EliteBook and EliteBook G7 specs
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CPU: Intel Core iU CPU
GPU: UHD graphics
Storage: GB SSD
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HP's Elitebook series can be seen as the Envy equivalent of its business laptops. The idea behind the line is to provide premium features adopted from the flagship EliteBook series notebooks at a lower price without cutting too many corners. In most ways, the EliteBook G7 and G7 are successful in accomplishing that goal.
As is the case with most new HP systems, the highlight of these laptops is their sleek aluminum chassis, which smartly blends form with function. Looking past the frame, these two EliteBook models get you a solid p display, fast performance, a bevy of security features and a comfortable keyboard — everything you need to finish projects at work or relax after you clock out.
EliteBook and EliteBook G7 price and configuration options
We're bundling the EliteBook and EliteBook G7 into a single review because they're practically identical once you ignore screen size.
Starting with the inch model, the EliteBook G7 has a base price of $1, when configured with a p display ( nits), an Intel 10th Gen Core iU CPU, 8GB of RAM and a GB PCIe NVMe SSD. Stepping up to an Intel Core iU CPU along with 32GB of Intel Optane memory raises the price to $1,
Our review unit costs $2, and comes with a p display ( nits), a Core iU vPro CPU, 16GB of RAM and a GB SSD. There are tons of other configuration options to consider. I played around on HP.com and configured myself a $3, model with a p Sure View display (1, nits), a Core i7 vPro CPU, 64GB of RAM and a 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD.
The inch EliteBook G7 is a tad pricier. The larger model starts at $1, and comes with a p, nit display, a Core iU CPU, 8GB of RAM and a GB SSD. Our $2, unit was configured with the same specs as our G7: a p, nit panel, a Core iU vPro CPU, 16GB of RAM and a GB SSD.
EliteBook and EliteBook G7 design
I want HP's designers to redo my wardrobe because they have a serious eye for style.
The EliteBook and EliteBook G7 defy the business laptop stereotype, proving that a laptop doesn't need to be chunky and bland to get work done. Borrowing some of the best Spectre x traits, the EliteBook and have a sleek silver aluminum chassis that blends a modern aesthetic with traditional business features.
These two notebooks might not catch your eye at first glance but a closer look reveals several thoughtful additions. The stylized chrome HP logo looks great centered on the lid, but it's the angled spine adorned with an EliteBook logo and the chrome-trimmed touchpad that give these laptops an added sophistication.
Begone, bezels! HP trimmed down the bezels on these latest models by up to 39% to achieve an 85% screen-to-body ratio. It's not just about removing those ugly black borders but decreasing the overall footprint of the laptop. To that end, the EliteBook G7 and G7 are % and 9% smaller than their predecessors, respectively.
HP didn't only design these EliteBooks models for good looks. The tapered front edge of the lid makes the EliteBook and easier to open with one finger while the stylish, triangle-patterned speaker grilles on the deck push sound toward your ears for an unobscured listening experience. Also, on the deck is a fingerprint sensor and a generously sized touchpad (more on that later).
At x x inches, the pound EliteBook G7 is predictably smaller and lighter than the EliteBook G7 ( x x inches, 3 pounds) and the Dell Latitude ( x x inches, pounds) but even the inch model weighs more than the featherweight Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon ( x x inches, pounds).
EliteBook and EliteBook G7 durability and security
These latest EliteBook models are protected on the inside and out. Having passed 19 military-grade durability tests, the EliteBook G7 and G7 should be capable of withstanding extreme conditions, like high altitudes or scolding temperatures.
Unfortunately, I have some durability concerns of my own. The EliteBook G7 unit HP sent me makes a loud clicking sound when I press gently on the bottom panel. It sounds like something isn't snapped into place properly.
Protecting your privacy is a fingerprint sensor on the deck and an IR camera above the screen. That webcam can be easily hidden by sliding over a lens cover. What you can't see is a TPM chip, which ensures all data is encrypted before it gets transferred. You also get HP's comprehensive suite of security software from Secure Erase (erases HDDs and SSDs for recycle) to HP Sure Start (BIOS attack detection).
EliteBook and EliteBook G7 ports
Business users won't need dongles or a dock to connect to peripherals thanks to the generous array of ports on these notebooks.
The EliteBook G7 and EliteBook G7 offer the same ports. On the left side are two USB Type-A inputs, a headphone/mic jack, a Smart Card reader and a Kensington lock.
Turning to the right side, you'll find two Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HDMI input and a SIM card slot for LTE connectivity.
EliteBook and EliteBook G7 display
There is no 4K option for either laptop but the p panels on the EliteBook and EliteBook G7 are great — so long as you opt for the nit panel.
The displays on these two laptops look similar although the EliteBook 's inch, p panel had a cleaner white balance out of the box compared to the slightly murky yellow hue on the EliteBook G7's inch, p display. With either panel, you can expect a sharp, vivid picture you'll appreciate in video chats with your boss or when you're streaming TV shows after you punch out for the day.
In a trailer for Top Gun: Maverick, I could see the Navy logo in sharp detail on the side of a plane in mid-barrel roll. I saw the wrinkles around Tom Cruise's eyes just above his sun-tanned cheeks. The red stripes on his helmet popped against the monochrome cockpit and light blue sky similar to how the ribbons stood out against the Navy service khaki uniforms. Again, these displays are almost identical, but the snow-capped mountains had a purer white hue on the inch laptop.
According to our colorimeter, the EliteBook G7's panel covers 79% of the DCI-P3 color gamut whereas the EliteBook G7's screen captures 78%. The Latitude has a more vivid display, at 83%, while the ThinkPad X1 Carbon's p panel is duller (78%). The premium laptop average is 83%.
You won't have problems using the EliteBook G7 and G7 outside, even on bright days. The inch display reached nits of maximum brightness, just short of the peak brightness on the inch model ( nits). Again, the Latitude ( nits) edges out the competition while the ThinkPad X1 Carbon ( nits) was a bit dimmer than the rest and the nit category average.
EliteBook and EliteBook G7 keyboard and touchpad
Between Lenovo's ThinkPads and these EliteBooks, you might want a business laptop for the keyboard alone. I can only think of a few portable laptops as comfortable to type on than these EliteBooks.
It's the combination of large keys and deep travel that make the EliteBook and EliteBook 's backlit, Chiclet-style keys such a pleasure to use. There is a hefty "click" each time your fingers activate a key followed by a spinginess that lifts your fingers up so they can move to the next letter.
I don't have any issues with the layout, either. In our current remote working climate, it's nice to have video conferencing controls on the shortcut row so you can quickly mute yourself. And while not everyone at Laptop Mag is a fan of the font, I really like the bold oversized figures on the key caps.
I typed at words per minute with a 94% accuracy on the 10fastfingers.com typing test, results that are just short of my usual wpm, 95% accuracy averages.
While the typing experience feels identical between these two notebooks, there are some key (pun intended) differences between the and inch models. With its wider footprint, the G7 has room for a few extra keys including a separate row for page up/down, home and end. There is also a right-click key not found on the inch model. Also on the EliteBook G7 is a rubber pointing stick and accompanying left- and right-click buttons above the touchpad.
These features are absent on the inch model so if you prefer the rubber nub over the touchpad, go with the EliteBook G7. Speaking of the touchpad, the x inch surface responded to my taps and swipes, executing gestures like pinch-to-zoom and two-finger scrolling.
EliteBook and EliteBook G7 audio
Even without a quad-speaker setup, the EliteBook G7 and G7 produced good crisp audio when I played The Neighborhood's "Pretty Boy." High notes were clear without sounding tinny on the treble-heavy song, and the vocals were forward. The sound wasn't quite loud enough to fill my large living room, but you don't need to keep the laptops at % volume when sitting directly behind them.
The Bang & Olufsen-tuned speakers lacked bass when I played Regard's "Ride It" but the clarity of the electronic instruments was satisfying.
EliteBook and EliteBook G7 performance
Powered by an Intel 10th Gen Core iU CPU and 16GB of RAM, the EliteBook and G7 handled everything I threw at them. My punishing workload involving no less than 30 Google Chrome tabs wasn't a problem for either system. I played a couple of p YouTube videos while streaming the Champions' League draw and didn't notice even a hint of sluggishness.
This dynamic duo flexed all over the competition in our synthetic benchmark tests, with the EliteBook scoring a 4, and the G7 notching a 4, The Latitude , equipped with an Intel Core iU, proved with its 3, result that splurging on the top-tier CPU variant pays off. Equipped with the same Core iU CPU, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (3,) closed the gap a bit but only the EliteBooks topped the category average (4,).
With so much power to work with, it's no wonder the EliteBook and G7 had no problems converting a 4K video to p using the Handbrake app. It took the inch model 17 minutes and 12 seconds and the inch version 15 minutes and 29 seconds. Rival laptops in the Latitude () and X1 Carbon () needed several additional minutes to complete the same task.
Transferring files won't take long on these EliteBooks thanks to their speedy SSDs. The G7's GB NVMe PCIe SSD took 52 seconds to convert a 25GB multimedia file equating to a transfer rate of megabytes per second. The smaller model was a tad slower at MBps. I maintain that those are good times, but only the inch EliteBook topped the category average ( MBps) and even it lost out to the X1 Carbon (1, MBps) and Latitude ( MBps).
EliteBook and EliteBook G7 graphics
I hope this is the last laptop I review with UHD graphics. A new era of integrated graphics, led by Iris Plus and Iris Xe, means the UHD graphics in the EliteBook and EliteBook G7 just won't cut it when new models arrive.
The feeble graphics managed to run Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm at an unplayable 12 frames per second on the EliteBook and 11 fps on the inch model. If it's any consultation, and it really shouldn't be, the X1 Carbon (8 fps) and Latitude (9 fps) somehow fared worse. The average premium laptop can play this game at 25 fps.
EliteBook and EliteBook G7 battery life
You can expect about a full day of battery life from these laptops. The EliteBook G7 lasted for 9 hours and 45 minutes on our battery test (continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at nits), just 22 minutes longer than the EliteBook G7 ().
Those are good if unremarkable runtimes. Dell's Latitude () and the ThinkPad X1 Carbon () both broke the hour mark and the category average ().
EliteBook and EliteBook G7 webcam
You need perfect lighting conditions to get a good image from the EliteBook and G7's p webcam. A selfie I snapped in my dimly lit apartment was a noisy mess. My face became more clear as I neared a window but my skin still looked blotchy. The camera at least captured the reddish hues in my cheeks and the dark blue of my shirt. It's good enough in a pinch if your home or office is well lit, but any other setup would benefit from an external webcam.
EliteBook and EliteBook G7 heat
The EliteBook didn't overexert itself in our heat test but the EliteBook had some trouble keeping its cool.
The bottom panel on the inch model reached 99 degrees Fahrenheit after we played a minute, p video. Fortunately, the center of the keyboard (90 degrees) and the touchpad (79 degrees) stayed below our degree comfort threshold.
Pushing the EliteBook G7's engine didn't cause it to overheat; the laptop warmed to only 92 degrees and the keyboard and touchpad stayed at a comfy 86 degrees and 78 degrees, respectively.
EliteBook and EliteBook G7 software and warranty
Holy bloatware! OK, it's not all bloatware, but when I opened the Start Menu on the EliteBook, I was bombarded with a baker's dozen of HP apps. Please HP, for the last time (I know it won't be), find a way to package these together because it's unwieldy at this point.
I won't go into detail on every app HP includes, but it's worth spotlighting a few. For instance, HP Workwell prompts you to exercise at times and gives you insight on your work patterns. I get it HP, this lifestyle ain't healthy.
HP Sure Click is a threat-alert software while PC Hardware Diagnostics (along with needing a more creative name) gives you a rundown of how your PC is performing. There's also a power management app, a separate app with documentation, another for support and a JumpStart program for getting your system setup.
But wait, that's not all. Also pre-installed on the EliteBook and are a couple of Intel management programs along with the standard stock of Microsoft apps that appear on all Windows 10 Pro systems.
HP ships the EliteBook G7 and EliteBook G7 with a three-year warranty. See how HP fared on our Tech Support Showdown and Best and Worst Brands special reports.
Rarely do I review a laptop with as few shortcomings as the EliteBook G7 and EliteBook G7, and yet, I'm not entirely sold. Yes, these systems nail the basics, but they fail to stand out in any way. While they offer a sleek design, a good p display, fast performance and decent battery life, the EliteBook and G7 don't do anything to separate themselves from the competition.
That doesn't mean they aren't the best options. In fact, at the right price, I'd even consider these models over the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, our long-standing best business laptop. It ultimately comes down to pricing -- if you can find these on sale for less than their rivals, then don't hesitate to snag them for your workforce — they'll be happy with their new systems, trust me.
EliteBook and EliteBook G7 Specs
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|CPU||Intel Core iU CPU|
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Phillip Tracy is the assistant managing editor at Laptop Mag where he reviews laptops, phones and other gadgets while covering the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News covering 5G and IoT. When he's not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, traveling or watching soccer.
Laptops come in all shapes and sizes and are usually targeted to specific use-case scenarios. With more people working from home, there is a need for more secure and connected options in order to allow employees to work from anywhere. HP, a leader in computer products and peripherals for years, is continuing with its goal of “continuing to bring premium to mainstream.”
Their latest EliteBook laptops have been redesigned for efficiency, offering greater performance and ergonomics to fit today’s workstyles. In fact, everything except the display is even sanitizable with household wipes for easier cleaning! Our HP EliteBook G7 review looks at one of the company’s recent offerings, which offers many configurations to suit your needs.
The HP EliteBook G7 sent to us has the following features and specifications (configurable when ordering):
|Processor||Intel® Core™ iU vPro™ processor ( GHz, up to GHz with Turbo Boost, 12 MB cache, 6 core)|
|Display||14″ diagonal FHD LED UWVA Anti-Glare for HD Webcam + IR Low Power Ambient Light Sensor (×)( Nits)|
|Graphics||Intel® UHD Graphics|
|Memory||16 GB (1×16 GB) DDR4|
|Storage||GB PCIe NVMe SSD|
|Ports||2 USB Type-C® with Thunderbolt™ support; 2 USB Gen 1 (1 charging); 1 headphone/microphone combo; 1 HDMI ; 1 AC power|
|Keyboard||Dual Point Backlit spill-resistant Premium Keyboard|
|Sensors||Ambient light sensor; Hall sensor|
|Wireless Technology||Intel® AX Wi-Fi 6 (2×2) and Bluetooth® 5 Combo|
|HP Mobile Broadband||Intel® XMM LTE-Advanced Professional Mobile Broadband (Cat 16)|
|Audio||Bang & Olufsen, dual stereo speakers, 3 multi array microphone|
|Fingerprint Reader||Fingerprint Reader|
|Webcam||Integrated HD p DualAryMic Webcam|
|Battery||3 Cell 53 WHr Long Life Battery (up to 18 hours video playback w/ headphones)|
|AC Adapter||65 Watt nPFC Slim USB-C Straight AC Adapter|
|Power Cord||C5 m Sticker Premium Power Cord|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro|
|Software||HP Connection Optimizer; HP Image Assistant; HP Hotkey Support; HP Noise Cancellation Software; HP Support Assistant; Buy Office (Sold separately); HP JumpStarts; HP WorkWell|
|Dimensions||x x in|
|Weight||Starting at lb|
What’s in the box
- HP EliteBook G7 laptop
- 65W power adapter
- Setup instructions
As is becoming the norm these days, the HP EliteBook G7 is relatively compact and slim. With a lightweight anodized aluminum casing, it definitely has a premium look to it and a sturdy build feel. The G7 is 9% smaller than the previous EliteBook G6 and 10% lighter. It is even up to 12% lighter than similar competitor laptops that feature plastic or aluminum construction.
Just under 12 1/2-inches wide, 8 1/2-inches in depth, and just under 3/4-inches in height, the EliteBook G7 features a new tapered design. The lid of the laptop (like most of the device) has a matte silver finish to it with the new HP logo centered in a shiny silver stamped into it.
The left side of the laptop is where you’ll find a smart card slot, a mm audio jack, two USB-A ports, and a lock slot. The right side houses the remaining ports which include a small round power port, an HDMI port, two USB Type-C ports (one for power), and (if equipped) a SIM card tray. The bottom of the laptop has two long rubber-like feet, one towards the front and the other towards the back. Finally, a small vent grille sits on the bottom just in front of the back foot.
The new tapered design makes it even easier to open the lid of the laptop. The lid opens on a long centered hinge that is almost the width of the laptop. Once open, you’re greeted to an equally premium inside. The keyboard is black, featuring five full-sized rows and a half-height row for the function keys. The arrow keys are in the bottom right with the up and down splitting a full-sized key space. The home/pg up/pg dn/end keys are stacked in a column on the far right as well. The power button is in the upper right, one key in with the delete key being on the far right. The keyboard also includes a handy right-click context menu key and a programmable HP key as well. Finally, there is a trackball nub centered between the B, G, and H keys.
The backlit keyboard itself has a soft feeling to it and is decent for typing with its optimized rubber dome keys. With relatively low-feeling travel, it was responsive and I didn’t have any troubles with missed or inadvertently duplicated keystrokes. The trackpad was pretty smooth as well and worked just fine when I didn’t have a mouse connected.
On either side of the keyboard is a speaker grille with the BANG & OLUFSEN word mark just above the keyboard on the right. The fingerprint scanner is below the keyboard on the right. The touchpad with two physical buttons on the top sits off-centered slightly to the left. Both the touchpad and the fingerprint scanner have a nice polished bevel to them. Finally, the EliteBook nameplate is on the lower left just under the keyboard.
The plastic bezels on the screen are the same matte black finish as the keyboard. They are fairly thin with the edges measuring about 1/4-inch, the top about 7/inch, and the bottom just over 1/2-inch in height. The bottom bezel has the HP logo printed in the middle. The top bezel houses the webcam, microphones, and IR camera.
There are a number of display options for the EliteBook G7. These include non-touch and touchscreen FHD displays with , , and nits brightness options. Our review unit was in the middle with its non-touch FHD display at nits. For the most part, it was bright enough in most lighting conditions. In addition, the system features an ambient light sensor. The ambient mode works quite well and adjusted the brightness of the screen depending on the time of day and lights turned on or off in my workspace.
The EliteBook G7 has a screen to body ratio of 85%, up from 76% over the G6. While still an FHD display, it is pretty crisp and allowed HP to reduce the size of the system overall. Colour seems about the same as other laptops I’ve tested recently. Overall, I had no real complaints about the display itself, although a 4K option would be nice.
Our review unit shipped with Windows 10 Pro, but it is also available with Windows 10 Home. The Pro version is usually used by businesses for its extra features. Some of the usual Windows apps and games bloatware isn’t present on the EliteBook G7 either due to this. In addition, there are a few relatively useful HP apps for the end user and businesses alike. These include HP SoftPaq Download Manager, HP Sure Sense Service, HP JumpStarts, HP PC Hardware Diagnostics, HP Power Manager, HP Privacy Settings, HP Programmable Key, HP Sure Click, HP Sure Click Secure Browser, and HP WorkWell.
With the front-facing camera and fingerprint scanner, the EliteBook G7 also supports Windows Hello for easy, secure login. Both face recognition and the fingerprint scanner worked well during testing.
The HP Programmable Key is easy to use and, even though it’s a single key, it offers up to 4 different shortcuts when coupled with shift, ctrl, and alt. In addition, each shortcut can complete up to five actions at the same time. For example, if you have two or three apps that you launch whenever you sit down, you can assign them to the programmable key and one press will launch them all at once.
When I first cracked open the HP EliteBook G7, it seemed a bit sluggish at times. Typing was delayed at times and even loading or switching apps seemed slow. However, after a few updates and some extended time with it, the sluggishness seemed to disappear altogether. When it comes to web browsing, Office apps, and video or music streaming, the system as configured works wonderfully. When using more CPU/GPU intensive apps like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, the system did seem to be slower once in a while. It wasn’t all the time though, and I’m not sure why occasionally it felt a bit more sluggish than others. If you don’t use those programs at all, you’ll be fine with this system. Unfortunately, there are no configuration options for a different graphics card so if you do a lot of graphics work, this system might not be for you. If you do minor photo editing from time to time, you should be able to get by with this system.
You can also pretty much forget playing games outside of the basic Solitaire or Minesweeper types. Sure it’s a business-oriented laptop, but who doesn’t need some downtime now and again? I fired up Heroes of the Storm and, while playable on the lowest setting, the “insufficient processing power” icon was consistently in the upper left hand corner. I was still able to get above 60fps on the lowest quality settings so it was o.k. in a pinch. I did find it odd, however, as it does have a decent CPU and RAM, not to mention I’ve been able to play just fine on other systems with just an Intel UHD graphics driver on board.
The HP EliteBook G7 features dual stereo Bang & Olufsen speakers. These upward-firing speakers are located on either side of the keyboard and do pump out some nice clear, crisp volume. As is the case with most laptops, there isn’t a lot on the bass end of things but for streaming music while working or watching videos, these speakers do just fine and actually have a pretty decent soundstage.
The front-facing webcam on the HP EliteBook G7 isn’t bad, but like most laptops, it’s still a p shooter. HP has added a widescreen element here which allows for more space for things like expressing body language or using hand gestures. HP does even mention how much more beneficial the wider camera angle is for sign language, which could definitely help some users out. Widescreen aspect aside, it is still a bit grainy when used indoors under normal lighting conditions, at least the ones in my house.
The webcam also has a built-in privacy slider for when you want to disable it completely.
With its 3 Cell 53 WHr long-life battery, HP claims up to hours of battery life when playing videos with headphones attached. Of course, being a business-oriented laptop, how long you can work without plugging in is the important piece here. During our testing which consisted of mostly document editing, web browsing, a bit of video watching, and some photo editing, I was able to get around 8 hours on the Better Performance setting. When on Better Battery setting, that jumped up to about 11 hours.
While this isn’t the “up to” battery life HP indicates, it is more than ample to get you through the average workday. If you do run out of battery at some point, a quick minute plugin will also get you about 50% battery life to get you through the rest.
Our review unit runs around US$ as configured. While not the best configuration, it is pretty close (that’ll set you back $ without an extended warranty). There are plenty of lesser configurations you can choose from and the system starts at around $1,
In the grand scheme of things, the price isn’t too bad for the components, given the performance and build construction of the EliteBook HP is also running a sale at the moment, so you can pick up this configuration for $ and the base configuration for $1,
The HP EliteBook G7 is a slim, light, decent performing laptop that is easily configurable for your business needs. It excels at business-oriented tasks, although it does tend to slow down once in a while when using more GPU-intensive apps like Photoshop or Lightroom.
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Last Updated on February 3,
HP EliteBook G7US$1,+
- Solid, elegant design
- Great typing experience
- Decent performance
- Decent ambient display with 85% screen to body ratio
- Plenty of ports
- Mobile SIM card option
- Plenty of configurable options for every budget
- No 4K option
- Only comes with Intel UHD graphics
- Camera could be better
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HP EliteBook G7 review: An elite experience
There aren’t many laptops which make you question your previous consumer behaviour and so-called brand loyalty. However, the EliteBook G7 might just be one of them.
This notebook makes a strong case for joining the HP camp, even for devout fans of other manufacturers. After all, it boasts a huge range of crowd-pleasing features: it’s got a fantastic display, with high-powered internals and useful ports. It’s not bland either, offering some unique visual flourishes which definitely set it apart from other competitors in the design department.
HP EliteBook G7 review: Design
Overall, the EliteBook G7 is a sleek, silver-grey affair which, at first sight, may seem quite MacBook-esque. However, the EliteBook’s charm does not lie only in its initial resemblance to Apple’s signature laptop. The G7 is a great business laptop in its own right, with a durable, high-quality build and a pleasant matte finish.
However, while some elements of the EliteBook’s design, such as its tapered chassis, will be familiar to MacBook Air fans, others aren’t so reminiscent - its weight, for example. At kg and 18mm thick, it’s a touch bulkier than the MacBook Air (which wasn’t the lightest device to begin with), but although it might not be the lightest in the game, it’s still pleasant enough to carry around - and as we discovered, its size does give it certain advantages.
HP EliteBook G7 review: Keyboard and trackpad
We found the EliteBook’s keyboard very comfortable to type on: the keys have a short travel distance, which made working very efficient and satisfyingly quiet. It’s also equipped with a fuss-free backlight that can be toggled between three levels of brightness.
The EliteBook G7 also comes with a pointing stick - a subtle dark-grey dot in the middle of the keyboard that can be used instead of the trackpad. However, in comparison to other pointing sticks we’ve tested in the past (such as the infamous Lenovo Trackpoint), this one was less sensitive. Although this doesn’t sound like a feature which would work to anyone’s advantage, it actually made the EliteBook’s pointing stick much easier to operate and helped avoid situations such as the cursor randomly flying across the screen.
Overall, we didn’t have any complaints about the pointing stick: we didn’t use it very often but when we did, it always stood up to the challenge and almost convinced us of its superiority over the trackpad.
Speaking of the EliteBook’s trackpad, this was smooth to operate and largely faultless, featuring left- and right-click buttons at the top, while also accepting clicking on the surface of the trackpad most of the time - although not always. Sometimes, the ClickPad chose to ignore our clicks if they were at one of the pad’s furthest edges. However, this small quirk is easy enough to adjust to, and we found the keyboard and trackpad combination perfectly acceptable and pleasant to use.
HP EliteBook G7 review: Display
HP’s displays are sometimes a bit hit-and-and-miss, but the EliteBook’s 14in p screen was a pleasure to work with regardless of the time of the day.
The screen was positively blinding, with our tests recording an astonishing maximum brightness of cd/m2. Although the EliteBook was tested in late English autumn with rather scarce daylight, we’re positive that its screen luminance can withstand not only bright sunshine but probably also being used from the surface of the sun.
With an sRGB gamut coverage of % and gamut volume of %, the IPS panel offers higher-than-average colour accuracy, too. According to our tests, the colour fidelity is a little off when displaying shades of blue, but it’s not aimed at graphic designers, and overall we found the G7 more than suitable for some minor Photoshop work.
HP EliteBook G7 review: Performance
The EliteBook G7 uses an Intel Core iU CPU processor with 16GB of RAM and GB of SSD storage. Our benchmarks tests indicated a score of , which is less than the offered by last year’s 16in MacBook Pro, but it’s still considerably better than expected and stacks up well against the overall score of racked up by Dell’s most recent XPS
The EliteBook’s speedy performance might be related to its comparatively bulky kg weight. The device’s heft is likely due to HP having equipped it with additional thermal management features, making it possible for its CPU to run for longer before it begins to overheat.
When it comes to its longevity, the EliteBook’s 53Wh battery scored 8hrs 38mins in our tests - making it less powerful than the hour battery life of HP’s Elite Dragonfly G1 and only a small fraction of the 22 hours offered by competitor Asus’ ExpertBook BF. In spite of this though, the G7 managed quite well under everyday use conditions, lasting most of the day even with battery saving options turned off.
HP EliteBook G7 review: Port and features
One thing we found extremely useful about the EliteBook G7 was its pair of Type-C USB ports. Many laptops only come equipped with one USB-C port, so it’s refreshing to see two of them, in addition to all the other connection options. Before you get too excited, however, in the case of the EliteBook G7, the first port is used for connecting the included charger, leaving only the second one to link it to an additional monitor or docking station.
Confusingly, the EliteBook also has a port for a different AC adaptor which is sold separately and, although not including it as standard is an unusual decision on HP’s behalf, it may be worth investing in for those that want full use of both USB-C ports.
Apart from that, the EliteBook G7 also comes equipped with two full-size Type-A USB ports, an HDMI port, a Smartcard reader, as well as a mm audio jack - a perfectly reasonable combination of ports.
As for security features, the EliteBook supports facial recognition and a fingerprint sensor for unlocking the device, both of which worked just fine in our tests. Other security features include HP Sure View, a feature which can be activated to help users maintain their privacy while working in public by drastically reducing viewing angles in order to prevent shoulder surfing.
The p built-in webcam seems to use a wider angle than most other webcams, and is a nice touch to the device. This is especially helpful for those who like to sit close to the screen while in a virtual meeting without having to see their own face in overwhelmingly zoomed-in detail. Although it doesn’t come with a privacy slide cover, the webcam merges perfectly with the sleek design of the EliteBook and is one of our favourite features.
The zigzag-patterned speakers on either side of the keyboard provide the EliteBook with a touch of uniqueness and enhance its rather minimalistic design. Given that they bear Bang & Olufsen’s stamp of approval, we expected much more from them: the quality of sound isn’t bad, but it isn’t very powerful either. It might not be enough to fill a large room with music, but on the other hand, it is perfectly fine for video-conferencing calls and late-night Netflix binges.
Last but not least, the Elitebook G7 also supports NFC connectivity and is 4G-ready.
HP EliteBook G7 review: Verdict
Overall, there’s little to dislike about the EliteBook G7. It’s not as feather-light as some rivals, and its battery could last a little longer, but apart from these quibbles, the device makes for a fantastic business companion. In fact, we would consider buying it ourselves, if it wasn’t for the hefty price tag. Nevertheless, you get what you pay for, and what you get here is a truly Elite experience.
HP EliteBook G7 specifications
|Processor||Intel Core iU CPU|
|Graphics adapter||Intel UHD graphics|
|Screen size (in)||inch|
|Screen type||FHD IPS, anti-glare, nits, 45% NTSC|
|Pointing devices||Glass clickpad, Microsoft Precision Touchpad|
|Memory card slot||Nano SIM card slot|
|mm audio jack||Yes|
|Other ports||2x USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt support, 2x USB Gen 1 port, 1x AC power input port, SmartCard reader|
|Web Cam||p HD camera|
|Speakers||Bang & Olufsen Integrated stereo speakers|
|Wi-Fi||Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX|
|Dimensions, mm (WDH)||x x cm|
|Weight (kg) - with keyboard where applicable||kg|
|Battery size (Wh)||53 Wh|
|Operating system||Windows 10|
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Review: HP EliteBook G7
HP has refreshed its range of business laptops with the introduction of the EliteBook G7. Aimed specifically at professionals in the market for a powerful, secure, and durable PC, the new addition competes with the likes of Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon in the premium ultra-portable market, with prices starting at around the £1, mark.
We've enjoyed positive experiences with a wide range of EliteBook laptops over the last decade, and having spent a couple of weeks getting acquainted with the G7, we're ready to share some thoughts.
Right from the off the HP strikes you as a stylish, high-quality piece of kit. The silver anodised aluminium chassis is both elegant and robust, with little sign of flex in either the main body or display lid, and it feels suitably luxurious in the hand. Dimensions of mm x mm x mm aren't quite the thinnest in its class - the rival ThinkPad is even more svelte - but the EliteBook is undoubtedly a highly-portable 14in solution whose kg weight is easy to drop inside a bag.
There's little to criticise when it comes to form factor and presentation, and in use there are little touches that help elevate the overall experience. The display hinges, which rotate nearly a full degrees, allow for little-to-no unwanted wobble, there are dual biometrics in the form of IR cameras and a fingerprint sensor, and the front edge is neatly angled such that the laptop can be opened with one hand. It is a very nice mechanism - the body doesn't lift from the desk at all - and the chamfered profile has the added benefit of being comfortable whilst typing.
Specification and Sure View
You expect an EliteBook to be well-built - the G7 certainly is - and you aren't usually left wanting in terms of performance and specification. Our review unit comes equipped with a quad-core Intel Core iU processor with integrated UHD graphics, 16GB of DDR4 memory and a GB Intel Optane Memory H10 M.2 SSD accelerated by a 32GB pool of onboard cache. We've not yet been able to find this exact model on the UK HP store, however a similar spec is currently available for a little over £1,
Seems a little pricey for what's on offer, yet you do need to consider the wealth of business-grade functionality - including support for Intel vPro management, HP's self-healing BIOS, and HP Sure Sense, which uses deep learning AI to help guard against malware. There's also a three-year warranty as standard, covering both parts and labour, and of course HP's target audience of volume customers won't be paying the sticker price.
Continuing the business-grade theme, one of the most interesting aspects of our review unit is the 14in full-HD anti-glare IPS display, which boasts a whopping 1,nit brightness and incorporates an HP Sure View Reflect integrated privacy screen. Designed to prevent 'visual hacking,' Sure View employs proprietary technology to reflect the light in the environment, obscuring the screen when viewed at an angle. Triggered via an F2 shortcut, it ensures less than per cent of the display shows through at a 45º angle.
The tech is impressively effective, and a real boon for those who need privacy in the tight confines of, say, an airplane seat, yet it isn't without certain drawbacks. HP has done well to improve overall brightness with Sure View enabled, but turn it off and the screen isn't as vivid as the 1,nit rating would suggest, and viewing angles are surprisingly poor for a laptop of this ilk. Tilting the display slightly off-axis results in a washed-out image, and you really need to remain head-on in order to achieve the best results.
It is an important trade-off to be aware of, as we'd be inclined to steer clear of the Sure View option in favour of what we presume would be superior viewing angles. HP does have a touchscreen option in its stable, yet that particular display is limited to nits and is also best avoided. On paper, the regular nit panel seems the way to go.
Connectivity and Input
Any business laptop worth its salt ought to be well-stocked in the connectivity department and the EliteBook ticks the right boxes with support for Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5 and NFC. There's ample I/O, too, with the laptop's left side presenting a Kensington lock, two USB Gen 1 Type-A, a combination audio jack and smartcard slot.
Over on the right you'll find an AC power connector, HDMI , two USB Type-C with Thunderbolt, and a nano-SIM tray. Note that either Type-C port can be used for charging purposes, and our review unit was supplied with a small, 65W Type-C charger, rendering the AC connector obsolete.
Upward-firing Bang & Olufsen speakers flank the keyboard and provide plenty of detail at high volume, albeit with little in the way of bass, and the backilt keyboard itself is better than ever. HP has retained the quiet action and comfortable EliteBook keys that we know and appreciate while adding a ThinkPad-like pointer in the middle, providing, in our estimation, one of the best input experiences available on a 14in laptop.
The nub doesn't interfere with the typing experience - so don't worry if you choose not to use it - but its addition also results in two dedicated and most useful mouse buttons at the top of the touchpad. We also like the fact that HP has omitted its usual collaboration shortcut keys in favour of a single programmable F12 key that is easily bound to up to four shortcuts (using Shift, Ctrl and Alt multipliers) using the associated app. Handy, though we do wish HP would combine some of its various utilities - helpful as they are, the dozen pre-installed apps take some figuring out.
Elitebook 840 g7 hp
- Product Description HP EliteBook G7 - 14" - Core i5 U - 16 GB RAM - GB SSD - US
- Product Type Notebook
- Operating System Win 10 Pro bit - English
- Processor Intel Core i5 (10th Gen) U / GHz ( GHz) / 6 MB Cache
- Memory 16 GB DDR4 (1 x 16 GB)
- Storage GB SSD - NVMe, HP Value
- Optical Drive No optical drive
- Display 14" WLED x / Full HD
- Graphics Intel UHD Graphics
- Input Device Pointing stick, ClickPad
- Keyboard US
- Keyboard Backlight Yes
- Integrated Webcam Yes
- Networking NFC, Bluetooth , a/b/g/n/ac/ax
- Battery 3-cell - up to 23 hours
- Features Hall sensor
- Security Trusted Platform Module (TPM ) and firmware (TPM ), fingerprint reader, smart card reader
- Dimensions (WxDxH) in x in x in
- Weight lbs
- Localization Language: English / region: United States
- Manufacturer Selling Program HP Smart Buy
- Environmental Standards TCO Certified Notebooks 8, ENERGY STAR Qualified
- Manufacturer Warranty Limited warranty - parts and labor - 3 years � Limited warranty - battery - 3 years
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