown in the article images below.

*1 This includes IR for Windows Hello (although there is also a fingerprint scanner), and an integrated privacy shutter for the webcam.

Technical specification comparison between the G4 and G5 generations. (Source: HP)
Technical specification comparison between the G4 and G5 generations. (Source: HP)
Technical specification comparison between the G4 and G5 generations. (Source: HP)
Technical specification comparison between the G4 and G5 generations. (Source: HP)
The HP Elitebook 800 family. (Source: HP)
The HP Elitebook 800 family. (Source: HP)
HP Elitebook 830 G5. (Source: HP)
HP Elitebook 830 G5. (Source: HP)
HP Elitebook 840 G5. (Source: HP)
HP Elitebook 840 G5. (Source: HP)
HP Elitebook 850 G5. The 850 has a numpad for those who need one while on the move. (Source: HP)
HP Elitebook 850 G5. The 850 has a numpad for those who need one while on the move. (Source: HP)

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Craig Ward, 2018-02- 7 (Update: 2018-02- 8)
Craig Ward
Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.